Kate Hudson hip carries 2 1/2 year old Ryder

07/12/2006 at 10:30 PM ET

Pr_gd_mainActress Kate Hudson was snapped babywearing her son Ryder in a P-sling New York Avant gradation ring sling in le noir ($450) while walking in the West Village in New York City on Tuesday. She has him in a hip carry, which is great for older babies and toddlers, and has the rings towards her back. Although not the usual placement, Dr. Sears and moms at TheBabywearer find the rings in the back a comfy alternative to having them over the front of the shoulder. Kate is a veteran babywearer – she was photographed wearing Ryder in a different linen sling by the same company back in April.  Also, the way she has the fabric positioned on her shoulder is not the most comfortable way to wear a sling.  For maximum comfort, she would do better to spread the fabric out more over her shoulder. 

Kate was on the View on Wednesday morning, and discussed Ryder’s much talked about long hair. She said they will not be cutting it until he is at least three years old, due to the family’s Jewish heritage. Plus, she and Chris are hippies! She said, "Actually it’s really funny, because I just couldn’t cut it. I couldn’t get myself to cut it. "I’m part-Jewish, Hasidic Jews – they don’t cut their kids hair until they’re three. "I’m not very religious, but it’s actually kind of beautiful, they compare the men to a tree and trees don’t bear fruit for three years. "So I just figured maybe on his third I’ll cut it. I’m going to cry my eyes out!"

Sling info: P-Sling New York – their products range from $150-$450.

Photos: Us Weekly and P-Sling New York.

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shaylee on

aww he’s so cute, I love his long hair!

gargoylegurl on

It’s just my opinion, but I think Ryder looks a bit too big to be carried in a sling.

AnnaRose on

gargoylegurl: I was thinking the same thing. At 2 1/2 it seems like he would be getting too heavy to be carried around that much. Whatever happened to strollers? I would much rather push a child around in a stroller than have to carry them around everywhere.

Tracy on

I was thinking he is definitely way too big for a sling! He can walk,right?????

Sarah CBB News Editor on

Many people carry toddlers, even though they can walk.

I’ll just give a personal example – I carry the 30 lb. 2 year old I nanny for in a pouch occasionally. It distributes her weight wonderfully across my back, shoulder, and hips and doesn’t hurt. I don’t use the stroller often because she knows how to unsnap the buckles and tries to get out, and I also don’t like carrying and pushing the stroller – the pouch folds up and fits into my purse. She can’t be completely unrestrained because she’s very independent, seemingly without a sense of fear, and doesn’t enjoy hand holding or listening to instructions. It’s easier on my sanity and her safety to have her close to me.

I carry her 8 month old sister much more often, but there’s been times I find it very handy for her big sister as well!

Of course, everyone is different, that’s just my personal experience.

Kelsey on

Forget about him not walking (like he should be), cut that poor boy’s hair!!

Sarah CBB News Editor on

Kelsey, that reminds me to update the post – Kate said on the View this morning that she won’t be cutting Ryder’s hair until he’s three due to their Jewish heritage.

Smileyme on

I really don’t like the hair, but if it’s for religious reasons then I understand, it makes it so much better.

AnnaRose on

I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s going to look like when they cut it. I think he’ll look a lot cuter.

dancingmom on

JMO– But Kate seems to be an AP style of mom. (Attachment Parenting) One of the thoughts on AP parenting is that the child will have more interaction when being carried in the sling rather than down in a stroller. The child would be exposed to more conversations at the hip level. In turn the child could have a better vocabulary, people skills, etc. If I were a celeb I would go for the sling too! Also like Sarah said many 2 year olds know how to unbuckle the strollers and want out!! 🙂

Oh and I love his hair!

black on

I love boys with long hair.
My son (7) didn’t want his hair cut until he was 4, and then let it grow again and recently we cut it again.
I always said that we we going to have it cut when he wanted to…
But I love boys with long hair.

meliciousgirl on

I carry my 24lb daughter in a hip carry when I’m out an about because carrying a stroller and child up numerous flights of stairs is not a fun thing to do. Plus she fusses a lot less when she’s up at everyone elses height rather than hidden down below in her stroller. If our train stations had more lifts I’d probably use the stroller a bit more often.

Lorus on

I see nothing wrong with carrying children. Our society is so quick to make kids independant for some reason. My 5.5 year old daughter still asks for “up?” once in awhile. I carried her in a sling at that age as well. If you have some place you gotta get to and can’t wait for an “interesting in everything” young child to walk with you then it’s great to use a sling. Strollers get in the way of a lot of things so it’s so much easier to throw a sling on and just get things done.

Ali on

He’s not even close to being too old to be slinged! Just ask some of the mamas on TheBabyWearer. 😉

Although she does look really uncomfortable with the sling up on her neck like that. She should spread it out over her shoulder more. I love seeing so many celebs babywearing.

Christy on

Wow, this is great to see! I couldn’t imagine having to carry my 30 pound almost 3 year old in my arms, or much less chase him around. We do have a stroller, but it’s just collecting dust, a sling is just so much more convenient.

Ashley on

His hair is way too long! He is also too big for that sling. What is she thinking?

