Not surprisingly, Kelty, a company that makes tents and outdoor gear and is based in the rugged state of Colorado, also makes some of the best baby backpacks around. Their Tour 1.0 features a child leg-secure system that ensures easy access in and out of the harness, a sturdy kickstand, and a roomy storage pocket. ($180)
If you'll be putting a baby backpack through serious paces and want the top of the line, Kelty's Pathfinder 3.0 has an adjustable suspension system, weathershield, zip-off storage bag, changing pad and more. And it can carry a child up to 50 pounds! ($280)
The Chicco Smart Support Backpack ($99) has energy-absorbing lumbar padding for added back support, plus a zip-out weather shield for rainy days.
A veteran mom wanted a stylish way to carry her youngest on her back, and ended up designing the Kokopax to satisfy her own need. With a 5-point harness and fashion-forward fabrics (plus adorable mataching sunhats!) a Kokopax Classic carrier keeps your baby on your back without cramping your style. ($150)
If you're looking to spend less, this easy soft carrier can be worn on your back as well as your front. ($32)
This popular soft carrier with plenty of support can be worn on your front, hip, or on your back. ($115)