A child carrier is a great means of transportation for any parent. The child is close to mom or dad, enjoys a beautiful view and can take a nap if necessary. The great thing about it: child carriers are available for different ages , so that they can be worn for a long time. From baby age onwards, you can carry your little treasure close to you in a suitable baby carrier. If your child is older, it is best to choose a child carrier for the back with greater resilience . As you can see: If you want to buy a baby carrier, you should make sure to choose the right solution for your child's age. Read here which child carrier is best suited for which age.
The topic short and compact
- There are child carriers for every age group from infancy to preschool age.
- Slings and baby carriers are perfect for small babies.
- Small children and preschool children feel comfortable in a carrier or the HOMB children's carrier backpack.
What is a child carrier?
In principle, a child carrier is any carrying aid that you can use to transport your children - either in front of your body or on your back. The kids are securely strapped into a carrying system. The weight of your little one is distributed comfortably across your body to avoid back pain. Your hands stay free so you can do household tasks or pursue your hobbies. Even if your little darling grows, you can continue to use the carrier. In addition to special baby carriers, there are also child carriers up to 30 kilograms. Special trekking child carriers can also be found in stores.
The advantages of a child carrier
A child carrier offers you as a carrier many advantages:
- You can leave the buggy or stroller at home.
- You don't have to push anything, your hands are free.
- Even hiking with your toddler is no problem thanks to the child carrier.
- Conversations with your child are easier than when the child is sitting in the stroller.
Your child also benefits from a child carrier:
- He can rest when his legs start to get tired.
- From the elevated position it enjoys a great view.
- Your child is close to you and, depending on the carrying system, can also take a nap.
On the go with the right baby carrier: Which child carrier is suitable for which age?
If you are looking for a baby carrier for your child, the age of your little one plays an important role . A different child carrier is suitable for a baby than for a 2-year-old or 3-year-old. Basically, you can distinguish between the following carrying systems, which are suitable for different age groups:
- Sling or baby carrier – suitable for carrying on the stomach or on the back
- Kraxe as a child carrier for hiking tours
- Carrying backpack like the HOMB as an everyday carrying aid for small children and older children
Below we will introduce you to the best carrying systems for each age group.
Baby carrier: When can I use a child carrier?
Your baby can be carried in a suitable baby carrier from birth . For babies, slings that can be tied or other baby carriers with buckles and straps are used. In it, a baby assumes the ergonomically advantageous squatting, spreading position . At the same time, it can enjoy close physical contact with mom or dad. Small babies usually sleep in a sling, while older ones also like to watch the world. Therefore, slings and baby carriers can be used for both the stomach and the back.
Child carrier from 1 year
Many slings or baby carriers grow with the baby and can also be used in toddlers. Parents usually use the child carrier on their back. However, from around the age of one and a half, your child may no longer feel like being wrapped in a sling or baby carrier. It is advisable to use a special child carrier from 10 kg . When your child has reached this weight, you should only carry him or her on your back. Otherwise the strain on the spine is too great. At this point, a crib or carrier backpack like the HOMB Parent Backpack can be a great alternative. In a crèche, your child sits strapped on your back and can take a nap if necessary. The HOMB is a backpack for everyday use that can be quickly converted into a carrying aid. Your child simply climbs on and is strapped in with a safety vest. This gives you a break if your motivation ever flags.
Child carrier for 2 year olds
By the age of two at the latest, the sling or baby carrier has become obsolete for many parents. Most 2-year-olds walk safely, but quickly become cranky when things get a little more strenuous. That's why the HOMB is ideal here : it's always with you and offers your child the opportunity to take a break at any time. A children's carrier is also suitable for longer hikes with 2-year-olds.
Child carrier for 3 year olds
Would you like to buy a child carrier for your three-year-old child? In this case, we also recommend a HOMB children's carrier backpack or a carrier - depending on what purpose you need the child carrier for. The HOMB is ideal for everyday life, excursions and short hikes , while a children's carrier is more suitable for extended trekking tours . But note: At the age of three, kids weigh an average of 14 kilograms. It makes no sense to buy a child carrier up to 20 kg at this age. The HOMB can be used up to 25 kilograms. When buying a Kraxe you have to look carefully. There are big differences from model to model regarding the maximum load capacity.
Child carrier for 4 year olds
At the age of four, children weigh an average of 16 kilograms. Kids of this age usually walk longer distances themselves. Nevertheless, a child carrier often proves to be practical for parents and child in everyday life or on vacation. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a child carrier from 15 kg, the range is slowly becoming smaller. Many baby carriers are only suitable for up to this weight. An exception are some Kraxen, which can also be used up to 25 or 30 kilograms. The HOMB carrying backpack is also one of the carrying aids that is still suitable for four-year-old children.
