We like the Co-Pilot bicycle seat
because your child is off the ground and visible to automobiles and, thus, it does well on busy streets with no bicycle lanes. Bicycle trailers do well on paved trails and roads with wide bike lanes because the width of a trailer requires more space. The key advantage of a trailer versus a seat is the added storage room that allows you to bring items such as diapers, wipes, food, and groceries. In addition, trailers protect children from the sun which makes it easier and safer to go on longer rides.
For families with children less than three years old, we have written a guide to hiking with babies and toddlers
. We recommend both ERGOBaby and BabyBjorn
child carriers. For longer hikes, we recommend the Kelty K.I.D.S. FC 3
which can carry a child up to 50 lbs and store of all your non-hiking gear like diapers, wipes, water, clothes, and food. To help make hiking a fun, interactive, and educational experience, we have created free activities in the form of PDFs that can be downloaded and printed: a Poison Ivy Field Guide
and a Hiking Checklist for Kids