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Best baby carrier backpacks for hiking, travel and everyday use 2023

We've put the UK’s top baby carrier backpacks to the test to highlight the safest, comfiest and most supportive backpack carriers for hikes, walks or hands-free travel with your baby or toddler in tow. Here are the best baby carrier backpacks to buy right now, as tested and reviewed by parents.

By Lucy Cotterill | Last updated Sep 20, 2023

five of the best baby carrier backpacks

Baby carrier backpacks, also known as child carrier backpacks or framed carriers, are designed for transporting babies and toddlers aged six months or older. Unlike regular baby carriers or slings, child backpack carriers usually have an aluminium frame and extra hip support for the wearer. They're great when your child gets too heavy for a baby carrier or sling and for scenarios where a lightweight buggy could be restrictive - think hikes and family adventure holidays.

When sat in a baby backpack carrier, children are raised slightly higher than in a baby carrier. They're seated in a 'cockpit' area and have a great vantage point for peering out over your shoulders. Originally designed for hiking, walking trails and exploring the great outdoors, these nifty backpacks are handy when exploring urban areas too, especially when travelling abroad.

How we tested the best baby carrier backpacks

To bring you our definitive list of the best baby carrier backpacks to buy this year, we tapped into the tried and tested experiences of Mumsnet users, analysing their feedback on the carriers they’ve used with their children and would recommend to other parents. With around 8 million parents visiting our forums every month, we are consistently able to source the most honest and up-to-date reviews.

We then extended our research, consulting retailer bestseller lists as well as trusted review publications, such as Which?, for the latest lab test results to ensure our Mumsnetters’ views were consistent with wider customer experiences and expert opinion. Where possible, we also enlisted a team of parent testers to really put the baby carrier backpacks through their paces.

If you want to add a pram to the mix, we've got handy guides to the best pushchairs, the best lightweight strollers, the best travel systems and the best double buggies. If you're travelling by car, it's well worth checking out our recommendations on the best baby car seats, the best toddler car seats and the best child booster seats to buy. And we've got you covered on two wheels too thanks to our guides to the best child bike seats and best bike trailers.

Best baby carrier backpacks at a glance

1. Best overall baby carrier backpack: Phil & Teds Parade

Phil & Teds Parade baby carrier backpack

Price: RRP £99 | Buy now from Amazon

Tested by parents: Read our full Phil & Teds Parade review

Key specs

Age:6 months to 3 years | Weight: 2kg | Maximum load: Up to 18kg | Storage capacity: 12.5L | Sunshade: No

What we like

  • Super compact and folds down flat – can be taken on the plane as hand luggage

  • Easy to assemble

  • Excellent storage

  • Great value for money

  • Two-year guarantee

What we don’t like

  • Not as much head support as in other backpacks

  • No sunshade or rain-proof hood

What Mumsnet users say

“Personally I found that carriers that do front and back are actually very difficult to get your child in on the back. We have a Phil & Teds back carrier that is much more structured and stands upright so you can put your baby in first and then put it on, which is far easier” - tried and tested by Mumsnet user Hugasauras

Our verdict

After weeks of walking across both town and country, our parent tester, Toby, gave this baby carrier backpack the highest score out of all the products he tested, rating it particularly well for day-to-day use and value for money. As such, we think the Phil & Teds Parade is the best baby carrier backpack to buy right now.

With an innovative, compact design, the Phil & Teds Parade is a robust and comfortable baby carrier backpack that folds flat enough to be used as an aircraft carry-on, making it an ideal choice for travel. It’s a neat, classic-looking model that is as well suited to urban environments as it is to off-road, countryside jaunts.

Suitable from six months up to 18kg, the Phil & Teds Parade has a sturdy internal aluminium frame which is lined with washable, waterproof fabrics. The harness can be adjusted to suit parents of all heights and, with padded shoulder and hipbelts and a ventilated mesh back panel, it's even comfortable for longer walks and hikes.

