The original Macpac Baby & Child carrier - this Australian make from the home of all practical family outdoor inventions was the envy of all our friends. This pack comes with a detachable day-sack, a complete waterproof raincover, a sleepy cushion, a sun canopy with interchangeable rain cover & bug-net, a mirror, an adjustable waist and chest belt, adjustable straps (height/length) as well as normal backpack adjustment under the arms and over the shoulders. Great capacity inside for nappy roll, picnic, jackets (yours and theirs), milk, teddy etc etc etc. Reinforced base for keeping gear dry and not damaging the fabric when put down on stony wet ground. Durable rugged design. Very tough. Very comfortable to carry. You can literally carry your little one to the summit of a mountain with this back pack.
This pack was used to carry all three of my children from about 5 months (once they can sit up) to about 4-5 years. There is some expected wear and tear on the waist belt and some sun-bleaching on the fabric but the pack is still fully functional. It has been well-loved and was carried over the mountains of the lake district for almost 10 years. A truly superb piece of equipment and one you cannot be without. Far more than just for mountains, this is useful for a stroll into town, a festival, on holiday, in crowds, at a market, on a beach...anywhere where children would rather see over your head than see everybody's knees from a pushchair, or anywhere that a pushchair wont easily go. I would say it is my number one recommendation for baby equipment for families, once the baby is past about 4 months old. Invaluably brilliant, Don't hesitate!
These still retail (with very few changes to the original model) for £150.