Best Carrier Backpacks in 2021
Updated 07-03-2021 – Lucy Walters
A backpack carrier is a great investment. It keeps your hands free and gives your child a unique view of the world around them. They can also mean that you can take your child on adventures that wouldn’t be accessible with a pushchair. They’re also designed for you to carry your child in a hip healthy way. A carrier backpack can be one of the best baby products you buy, so here’s our list of the best baby carrier backpacks.
|MiaMily Hipster Plus||Best overall||9.5/10|
|Montis Outdoor Hoover Nexus||Premium pick||9/10|
|Dwelle Carrier Backpack||Budget pick||8.5/10|
|Ergobaby Carrier Backpack||Comfort pick||8/10|
|Montis Runner One||Hiking pick||8/10|
|Lillebaby Complete Embossed 6 in 1 Backpack Carrier||Stylish pick||8/10|
|Boba Air Baby Carrier||Travel pick||8/10|
|Dromader Koala Carrier Backpack||Outdoor pick||8/10|
|Xtelary Child Carrier||Compact Storage Pick||7.5/10|
|Clevamama Ergonomic Baby Carrier||Best for smaller children||7.5/10|
1 MiaMily Hipster Plus
The MiaMily Hipster Plus is an easy to use, easy to wear carrier backpack. It’s designed to keep the weight on your hips, rather than your back. It also has built in lumbar support, which also helps take the strain off your back.
It can be used for multiple carry positions, depending on the age and ability of your baby. It’s suitable from around 3 months, when your baby has developed head and neck control, but you can buy a separate infant insert which allows you to use this carrier with a younger baby. You can also buy a single shoulder strap, which allows you to use this as a hip carrier.
It’s available in 3 colours, but you can also find an organic cotton version which comes in one colour. The Hipster Plus also comes with storage pockets for any necessary toiletries. It has a mobile phone pocket on the side, and there’s a pocket under the hip seat.
2 Montis Outdoor Hoover Nexus
The Montis Outdoor Hoover Nexus is the ultimate hiking carrier backpack. It’s suitable for up to 25kg, which is around 6 years of age. It can be used when your baby can sit up independently, which is around 8 months old.
It is height adjustable, which makes it suitable for both parents. It’s also designed to be easy to carry, and to take pressure away from the back. It has built in padded back supports. It has a mesh panel against the parent’s back which helps keep you cool.
It has 3 mesh pockets, a bottle holder, a 10L rucksack, and an 18L sitting bag. The rucksack and the sitting bag are placed so that they won’t get in the way of your child. It has a kickstand, so you can set it on the ground and it won’t tip over. There’s also a roof attachment, which provides shade.
3 Dwelle Carrier Backpack
The Dwelle carrier backpack is a fantastic budget option. It gives you 6 different positions, which make it suitable from birth to 20 kg.
The first position is a supportive horizontal hold, and when your baby is able to sit upright on their own you can move on and use this carrier as a backpack carrier, or as a front facing carrier. It also has height adjustable buckles, so you can customise it and make it a perfect fit for any adult.
It comes with 3 cotton drool bibs, a cotton head cover, and an extension belt. It’s comfortable to wear in any position, and as it has mesh panels, it doesn’t make you feel overheated quickly. It has multiple storage pockets, so you can take anything you need with you. There’s even an easy to reach bottle holder. For more essential travel items check out our guide on the best lightweight strollers.
4 Ergobaby Carrier Backpack
The Ergobaby carrier backpack is one of the most comfortably designed carrier backpack. It has padded lumbar support, and padded shoulder supports. It comes in a choice of two materials – a high quality mesh fabric, or 100% cotton. Both materials have multiple colour options.
It also has multiple carry options, which means that it’s suitable from birth as a front carrier. It can then be adapted to a backpack carrier. It can also be used as a hip carrier from around 6 months.
It has height and weight adjustable straps, so you can change it to fit the wearer. The padded waist belt, and the shoulder straps are easily adjusted. When used as a front carrier, it has an easy one hand access design that allows you to change from an outward facing position to an inward facing position.
It has a hood with UPF 50+ sun protection. This hood provides sun and wind protection, and can be tucked away when not in use. There’s also a large storage pouch for carrying any other items that you need to take with you.
5 Montis Runner One
The Montis Runner One is designed for taking your baby hiking, walking or running. It’s a completely adjustable carrier backpack with a padded lumbar support waist belt, shoulder straps and a chest strap. It’s very supportive for both the parent and child, making it ideal for hiking, or walking on rough terrain.