Thanks to the handy anchor stand, it's simple to secure your child into the cockpit by placing the backpack carrier on the floor before lifting them up onto your back. The seat is comfortably padded and adjustable to adapt to your child as they grow and, with a five-point safety harness, you can be confident they’re secure at all times.

We love the detachable backpack for kids and the handy storage pockets to house your water bottles and keys. It’s worth noting, however, that there’s no rain or sun hood included with this model. If you are after a baby carrier for longer treks come rain or shine, the Osprey Poco Plus (see below) would make a good alternative, offering all the extras that you might need for your journey.

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2. Best budget baby carrier backpack: LittleLife Ranger S2

Mum carrying toddler in Littlelife Ranger S2 backpack carrier

Price: RRP £105 | Buy now from Amazon

Tested by parents: Read our full LittleLife Ranger S2 review

Key specs

Age:6 months to 3 years | Weight: 1.7kg | Maximum load: 20kg | Storage capacity: 6L - LittleLife Ranger accessory pouch sold separately | Sunshade: Yes (sold separately)

What we like

  • The lightest British Standard Approved backpack carrier

  • Newly-designed, removable, washable face pad

  • Adjustable back system

  • Two hip pockets

  • Pivoting hipbelt for added comfort

What we don’t like

  • Sun and rain cover cost extra

  • Six-litre storage pouch not included

What Mumsnet users say

“I brought a LittleLife Ranger. It's very light and my eight-month-old fits well in it (with tons of room to grow). She felt so light in it that my husband kept forgetting she was in it! - tried and tested by Mumsnet user Noodlebugs1981

Our verdict

Weighing in at just 1.7kg, the LittleLife Ranger S2 with a tubular aluminum frame is the lightest British Standard Approved back carrier on the market.

Despite the feather-light design, it's surprisingly sturdy, with chest and waist straps that ensure it feels perfectly secure for both parent and child. The ideal progression from a front carrier, the Ranger is a great alternative for short to mid-length journeys if you want to leave your pushchair at home.

The LittleLife Ranger S2 is a steal for what is a no-frills but functional piece of kit and our parent tester, Laura, gave it a nine out of 10 for value for money. Whilst you won’t find an included sun canopy, kickstand or the storage boasted by the more expensive LittleLife Adventurer S2 (see below), it does have a fully adjustable back system which can adapt to the user (ideal for swapping between parents). There’s also a comfortable face pad to support your child if they nod off during your adventures.

If you’re heading out on a longer day out, the lack of storage in the Ranger may be an issue. We recommend purchasing a sun canopy as well as the six-litre accessory pouch which can hook onto the base of the carrier and provide plenty of extra space to stash your drinks, snacks and baby-changing essentials.

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3. Best lightweight baby carrier backpack: LittleLife Cross Country S4

Dad carrying toddler in Littlelife Cross Country S4 backpack carrier

Price: RRP £199.99 | Buy now from Amazon

Tested by parents: Read our full LittleLife Cross Country S4 review

Key specs

Age: 6 months to 3 years | Weight: 2.5kg | Maximum load: 20kg |  Storage capacity: 20L | Sunshade: Yes

What we like

  • Lightweight

  • No assembly required

  • Generous amount of storage

  • Suitable for short and tall parents

  • Top grab handles

  • Pivoting hip belt for extra comfort

What we don’t like

  • Less comfortable for longer walks than the more robust Osprey carriers

  • Extra cost for rain cover

  • Doesn’t fold down for transportation

What Mumsnet users say

"The LittleLife Cross Country S4 features an x-buckle harness, which goes over your child’s head before being secured using three buckles (one in the middle and two either side near their hips). Buckling my daughter in was easy and she felt safe in the seat at all times during our walks, which was very reassuring" - MNHQ parent tester, Laura

Our verdict

If you’re looking for a baby carrier backpack with lots of storage at a very reasonable price, the LittleLife Cross Country S4 fits the bill. An update on the Cross Country S3, this latest version features foot stirrups for extra comfort as well as updated fabrics with mesh on the back panel and straps for optimal airflow. Just like the LittleLife Ranger S2, it's very lightweight (at 2.5kg), and is suitable from six months up to three years (or 20kg).

