I purchased this carrier to use on hikes with my 3 1/2 year old (33 lbs). She is able to walk most of the time but this carrier allows us to leave the hunky, clunky stroller behind and really frees us up to do some fun trails! The Onbuhimo carrier is easy for the up-and-down demands of a toddler. The process of getting her in and out was under a minute. When riding, my daughter would kind of melt onto my back and was very comfortable.