Outdoor adventures don't have to end when you become a parent.
We set out to help those new parents who want to continue hiking and enjoying the great outdoors, but now have an extra human to care for. Including them at an early age is paramount to developing their own love and respect for nature and wildlife, so any tips and suggestions we can make in the gear department should ideally help out.
These are some of the best baby carriers for hiking with your little one in tow.
Osprey Poco Plus
This child carrier from backpacking brand Osprey offers a comfy fit for both kids and parents with its Fit-on-the-Fly hipbelt, adjustable torso length, and removable foot stirrups. It features mesh pockets, a zippered compartment, and external hydration sleeve for stowing all the essentials. A washable drool pad, toy attachment loops, and integrated sunshade will keep baby safe and happy. With a $330 price tag, it weighs in just under 8 pounds and is available in blue or black. A raincover is sold separately for $28.
Deuter Kid Comfort Active
One of the lightest options for baby wearers, the Deuter Kid Comfort Active weighs just 5 pounds 5 ounces and sports mesh around the backpanel for breathability and airflow as well as a wide-stable kickstand. A five-point harness system offers plenty of adjustability, and 210-denier fabric adds durability. This baby backpack carrier is also available in a women's specific fit - the Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL. The streamlined model features narrower shoulder straps and a more ergonomic waistbelt for lady hikers. Both are available at $250.
Thule's Sapling is a top pick among parents for its do-it-all functionality. It features plenty of storage space with a removable daypack, oversized hipbelt pockets, and a large zippered compartment for diapers, snacks, and a changing pad. A viewing mirror lets you keep an eye on your kiddo, a deployable sunshade provides protection, and a built-in port for your hydration bladder will help keep you hydrated on longer hikes. The advanced suspension system provides comfortable adjustability. At just under 8 pounds, the Thule Sapling has an MSRP of $329.95.
Kelty Journey PerfectFit Elite
With nine pockets and 26L storage capacity, the Kelty Journey PerfectFit Elite can carry anything you'll need on the trail. Foot stirrups and an easily adjustable seat with a wide base will keep baby comfortable. It also features a built-in sunshade, several grab handles, and a heavy-duty kickstand. The Journey PerfectFit Elite weighs in at 7 pounds 4 ounces for $300.
If you're looking for a specific set of features you don't see here, you can also check out the innovative options from Ergobaby, Lillebaby, ClevrPlus, Phil & Teds, and Luvdbaby.
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