eBay Australia's Child Carrier Backpacks Buying Guide

 Buying Guides

eBay Australia's Child Carrier Backpacks Buying Guide

Active parents will appreciate child carrier backpacks for taking their babies and toddlers on hikes and walks around the neighbourhood. Before buying, make sure you compare several child carrier backpacks to ensure you have picked the perfect one for both you and your child.

Also remember to consult all safety information provided by the manufacturer of your child carrier backpack before use.

Start shopping for child carrier backpacks now on eBay Australia!

Check Baby Product and Toy Safety Information

Check Baby Product and Toy Safety Information

It is prudent when buying items for your baby or child to ensure that the product meets current safety standards. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published safety information about baby products that you can read for important safety advice. Before buying, check if the product you are intending to purchase is on the ACCC ban list or recalled items list.

Back to topBack to top

Compare Child Carrier Backpacks

Compare Child Carrier Backpacks

Child carrier backpacks come in a variety of sizes, colours and configurations. Although many manufacturers use colour to differentiate models, the child carrier backpack you find most attractive may not possess all the features or comfort you'll require for long-term use.

Decide if a child carrier backpack will work for your baby

Child carrier backpacks are designed for babies and toddlers, roughly 6 months old to 4 years old, who can sit up unassisted and hold their head upright for long periods of time. Young babies may not have the head control they require to sit in a child carrier backpack until are older. Consult with your paediatrician before placing your young baby in a child carrier backpack.

Consider child carrier backpack weight capacity

Before strapping your little bundle of joy to your back, work out how much weight you have to carry. All child carrier backpacks should indicate a maximum weight capacity that includes the weight of the backpack frame, your child, and any additional gear you may carry. Remember that even if a child carrier backpack can haul up to 30kg this doesn't mean you want to carry 30kg. You could be happier with a less expensive backpack that can hold up to 22kg or 27kg.

Child carrier backpack item listings on eBay Australia should list overall weight, child weight capacity, and maximum load weight in the specifications. However, if you need more information, simply email the seller by clicking the “Ask seller a question” link under their profile.

Fit the child carrier backpack to your body

Manufacturers optimise child carrier backpacks by height range. Before buying, make sure you measure your height and torso length as well as the height and torso length of anyone else who will be carrying the backpack. You want to ensure that everyone meets the child carrier backpack manufacturer's height or torso length requirements.

Find the right child carrier backpack features

Child carrier backpacks have handy and convenient features so that you can leave your nappy bag at home.

  • Storage compartments: Extra storage compartments in your child carrier backpack make it easy to carry nappies, baby toys, bottles, and snacks.

  • Changing mats: Select a child carrier backpack with a changing mat or buy a small portable changing mat so that you can change your baby's nappy anywhere.

  • Rain/sun hoods: Buy a child carrier backpack with a rain or sun hood to protect your child from the elements, particularly if your child tends to take off his or her hat.

Babies sometimes enjoy throwing objects from the child carrier backpack. So as to prevent games of fetch, buy links to attach baby toys or preschool toys to the child carrier backpack.

Back to topBack to top

Select a Child Carrier Backpack

Select a Child Carrier Backpack

Child carrier backpacks configurations vary from basic frames with seats to backpack systems designed for long walks and hikes.

                                                   Child carrier backpacks

Basic child carrier backpacks

Basic child carrier backpacks are great for jaunts around town and have a cloth or unpadded nylon seat, minimally padded shoulder straps, and a waist strap for your passenger. Some child carrier backpacks also provide a basic shoulder strap for your baby and a hip strap for yourself to give you extra support. These lightweight child carrier backpacks typically include a small storage compartment as well. For easy care and maintenance, look for removable seats made of a washable fabric or a seat made of material, like nylon, that is easy to wipe down.

Travel/hiking child carrier backpacks

Hiking with your baby is easy to do with rugged travel child carrier backpacks. They often have advanced features compared to budget child carrier backpacks, and typically use materials that can withstand greater wear and tear. Characterised by a thick frame, well-padded shoulder pads with multiple adjustments, structured seat, and lots of storage compartments, popular brands include Kelty child carrier backpacks, Macpac child carrier backpacks and more. 

Buy a child carrier backpack with a padded hip belt and sternum strap that will distribute weight evenly across the backpack. Also look for an adjustable seat that you can lower as your child grows taller, and a full safety harness that will keep your child strapped in at all times. Always use a full harness when hiking.

Back to topBack to top

Wear Your Child Carrier Backpack

Wear Your Child Carrier Backpack

Its important to comfortably fit your child carrier backpack to your body so that you and your baby are set for a smooth ride.

  • Learn about child carrier backpack adjustment options: Read the child carrier backpack's manual and get to know your adjustment options.

  • Adjust child carrier backpack straps: Adjust the straps of your child carrier backpack by firstly putting it on without the child inside; it will be easier for you to fit the backpack without a fidgety child sitting in it. If you want to simulate weight, place a heavy object in the backpack seat. Fit the shoulder straps, sternum strap, and hip belt to your body. Ideally, 80% of the backpack's weight should be resting on your hips (not your waist) and the other 20% distributed across your shoulders. A snug-fitting sternum strap will help ensure that weight falls equally across both shoulder straps when your child shifts.

  • Ensure your baby is comfortable: Place your baby in the child carrier backpack and check what adjustments you need to make to the seat. Ensure you place the seat low enough so that even if your child stands on the frame, they cannot get out of the backpack. Your baby's weight should be equally distributed. Then take your baby out of the backpack, adjust the seat, and return the baby to the backpack. It might be an idea as well to use a small towel or receiving blanket to cushion leg openings.

