One of the most important piece of gear a Mountain Mom or Dad can own is a baby carrier. I have camped and hiked with my kids starting at just four months old, but the only way to do that is to have a dependable baby carrier to use. But which is best?
When Big E and little g were between two and eight months old, this is the carrier I would most often choose. It was quick and hands free, once I figured out how the straps worked. The tots loved it.
Easy to place baby
Freedom of movement
Baby can be forward or backward facing
Front heavy at times
Baby slobber on folded flap
Cost between $65 -$200 depending on style
When the tots were brand new, day one to three months, they loved using the Moby Wrap
because they could curl up in the fetal position. I’ve used it through out my tots infancies and toddlerhoods. I even had a friend carry her exhausted six year old in the wrap for a short trek from Disneyland to the car.
Newborns maintain fetal position
Expands as child grows
Baby close to body
Versatile baby positioning
Restricts baby’s movements
Awkward placing baby
Putting on wrap is confusing
The Kelty Kid Carrier
is designed specifically as a hiking pack, not just a baby carrier. It’s been great for my kids between six months old until almost two. The model I have is the FC3 which has since been replaced by a newer model.
Great features: detachable mini pack, child view mirror, sun shade
Adjustable for child and adult
Allows for hiking with toddlers
Heavy when fully loaded
Awkward to place on back without help
Digs into shoulders
Cost: Over $275
Whichever pack you choose to use, I hope to see you on the trails soon.
Please note: I was given no financial compensation for this review. These are the baby carriers I actually use. If you have any gear you would like me to review feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.