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06-08-2007, 05:30 PM
:happydance:our family is going on a camping trip later this month, and i want to be able to hike with dd. i was thinking a frame style backpack would be great, i'd be hands free and dd would be nice and high to see things (and easy to keep track of on hikes :teehee:) any reccomendations? or a site where i can get it for not a ton of money? thanks:muah:

06-08-2007, 05:49 PM
Have you ever heard of Mai tai baby carriers? They are an asian design I believe. Made out of just fabric, you can tie the baby on front or back..I loved mine!

Here is where I got mine- Bec (the owner) is really great and she can tell you all about them. I took my son on a hike with mine and it was just great.


Momto G B and H
06-08-2007, 05:55 PM
I PM'ed you.

06-08-2007, 05:58 PM
I had a frame style backpack for my two ... but it was several years ago and from the UK ... it was great - they sat up high and could see and it was .. .great!!! highly recommend them - you can cycle, walk .... and usually they will stand up on their own too when you take them off your back or are putting the child in .... if you know what I mean ...

06-08-2007, 07:25 PM
I have an Ergo baby carrier, which is a cloth version of what you're talking about, can be worn front or back and is good for kids up to about 3 years old.

One thing I'm not fond of the ones where bub is higher than you, is misjudging heights and clearing it for yourself, but passenger getting smacked in the face/head :S...

06-11-2007, 08:33 PM
i sewed myself a meitei carrier. i LOVE it. and so does owen. he loves riding in there! it folds up super small so you can keep it in your diaper bag, it's super simple to tie on and you don't need to worry about adjusting straps. owen has helped me water the yard, planting flowers, and he rides in there at the zoo. he likes it because he's with me, and he gets to see everything that's going on still. there are tons of carrier patterns online, and i think lots of people sell them on etsy now too.

06-11-2007, 09:16 PM
my friends have one that they got forom REI. It's pretty hefty. perfect for hiking.

kinda pricey though

06-11-2007, 10:09 PM
itsjustmeghan- do you have a link for a pattern? was it easy? i have a little bit of experience with a sewing machine, but not anything too complicated... tia!

06-11-2007, 10:24 PM
I just found this Mei Tai (http://misfitnotions.blogspot.com/2007/06/its-as-easy-as-abc.html) tutorial the other day. :hug:

06-12-2007, 08:24 AM
frame carriers are great- but definitely try them out in the store first. some are heavy without the 10 pound baby in it... we also had a snuggli type carrier. turned out- our dd hated both. oh well!

Any kid clothing consignment stores near you? almost all the good quality baby gear ends up at the local consignment shops here. REI makes great trail worthy stuff. Local camp/hiking supply stores might be cheaper, and you can always check Wal Mart, but I'm not sure they carry that stuff all the time.

06-12-2007, 08:28 AM
I made a baby sling out of fleece when my pug was 8 weeks old and I took her everywhere in it. I once took her to a morning movie and the attendant asked "Is that your baby?" and I was like "Oh yes, it is!). Little did she know that there was a puppy in there. She's 8 months now and almost 15 pounds but she still loves to sit in it.

06-12-2007, 09:33 AM
I am an avid and active BWer, so hope you don't mind if I chime in my 2 cents :)

Frame carriers aren't the best choice, since they tend to hang babies by their little boy/girl parts, with their legs and hips hanging straight down. It is actually really bad for spine and hip development for a baby to hang that way, which is why Baby Bjorns aren't really that great for babies either. (you can ask any Chiro and they will tell you ;) )

MTs and Ergos are excellent choices, since they seat baby on his or her bum and don't dangle them by the crotch. Both function pretty much the same way, Ergos use buckles where MTs use tying to support the baby.

Here are 3 excellent sources for MTs (unless you are an excellent seamstress, sewing them is sort of a nightmare, bcs you want to have the amount of padding and such just so or it will be too bulky or not enough to be comfy)

www.babyhawk.com (http://www.babyhawk.com)
www.kozycarrier.homestead.com (http://www.kozycarrier.homestead.com)
www.freehandbaby.com (http://www.freehandbaby.com)

There are also structured but soft carriers like Becos (http://www.ecobabies.com/) that use buckles like an ergo, but are shaped more like an MT and use the pretty fabrics to boot.

You can also try wraps, which are great and I love them, but they do have a learning curve. If you have a newborn to say 6 mo, then a stretchy wrap like a Moby Wrap (http://www.mobywrap.com/) is a great choice. After they get too heavy though a better choice would be German Style Weave (or GSW) like a Didymos (http://store.attachedtobaby.com/Categories/Manufacturer-Types/Didymos-Wraps.aspx) or a Storch (http://store.attachedtobaby.com/Categories/Storchenwiege-wraps.aspx) which are 2 of many of that sort of nice woven wrap. You can also make a wrap called a Simple Piece of Cloth (SpoC) but I find that most fabrics at the fabric store just don't have the right "give" to make it comfy, like the GSWs do, since they are woven specially to carry babies.

You can go to www.thebabywearer.com (http://www.thebabywearer.com) to research all sorts of carriers, brands, styles etc. It can be a bit overwhelming over there bcs there is so much info, but it is such a cache of good stuff that I always recommend it to anyone thinking about buying a carrier. Hth!! :)

06-12-2007, 09:45 AM
How old is your daughter? I found that the best carriers for hiking really depend on the child's age and how far you're planning on hiking. We have an REI frame one that is great for longer hikes.

06-12-2007, 02:04 PM
she is almost 14 months, i would guess around 20-23 lbs too. we have a snugli which is ok, but the straps are uncomfortable for me after more than 20 minutes, and a looong stretchy fabric wrap which is amazingly comfortable, but after walking with her in it, it tends to need to be re-adjusted because she sort of 'sags'. she really seems to like that one though. i did find a person on etsy who has mei tai's for $30. I think i might order one from her if dh says an ergo is out of our price range :( i love baby wearing. the one thing we never got the hang of though, is nursing while wearing. i think she is too used to laying on my lap or on the bed for naps when she nurses. . .

06-12-2007, 02:33 PM
My brother and SIL carry my neice in a BABYBJÍRN (http://www.babybjorn.com/) Carrier Active and they love it. Cammie absolutly loves to sit in that thing and look out at everyone, she has so much fun. They always use it for hiking, and I think you can put up to a 26lb. child in it.

06-12-2007, 02:55 PM
Well, I have total ergo envy, so that would be my first choice! We have an older version of this (http://www.rei.com/product/705792) and have used it successfully for many hikes over the last 5 years. I can't speak to the problems of frame carriers from a physiological standpoint, but maybe that's only of concern if you're using it on a frequent basis? The one I linked is quite comfortable, highly adjustable and has lots of nice details. Both of my kids have loved it, and it's kept us on the trail.

06-12-2007, 03:37 PM
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