By Lisa Deming
Editorial Assistant

As a mother of three, people often ask me what baby items I could not live without. One item that tops my list is a child carrier. With the flexibility a child carrier provides, there is no reason to wait.


You can go places that you could never navigate a stroller. From walking trails with the family, hiking rugged hills, or wandering the local farmers market, a child carrier can be very versatile. What better way to spend time as a family, in the fresh air and being active. Adventures with your new little one can begin as soon as they reach 16lbs. and can hold their head up on their own. A lesson I learned the hard way, is to make sure they are wearing soft pants to prevent chaffing on their tender legs and lots of sunscreen. It can be difficult to maintain the attention of a toddler but even the squirmiest of toddlers will seldom refuse a ride in the back pack.

phil&teds child carriers fit the bill for the needs of an outdoor family.  The aluminum frame makes it durable and lightweight, if you have to wear a toddler on your back, the pack should be light. The maximum load is 40lbs. They are made of tough, washable and waterproof material. They yield ample storage for necessities needed during a day in the woods or an afternoon shopping. phil&teds smart comfort design make it easy to adjust for adult and child no matter what your size. They also feature base loading technology, sort of like a kickstand. No more looking for a picnic table, a tailgate or an innocent passerby to help you put on a child carrier.  They also fold flat for easy compact storage.

phil&teds – metro
The metro is sleek, a great carrier for day trips and parents on the go.  The design is lightweight, at 5.5lbs,  and compact enough for crowded spaces. It is comfortable, featuring a back length and adult waist harness. The Slide Adjust Harness System makes fitting your carrier simple. Body-tech Fit System provides breathable, padded support. The Ergo-fit Lumbar Control gives you excellent back and hip support. The child harness is well padded and amazingly adjustable to keep your precious cargo secure.

phil&teds – escape
The escape is a little more equipped for venturing outdoors. It boasts the same great features as the metro, but also includes an H20 Hydration zone for a water bladder and a zip off day pack. There is a removable rear view mirror to keep an eye on your little rider and a changing pad for a clean bottom anywhere, because accidents happen. The escape also features a moldable child head support and kid foot stirrups to help with blood circulation. An easy to remove sun hood with a removable wind/rain cover keeps them shaded and dry. The Escape weighs 6.6lbs.