With a fully adjustable back system ranging from XS to XL to suit wearers of different heights (up to 6'4"), the LittleLife Cross Country S4 has a padded hipbelt and chest strap that spreads the weight equally across your shoulders, making it comfortable to carry, even with an older child. Due to the lightweight frame, however, it may be less comfortable during longer hikes than the more robust Osprey models (see below).

We love the generous 20kg of storage with pockets at the base, sides and hipbelt to ensure you have everything you need close to hand while out and about, as well as the soft face pad for nap time should your child nod off during your walk. You unfortunately can't fully collapse the Cross Country S4 down for easy storage and it doesn't have an integrated kickstand, but it does come with an anchor point at the base for extra stability when placing your child inside.

Unlike the cheaper LittleLife Ranger S2, this backpack carrier comes with a sunshade, toy loops and rear view mirror for keeping an eye on your tot while on the move. We wish there was a rain cover included in the price though, but this can be bought as an optional extra.

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4. Best luxury baby carrier backpack: Osprey Poco Plus

Osprey Poco Plus baby carrier backpack

Price: RRP £329 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Age: 6 months to 4 years | Weight: 3.6kg | Maximum load: 22kg |  Storage capacity: 26L | Sunshade: Yes - integrated sunshade and rain cover

What we like

  • Airflow mesh system

  • In-built sunshade with SPF 50 rating

  • Substantial storage capacity

  • Adjustable hip and torso length

What we don’t like

  • Heavier design weighing 3.6kg

  • Costly

What Mumsnet users say

“We have both and would use the Osprey for actual hikes, e.g. hillwalking. My toddler is not keen on getting in the Ergobaby on my back (though we did try it out) and is getting a bit big for it now anyway. The Osprey has footrests so you can go for a long walk without my child's feet getting numb and a big pocket under the seat for carrying stuff, plus a sun/rain cover. It's for serious outdoor days out, I think” - recommended by Mumsnet user ZacharinaQuack

“We've got the Osprey Poco backpack. My son is 15kg but manageable in this as it has a waist strap and a chest strap as well as fully adjustable shoulder straps and back. There are a few different versions but ours has an in-built sunshade which is good as well as a rain cover” - rated by Mumsnet user ​​larrythelizard

Our verdict

A hit with Mumsnetters and parents the world over, Osprey has designed some of the best baby carrier backpacks around. Updated in 2020 to increase the hip belt padding as well as the cockpit harness that now buckles behind your child’s shoulders, the Osprey Poco Plus has all the features needed for longer treks and offers the smoothest of rides on all terrain.

Similar to the Osprey Poco in terms of cockpit and back panel, the Poco Plus wins in a few areas. It holds 26 litres of storage (versus the Poco’s 20 litres) and features zipped hipbelt pockets (versus the Poco’s mesh ones). While the price tag is a bit steeper than other popular baby carrier backpacks, like the affordable Phil & Teds Parade, you certainly get what you pay for with the Poco Plus.

The Osprey Poco Plus carrier comes with an SPF 50 sun shade, an integrated and removable rain cover, a mirror, day pack and removable washable drool pad. There’s plenty of storage for your essentials too, including stretchy mesh side pockets, the aforementioned zipped hipbelt pockets and a large zipped storage compartment under the seat.

The Osprey Poco Plus provides a very high level of comfort for both you and your child, with a mesh back system ventilation and a Fit-on-the-Fly adjustable hipbelt to create a custom fit for different hip sizes and torso lengths. The safety harness, seat and foot stirrups are fully adjustable too, adapting to fit your child comfortably as they grow. The main thing that lets it down is its weight, at almost double the LittleLife Ranger S2 and LittleLife Adventurer S2.

