The Freeloader Child Carrier


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The Freeloader is the first child carrier built specifically for toddlers & small children, allowing families to enjoy adventures together. The light, unique design & 5 point safety harness allow parents to rest their arms, children to rest their legs, and for families to safely go further than they have ever gone together - whether that's a short trip to the zoo or a long trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro ('s been there, too). Minimum age: 2.5 years. Carrying capacity: 80 lbs (32.6 kg)

Product Specs & Features:

Product weight: 5.8 lbs.

Carrying capacity: 25-80 lbs.

Minimum Age: 2 ½ years

Standing height: 33"-50" tall

• Stirrups for foot support on every carrier

• Wide ergonomic shoulder & waist straps for comfort

• Evenly distributes child's weight to the carrier's body's hips and core

• Open back design helps maximize airflow to keep the back cool and dry

• Padded back panel for comfort

• Seat offers extended comfort for your child

• Easy-to-use, 5-point child safety harness secures out of reach of your child

• Meets or exceeds all CPSC standards

• Adjustable, contoured shoulder straps with padding for comfort

• Lead-free and phthalate-free nylon materials

• Lightweight, strong and portable

• Travel-friendly: Suitable for carry-on in airplanes 

• Kid-tested, parent-approved 


ORIGINAL DESIGN – Produced by The Freeloader Child Carrier Co. in US, this child carrier is specially designed with safety and ergonomics in mind. Carrying capacity is 25-80 lbs and 2 ½ years minimum age.

NEW BUCKLE SYSTEM – The toddler backpack carrier uses a new unique buckle system. Besides the ergonomic waist and seat, it is designed with an ergonomic shoulder and waist straps to evenly distribute your child's weight to your hips and core. Comes with new stirrup solutions for foot support.

EASY TO USE & SECURE – No complicated shapes, parts and straps. The child carrier is extremely easy-to-use and features a 5-point child safety harness. Buckle up and use the carrier stress free!

MEETS OR EXCEEDS ALL CPSC STANDARDS – It is produced from durable, sturdy, lead-free and phthalate-free nylon materials. It’s extremely secure and meets or exceeds all CPSC standards.

VERSATILE & PORTABLE – It’s versatile, you can use it in the park, on walks, in the museum, on hikes, with air travel or any other outdoor activity. It is lightweight, strong and portable.


Return Policy: 

Try the Freeloader Carrier on for size. Don't like it? Return it with our 30 day money-back guarantee. 15% restocking fee applies.

As Seen On:

As Seen on ABC's Shark Tank, Good Morning America, NBC, The Outdoor Channel, The Statesman, Amazon, and many family blogs across the nation.


Try the Freeloader Carrier on for size. Don't like it? Return it with our 30 day money-back guarantee. 15% restocking fee applies.  


Ask a Question
  • What is the minimum waist size for the small?

    The waist belt best fits individuals between 25"- 55". Thanks!

  • How large of a waist does the carrier accommodate for the person carrying the child? Do you offer waist belt extenders?

    The Freeloader accomodates waists up to 55".  Currently we do not offer waist belt extenders.

  • My daughter is 4’6 and weighs 90 pounds. Would we be able to use the large size carrier with her?

    Thank you for your question. Your daughter should be able to use the Freeloader comfortably. The height limit in our Freeloader is 50", although we do offer custom straps for children over 50". As far as weight, we are tested and certified up to 80 pounds but know many families that use it well beyond that point. As far as which size Freeloader to get, that depends on the adult doing the carryings measurements. There is a great video under FAQ's on the website with step by step on how to measure yourself. LEt us know if you have any further questions. Thanks.

  • My son is only 63 pounds but is 53 inches tall. He has CP and this looked like just the answer to what we need! So excited to find it, and with an 80lb limit! Awesome! But 53 inches? What is the 50 inch height limit based on? My son is able to support his upper body just fine. I am wondering if there is any way this could work for us? What do you think? Thank you so much for your help!

    Thanks for the question.  There is an option where we can extend the straps which allows for a taller child.  We do the customization in house and charge an additional $30.  If you are interested in exploring this option please email us and we can walk you through it!
    Freeloader Customer Service

  • Can this carrier be strapped on and a child secured in place by the wearer alone? Or does a second person need to assist the wearer?

