Baby carrier backpacks are the most supportive and stable baby back carriers. They tend to be a bit larger than average baby back carriers because they have more adjustable features and have a harness for the child to sit in. Baby back carriers are just like dog backpacks, sit your baby in and hike / walk away without worrying where your toddler is or if they are safe.
Both styles of baby back carrier have their advantages. The rucksack style baby back carriers have lots of storage space so your child and all your stuff can be carried on your back, leaving you hands free. The metal framed baby carrier backpacks are usually more pared down in design, so they can be a bit lighter.
Choosing the best baby carrier for you and your child can seem a bit daunting. So, to help you make your choice we have asked parents to write their own baby carrier reviews. We have included what the companies say about their baby carriers. Below are the three best baby carriers that we have found.
- 1 Top 3 Best Baby Carriers
- 2 Phil & Teds escape (back baby carrier)
- 3 Littlelife Ranger (back baby carrier)
- 4 Baby Bjorn Organic Comfort Carrier (front baby carrier)
- 5 Selecting the Right Baby Slings and Carriers for you
- 6 Who will be using the baby carrier?
- 7 Do you want the front or back baby carriers?
- 8 Do you want to use your baby carrier indoors or out?
Top 3 Best Baby Carriers
Awards: Mother & Baby GOLD Award 20010/11 Best Baby Carrier/Sling or Back Carrier category.
Our rating: 10/10
Specification Details for Phil & Teds Escape
- Carrier Weight : 3kg
- Storage Capacity : 30 litre storage capacity (zip-off day pack: 12L)
- Carrying Weight Limit : 18kg
- Age Range : Up to 3 years
- Waist / Chest : 50″ / 52″
- Strong & compact – with more features than a craggy face!
- Extra padding and breathability for maximum comfort
- Trail quality for long-term performance
- Large storage capacity for outdoor pursuits
- Child harness cradles & secures
- Hydration bladder pocket & zip-off day pack
- Sunhood with removable wind/rain cover (included)
- Padded change mat (included)
The Escape won Mother & Baby GOLD Award 20010/11 Best Baby Carrier/Sling or Back Carrier category.
Baby Carrier Reviews: Phil & Ted Escape by Alice in West Hampstead
I really love this carrier. With my first son I had one of those front carriers. That was quite comfortable when he was small, but by the time he was about a year old I found that my back would start to ache after about 15 minutes. I ended up just using the pram, which made it difficult to go for walks on the heath. When our second son was born, I used the front carrier again until he was about 10 months old. However, this time I decided to buy a proper back carrier. To be honest, I wish I had bought the Escape as soon as he was able to sit up by himself. It’s really, really comfortable and I can fit everything I need into it. I usually leave the change bag at home for short trips, to save a bit of weight, but for day trips out it’s handy to have the separate storage. For me it’s definitely the best baby carrier on the market.
Winner of Mumsnet Award for Best Budget Baby Carrier Backpack 2018 and German Design Award 2019
Our rating: 9/10
- carrier weight : 1.7kg
- carrying weight limit : 20kg
- storage capacity : 1 litre
- age range : 6 month – 3 year
Sometimes you just need to get up and go. That’s when the LittleLife Ranger S2 child carrier comes into its own. It is the lightest British Standard Approved back carrier available at only 1.7kg and is perfect to throw on at a moment’s notice for short walks in town or country. Being lightweight and simple to use makes it the perfect progression from a front carrier for those who want to stay mobile and active, leaving the push chair at home. Despite its pared down design, it still finds room for an adjustable back system and two handy hip pockets. It also has a storage pouch which is available to buy separately (not included with this item). The Ranger S2 child carrier is a modernised version of the original Ranger and has updated fabrics throughout and a newly designed face pad. Available in duo-tone blue and a sleek black colour. In 2018, this carrier won the Mumsnet Award for Best Budget Baby Carrier Backpack
Our rating: 9/10
Selecting the Right Baby Slings and Carriers for you
The different styles of baby slings and carriers each have their pros and cons and it is important for you to consider which criteria are most important for you and your family. Here are some things to consider.
Who will be using the baby carrier?
If you and your partner are both planning to use the carrier, make sure it is fully adjustable.
Do you want the front or back baby carriers?
This mainly comes down to personal taste. The main benefits of front baby carriers and slings are that you can use them from birth, (so long as you child meets the minimum weight requirement), you can see your baby and it can feel really close and reassuring to have the baby on your chest. The big benefits of the back baby carriers and slings are that most people find them the most comfortable way to carrier their child and they also usually last longer.
Do you want to use your baby carrier indoors or out?
If you just want to have your hands free whilst going around the house choose from one of the simple baby carriers and slings that is light and quick to get on and off. If, on the other hand you love the idea of taking your little one out for walks in the park or even on treks, make sure you choose one of the baby carriers and slings that will feel comfortable after you’ve been walking for half an hour.