The phil&teds parade carrier is designed for older babies & children and features an internal lightweight aluminium frame. If offers a back carrying position and is suitable for your baby from the time they are sitting independently (about 6 months) to 18kg.
The parade carrier is made from waterproof synthetic fabrics and comes in blue/grey & orange/grey colour combos.
Availability: Baby Bunting with other phil&teds stockists to follow
We love …
- extended carrying for bigger babies
- lots of comfort features
- flat fold
- independent stand
In use …
The first thing you notice about the phil&teds parade carrier is that, pulling it out of the box, it’s much lighter than you expect. Weighing in at 2kgs, the phil&teds parade is bulkier than most carriers, but will accommodate your baby up to the very decent size of 18kgs.
The parade features two harness, one for you & one for your baby. To get started, firstly adjust your harness to fit snugly, ensuring the waist strap goes around your hips, with the padding sitting just on your hips. Then take your carrier off, add your baby & adjust their harness so they are safely secured, the stand on the parade allows it to stand independently while you do this. Finally, grasp the little handle on top of the parade to help you hoist it onto your back, back pack style.
You’ll find lots of ergonomic/comfort features built into the parade including thick, padded shoulder & waist straps and a soft padded back that includes ventilation panels to keep you cool. How long you’ll feel comfortable carrying your child, though, will depend on the size of your child and your stamina. The good news is that the parade is easy to swap between parents.
One of the things that allows the phil&teds parade to be used for longer periods of time for your baby is the sling style seat. Not only does it help balance the heavier load, but it also supports your baby in a way that encourages blood flow to their legs.
The phil&teds parade gets the big thumbs up from our toddler tester. He loved being at the same height as the adults around him and being in the midst of the action. He had lots of to delighted things to ‘say’ about his new perspective.
There’s quite a bit of storage on the parade carrier. Including expanding pockets on either side of the carrier, big enough to accommodate a bottle of water, wallets, keys & other essentials. There’s also a little pack on the back, if you’re clever & compact, you could fit all your baby’s change needs in there. Or, you can detach the pack & your toddler can wear it as a back pack.
The phil&teds parade folds flat for easy transport and storage when not in use.
Consider this …
The phil&teds parade carrier is designed for longer baby carrying, but there’s no head rest or hood for when your baby needs a snooze. Also a hood would be great to keep the rain out. It defeats the purpose of having a waterproof carrier if the rain can fall in on your baby.
How easy the parade is to get on and off your back depends on your upper body strength. Our tester mum had a bit of difficulty hoisting it, whereas, our tester dad had no trouble at all.
The stand only stays open when the parade carrier is sitting on a surface. So you can’t flip open the stand and put the carrier down on it. You have to put the carrier down and hold open the stand at the same time.
I love the idea of the detachable toddlers backpack, but you have to permanently snip it off the carrier. Imagine how useful it’d be if you could reattach it or even if it had a clip & lead so it could also be used as a toddler harness.
Be a little cautious about what you place in the side pockets. Your child can access them if they are crafty or curious (or both!).
The verdict …
The phil&teds parade carrier goes places no pram or stroller would dare to. Use it as an alternative when you are travelling, need to get around busy and/or confined area or for a general day out.
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