Latisha on

Seems a bit too old not to be walking. I def. wouldn’t be carrying him. I have a hard enough time carrying my 2month old Godson in his little carrier, after long periods (grocery shopping).

But to each his/her own.

Rebecca on

Go! sling mama. They look great! I can’t imaging trying to navigate a busy city with a stroller. And I even more can’t imagine trying to get a 2.5 year old to hold my hand and walk everywhere I needed to get to. In a sling they are safe from traffic, bikes, strangers. And in a sling they are close enough to mom that they can interact and learn about the world zipping past by listening to what mama has to say about it.

lynne on

2 1/2 year-olds still need and want to be carried sometimes, and a good sling worn properly can make it much more comfortable. There’s nothing strange about it.

I’ve worn my *11 month-old* in a sling in busy places like a parking lot and have had people tell me to put him down so he can learn to walk. (As if I never do) There’s a huge prejudice against holding older babies. It’s funny how no one says that when a kid is pushed in a stroller, even well past 3 or 4.

Kate looks great!

Bree on

When seeing a mom that is obviously close to her son and enjoying his company, the first thing that others can think of is- move him further away- oh, and cut his hair while you’re at it.

I know for me, I had to carry my child at that age. And I know lots of stroller pushing mamas did also. Why? Because I see them when I am out and about, pushing an empty stroller and struggling with their child in their arms.

If you have tried a carrier and find it isn’t working, the internet has great resources. http://www.mamatoto.org even has video you can watch about how to use a carrier. A properly used carrier won’t hurt.

Ours is one of the only cultures that pushes their kids away from an early age then wonders why they eventually push us away.

The next time you have to pick up your toddler or preschooler because they can’t keep up with you, or the stroller isn’t a good as mommy’s arms, give a thought to the sling (or any other traditional baby carrier that lasts at least until 35lbs!) and how it could be saving your arms and back. 🙂

Trying something new can actually lead to learning something useful sometimes. 🙂

joy on

I watched the VIEW episode and Kate said that she’ll probably cry when she cuts his hair! I think it’s time though. It’s not like thick nice hair, it’s all baby fine hair. It needs shaping and he to me doesn’t even resemble a little boy in the least.

On a side note I see nothing wrong with the slinging, however I personally wouldn’t do it. I understand not letting him walk bc of the paparazzi but at that age he looks to big. I don’t understand slings either, I am 23 and have a bad neck and back so I know I def. won’t be using them.

Sarah CBB News Editor on

I also have a bad back, but for me the chiropractor recommended I use a pouch sling rather than carrying around the carseat with the 8 month old I nanny for, so I don’t get strained on one side. I am not supposed to use a Bjorn though – only things that spread out the weight to my back and hips. That’s actually how I ended up trying a sling originally, because my chiro was not happy with me coming into appts with the baby bucket, lol.

Joy, did she say anything else about Ryder or about having another baby? I only caught the two seconds about his hair.

shaylee on

aw no i dont want them to cut his hair, maybe just alittle trim 🙂

Tina on

Well said dancingmom! My son still loves the sling and always has! He’s 3 and 34lbs!

Danielle, CBB Publisher on

I just wish someone would show Kate how to wear the sling properly!

AnnaRose on

bree: Several of us said that he looked too big for the sling. We didn’t say he was too old for it, or that he should be pushed forward developementally. In my post I clearly said that the reason why I didn’t understand the sling is because he looks too heavy for it, and when I look at the picture it looks to me like Kate is straining.

Sami on

I totally agree with Bree. Mom and baby look happy, so what is the problem? When worn properly, the sling will not hurt your neck or back, and distributes the weight very well. To the poster who has trouble carrying her 2 month old godson, there are better carriers out there! Check out thebabywearer.com for some ideas, but know that you don’t have to be uncomfortable!

Christy on

“We didn’t say he was too old for it, or that he should be pushed forward developementally.”

And because his mama loves him enough to keep him held close, where he will feel safe and secure, he’s going to be behind developementally?

At least if he’s in the sling he’s learning things about the world, he’s able to see what’s going on around him and experience everything his mama is. In a stroller he gets to sit and stare at people’s knees… gee that’s really pushing him forward developementally.

AnnaRose on

christy: Once again, I did not say he should be pushed forward developmentally, or that he was behind developmentally. I was repsonding to another poster who was saying that becuase we made the comments about him being big that we were implying he should be pushed forward. If you’re going to attack my post the least you could do is read the posts all the way through.

Bree on

AnnaRose- While I understand that *you* may have meant big as in size, many people do not mean that when talking about kids that are too “big” to be doing something. They often mean old- as evidenced by the “if he’s old enough to walk’ comments.

As for too big, I was able to use a sling comfortably even up until my 7th month of pregnancy when my son was almost 4yo. A good sling can go a LONG way. Of course, it also means you have to learn to properly use it, I wonder that this exspensive sling store doesn’t teach their patrons better tips on using? Or maybe that shoulder type just doesn’t spread out enough and that’s why we see so many celebs w/ the shoulder bunched up on their necks?

Either way- I did not reference your post in particular, just the impression of many of the posts that came before me.

