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What is a Baby Backpack and when should you get one?


A back carrier is much like a backpack you might use in hiking or camping.  It comes with a seat for the baby, and a frame usually built out of light aluminum that is held by straps that go over your shoulders and around your waist.

Limited to Older Babies.
  Back packs are perfect for older babies who can sit up on their own usually at about 5 or 6 months of age.  Especially if they love to look around and not miss a thing.  This gives them an opportunity to see the world from the height of an adult. 

The Most Freedom. 
Backpacks give you the most freedom since your child is able to ride on your back and not rest on the front of your body.  So you are free to get chores done, carry another child, or even take a trip to the mall.

Convenient.
  Like the other options for baby carriers, they offer more options for transporting than a stroller does.  You can walk right up and flight of stairs, or walk over bumpy roads with a baby in a back pack.
Storage compartments.  Many of the back packs offer compartments or pouches for storing supplies that might make even make it unnecessary to carry a diaper bag.

Many Options. 
They come in a variety of sizes and there are plenty of models, to choose from.   It might be a good idea to take your baby with you when you are ready to try them out and see which one fits them best.

Protection. 
Some of them offer a canopy or tent attachment in the case of bad weather of if it is too sunny for the child.   Because you can use the backpack up until the child is 40lbs, it will help you keep a busy toddler close by when you are in crowded situations like a county fair or mall.

A Team Effort.
  Backpacks can be a little cumbersome to get in and out of, so it usually will require someone to be with you when you take it on and/or off.   But they are worth it because they can be especially wonderful for family outings or day trips such as visiting the zoo, an amusement park, or just hiking through the woods. 

Need a Rear View Mirror.
  It can be hard to keep an eye on junior and they might even end up grabbing things off the shelves at the grocery store.  So it will be good to have a friend around to help you keep an eye on them.

Adjustable. 
There are many different ways to tailor fit the back pack to your body, but just be sure to take the time to get all the straps adjusted correctly as not to put too much stress on your back. 

The pros definitely outweigh the cons of getting a backpack carrier for your baby, but just be sure to take your time and select the best one for your needs.    Get a friend to go with you when you are ready to try them on and when you find the one that you like best, shop around for the best deal!  Happy Baby Back Packing!