You can see our full Mumsnet review of a similar but now discontinued Osprey Poco Premium here: Osprey Poco AG Premium review

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5. Best baby carrier backpack for toddlers: Deuter Kid Comfort Pro

Deuter Kid Comfort Pro baby carrier backpack

Price: RRP £274 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Age: 6 months to 4 years | Weight: 3.68kg | Maximum load: 24 kg |  Storage capacity: 18L | Sunshade: Yes

What we like

  • Integrated mirror check on your child

  • Easy to put sunhood up and down as required

  • Good back ventilation

  • Removable day pack with a generous storage capacity

What we don’t like

  • No zip on the bottom compartment - feels less secure than the Osprey Poco Plus

  • Costly

What Mumsnet users say

“I have the Deuter Kid Comfort which both my husband and I use regularly. It's amazingly comfortable and my son falls asleep in it all the time!” - tried and tested by Mumsnet user CatnipEverdeen

“Deuter Kid Comfort. We have the Kid Comfort 3 which is an older model but it was great for both of ours. It's got an integrated sunshade and the frame is designed to stop you from squashing your child if you fall. Adjustable back fit both husband and I, and we used it for loads of walks including up a couple of Munros” - brand recommended by Mumsnet user randomsabreuse

Our verdict

Carrying older babies and toddlers can be challenging, but thanks to its robust aluminium frame and moveable VariFlex ECL hip fins, the Deuter Kid Comfort Pro offers excellent weight distribution that can help to prevent aches across your shoulders and back. Despite its compact design, the comfortable mesh back panel provides excellent ventilation and airflow on warmer days.

Whilst it doesn’t have quite as much storage as the Osprey Poco Plus, the Kid Comfort Pro doesn’t disappoint, including two elasticated side pockets and a large stretchy front pouch. It also comes with a generously sized 18-litre day backpack, which can be hooked to the chest strap for convenient front access to your drinks and sun lotion.

We love the mirror for peeking at your little passenger as well as the soft head cushion that supports your child if they fall asleep. The height-adjustable foot loops also ensure maximum comfort for your toddler as they grow.

Unlike some of the cheaper LittleLife carriers and the original Deuter Kid Comfort, which our parent tester also rated highly, the Deuter Kid Comfort Pro comes with a permanently installed, easy-to-raise sunhood, protecting your child from the sun as you travel. If you are travelling more locally and are less concerned about a day pack and integrated sunshade, the slightly cheaper Deuter Kid Comfort makes a great alternative.

6. Best baby carrier backpack for travel: Osprey Poco LT

Osprey Poco LT baby carrier backpack

Price: RRP £224 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Age: 6 months to 3 years | Weight: 2.3kg | Maximum load: 22kg |  Storage capacity: 21L | Sunshade: Yes

What we like

  • Compact and lightweight design that folds down for travel

  • Built-in SPF 50 sunshade

  • Fully adjustable for comfort and balance

What we don’t like

  • Raincover sold separately

What Mumsnet users say:

“We have an Osprey one and my husband loves it. He'd never buy another brand now!” - tried and tested by Mumsnet user Littlehouseinthebigcity

Our verdict

With many of the quality and comfort benefits you’d expect from the Osprey brand but in a more compact design, the Osprey Poco LT measures significantly smaller than the original Poco at 37 x 34 x 61cm and is over a kilogram lighter too, making it a lightweight option for everyday urban environments as well as rural walks and treks in the countryside.

Whilst the rain cover is sold separately, it comes with a generously sized sunshade, ensuring your child has a high level of sun protection without reducing their visibility, although you’ll find a larger sunshade on the Osprey Poco Plus.

Fully adjustable for comfort and balance, the Poco LT has a surprising amount of storage. The internal key clip ensures your valuables stay safe, whilst the large lower zipped compartment and hipbelt pockets ensure easy access to everything from loose change and sunscreen to nappies and baby wipes.

Built with travel and convenience in mind, the harness and hipbelts can be stashed away in the main pack of the carrier when not in use, taking up less space in the boot of your car and small enough to take as a carry on when travelling abroad. The integrated kickstand is also really helpful, allowing you to pop your child down for a snack or to admire the view without any risk of toppling.

