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Cameron Sims3 min readAdvice & Guides


A Guide to Outdoor Child Carriers

When you have small children, marching along trails, up hills and across rough terrain seems completely unrealistic – no matter how much you love hiking.

If you’ve previously attempted a day on the trails accompanied by a baby or toddler, the chances are it didn’t go smoothly. There’s no way their little legs can keep up (if they can even walk yet), and tiredness is nearly always an issue.

It’s understandable why some parents avoid family hiking at all costs! However, there is a way to make the most of your outdoor time with the kids, without sacrificing your ambition for adventure.


Have you ever considered an outdoor child carrier?

You may not have come across outdoor child carriers before, but if you're used to carrying a rucksack with you on your hiking adventures, an outdoor child carrier isn’t all that different!

What’s the difference between outdoor child carrier and a standard child carrier?

Standard carriers

The term ‘standard’ refers to the everyday carriers you can purchase on the high street. These are generally lightweight and designed to hold small infants, holding the child close to their parent with padded flaps. While they are perfectly good enough for short walks around town when the weather is mild and dry, they won’t really cut it up in the hills in changeable conditions.

Outdoor carriers

‘Outdoor’ child carriers are designed to fit like a rucksack and feature an internal frame that provides seated support for your little ones. The main advantage of these carriers is their robustness and versatility. As well as being constructed from water resistant fabrics, outdoor child carriers are compatible with a number of accessories including canopies to shield your kids from wind, rain and UV rays.

Storage is a big plus too. There are the usual compartments and pockets you’d expect from a regular daypack, all located for easy access. If you do need to put the carrier down for a quick rummage, you can do so while leaving your child strapped in!

Comparing the options


Types of outdoor child carrier

There are two main types to choose from. The main factors to consider when choosing the right one for you are age suitability and intended use.

Front carriers

Typically, an upgraded version of your everyday infant carriers, these front loading carriers are designed primarily for babies. They feature heavy duty straps and better seat support while remaining lightweight and portable. Ideal for strolling around the countryside at the weekend.

Backpack carriers

This type of child carrier is ideal for slightly older infants. Toddlers will enjoy a comfy ride and an uninterrupted view of their surroundings from the raised seat section. There’s the added versatility of storage compartments, strap adjustability and accessories such as sun shades and rain canopy attachments.

Ideal for long walks over the hills and beyond!

Infographic showing the different age stages of child carriers

At Millets, we have a range of child carriers to fit any budget, so everyone can go on an adventure, without the hassle.

Cameron is a young(ish) family man finding whatever time he can to read, write and kick a football around. His weekends involve getting the kids out in the Cheshire countryside for adventures, increasingly involving tents! Photography is the newest of his hobbies – documenting days out and doing his best to capture wildlife on film. Follow his blogs here for a candid view of family fun in the great outdoors.

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