Poco Premium Child Carrier backpack

Hiking with a baby – choosing a child carrier pack

Poco Premium Baby Carrier Backpack in Red and Grey

Osprey Poco Premium Child Carrier from Wild Earth Australia, $279.50 incl. GST and free delivery. Information current: September 2015

Our baby boy is now 7 months old so we’ve decided it’s time to head back to the hills. We have an Ergo Baby Carrier but my son gets very hot and restless in it after ten minutes. Not ideal for a hike!

Baby carriers

I researched a number of packs online including the Deuter Kid Comfort Pack, the Osprey Poco Premium Baby Backpack Carrier and the Kanga Kid. Outside Magazine provides a great article comparing these different baby carrier packs.

We decided to buy the Osprey Poco Premium Pack from Wild Earth Australia. (This is an affiliate link – if you find this information helpful and decide to buy the Poco from Wild Earth, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Win/win!) It came with free shipping and was delivered a few days later. Double thumbs up for their speedy service. It was the best price we could find online, too.

If you’re outside Australia, you can buy the Poco through Amazon.

Hiking with a baby

We’re going on holidays soon and will take this pack with us for some short hikes in South Korea. I hope our son loves it. He seems to enjoy sitting in it up high (and pulling his dad’s hair!) but we haven’t really tested it out yet on the trails. The timing and weather hasn’t been right to do a practice hike before we leave. That’s not ideal but I think the pack will be fine.

I love how adjustable it is, the roomy storage area underneath and the removable day pack. I also love the pop up sun shade which is really important when hiking in the harsh Australian son. We want to protect his delicate skin from sun damage.

I’ll let you know we go …


Check out my full gear review of the Osprey Poco Premium baby backpack carrier or check out why I think every parent, even non-hikers, should buy the Poco.

Last updated: January 2016


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