As a family, we love walking. So finding a comfortable baby back carrier to use on long walks was a must for us. The Deuter Kid Comfort 3 Child Carrier was the one we eventually selected.
We visit family in the Yorkshire dales a few times a year and our main activity while we are there is walking. Our family days out tend to revolve around walking too. Finding a brilliant baby carrier was top of our priority list for this summer so we could take Jacob along on our walks. We have the BabyBjorn Miracle—which we love—but for longer walks we wanted a proper, structured back carrier.
Deciding which carrier to buy
We were a bit bamboozled by choice when we looked online. There are so many and they all have varying prices. We decided to pop into John Lewis to try a few out, and thank goodness we did.
John Lewis had a selection of about 4 or 5 to try in store. As my husband would be the main carrier, he tried them on first. We soon discovered that most carriers aren’t really suitable for people who are 6 foot 3! The band that goes around the bottom is meant to be in line with the hips (to help support the weight of the baby), but on most of them it was up around his waist.
The Deuter Kid Comfort 3 Child Carrier was the only one that could reach down to his hips due to its ability to vary the back length. If we’d just picked one online there’s no way it would have been comfortable. As you can vary the back length, it’s also suitable for me. So I can help share the load on long walks.
I must admit, I felt a bit sick when I saw the price. £230 is a lot of money, but we figured it was worth it if it meant we could comfortably carry Jacob on our walks.
Deuter Kid Comfort 3 Child Carrier features
The carrier comes with a lot of features. Here are a few of my favourites:
- Built in sunshade—this was a big selling point for us. It means that on long walks in the summer Jacob is protected from being sunburnt. You can also store the sunshade away in the carrier when it isn’t needed.
- Adjustable seat height and footrests—this means Jacob will stay comfortable as he grows. The carrier is suitable from around 6 months (or when baby can sit independently) until around 3 years (or 18kg). The safety harness is fully adjustable too.
- Rain cover—excellent if you get caught in a rain shower. It goes over the sunshade, so baby stays dry.
- High seat position—Jacob loves being up high. He can see everything that’s going on, which keeps him entertained on walks.
- Pockets for storage—the storage compartments are really handy. We carried all Jacob’s changing stuff in them.
- Excellent for tall people (and average people like me!)—adjustable back length.
- Detachable washable chin pad—if your baby dribbles as much as mine this will be so handy!
- Breathable back pads to help stop the person carrying the baby getting too sweaty.
- Easy to get baby in and out. It also has a stand, so you can safely put it on the ground without it falling over! Most of the others we tried didn’t have this. Or they had rudimentary ones that meant you had to keep a foot on them to keep them upright.
As with any product, it’s not 100% perfect. The only niggle I have is that it can be quite hard to unclip the sunshade. There’s a bit of a knack to it, but it’s not a massive problem.
You can buy the Deuter Kid Comfort 3 Child Carrier at John Lewis.
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