SaddleBaby for hands-free, comfortable shoulder rides

As a child I saw the gilded buildings of Madrid, the canals of Venice and the art galleries of Paris, all from my dad’s shoulders. I was a slight six-year-old, but a six-year-old nonetheless, and I’m sure he fell into a hotel bed every night with a sore back and shoulders. He would have loved the SaddleBaby.

SaddleBaby lead

SaddleBaby is a device that lets parents carry kids on their shoulders hands-free. Instead of holding your son’s ankles, you can hold a camera, or maybe a crusty baguette filled with salami and brie.

The SaddleBaby comes in three models. The Original ($116) is a foam saddle that wraps around the back of your neck and shoulders. An adjustable belt goes around your chest, and your child’s ankles go into ankle cuffs.

SaddleBaby dad two kids

The SaddleBaby Pack ($155) is a combination foam saddle and backpack that you can fill with kid essentials like a cuddly dinosaur, textas and paper, and snacks. At times when your child wants to walk, the saddle tucks away into the hood pocket.

The Uni ($77) is a hybrid of the other two styles, and lets you turn your own backpack into a SaddleBaby. It has the saddle and ankle straps, but no chest belt. The Uni relies on the structure of the backpack for support.

SaddleBaby is available online and ships to Australia for $59.

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