The Physical Activity Council of Canada (PACC) defines a piggyback as “a child or adult being carried in someone’s arms while they walk.” The term is most commonly applied to infants, but can also be used for dogs and cats. It was once the norm in Britain, when it became popular among mothers seeking a convenient way to carry their baby without shoving them into a pram or stroller. In many countries the practice is still common today—with variations from country to country—but has been falling out of favor with modern parenting trends.
In North America however, piggybacking persists despite its disadvantages: by having an infant on your back you are unable to walk comfortably and may incur muscle strain over time. In addition, if you’re walking while carrying an infant who cries frequently or uncontrollably then your hearing will likely suffer due to the loudness of their cries. Piggybacking should only be considered when other options do not exist; for example if no stroller exists at all that you could use instead of carrying an infant around like this; or if there are other family members within arm’s reach who could easily take care of any crying needs!