The Hippychick Hipseat is, to my mind, the best invention since, well, ever.
A half-moon shaped seat that fastens with velcro and a clip around the waist providing a perch for a child, the concept is so simple to be so ridiculously effective. The Hippychick Hipseat extends the hip so that the child can sit comfortably without causing the parent/carer the uncomfortable hip displacement or back ache that normally comes with carrying a child for an extended period of time.
The spine is kept straight rather than curved so there's less back pain. The Hipseat is endorsed by osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists, and for good reason. It really does take so much of the strain off the carrier.
Since the child is sitting, you only have to have an arm around him,without having to physically hold, meaning your arms take less strain as well, and you still have a free hand.
The Hippychick Hipseat is quickly replacing our favourite sling as a big bonus of the Hippychick for me when we are out and about is that it is easy to put my toddler down and pick her up again. There's no need for strapping up or strapping in – just pick up and put down. The Hipseat also places her at my level, so we can 'talk' about things, look at the world and she can interact with it from an adult perspective, which is much more engaging than the outlook from knee-height!
It also makes negotiating public transport a doddle and there's no struggle getting a pushchair in and out of the car. The only obvious downside is that the Hipseat isn't designed to be slept on, so nap times need to be kept in mind – although we still carry the sling around and pop her in that when she becomes sleepy.
The Hipseat is so effective, even my very small mother uses it when taking my 10kg daughter out.
The Hippychick Hipseat is suitable from 6 months, or when the child is able to hold themselves upright and hold on, till about 3 years. It is available in black, green, burgundy and blue and costs £37.50, although I have seen them cheaper at other retailers.