Full Disclosure: In exchange for my honest review, I received a complimentary carrier. My opinions, as always, are my own.
The Freeloader Child Carrier – As Seen On Shark Tank
I was super excited to review The Freeloader Child Carrier. I had been searching for just the right carrier that would allow me to carry each of the boys so that we could go on family hikes.
After trying to use a Moby wrap for Will (then 1 ½) and letting David (then 3) walk along the Maumee canal tow path I realized I needed better equipment. I love hiking but with two young boys it isn’t easy.
Especially if I wanted to do true hiking—places where a stroller couldn’t go. Who am I kidding? Both boys consistently climb out of the stroller. If they’re not being carried or hiking themselves they want no part of it.
The Freeloader was top on my list for child carriers that would support older children. It is designed for children weighing 25-80 pounds.
Now if you’re even considering strapping your 25-80 pound child to your back you better have the back to support it. This type of child carrying is not for the feeble. It’s not like putting a 6 month old in a wrap. The carrier also won’t perform any miracles and make your child weightless. In the words of Maui, you’ll have to “muscle up buttercup!”
The Freeloader did the job as expected. Both boys enjoyed riding in it and felt comfortable. Will liked to pretend he was riding a horse because of the saddle-like seat.
It took me a couple tries to get the straps adjusted just right. When I got everything just right it felt like…well…like I had just strapped a 40 pound child to my back.
We used it to go hiking, to the county fair and to do shopping. Since neither of the boys stay strapped in a stroller or shopping cart for long it was the perfect solution. They may be future Houdini’s the way they can escape from child restraints. With The Freeloader, though, they were enjoying the view too much to try to escape.
Soon we’ll be adding another carrier to our collection so my husband and I can each carry a boy on our next hiking adventure.