Practice using the child carrier backpack

It requires practice to put your child carrier backpack on and take it off with ease. Have someone spot you while you learn how to use your backpack. Some people opt to lift the backpack onto a knee while putting on shoulder straps. Another way is backing into the backpack as it sits on the floor or another stable surface. It's a good idea to test out which methods work for you. Also reach back and practice folding your stand in so that you don't run into people or objects as you walk around town.

Follow child carrier backpack safety rules

Always remember to exercise caution, safety and common sense when you have your child in the child carrier backpack.

  • Read the directions: Carefully read the directions and abide by all warnings provided by the child carrier backpack manufacturer.

  • Use straps: Keep your baby securely strapped in using the child carrier backpack's shoulder and waist restraint system.

  • Bend properly: Avoid pitching your baby forward by bending properly at the knees when you pick things up.

  • Avoid dangerous activities: Do not wear the child carrier backpack when you jog, swim, bicycle, rollerblade, drive, ride horses, climb ladders, cook, or perform any other activity outside of walking or hiking.

  • Stay with your child: Do not leave your child unattended in a child carrier backpack. Backpack stands will help you when you load and unload your child, but will tip over if your child decides to throw their weight to either side.

  • Ask for help: If you need help removing the child carrier backpack when you're away from home, ask somebody to assist you. Always ask for help as well if you need to reach something on a high shelf. Remember to stand out of the way while someone retrieves the item for you so that your baby does not get hit by any falling objects.

Back to topBack to top

Find Child Carrier Backpacks on eBay Australia

Find Child Carrier Backpacks on eBay Australia

Once you know what type of child carrier backpack you want, visit eBay Australia's Baby & Maternity portal, click the Carriers & Backpacks link under Travel, and start searching for item listings.

                                                            Travel Categories List

  • Categories: Use the categories list on the left side of each page to help you narrow down your choices. For example, under Travel, you will also find links to Carriers & Backpacks, Car Seats & Accessories, Portable Cots and Other.

  • Keyword search: Search eBay Australia listing titles for specific keywords. For example, if you want to find an Evenflo child carrier backpack, type "evenflo backpack" (without quotation marks) into the Search box. Click "Search title and description" to expand your results. Visit eBay Australia's Search Tips page for more tips on searching with keywords.

If you can't find exactly what you want, try shopping eBay Stores, tell the eBay Australia Community what you want by creating a post on Want It Now, or save a search on My eBay and eBay Australia will email you when a match becomes available.

Back to topBack to top

Buy Child Carrier Backpacks with Confidence

Buy Child Carrier Backpacks with Confidence

Before making your purchase, make sure you know exactly what you're buying, research your seller, and understand how eBay Australia and PayPal protect you.

ask seller a question, seller information, ebay australia

Know your purchase

Carefully read the details in item listings.

  • Figure delivery costs into your final price. If you spend a lot of money, make sure the seller will insure the item when it ships.

  • If you want more information, ask by clicking the "Ask seller a question" link under the seller's profile.

  • Always make sure to complete your transaction on eBay Australia (with a bid, Buy It Now, or Best Offer). Transactions conducted outside of eBay Australia are not covered by eBay Australia protection programs.

  • Never pay for your eBay Australia item using instant cash wire transfer services through Western Union or MoneyGram. These payment methods are unsafe when paying someone you do not know.

Know your seller

Research your seller so you feel positive and secure about every transaction.

  • What is the seller's Feedback rating? How many transactions have they completed? What percentage of positive responses do they have?

  • What do buyers say in their Feedback? Did the seller receive praise?

  • Most top eBay Australia sellers operate like retail stores and have return policies. Do they offer a money-back guarantee? What are the terms and conditions?

Buyer protection

In the unlikely event that a problem arises during your transaction, eBay Australia and PayPal are there for you.

  • Pay safely with PayPal: PayPal enables you to pay without the seller ever seeing your bank account or credit card numbers. In fact, PayPal protects buyers 100% against unauthorised payments from their accounts. Plus, with PayPal Buyer Protection, your purchase can be covered up to $1,500.

  • eBay Australia Security & Resolution Centre: Visit the Security & Resolution Centre to learn how to protect your account and use eBay Australia's quick and efficient resolution tools.

Back to topBack to top

Need More Help?

Need More Help?

Visit our help pages or start a thread on one of our Community Discussion Boards - If you have a quick question that needs answering, try posting it on our community Answer Centre - there's bound to be a seasoned eBay Australia veteran with just the information you're looking for!

Back to topBack to top

Legal Disclaimer

Legal Disclaimer

Buying Guides are intended merely as a guide or review for members when considering what products or services they may be interested in bidding on or purchasing. eBay does not make, and nothing in these Buying Guides is intended to constitute, any warranties, guarantees, representations or assurances about the accuracy of the information or content contained in these Buying Guides. Furthermore, eBay does not make, and nothing in these Buying Guides is intended to constitute, any warranties, guarantees, representations or assurances about the nature or performance of the products or services appearing in the Buying Guides. Content, trademarks and brands referred to and contained in the third-party links provided are the property of their respective owners, and eBay has no control over and accepts no responsibility for their content. eBay is not affiliated with nor does it endorse the use of any particular product or service.

Back to topBack to top

 Content Provided By

 Marketplace Safety Tips

security centre, security and resolution, trust and safety, marketplace tips