7. Best washable baby carrier backpack: Thule Sapling Carrier Backpack

Thule Sapling baby carrier backpack

Price: RRP £300 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Age: 6 months to 3 years | Weight:3.2kg | Maximum load: 22kg | Storage capacity: 22L | Sunshade: Yes

What we like

  • Machine-washable child seat

  • Modern design

  • Generous storage

  • Ventilated back panel

What we don’t like

  • Pricey

  • Rain cover sold separately

  • Velcro back adjustment feels less sturdy than on other carrier backpacks

Our verdict

Whilst it doesn’t come cheap, the Thule Sapling Carrier Backpack has one huge benefit that sets it apart from its competitors. Unlike many of the framed back carriers which are spot clean/hand wash only, the Thule has a mesh seat that is fully removable and can be popped in the washing machine. The drool pad is removable too, so even if you’re transporting a dribbly teether, you can have it clean and fresh in no time and ready for your next family outing.

The modern design of the Thule is well suited to an urban environment and, for convenience, your child can be loaded from the top or side depending on your preference. Whilst the use of Velcro to adjust the torso settings on the back panel doesn't feel as robust as the Fit-on-the-Fly system on Osprey carriers, it can easily be tailored to multiple parents and has an SPF sun hood to protect your child from the midday sun.

While the Thule has one of the most generous storage compartments we’ve seen, the substantial 22-litre capacity can also be supplemented with a sling pack and rain cover (each sold separately).

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8. Most versatile baby carrier backpack: Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh

Ergobaby Omni 360 baby carrier backpack

Price: RRP £165 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Age: Newborn to 4 years | Weight: 1.31kg | Max load: 20.4kg | Storage capacity: Belt pouch only | Sunshade: No

What we like

  • Lightweight frameless design

  • Four carrying options including front and back

  • Excellent ventilation

  • Removable belt pouch

  • Features UPF 50+ sunhood

What we don’t like

  • Less suited to more off-road hiking or long durations

What Mumsnet users say

“Ergobaby (360 or Omni). The first one used it until two years (then he preferred to walk everywhere). No backache and very easy to adjust... used it for hiking/holidays, no issue whatsoever” - rated by Mumsnet user Clockwork99

“The Ergobaby 360 can be used for a front or back carry and [can be used] up to toddler size. We used it daily to take my son to nursery and it fit both me and my husband really well” - tried and tested by Mumsnet user Smeerf

“Ergobaby 360 and it's brilliant. Got it when my son was about three months old. He's now 18 months and climbs into a back carry himself. It's ideal and highly recommended it” - rated by Mumsnet user Elephantonascooter

Our verdict

If you’re looking for a baby carrier backpack without the bulk and rigidity of an aluminium frame, the Ergobaby Omni 360 is a versatile choice. Adjustable to carry babies from newborn to toddlerhood, it offers a variety of carrying options to help you leave the pushchair at home and keep both hands free during days out.

From birth, babies will love the comfort and security of being inward-facing against your chest. As they grow, you can shift the Ergobaby to be outward-facing as well as use it as a hip carrier or back carrier from the age of six months.

While less suited to long hikes and off-road experiences than other baby carrier backpacks on this list due to the frameless, less supportive design, this ergonomic carrier is nevertheless praised by Mumsnet users for its breathable and lightweight mesh fabrics, comfortable lumbar support and flexibility - a great all-rounder for more everyday use.

