We've all been in that heads or tails frenzy when our little bundles of fun have hit the age where they would rather zip about at a rate of knots than be sat in their pushchair. But you can bet your bottom dollar that at the furthest point from home, on your walk or at the most crucial stage of your outing, the energy in those little legs will plummet to the depths of never and tantrums will occur. Never fear, there's a new kid on the pushchair block, a portable pushchair hero ready to leap off your back and spring into action when needed - the backpack stroller!
Tiny folding pushchairs have long been on the market, but it's a struggle to pop them into your average run of the mill backpack.
This new generation of useful pushchairs are what everyone is talking about. They are sure to make busy parents smile if they are looking for a compact, useful buggy that can go anywhere with their toddler without getting in the way. Like the Optimus Prime of the stroller world, these pushchairs fold and morph into backpacks to be carried anywhere leaving you with two hands free to tend to the little ones.
The Omnio Rider is one of these super strollers. Described by its producers as an ironic stroller - designed for toddlers that have that urge to walk and with the aim of encouraging them to walk too!
The Omnio has a built in backpack function and folds neatly down so it can be thrown on your back when it isn't needed. The harness system that straps your child in comfortably and securely is the same nifty system that acts as your backpack straps when you are carrying it. The wheels on the Omnio are totally unique. The side rolling Omnio wheels gave this clever backpack stroller its name. The side rollers provide the agility of the nippiest of city travel systems. Set to hit the shops in September/October 2016, the Onio Rider has a price tag of £389.
The Baby Jogger City Tour is next on the list of impressive backpack strollers. This newest member of the Baby Jogger crew is their lightest offering yet. With all the usual great quality baby jogger features in its hardy lockable swivel wheels and reclining seat, the City Tour also proudly sports the fast action one handed fold that baby jogger are well-known for. On top of all of this, the city tour comes complete with its own backpack carry bag for hands free easy travelling and can be yours for a handy £249 from September 2016.
The Ruk-bug Migration is a backpack stroller that has been in the pipeline for a few years now. A British invention, it's designed to be light at around 7kg and aims to be a handy travel hero for parents who need a pushchair to travel with but also need their wheels to be robust enough to use everyday, anywhere.With innovative features, such as a magnetic harness the Ruk-bug Migration has an appearance that would easily blend in with any other walking backpack on the market when folded. With the Ruk-bug in its prototype phase, there's no release date as of yet, but we are keeping our eyes peeled for it in the shops soon.
So don't worry about dragging your travel system out only for your bundle of fun toddler to declare they want to walk (run!) everywhere - grab yourself a backpack stroller for a hassle-free travel toddler life.