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Enjoy New England's fall foliage with your little one in a Kelty or Deuter USA carrier


Courtesy of Kelty

Fall foliage is peaking in New England and families prepare for winter by spending as much time outside as possible. Not only are our surroundings breathtaking but activities are plentiful with apple and pumpkin picking at local farms, craft fairs galore and of course long walks and hikes to take in autumn's vibrant colors.

For babies who can sit up alone and support their backs now is the perfect time to introduce a backpack child carrier such as Deuter USA (pronounced doy-ter) and Kelty. These carriers offer all the support you need to climb the green and white mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire with baby on your back.

Kid Comfort II courtesy of Deuter USA

What makes a backpack style carrier so different from other slings and carriers is that they offer extra support for your back and the padded shoulder straps and waist band make them comfortable even on the longest trek. When it's time for a break the carriers have a bar that kicks out when you set them down. This allows the carrier to stand upright on the ground without disrputing your passenger at all and allows for easly loading and unloading.

As for your little one, they will love sitting so high on your back. Your child's head is basically at the same level as yours and it will be like seeing the world in a totally different way. They are high enough to pick an apple or reach for colorful leaves on the trees above.

Backpack style carriers are sold by most sporting good stores. Eastern Mountain Sports in Lebanon, NH carries Kelty carriers and Sprout Natural Parenting in Brattleboro, VT carries Deuter USA. Both brands have several styles of carriers ranging from $150 - $225. Carriers can be quite different so finding a few stores where you can try on several styles or brands is the best way to choose what is right for you.

Craigslist New Hampshire and Craigslist Vermont offer a great way to find a used carrier for much less. If no one is listing exactly what you want create your own post asking sellers to contact you if they have what you're looking for.