Baby backpack are needed by all kinds of parents and not just the ones that go for outdoor activities like hiking, trekking, etc. The advantage that the backpack has over the other baby-wearing tools is the efficient weight distribution. This allows for parents to carry chubbier children over long distances.
The outdoor pack for babies
This is a type of baby sling that is designed to provide comfort, ease, and safety to both the parents and the child while traveling long distances, mostly when on foot. Its weight distribution system allows for parents to carry their children on their backs with ease despite their weight. It also allows the child to be at his parent’s head level from where he can see and interact with his parent comfortably.
Mostly they are meant for children who have majored their neck and back control. That means it is meant for children six months and older. There are a few backpacks that come for younger babies with support, but ideally, they shouldn’t be bought.
Baby backpack carrier
These packs are built to sustain a total weight of 30 lbs. up to a maximum of 70 lbs.
Besides the heaviness of the child and the gear, the backpack itself weighs anywhere between 4-7 lbs. This adds to the total weight that a parent would be carrying on his back. Therefore, it is imperative that the parent is aware of this fact and buy the correct backpack for babies. The heavier the bag, the more weight the parent will be carrying.
The frame of these baby carriers is made of aluminum or an alloy. A waist or a hip belt supports the backpack. This design helps in supporting the load of the toddler as well as the gear, if any, evenly on the parent’s back, hips, and shoulders. Other baby wraps tend to put more pressure on the parent’s neck and back.
Wearing the toddler backpack
Ideally, the hips should be bearing the maximum weight of the pack. The shoulder bands should be to direct the pack’s movements. The pack should be fitted from the hip and upwards instead of shoulder and down!
Baby backpacks evenly distribute the weight of the child for ease in carrying; it does not reduce the weight of the child.
Many back packs come with an inherent stand which makes putting a baby in it easier. But it is not to be utilized instead of a chair for the baby, as it is not designed to be sturdy enough for such purposes.
The shoulder and the seat area of the pack are constructed of water resistant fabrics, and comes in adjustable options for both the parent as well the child.
Best baby backpacks
Ideal backpacks for babies would have:
Loops for toys
Thickly padded hip and shoulder belts
Additionally, a diaper bag, changing mat, detachable baby bottle holder, back view mirror, added space for more baby paraphilia, removable pillow for the baby to rest on, etc. can be added to the pack, depending on what you need.
Types of baby carrier packs
There are mainly two types of baby backpacks—traditional and urban. Parents that indulge in frequent outdoor activities with their little one mostly use traditional or framed backpacks. The packs are made with aluminum frames and have storage options for water, food, and diapers.
Contemporary packs are for every day or shorter trips. They are smaller in size, less voluminous, but structurally designed to accommodate the baby's weight better.
Before purchasing one, parents should think about the frequency of usage, as these are not cheap and require a lot of storage space.
Sharing baby packs amongst friends is highly recommended!
Things to understand
For frequent trip outdoors, the pack should have ample storage space, a good support and padding in the shoulder straps, and waist or hip belts. Also, it should sit on the parent comfortably.
Unless the baby can support his neck and head unassisted, he should not be carried in the pack.
The parent should understand and be aware of all the features of the pack. He should also know how and when to use it, and instructions should be read and followed carefully. They should also be kept handy for future reference if needed.
The parent should know how to dismantle and assemble the baby backpack.
For the safety of the baby, the pack needs to be properly adjusted in accordance to its wearer.
Considering the physical strength of the parent is essential when carrying the baby on the back on a long and uneven path.
The weight limitation should not be ignored. Once the baby outgrows the advised weight, the usage of the backpack should be discontinued.
Characteristics of a baby back carrier
After deciding on the type of backpack, based on the frequency and place of usage, there are a few more considering factors.
First is the number of people using it. If both parents are going to be using it, then a backpack with adjustable features should be picked.
The baby’s seat, called the cockpit, should be detachable and washable. Some packs offer more padding there for a comfortable ride. A few higher end models provide stirrups for giving support to the baby’s feet.
Next, is the harness for securing the baby in the back carrier. Parents should always purchase one with 5-point straps. Unlike the two strap carrier where the likelihood of the baby slipping through the gaps is high, 5-point harness secures the baby from the shoulders, thighs, and the crotch area.
Nylon, the usual hiking material, is used to make baby backpacks. It should be kept in mind that the fabric should be water and fire resistant, easy to clean, airy, easy to dry, and sturdy. Also, having light-reflecting piping makes the pack visible from a distance. Even then, using the pack after dark and in low visibility should be avoided.
Straps, storage compartments, buckles, stands, belts, padding, weather shields, mirrors, etc. are some of the other things that should be deemed important to consider, compare, and add to the backpack, according to your needs.