Carrying aid for large children: Up to what age can the child carrier be used?
Are you looking for a child carrier and are unsure up to what age it can be used? This depends primarily on your child's weight. When buying, you should pay attention to the maximum load capacity. For many child carriers it ends at 15 kilograms. Some cranes can also be used up to 20 kilograms or even 30 kilograms. The HOMB children's backpack can be used up to a weight of 25 kilograms . On average, children only reach this weight at the age of six.
A good child carrier for the mountain: Which solution is suitable for hiking?
Would you like to hike with a child carrier and know from what age this is possible? Hiking is no problem from the age of around one year , as long as you have a suitable backpack. But which child carrier is suitable for hiking? That depends a bit on which tours you are planning. For relaxed hikes and long walks in the forest, you can use the HOMB children's backpack, for example . It has the advantage that it is not as bulky and heavy as a Kraxe. You can store everything you need for the hike in it. If your child no longer wants to walk on their own, take the bag off and hang it around you. Your child climbs onto the baby carrier on your back and the hike continues. As soon as your little one has had a bit of a rest, he can get off again and walk for a while.
Are you hiking through rough terrain with steep inclines that are difficult for your child to manage? Then you will have to wear it most of the time. A Kraxe is the better choice for this purpose . It has a high weight and is comparatively bulky. It is therefore only worth taking with you if you are sure that the Kraxe child carrier will also be used. But this is the case on long trekking tours. Your child sits comfortably in the crèche and can take a nap every now and then if necessary.
How long can my child sit in the child carrier?
There are no general restrictions on how long a child can sit in a child carrier. If the carrying system is ergonomic and offers a high level of comfort for the child and wearer, wearing it for several hours is no problem . But: Neither a baby nor a toddler should sit permanently in a child carrier. It is important for motor development that children can move around on their own. You should offer your child this opportunity at any age.
Which child carrier is right for me?
It's not that easy to choose the child carrier that suits you best. First and foremost - in addition to the age of your child - the desired area of application is crucial . Are you looking for a child carrier for long, steep hikes over rough terrain? Then a Kraxe is the best choice. Your child can sit comfortably here for a longer period of time if they cannot yet manage the difficult climb themselves. However, a Kraxe is heavy and unwieldy. It therefore proves to be rather unsuitable for everyday use.
Do you want to go shopping with your child , run to the playground or walk through the forest ? Then the HOMB carrying backpack is ideal. It can be converted from a backpack to a carrying aid in no time. This means you always have the option of giving your child a break on your back.
Checklist: What criteria should you consider when buying a child carrier?
We recommend that you pay attention to the following criteria when purchasing a carrying solution:
- Weight : The child carrier should be as light as possible so that it doesn't become too heavy for your back when carrying your child.
- Maximum load : Some child carriers are only suitable for up to 15 kilograms, others up to 20 or even 30 kilograms.
- Storage space : In contrast to the HOMB backpack, the storage space in some backpacks is limited. Check whether the crib has enough additional compartments so that you can store everything in it.
- Safety : A seat belt is a must so that your child cannot fall out of the carrier.
- Additional extras and equipment : On longer trekking tours, it is an advantage if the child carrier also offers your child sun and rain protection.
As you can see, the wearing time can be quite long. It begins shortly after birth and often does not end until the age of four to six. It is important to always choose the carrier that is appropriate for your age . This way you can ensure that your child is always comfortable. At the same time, you prevent excessive strain on your back.
My child doesn't like the baby carrier: what should I do?
Small babies reject the carrier for a variety of reasons: tension, pain, incorrect posture or clothing that is too warm. If older children don't like the baby carrier, try a different system - for example the HOMB baby carrier instead of the carrier.
Child carrier: Up to what age can a baby carrier be used?
Some child carriers can hold up to 25 kilograms and can therefore be used up to an average age of six years. But be careful: If you weigh more than 10 kilograms, only a back carrier is suitable as a child carrier.
Child carrier: When can you use it?
When the baby carrier can be used varies greatly. Baby carriers and slings are suitable from birth, while carriers are suitable for safe head control. The HOMB carrying backpack is recommended from walking age.
Which child carrier is the best?
The best child carrier combines many factors: it is comfortable for you as the wearer and just as comfortable for your child. It should also be practical and quick to use in everyday life.