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9. Best lightweight baby carrier backpack: Deuter Kid Comfort Active

Deuter Kid Comfort Active baby carrier backpack

Price: RRP £220 | Buy now from Amazon 

Key specs

Weight: 2.68 kg | Age: 6 months to 3 years | Weight: 2.68 kg | Maximum load: 21kg | Storage capacity: 14L | Sunshade: Yes (sold separately)

What we like

  • Ventilated seating area

  • Height-adjustable child seat

  • Comfortable cockpit fabrics

  • Folds for travel

What we don’t like

  • Costly

  • No sunshade included

What Mumsnet users say

“I’m [5 foot 2] and used Ergobaby non-stop when we were out and about. When my son was around 14 months I moved to a rucksack type carriers - the Deuter Kid Comfort, which I would also highly recommend!” - tried and tested by Mumsnet user CatnipEverdeen

Our verdict

With a minimalist and lightweight design, the Deuter Kid Comfort Active is well suited to parents with a smaller frame or those who may struggle with the weight and bulk of a larger carrier.

With a real focus on comfort, the Comfort Active not only has an effective ventilated back system for parents but includes mesh inserts within the child’s seat too, helping to prevent your child from sweating or overheating on warmer days. The seat height and footrest height are fully adjustable, ensuring a comfortable and ergonomic seating position at all times.

With many of the innovative features you’d expect from the Deuter brand, the Comfort Active can be folded down flat for travel and includes the safety kickstand and chin pad seen on the Kid Comfort Pro. Unlike the Pro, this model doesn’t have a sunroof or detachable day pack, so offers slightly less capacity in terms of storage. The storage compartments on the Active also don’t have zips, so you may want to keep your valuables closer to hand.

10. Best baby carrier backpack for storage: LittleLife Voyager S5

LittleLife Voyager S5 baby carrier backpack

Price: RRP £249.99 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Age: 6 months to 3 years | Weight: 2.9kg | Maximum load: 20kg |  Storage capacity: 28L | Sunshade: Yes

What we like

  • Includes zip-off day sack

  • Fully adjustable mesh back system

  • Freestanding anchor point

  • Sunhood

What we don’t like

  • May feel too large for smaller frames/petite parents

  • Raincover sold separately

What Mumsnet users say

“We have the LittleLife Voyager S5. It's amazing” - tried and tested by Mumsnet user LordOfTheOnionRings

Our verdict

The largest and heaviest of the LittleLife baby carrier backpacks, the Voyager S5 is still an excellent choice for families who want to spend significant time in the great outdoors. With a fully adjustable mesh back system and pivoting hipbelt, it’s also ideal for taller users as it can be adjusted for parents up to 6 foot 4 inches in height.

Suitable from six months to around three years of age, this long-lasting baby carrier offers an ergonomic-shaped seating area including a mouldable neck support and soft face pad - ideal for longer journeys where your child may want to nap on the go.

It doesn’t come cheap, but unlike some of the more affodable LittleLife models, including the LittleLife Ranger S2 and Adventurer S2, the Voyager includes a rearview mirror, sun shade and foot stirrups - additions that we feel are worth the extra should you be using it regularly. It also offers significant storage (more than any other baby carrier backpack on our list, in fact), with a capacity of up to 28 litres including a zip-off day sack for nappy change supplies or snacks and an insulating pocket for reusable water bottles.

Why do I need a baby carrier backpack?

A baby carrier backpack is a handy progression from a traditional baby carrier, providing freedom for parents to travel hands-free with an older baby or toddler without requiring a pushchair, lightweight buggy or umbrella stroller.

Unlike front-facing baby carriers, baby carrier backpacks include an aluminium frame and tend to be more robust, spreading the weight of your child across your shoulders and back. They can also be adjusted to the user, allowing each parent to tailor the carrier to their size and height.

What should I consider when buying a baby carrier backpack?

A baby carrier backpack can be quite an investment, so it’s important to make the right choice for you and your family. Here are some things to consider when making your choice

  • Weight limits/age recommendations: Most baby carrier backpacks can be used from around six months of age, but the maximum load weight varies. The majority of baby carriers have a maximum child weight of around 22kg, but others specify a maximum overall load, including any items you carry in storage on your travels.

  • Weight of the carrier: How much does the carrier weigh when empty? Considering the weight of the carrier itself, along with the weight of your child, is important, particularly if you are petite or small-framed. Lightweight designs are often more comfortable to carry, however they don’t tend to be as feature-rich as the heavier, more robust designs.