    Thanks for reaching out.  The child is able to be strapped into the carrier by a single adult!  Please check out the video here.

  • We want one that fits both my husband and I. Measuring, I’d be at 16” and he’d be at 20”. We were considering going middle of the line and getting a medium, but I want to ensure I won’t be uncomfortable wearing it. Currently our 4&1/2 year old is 40 lbs and I wear here frequently in her infant carrier (ErgoBaby) without much issue, but she’s at the max. Any advice on sizing recommendations?

    Hello and thanks for reaching out!  The large is versatile enough to be used by a smaller sized individual.  It continues to allow for the correct distribution of weight.  We would defintely reccommend you go with the large.  We do have a program where we offer 50% off of the second Freeloader should a husband and wife desire to purchase two!  Just reach out to and we will get you the proper discount code!  
    Freeloader Customer Service

  • Hi Is the back strap/clip (on the child harness) adjustable to slide down to be positioned mid back/torso for example instead of up by the shoulders- I'm scared my child with low tone would "slump" out of it and fall off. Thanks

    Yes - the back horizontal strap has the ability to slide up and down depending on the need and height of the child.  Thanks for your question!

  • My grandson has quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy everything is so expensive for him is there any discount for this my husband would like to go for walks with Jackson and me but he is 5 years old and we are senior citizens on a fixed income

    Thank you for sharing your story with us and thank you for reaching out.  We have been overwhelmed by families like yours.  Please email our Customer Service department and they will take care of you:

  • My son has cerebral palsy and is getting a bit heavy (~50 lbs) for riding on my shoulders. What are the "special needs discounts" your site says to ask about?

    Please email us at and we can discuss the discount!

  • What is the difference between the small medium and large?

    The sizes are based on the length of the wearer's torso. To get an optimum fit and get the most comfort from your Freeloader Carrier, measure your spine using our size guide. (Look for a teal button on this page titled "Size Guide" or visit this link:

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Cara B.
United States United States
Game changer

Fantastic! We are currently stationed overseas for 3 years and trying to travel as much as possible. With a 2 year old this can be a challenge but the Freeloader carrier has been a game changer! It is super easy to take on flights and store in the overhead compartments. It is also a breeze to wear even when the child is not in the carrier which is my biggest complaint for the other bulky child carriers. My daughter also seems so much more free in the Freeloader whereas in the other carriers she seemed so confined and seemed annoyed that her arms were often pinned in. My only wish is that is had a thin lightweight bag to pack it for taking in on the plane to contain the straps. We LOVE it and are excited to take it on our many adventures to come!

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Amber W.
Australia Australia
A life saver!

The freeloader allows us to carry our 5yo (and freeing up our arms) after having major leg surgery. 5 months on we still use the carrier for mainly bushwalking because she just loves getting out into nature and her legs get so tired. So grateful for the freeloader!

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Logan Y.
United States United States
The only carrier on the market for larger kids.

We bought the carrier for a 2 week trip to several national parks. During the first week we hiked over 50 miles with a 40 pound kid in the carrier. We wouldn't have been to do all we did if it wasn't for the carrier. There are a few options I'd like added (water bladder storage, more storage in general) but otherwise it is a great product. It folds up easy for transport and the kids love riding in it.

Jennifer M.
United States United States
Loved it, it's a lifesaver, got to use it once and my older kids lost it at the Denver Airport!!!

We have a 60# 4 year old and were a little skeptical, but this carrier definitely did the job! We hiked up Glacier Point to Avalance Lake this carrier was a amazing! Our 4 year old never takes a nap, but was so worn out from all the walking she did that she even fell asleep in it! Worth every penny!!! On the down side, one of my older children forgot to grab the freeloader sometime after we went through security and right before we got on our plane. So unfortunately lost and found has still not found it and some else is probably enjoying now!

Jassem A.
United States
Not Satisfied At All

Could not adjust straps to fit my child? My daughter kept slipping out. No discount for special needs families, but discount for military. Come on. Spent $300. Not a great product, not great customer service at all.