Best Hiking Carriers For Toddlers, How To Choose The Best One?

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Best hiking carriers for toddlers.- I have always practiced hiking, specially when I was single. And now with a baby? why would I stop? I only need the right equipment. My first walks as a new dad were not with the best toddler carriers for hiking, however when my wife and I discovered the ergonomic baby carriers we did not know it could be so easy and fun to share this experience with our child.

From large outings to small walks we have practiced a bit of everything. We have climbed to considerable altitudes and we have taken simple walks in the park or in the countryside. In any case they have always been wonderful experiences in which the toddler carriers have helped us eliminate barriers and enjoy enormously our activities with total comfort and simplicity.

The choice of the best baby-toddler carrier for hiking.

In any case we should always choose a toddler carrier with support on both shoulders. Usually we will spend a lot of time walking and it would be absurd to think that we can carry the baby in an asymmetric way for a long time.

The best types of toddler-baby carriers for this activity are: the wrap(knitted, preferably), the mei-tai or the ergonomic backpack.

First toddler carrier: The Wrap

The wrap is probably the best toddler carrier option and, most importantly, the most comfortable. It is versatile, and when you learn to use it , your will find it simple and original, since you can change the knot depending on the age of the baby, the time of day, the situation, etc …
When used correctly, it is comfortable, and perhaps the best for a long-way porting, even when the child is already one or two years old, and even more so if she/he is not too heavy (+ 26 pounds).
The advantages with respect to other options are the type of fabric (natural as cotton, linen, or others), the fact that they are breathable and thermoregulable, they also have good adaptability to both the parent and the baby, good weight support and its distribution in the trunk the carrier. They do not add weight to the child because they lack harnesses or frames.

The disadvantages: it requires learning, the wrap is a device that needs practice, observation and above all, patience, but the time spent in learning how to use it is worth it.
An unsuspected advantage is that when standing it becomes useful as a blanket for the floor, a diaper changer (being careful not to stain it) or evena  hammock.

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Second Toddler Carrier: The Mei-tai

A second option is the mei tai, with a good comfort-practicality relationship, it is a baby carrier of traditional origin, very easy to use and adapting very well to both carrier and porter.
For longer hikes we should prefer in this case the mei tais with wide strips that facilitate a knotting with the possibility of three layers of support for the baby. That is, the strips can be worn simply by holding the knees (favoring a good position), or they can be stretched wide, favoring not only a good position but also forming two more layers to the seat of the toddler carrier, thus giving greater comfort in the portage.

Advantages: It hardly needs learning, since its use is very intuitive. It bulges very little and is quick to put on and take off. It also lacks harnesses or frames so it does not add more weight to your body. It is also breathable and thermoregulable if it is made with natural fabrics.

Disadvantages: Not suitable for children under 5 months. For long or sloping hikes it is a type of baby carrier that may tend to pull back slightly especially with big babies, so, you may get tired quickier and a little less comfortable compared to the wrap , but this is not a handicap if you do not like the wrap. It is a very good option.

Variants of mei tai such as ombuhimo or similar ones, are less versatile, especially if we alternate the toddler carrying between front and a back, but they can be feasible alternatives.

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Second Toddler Carrier Option: Ergonomic Backpacks.

One last option are ergonomic backpacks, but those that really are ergonomic, not those that commercials tell us they are ergonomic when in reality, they are not.
Ergonomic backpacks really are the commercial version of mei tai and for those who do not like knots, this is a quick and easy option. Although there are many brands we will try to favor those that are made of natural fabrics because they will give your toddleer freshness when it is hot and warmth in winter. We will avoid the marks or models of synthetic fabrics and / or with cushions too thick and annoying.

Backpacks with metal frames are not very suitable since they dissociate the weight of the baby from ours and increase their weight because of the frame.

I have seen many times these backpacks in which the baby finds it difficult to place his head to sleep there is no contact with the carrier either.

Advantages: Simple use, adjustable and relatively fast adjustment, practically the same as the mei tai in all aspects.

Inconveniences. Their belts and strips are usually padded which also makes them hotter in those areas. If mom and dad want to change places it has to be adjusted again before starting the march again.

In all these devices, wrap, mei tai or backpack, the baby MUST be sitting on his buttocks, in no case his legs will be hanging down.

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The Position of the baby.

In general and given the activity it is better to carry the baby on the back when hiking, but if it is a baby of a few months, they often need to eat (especially if mom is breastfeeding) so, it may be more convenient to carry them on the front.

Keep in mind that the baby will be above your diaphragm most of the time and this will limit our breathing capacity favoring a feeling of fatigue more quickly. In this case you should schedule short trips and take your time to rest.

If you already have experience or confidence, carring your toddler on your back will give you much more freedom of movement and even a faster reaction capacity in case of slipping off,when  testing the ground, or simply avoid a branch.

Taking them on the back also helps us to protect the baby from possible “surprises” and / or sudden movements.

As precautionary measures, always monitor a correct position of the baby making sure that the knees are slightly above the bum and the baby is properly seated. Cover your baby’s head with a hat and with apply maximum sun protection. Do not neglect the hydration of the baby at any time. Ask a companion to verify from time to time theres nothing missing, using your commons sense is basic.

A good position favors the blood circulation of the baby, but if you have doubts, check their feet from time to time (temperature or color), since a bad position (legs hanging) or a bad baby carrier can be dangerous in case of extreme cold weather.
Sweating is normal, both for you and the baby and even desirable because it is our body’s way of regulating temperature. If it is too hot or the humidity makes the day heavy you can always stop, relax and start again a while later.

In any case whenever you have doubts it is better to check all that is necessary and even undo and re-do the knots or the complete porting system if you think it is badly regulated.

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