I'm going to be a Dad for the first time early next year. My wife and I are very active outdoorsy kind of people. I've started looking at a baby carrier so we can take our wee one out on short walks and for me when I take our dogs out for a walk (which I do a couple of times a day).
I want a carrier as we live quite rural and a lot of the places I go on a day to day basis have no pavements, etc. So a pram simply won't be practical. I also often climb the local hills and I'd like to take the baby with me occasionally.
Looking at baby carriers though there is a bewildering array of different styles, positions, etc. From the high end fully outdoors backpacks:
To simple baby slings:
Obviously money is a factor here, we've got a baby on the way, we're not exactly flush for cash so I don't want to spend a lot.
Given activities such as:
Gentle hill walks
Walking in low country
What kind of carrier should I be looking for? What features do I want, which are over kill and which are required?