Each type of child carrier is designed for a specific purpose. The Baby Backpack Carriers are designed for the everyday, and the Full-Featured Backpack Child Carriers are designed for hiking or backpacking.
What Type of Child Carrier Is Best For You?
Baby Backpack Carrier
There are lots of parents out there looking for the type of child carrier that is capable of everyday stuff, like shopping, or doing chores around the house. They want the frame style set-up, but they don’t want the bulk of a full-featured child carrier. They just want something that will keep baby and parent comfortable for extended periods of time. That’s what I call a baby backpack carrier. They’re a child carrier without the steroids.
This type of child carrier is lightweight, simple, and easy to use. You can use them around the house, doing yard work or washing dishes, or you can use them on easy hikes, or trips to the shopping mall. You can even use it as a substitute for a stroller. My daughter hates riding in a stroller, but she loves to ride in a baby backpack carrier.
Highlights & Advantages:
- Your child must be able to hold his/her head up unassisted, usually happens around 6 months, before you can use this type of child carrier
- It’s a frame-style child carrier without the bulk of a full featured carrier
- They offer an ergonomically correct sitting position
- Your child sits up higher, compared to a soft structured carrier, and is better supported. Plus the view is much better.
- If your kid hates the stroller, use a baby backpack carrier to run errands. It’s just as easy, if not easier!
- They take up less space than a stroller too.
Click here to see a list of some of the Best Baby Backpack Carriers.
Full Featured Backpack Child Carriers
This type of child carrier is what I like to call a deluxe, full featured child carrier. It offers all the bells and whistles. You can use them on long hikes, or even over-nighters. They offer a ton of storage, safety features galore, and plenty of comfort for the wearer as well. If you are an outdoor enthusiast that spends a lot of time on the trail, this is they type of child carrier you’re looking for!
Highlights & Advantages:
- Your child must be at least 6 months, or capable of holding his/her head up unassisted.
- Tons of storage – Some backpack child carriers even come with hydration pack storage for camelbaks, and detachable day packs.
- Optimal support for you and your child – This type of child carrier is designed to be worn for long periods of time, so the support is unmatched. Some, like the Osprey Poco Child Carriers, even offer foot stirrups for your child which allow them to sit in a more supported position.
- Sun/Rain Hoods – If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is, you’re going to be on the trail, so protection against the elements is a must.
Click here to see a list of some of the Best Backpack Child Carriers.