It was sort of difficult to do by yourself at first. But it's worth the practice. Once my two year old figured out what it was, and what we were doing(hiking usually), he got really excited and cooperated getting on my back and holding on, so I could adjust everything without another adult. We both love using it. I get to go hiking again, and he gets to see more nature in harder places to explore vs if he were walking. This quality carrier helped create so many priceless adventures with my son. It's also amazing for shopping. My son hates sitting in the cart, and normally cuts my shopping trips short. Also great during covid, because they can't touch anything in the store if they're on your back.