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Illustrated Recommendation: The BityBean Backpack Kid Carrier

A friend texted this morning to ask if I had any recommendations for toddler hiking backpacks (for carrying the toddler in), and I was pleased to offer a concrete answer: the BityBean Baby Carrier. I bought one on a recommendation from parenting writer and economist Emily Oster, and it’s been one of the best kid purchases I’ve made. I carried my toddler in it every day until I got too pregnant with our second child, but I’m psyched to bring it back this year. It’s super minimal and easy to put on, with a weight limit of 40 pounds. There’s a slight learning curve to put the child in unassisted, but we got pretty good at it after a while. Way more fun than wearing the baby on the front! (And it looks like they also sell it at Walmart.)

Discussion  3 comments


That looks like a good one. We live in Vancouver, BC and did a lot of hiking with our kids during covid lockdowns with this one, which I would also highly recommend.


For 5 years my wife and I hiked all over with our Osprey Poco with our kids. We bought the pack back in 2012 when the cost was just over a $100 and now that I see the price is $240...ouch.....find a used one if you can for $100 and it's definitely worth it.

Ben Kelley

We used a Deuter Kid Comfort. It has a kickstand and is easy to get the kid in and out of—it was the best option I found when I was looking, which was a while ago now.

These things have a useful life of only a few years to any given family, so they can be pretty easy to find used, even as giveaways.

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