A.B. asks from Boise, ID on March 28, 2008
Backpack Child Carriers
I'm researching backpack child carriers and wondered what brand everyone out there likes the best. I need one that is sturdy enough to carry a child weighing 25 to 40 pounds. Usually backpacks are made for men's frames and wondered if any moms found backpack child carriers that fit a woman's frame. I already have my eye on some so I'm not looking for you to sell me one, just advice on brands that you like.
K.P. answers from Pueblo on April 01, 2008
I love my Ergo Carrier. It works with kids up to 40 lbs and is made of soft material (not the metal frames). That would be my pick! K.
A.W. answers from Denver on March 31, 2008
I love the kelty packs as well. They are more compact and don't have all that extra mumbo jumbo that gets in the way. Very functional for snowshoe-ing, hiking and even manuevering around the airport. My son loves it because he can see without all the crazy canopies and all that jazz.
A.M. answers from Denver on March 30, 2008
We have an REI brand carrier. It is adjustable so that both my husband and I can wear it comfortably.
K.J. answers from Colorado Springs on March 28, 2008
I dont use the traditional child backpack carriers that are sold mainstream. I really like the carriers made by Ergo, Angel Pack and Beco. They are buckle style baby carriers where you can wear your child in the front or back. They are made to distribute the childs weight evenly and can be used from infancy to toddlerhood. I personally use an Ergo and I can carry my 1 year old in it or my 4 year old. I have carried my 4 year old on my back before (with the Ergo) and she weighs about 35 lbs give or take. Ergos are great for kids that are shorter. My kids both have short bodies but Becos or Angelpack LX have longer bodies and come in some really yummy fabrics.
Here are a couple of links to get your started.
E.S. answers from Fort Collins on March 31, 2008
We have a Sherpani metal frame backpack carrier and both my husband and I use it with our 20 month old son. He is about 27 lbs and it works great! I think it fits my frame really well. We bought it from upsideover.com, because they had the best price when we purchased, but places such as REI have it too.
M.C. answers from Albany on March 28, 2008
Yeah to the soft packs by Ergo, Beco, and Angel baby!!!!!!!!!!!!
S.G. answers from Salt Lake City on March 29, 2008
I have had my Kelty backpack since my daughter was 2 and she is now 12. It still looks bran new and I now have 4 kids in all that have used this AMAZING backpack. It has a zip off back pack you can store stuff in. It also has a sun shade. I use this backpack and it is very comfortable.. My husband also really likes it. I got mine at REI. I think it might have cost a little bit more, but was well worth it. I have a lot of friend that borrow my backpack because they just don't like the one they have. I know one problem that people have is that their babies little legs turn purple from being in the the backpacks to long. I have NEVER had this problem with this backpack. Good luck hope this helps..
C.L. answers from Boise on March 29, 2008
K.H. answers from Great Falls on March 30, 2008
Hello! My chiropractor approved the Baby Trekker carrier for me. It is the same one that Vin Diesel wore in the movie "The Pacifier". It can be used as a front pack or to carry your baby on your back. You can use it for babies 8 pounds to 40 pounds. It is has really nice padded straps for your shoulders/neck and a strap around your waist. It seemed really big when my baby was newborn and she hated it for the first few months because I would strap her in so snuggly. Now she loves it though. She is 8 months and I carry her on my front facing out so she can see everything. I hope to try it with her on my back this summer when we go hiking. The company that makes the Baby Trekker is in Canada and there are a few websites you can look at. I ordered from www.mountainbaby.com I got a handwritten thank you note with my order that I thought was pretty original! It also came with a DVD to show you how to put it on and take it off for different carrying positions and with different size babies/toddlers. Good luck!
S.T. answers from Salt Lake City on March 30, 2008
I just recently purchased a backpack carrier for hiking and we love ours. We weren't sure if your 2 year old son was going to be okay with it, so we bought a cheaper one and it actually has worked out well. My son is also pretty tall for his age and I was afraid he might be too big for it, but he fits it perfectly if you're looking for something that will last awhile for your daughter.
We bought the Evenflo Snugli® Cross Terrain Carrier off of Amazon. (http://www.amazon.com/Evenflo-Snugli%C2%AE-Terrain-Carrie...)
It's only $89.99 and the shipping was faster than expected. They also carry it at some Walmart stores if you don't need it soon, they can ship to store free which is cheaper than Amazon.
Anyway, I'm 5'0" and dad's 5'7" and it fits nicely, easily adjusts, stores flat, and has really convenient storage space. I'd definitely recommend this one over the other expensive ones if you're on a budget.
M.A. answers from Denver on March 31, 2008
I too did a lot of research on backpack carriers. We ended up purchasing the Deuter Kid Comfort III. It's great for a woman's frame and then the adjustable strap works well for my husband since he's much taller. I ended up ordering it as I'd read a number of positive reviews online. Another "selling point" for me was that it has room for a Camelback bladder which is helpful on any hike. :-) Have a good day!