How to choose baby carriers for hiking

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Read our friendly, easy-to-digest guide to all adventurous parents having trouble choosing a baby carrier for hiking.

Hiking is an excellent way to enjoy the beauty of nature and stay active. If you’re a parent, hiking with your child can be an enriching experience. Babies are like sponges when it comes to what they see and like, so hiking is a splendid way to introduce them to the great outdoors. The process of implementing a love of nature and ecology in a future adult citizen of the planet Earth can be magical. There is also a big chance for you to fall even more in love with hiking and camping if you share these wonderful experiences with your kid.

However, carrying a baby on a hiking trip requires careful planning and choosing the right equipment. One of the essential pieces of equipment is, without a doubt, a baby carrier. In this article, we’ll discuss selecting a suitable one for you and your little one.

Hiking with a Baby

Bringing your baby on a hiking trip can be a wonderful experience for both of you. You get to spend quality time with your baby in nature, and your baby gets to explore the world outside with all five senses. However, all of these require some planning. You need to bring enough food and water for both you and your baby and any necessary baby gear. It’s also essential to choose a suitable baby carrier for the trip.

Key Features

Choosing the right baby carrier is crucial for a comfortable and safe hiking experience. A good baby carrier should distribute the baby’s weight evenly across your body and have padded shoulder straps and a supportive waistband. It should also be adjustable to fit your body and size. Since it is hiking you will embark on, one more important thing is good, strong, comfortable back support, which is crucial.

Baby Carriers for Hiking

Types of Baby Carriers for Hiking

There are several types of baby carriers available for hiking. The most popular ones are

  • soft-structured carriers
  • frame backpack carriers
  • wrap carriers/ring slings. 

Soft-structured carriers 

Are the most common type of baby carrier, great for infants and young babies. They are easy to adjust and have padded straps and a waistband for support. 

Frame backpack carriers 

They are more structured and ideal for longer hikes. Frame backpack carriers have sturdy frames and can carry more weight than soft-structured carriers. 

Wrap carriers/ring slings 

Suitable for newborns and young babies. They are adjustable and provide a snug fit, but they require more practice to use correctly.

Best Gear for Outdoor Babies


Choosing the right baby carrier is essential for a comfortable and safe hiking experience with your baby. Before you hit the trails, select a model that fits your body and your baby’s size, is comfortable to wear, and is made of durable materials.  

If you’re looking for a great place to hike with your baby, consider Camp Šimuni in Croatia. It’s a divinely beautiful location and a great place to explore with your little one. Please, contact us if you have any questions.

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