9 Best Baby Carrier Backpacks For Hiking, Holidays And Travel

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Going out for long walks should be a great activity for all the family to enjoy.

Getting outside and enjoying fresh air and nature is brilliant for both the body and mind. However, there are only so many routes you can take that are buggy friendly, or short enough for a sling or regular baby carrier.

This is where sturdy baby carrier backpacks come in. They're ideal as they mean that your baby or toddler can enjoy your trips out and holidays as much as you, and you should be able to carry them with ease. What's even better is that many of the models featured on this list are designed with the wearer's comfort in mind, meaning that carrying your child for a long time doesn't have to be painful, it can be both comfortable and enjoyable.

Discover the best baby carrier backpack for you with Kidadl's top recommendations.

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Kidadl's Top Pick

All our baby carrier backpacks are highly recommended, but we've picked out our pick of the bunch based on all-round functionality and comfort. If you are looking for the overall best baby carrier backpack we recommend this one from LittleLife.

1. LittleLife Freedom S4

LittleLife Freedom S4.
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This baby carrier backpack is perfect for the great outdoors! This is a robust baby carrier hiking backpack. The ergonomic seat and head support is brilliant for babies, and the padding makes life for both parent and child a lot more comfortable. The adjustable fit is easy to adapt for both men and women so it's easy to take turns on those family trips out. We also love how practical it is, it comes with a sun shade to protect from your baby from the sun, as well as foot stirrups and a rear view mirror.

Main Features

  • Price: £173.83
  • Age: Suitable from 6 months to 3 years
  • Includes sun shade, foot stirrups and rear-view mirror

Best For Families On A Budget

2. ClevrPlus Cross Country Child Carrier

ClevrPlus Cross Country Child Carrier.
Image © ClevrPlus

Backpack baby carriers can look a little bulky and this is certainly one of them. However, if you're just planning on using it occasionally or on short walks, it's certainly worth looking at for the price. Parents also find this baby carrier light to carry around whilst also appreciating the amount of storage and handy pockets for water bottles and nappies.

Main Features

  • Price: £99.99
  • Age: Suitable from 6 months to 4 years
  • Foldable metal frame

Best For Comfort

3. Thule Sapling Elite

Thule Sapling Elite.
Image © Thule

Some baby carriers are difficult to adjust as parents take turns to carry their child - but we think this one has solved that problem. It's quick and easy to adjust for adults of different heights, and it's so comfortable that some parents are happy to use it every day. Importantly, not only is it comfortable for parents, it is designed with your child's comfort in mind too. It is one of the pricier baby carriers around, but we think it's worth it if you're planning to use it frequently.

Main Features

  • Price: £220
  • Age: Suitable from 7 months to 3 years
  • Includes removable daypack

Best For Lightweight Travel

4. LittleLife Adventurer S2 Child Carrier

LittleLife Adventurer S2 Child Carrier
Image © LittleLife

When you're carrying a small human around, you don't want a needlessly heavy backpack weighing you down even further. This baby backpack is brilliant for lightweight travel, and weight is distributed evenly so it shouldn't strain your back. Parents also love the adjustable back system, which makes it very easy to switch between adults if desired.

Main Features

  • Price: £129.99
  • Age: Suitable for 6 months to 3 years
  • Collapses flat for easy storage

Best For Women

5. Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL

Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL.
Image © Deuter

This baby carrier backpack is specifically designed to be worn by women. Mums find that the torso length, padded hip belt and back system is perfect, making it amazingly comfortable. That's not to say, however, it can't be used by men as they too find it very comfortable to use. It's one of the lighter models around and the mesh inserts keep it well-ventilated for your baby or child.

Main Features

  • Price: £157
  • Age: Suitable from 6 months to 5 years
  • Padded hip belt

Best For Smaller Adults

6. Vaude Shuttle Comfort

Vaude Shuttle Comfort.
Image © Vaude

This is one of the heavier backpacks but it's also one of the most durable, so serious hikers should definitely consider it. Parents on the small side find this baby carrier backpack the comfiest thanks to its back length adjuster, and the hip belt is also very comfortable for women in particular. There is also plenty of storage which makes it ideal for longer walking trails.

Main Features

  • Price: £234
  • Age: Suitable from 6 months to 3 years
  • Anatomical shoulder straps

Best For Hiking

7. Osprey Poco

Osprey Poco.
Image © Osprey

This baby and child carrier is sturdy (and a little heavy) but also very comfortable. Parents particularly like the padded hip belt and the cushioning on the shoulder straps. The Osprey Poco is also brilliant for all weathers, which is ideal for long, unpredictable hikes; it includes a UPF 50 sunshade and detachable rain cover. They really have thought of everything; this baby carrier even comes with a washable drool pad for any little dribbles or spit-ups.

Main Features

  • Price: £226.80
  • Age: Suitable from 6 months to 4 years
  • Integrated sunshade and rain cover

Best For All Weathers

8. LuvdBaby Premium Baby Backpack Carrier

LuvdBaby Premium Baby Backpack Carrier.
Image © Luvdbaby

If you want a mid-range backpack ideal for all weathers, then it's worth considering new kid on the block LuvdBaby. It includes both a rain cover and mesh sunshade, and parents have reported that babies frequently fall asleep because they're so comfortable, now that sounds like our kind of hike! It also includes a changing pad for those mid-walk stop offs making it practical as well as comfortable.

Main Features

  • Price: £184.16
  • Age: Suitable from 6 months to 4 years
  • Includes rain cover, sunshade and changing mat

Best For Storage

9. Montis Runner One

Montis Runner One.
Image © Montis

This is a good option for those who love hiking. The design is supportive for both parent and child, and the aluminium frame makes it one of the sturdier options. We particularly like the 10L seat storage pouch and netted compartment, making it a great buy if you need to carry things around as well. This model cannot be beat on storage.

Main Features

  • Price: £159.99
  • Age: Suitable from 8 months to 6 years
  • Height-adjustable child seat

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for the best baby carrier backpacks, why not take a look at our article on the best baby travel toys, or for something different take a look at our round up of the best kids' bike helmets.



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