Originally Posted by whalemama17
Did you need a backpack/frame type carrier to comfortably hike or camp with older babe? I am planning on getting a beco carrier-but there's no storage at all on it and it's cotton. also-I love the idea of camping with baby! Anyone done successful overnight camping?
We did a fair bit of camping with our first baby, up until they want to walk it’s not that complicated. We even did cold (snow, November) weather overnights - I wore her in the Ergo under a parka of my husband’s so she was warm and she slept inbetween us in our 2-man Big Agnes sleeping bag. Cloth diapering worked out well - we draped wets over a tree until they dried out (or froze, in the early part of the day) so they were light to carry. Once she got old enough to want to walk it got a little frustrating for us - half the walking time needs to be at her pace, and there's a lot of her wanting to get up and down, which dramatically changes trip planning. She could nurse/nap in the Ergo in a front carry quite well while we continued to walk. We’re not going to do any more cold weather hiking until she’s got more thermal mass, now that she prefers to walk. She loved being in the tent and playing with the leaves and whatnot. I don’t know if it’ll be possible with two. My husband carried the tent, the food, all of the gear for all three of us, which worked because we love our ultralight hiking gear. But with two babes in need of carrying it might be too much to do longer overnights like that. The toddler can do about two miles before we have to stop for a meal and some kind of quiet, restorative play.
For dayhikes, just a few miles up or down, we used ring slings, woven wraps, any child carrier. Just make sure that whoever's not carrying the child is carrying about 2 times as much water as you think you'll need! You don't want to so much think about carrying much extra weight in addition to the baby - if the baby is still light, you're still recovering (your ankles and hips stay loose after the birthing for a while, so take it easy!), and you'll also be nursing while you walk, etc., and then the baby gets heavier quickly. So plan for one person to carry the baby plus their own water and a tiny snack, and the other adults carry everything else.
Before our daughter was born we scored a Kelty frame pack child carrier at a tag sale, thinking it would be necessary, but we've never actually taken it on a trip. From short walks around the neighborhood we've learned that the Ergo or a Mei Tai are both plenty supportive for long walks, and thus the frame pack is unnecessary weight and bulk. In cold weather hiking, having the baby that far from you is a definite negative, as well.
The one accessory a frame pack might have that we couldn't recreate with the Ergo would be a sunshade for exposed hot weather hiking - some frame packs have very nice sunshades on them. We bought an enormous sunhat for her that shades her whole body but I would worry about little hands and feet sticking out when I couldn't see, if we were hiking in full sun for any length of time.