Any ideas for backpack carriers?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Any ideas for backpack carriers?
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Sun, 04-27-2003 - 6:50pm
I was told that LL Bean had a good one, but can't find it on their site. I have the Hip Hammock and the Baby Bjorn carrier, but really would like a backpack for outings. Any ideas?

TIA!

Michelle :)

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Mon, 04-28-2003 - 6:40am
Sorry, I can't recommend a specific brand, as mine is a swedish one that I bought here in Uruguay. But the top things I looked for were comfortable shoulder straps, a strong hip belt to distribute the weight, and a chest strap to help balance the load. Standing on its own is a nice feature, but not really necessary, imo. Oh, we did have one that used when Maggie was little (6-14 mos) - an InStep folding backpack that we got at Toys R Us - comfortable for us and her, folded up small so great for traveling, but very sturdy. The seat part was a little snug, though, and I think now that she's two, it would be tough to get her in and out easily. We had to replace it because I broke the buckles after accidentally slamming the strap in the car door, and our current one has a bigger, more open seat - which I would not want for a younger baby! Definitely try on whatever you buy, and make sure DH or any other potential carrier does too, so you can make sure it adjusts well between you.

Good luck with your search,

Elizabeth

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 04-28-2003 - 7:34am
I have a tough traveller backpack (kid carrier model)which I have had for 7 years. I love it. I am using it for my 4th child. I wear it every day to cook as well as when I am out.

http://www.toughtraveler.com/catb2.asp

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Registered: 04-30-2003
Fri, 05-02-2003 - 3:06pm
We've used the Kelty Expedition from 6m to current 33m. Excellent support. The only thing I would want different is a sunshield that was easy to put up and down. We do a lot a backpacking and it works great. Kelty does make cheaper ones but many of those do not have as much padding on the hips and can carry less stuff.