The Piggyback Rider for Active Parents

August 25, 2011    |    By +
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market (a.k.a “OR”) is the world’s largest outdoor sports industry gathering! This is THE place to find the hot products, the latest trends and see the “coming soon” goods from over 1000 outdoor lifestyle brands.

The trick for a Gift Guru is to find the fun, unique, helpful and ultimately “gift-able” products from the thousands on hand. Here’s one I love:

The Gift: The Piggyback Rider (Available now around $80)

The Scoop: Toddlers get tired of being on their feet for too long, but they can also get bored and fidgety in their strollers. They LOVE piggyback rides but dad can only log so many minutes/hours in piggyback position. The Piggyback Rider is a great solution for getting toddlers off their feet, out of the stroller without killing dad’s back.

The Piggyback Rider child carrier is a system dads (or moms!) wear on their back much like a backpack. Once dad has put on the shoulder straps, the child actually stands on a bar situated about dad’s belt loop height. Once the child holds on to loop straps on dads shoulders, dad stands up and he’s ready to go. The result is a 21st century piggyback ride where kids get a free ride and a bird’s eye view. And since the Piggyback Rider forces ideal weight distribution of the child, all the impact and effort on dad’s part is greatly reduced. Everybody wins!

A Great Gift For: Active dads of toddlers

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Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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