The Loon Lake trip was much better because we had some young, kid-less undergraduates along to share the load. Not to mention other parents with kids to help us figure out all the new territory. Hence, we discovered the benefits of community backpacking with babies. The secret, is to bring friends without kids. Once we learned this secret, we had some great backpacking adventures in our early parenting days.
The kids loved all the attention from all our friends, and chatting away at whoever was carrying them. No two kids ever had such a grand time!