I went for a walk across the field the other day with some friends with buggy-aged children – bad idea. It was muddy, claggy and clay-ey and as we lifted the buggies over dips and troughs and massive muddly puddles, we realised backpack carriers would have been far preferable.
And just released is what has to be the Rolls Royce of the child-carrying world – the Wallaby. Oddly named, as Wallabies carry their small one in pouches on their bellies, but hey, let’s not split hairs here.
Just released in the UK in time for the lovely weather we’re having and the Easter holidays, the Wallaby, from Vaude, has already bagged the ‘best backpack’ award at the Outdoor Trade Show in the 2011 Novel category.
Its selling point (apart from obviously enabling you to safely carry a small child aged up to two on your back’) is that it is the first child carrier to meet the bluesign environmental standard, which offers a fully sustainable solution for the environment.
It’s designed to be lightweight too (weighing 1.8kg) and has some added features to increase the security of your child and make the backpack more comfortable for the wearer.
It has a roomy pocket at the bottom for nappies, wipes and all those other bits you need for babies and toddlers, as well as some zip pockets.
It has a standing base that can be accessed while you’re wearing it (before buying any carrier we recommend trying it out with wriggling small child, as some oft hem are really difficult to get to grips with!). The belts can be adjusted from the outside, and the shoulders straps have been designed for easy adjustment too. Padded hip wings keep you comfy and an adjustable seat height means your child sits securely whatever their size.
If you’re worried about looks it comes in grey, black and raspberry and costs £150, which is at the more expensive end of the range of carriers available, so you will want to consider just how much you’ll use it.
More at www.vaude.com