You probably already have your baby with you when ever you can. It develops a special relationship between you and your child and that time is vital to really feeling that closeness.
However, carrying a baby around 24/7 can become quite a pain in the arms, hips and back. Plus, it uses up one of your hands leaving you trying to do everything one-handedly. This is where baby backpacks really shine.
They let you keep your hands free and it distributes the weight so there is very little if any pain whatsoever while you carry your baby close to you. Baby backpacks are also great for trips, hikes and nice long walks or even trips to the park!
Your baby is free to look around and explore things while you get to enjoy some freedom of your own. The question is, what are the best baby backpacks? What about the best baby backpacks for Dads? Or even the best baby backpacks for hiking?
Well... you are in luck because I am going to review the top brands to determine which one is best for your situation.
Chicco Smart Support Backpack
The biggest plus to the Chicco baby backpack is the price. It is one of the least expensive of the high quality choices you'll have. It isn't that heavy either, weighing in at 7 lbs you wont feel like you are lugging a gorilla on your back.
I also really like that there are places for you to put some accessories in like your cell phone, sunglasses or what ever you need to carry along with you on your journey. The lumbar support will help ease the tension in your back so you can carry your baby with you for several hours before you need a break.
Don't bother buying it for a newborn though, your baby needs to be 6 months before going in this one. However it will last a long time as it is rated for up to 40 lbs.
Kelty K.I.D.S. FC 3.0 Frame Child Carrier
With this one you will need to spend some money. It costs quite a bit more than the Chicco carrier. Some think it is worth it, while others complain about a fundamental design flaw in the adjustment bar where the pin that holds it in place seems to fall out on its own.
However, it seems as though the new 2010 and 2011 models of the Kelty K.I.D.S. FC 3.0 Frame Child Carrier fixes that complaint so if you get one of these make sure you get the newest version.
This one can carry your child until he or she is a full 50 lbs! I am not sure if you'll want to take that much weight on your back, but it is good to know that your baby will not outgrow it for a very long time.
Heck, i don't even think my 3 year old is 50 lbs yet. The weight of the carrier is 7 lbs and 14 ounces so it is almost a pound heavier than the Chicco carrier.
Hardcore hikers seem to really like this brand because of its suspension and ventilation systems. If you aren't spending tons of time outdoors you may want to consider cheaper options.
Kelty K.I.D.S. FC 2.0 Frame Child Carrier
This Kelty baby backpack is a bit cheaper than the 3.0 version. It has the same 50 lb weight limit and it is actually lighter, weighing in at only 7 lbs. Reviewers claim that this is much sturdier and more durable than the Chicco backpack.
Overall i'd say that this is the best baby backpack for hiking due to its light frame and dependability. This one also has some under seat storage where you can pack a few items to take with you on your treks.
Kelty FC 1.0 Child Carrier
This one is the cheapest of the Kelty baby backpacks. While it is not quite as nice as its more expensive models, this one seems to work best for carrying your baby around the house or going on short walks outside. Overall, i'd say this is one of the best baby backpacks for Dads.
What is the Best Baby Backpack?
Overall... it depends on your budget. If you really need to spend less than $100 then the Chicco is a no brainer. If you have a bit more money to spend, you can't go wrong with Kelty. Personally, the 2.0 version is my favorite because it is a nice balance between functionality and price.