Thursday, March 8th, 2012
When your baby is new, you can’t imagine wearing him anywhere but right in front of you. As he gets older, though, you warm to the idea of letting him ride on your back, so you can have your hands totally free.
I know that in some parts of the country, baby backpacks are really common. If you live where it’s easy to hike or hard to get around fast with a stroller, a backpack makes a lot of sense. I live in Brooklyn, so my backpack didn’t get as much use…and yet, when I did break it out, I loved it.
Here’s a picture of Joe riding along while I shop for plants at the Botanic Garden!
Every year, the folks from Kelty come to the offices to show me their cool baby backpacks. The one pictured up top is their Transit 3.0. Get this: It’s got a sun/rain hood, a pocket for your water bottle at the waist, a changing pad, and cushy straps. It’s also amazingly adjustable to the length of a person’s torso, so if Mom and Dad are different heights, changing the size is no problem. You can put a child as heavy as 40 pounds in the thing. I look at it and fantasize about running all over town with a baby strapped to my back, no stroller to fold and no baby legs smacking the top of my thighs.
This year I didn’t let my Kelty contact leave with the backpack. I asked if we could give it away, since it’s worth $199 and surely should belong to some American Baby reader! So, leave a comment here, between 5pm on March 8th and the end of the day on March 14th, and the lucky winner could be you. You can post once a day. Read the full rules here. Goody luck!