It has an aluminium frame, which keeps it stable while you’re wearing it or while it’s on the ground. It’s made from a strong polyester, but it also has mesh panels to help keep you and your child cool. It has a removable support seat, which can be adjusted to your child’s size.
It comes in multiple colour choices, and is compatible with the Montis sun/rain cover, which needs to be purchased separately. It has two storage options. It has a netted compartment which is easily accessible for bottle storage, and it also has a 10L storage bag on the seat.
6 Lillebaby Complete Embossed 6 in 1 Backpack Carrier
The Lillebaby 6 in 1 carrier is suitable from 7lb, which is the average size of a newborn, up to 20kg. Their Complete range of carriers has been designed to grow with your baby, and to be adapted to their changing needs.
It has a padded lumbar support on the waist belt, and is designed to distribute the weight more evenly around the wearer’s body. This may reduce back strain. It’s made from a lightweight microcloth, which can help keep parent and baby cool. It also has a suedecloth lining which keeps your baby comfortable.
It has a zipped cargo pocket for storage, but it also has an open pocket. The open pocket stores the detachable hood.
It has a super stylish embossed panel, and comes in a huge range of colours. It’s easy to clean and can be wiped down, or even put in the washing machine on a cold cycle.
7 Boba Air Baby Carrier
The Boba Air baby carrier offers front or backpack positioning, so you can use it whichever way feels more comfortable for you. It also folds up into its own storage pocket, and is small enough to fit inside your nappy bag, in the car, or under your stroller or double buggy. It’s ideal for travelling.
It’s made from a super strong, durable nylon. It’s easy to clean and is stain resistant. All it needs is a damp cloth to wipe it down with. It has padded shoulder straps which are comfortable, and also have mesh panels making them breathable. It has padded leg openings, which help make it comfortable for your baby. It also has a sleep hood, which stores into the large pocket when not in use.
It has adjustable shoulder straps, and an adjustable waist belt. The shoulder straps adjust to a maximum of 40”, and the waist belt adjusts to a maximum of 58”.
8 Dromader Koala Carrier Backpack
The Dromader Koala carrier backpack is a comfortable, cool, breathable backpack, designed for exploring the outdoors. It has a 3D Opti-Fit support system, which means that it has padded shoulder straps, lumbar support, and a partially padded waist belt. This carrier is designed to be adjusted perfectly to the wearer, and spread the load across the whole body, taking strain off the spine.
It has multiple storage pockets, including pockets in the waist belt, and a hidden storage pocket with a changing pad. It also has a large thermal pocket, for keeping food and drinks hot or cold. It even comes with a removable sunroof and rain cover, so it can be used in all weathers. It has extra spaces where any additional needed equipment can be attached.
It has a height adjustable seat cushion, adjustable harness, and adjustable foot stirrups. All of which help keep your child comfortable no matter how long they’re in the carrier.
9 Xtelary Child Carrier
Compact Storage Pick
This backpack carrier is a comfortable, easy to store backpack carrier. It has a built in metal frame, which helps keep it sturdy, stable, and helps distribute weight evenly across your body. The frame folds down making it quite compact, and easy to store when not in use. It has anti-slip pads on the bottom, so it can rest easily on the ground.
It comes with a multitude of features. It has multiple storage pockets, but it also has a removable backpack, which can be used without the carrier. There’s under seat storage as well. It also comes with a removable retractable rain/sun cover, so your child stays dry.
It’s designed to be comfortable for the wearer. There’s padded shoulder straps, padding in the back area, and a padded waist belt. All of the straps are adjustable. The child harness and the seat are also adjustable so you can make sure that the fit is perfect for both parent and child. It’s available in two colour choices.
10 Clevamama Ergonomic Baby Carrier
Best for smaller children
The Clevamama baby carrier is a supportive carrier, with 5 carry positions, and an ergonomic design. It has adjustable shoulder straps, and an adjustable waist belt, both of which are padded for extra comfort. The shoulder straps are adjustable in two ways, allowing you to adjust it to the perfect fit. It can be used as a hip seat, as a front carrier, or as a backpack carrier.
It’s designed to be cool, lightweight, and allow for good airflow. It can be used from birth, without needing any extra inserts. However, it can only be used up to 15kg, or around 2 years old.
It has multiple storage pockets, and a detachable sun shade, which keeps your baby in the shade during napping. As it’s suitable for newborns, and younger babies, it had padded head and neck supports. It also has teething bibs on the shoulder straps. It’s also machine washable. All you need to do is remove any of the harder inserts and supports, then put in a cold wash.
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