(this part is a general comment)
Both of my kids were walking before 11mos. Suddenly they should have either been put on the ground or in a stroller? Nope, I have studied the benefits of babywearing and decided that was what was for my family. I am one of those who choose to learn not only about the bonding benefits, but physical, developmental and even cultural benefits of choosing to wear my children.

It saddens me to see so many judgmental comments of “She should do it THIS way” whether it is about hair or carriers. There is no one answer to everyone’s situation. The world would be boring if we were all so cookie cutter.

AnnaRose on

bree: There was only one comment on this board that said he should be walking, and person didn’t really specify why he should be walking. So I’m not sure why so many other people are getting so worked up over a few comments about him looking big. Only one person said it “should” be done a certain way. And that is her right to feel that way. We don’t all have to like every little thing that someone else does.

Lorus on

I posted before but just wanted to add something else. My daughter was walking at 11 months old. Once she started walking she refused to go in the stroller, all she wanted to do was push it. So I was stuck going a snail pace because of this. Much easier to sling her where she’s safe and get what I needed done.

KF on

Heh heh… okay, reading all these posts has inspired me to dig out the sling I bought when my daughter was a newborn and give it a try now that she’s 15 months old! I never could figure out how to use it properly when she was tiny so I ended up using a Baby Bjorn, which I loved, and later a Playtex Hip Hammock, which I wasn’t crazy about. Anyway, now the sling is great and she loves being in it – I’m glad I’ll finally get some use out it.

I’m all for babywearing – as long as mom and child are comfortable. And of course there’s a time and a place for walking, but in many public places it isn’t always safe or reasonable for a child to walk, so a sling or carrier is great for that.

gargoylegurl on

I agree with AnnaRose…I stated before that I thought Ryder looked too big for the sling. I was meaning big as in size, I wasn’t referring to his age & it definitely wasn’t a criticism. In fact I can see that slinging may be beneficial in terms of parent/child bonding.

l. on

too big, too heavy, should be walking…

Those were exactly some of the first posts made after a pic of a gorgeous mom slinging her toddler. You (general you) can backtrack and get into semantics and claim you only meant too heavy, not too old, etc… but those sentiments are common and indeed do speak volumes about our society’s pushing of independence on young babies and toddlers. And if one truly thinks he is too heavy then I can assure you that that’s inaccurate.

AnnaRose on

l: saying that a child looks too heavy to be carried like that does not imply anything about society. And I don’t appreciate having words put into my mouth by people. If you’re going to criticize someone’s post then the least you could do was stick to what they actually said, and not what you want to imply they said.

And even if there are people on this board who have a problem with the sling, that’s their right to feel that way.

Kat_Momof3 on

I forgot about her being jewish… so now I totally get the hair thing… I really feel bad that I didn’t remember that her mom was half jewish and that Goldie raised her kids in that faith.

I hope that when he’s 3 they will at least shape it… not saying they can’t have it long, but just give it some boyish-ness.

As for the sling… I slung my daughter (my boys wouldn’t go for it… they preferred a stroller) because she got overstimulated very easily and she loved to be carried… hated the stroller so much at times I don’t know what I would have done without my Ellaroo Wrap.

Now, she was born in March of 04 and the past few months, slinging isn’t an option… she wants to WALK… but a wrap sling, as well as some ring slings, function as a great child leash as well.

Now, for us, since I have two older boys, I found it much easier to buy a harness and leash… it was more comfortable for her and kept her at closer range so I could make sure she walked right next to me and still talk to my boys and to her and carry on conversations.

She still rides in our Maclaren Triumph stroller sometimes, especially if she gets tired, but anymore, it is rarely used, and when used, usually just subsists as a diaper caddy.

I can’t imagine Ryder would want to hold mom’s hand (most toddlers resist it) and so a sling is the next-best, followed by a leash, to make sure he stays close and to teach him to stay close.

I know I was super proud of my own daughter because, recently, she hasn’t needed the leash on our last few trips (normally she asks for it)

At the tender age of 27mo, on a quick errand, I asked her if she needed it, she shook her head. So I told her okay… but she’d have to stay right by mommy’s leg (I do use the term heel sometimes, since she knows what it means… we have a dog) or she’d have to hold my hand, otherwise, we’d go right back and get the leash.

She said okay… I big gull (big girl)… and she did fine… got in the cart with no complaint once we were inside and everything… and stayed right by my side walking back out of the store again later.

Now, neither of my boys wanted to walk at that age, let alone could do it that well… my daughter is the exception.

I think that Kate is doing the right thing carrying him.

And he’s only 2… he’s still a baby.

AnnaMaria on

I live in NYC and often sling my very big 42lb almost 4 year old boy. Let me tell you, it makes my live much easier going up and down subway stairs (not too many elevators here), in and out of stores and keeps him close in a crowd of people. He loves it, I love it, it doesn’t hurt anyone, I’m not asking any one else to carry him, it is between my son and myself. I have no idea why anyone would have an adversion to my carrying my boy. I certainly don’t tell people they should get their 5 year old out of a stroller.

I say go Kate. Do what’s right for you and your son.