  • Comfort/padding: How comfortable is the carrier for both parent and child? For the parent, you should consider things such as padded shoulder, chest and hip straps, as well as a well-ventilated back to ensure good airflow on hot days. For your child, you should consider the padding and ventilation in the cockpit seat, as well as additions such as pillows and dribble pads, which can be useful if your child is prone to falling asleep on the move.

  • Safety features: Does the baby carrier backpack offer a robust and secure harness and can this be adjusted to your child easily as they grow? Other safety features to look out for include a foot anchor or kick-out leg that will support the weight of the carrier when placed on the ground. This reduces the risk of toppling when placing your child inside and allows you to stop safely for a break without removing your child.

  • Sun and rain protection: Not all baby carrier backpacks include weather protection, with many sun hoods and rain covers sold as an optional extra. If you’re likely to be hiking, walking or travelling in all seasons, a carrier with an integrated sun hood may be worth the additional expense. An effective SPF 50 sun hood will ensure your child stays protected from the sun’s rays without blocking the view from their higher vantage point.

  • Adjustability: How easy is the baby carrier backpack to adjust? Can it be tailored to you by adjusting the size of the straps? Can the seat itself be altered as your baby grows? From the length of the harness to the placement of the footrests, the more adjustable the carrier, the greater longevity it provides.

  • Storage capacity: Storage capacity varies quite considerably between brands. If you’re looking for a carrier for long days out hiking or exploring rural settings, opt for a carrier backpack with a larger capacity as it will provide plenty of space for nappies, a change of clothes, sunscreen, food and drink.

What age can a child go into a baby carrier backpack?

To safely sit in a baby carrier backpack, your baby should be able to sit confidently without assistance and support the weight of their own head and neck. In most cases, this is from around six months of age.

How we chose our recommendations

Recommendations from real Mumsnet users

First, we sought out the trusted opinions of Mumsnet users, seeking their feedback on the baby carrier backpacks they have tried and tested with their children, whether that was hiking, walking or simply navigating a city. Some of these baby carrier backpacks were then put through their paces by parent testers, who used the carriers with their children over the course of a number of months.

We also looked out for any negative reviews, where Mumsetters highlighted baby carriers that they felt were poor quality, uncomfortable to carry or offered low value for money.

Expert opinions

Next up, we considered reviews and feedback from trusted industry experts. We want to be confident that the products we recommend are safe, comfortable and practical for outdoor adventures, so we looked out for award-winning products or those that were well-regarded in the marketplace, including those recommended by travel experts or consumer champions such as Which?.

Authentic consumer reviews

Finally, to bring you our definitive list of the best baby carrier backpacks on the market, we thoroughly investigated genuine, in-depth customer reviews on retailer sites such as Amazon and John Lewis to get wider consumer experiences regarding the products on our shortlist.

Why you should trust us

We work hard to provide honest and independent advice you can trust and we spend hours scouring the Mumsnet forums and online bestseller lists to find products that real parents rate.

Transparency is really important to us and that's why we're always upfront about where we find our recommendations. We write about products that we feel offer the best value to most parents – the ones that our users would recommend to their own friends and family.

About the author

Lucy Cotterill is a mum of two and Content Writer at Mumsnet, specialising in baby/child and lifestyle product reviews and round-ups. Having written product reviews on her own blog Real Mum Reviews since 2012, Lucy loves to research and explore the pros and cons of baby products, scrutinising reviews and consumer feedback to help parents make confident purchases that benefit their families.

Originally from a HR background with a degree in Business Studies, Lucy developed a real passion for blogging and writing when her children were young, going on to write for several online publications including US parenting site Pregistry and the Evening Standard.

When she’s not manically tapping the keys of her laptop, Lucy loves nothing more than to cosy up with her Kindle and enjoy the latest thriller, or compete in Nintendo Switch rallies with her daughters aged six and 10.