If you’re a family with young kids that likes a little bit of adventure, a spot of hiking, a relaxed weekend walk, or perhaps you just loathe lugging a buggy around, the conundrum you’re likely to face is, how best to transport the offspring? We’ve tried all sorts of contraptions to remedy this dilemma, including the Ergobaby 360 sling (great for babies and small toddlers), but once they grow out of this and get more chunk on them, a bigger kiddo shipping agent is needed. Enter my favourite child carrier backpack – the Osprey Poco AG Premium! Here’s my review on why it’s so great:
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A ton of science has gone into making the Osprey Poco super comfy to wear:
Osprey child carriers come equipped with an AG AntiGravity™ 3D suspended mesh backsystem, which basically means they help prevent you from getting a sweaty back when lugging children around. I find this extra ventilation is particularly appreciated by my warm-blooded husband whose temperature levels are on an entirely different scale to my own. It feels nice and springy on the skin and we’ve never had any issues with sore rubbing patches.
It’s a backpack for both parents (& all other family members)
The torso length on the backpanel back system can be easily adjusted for XS, S, M and L-sized bodies – clearly marked with lines on the backpack mesh. This makes it’s suitable for all body frame sizes so mums, dads, pops’, grannies and uncles can all hoik the little’uns up and help share the load (pun intended).
*There aren’t many photos of me wearing it I’m afraid as when these images were taken, I’m either recovering from a back operation, have a bad back, or I’m pregnant, so willing volunteers are lugging the bairns around for me.
The Osprey Poco backpack fits different sizes of children from 6 months – 3.5 years
The Osprey Poco child carrier backpack is aimed at kids aged from 6 months to 3.5 years (approximately) and the child saddle inside can be easily adjusted as they grow from super ickle bubbas to tiny miniature toddlers. The child safety harness, seat and foot stirrups are also adjustable to fit a wide variety of child sizes, shapes and weights, so you’re sure to get lots of use out of it.
It comes with nifty inbuilt protection against the elements
For days of scorching sunshine or slightly unruly wind, there’s a fancy sounding ‘rapid deploy Poco Sun-Shade’ with an SPF50 rating to protect your little cargo from harmful sun rays. The shade is tucked away in a discreet zip up pocket and simply pulls up and pings out – hence the title ‘rapid deploy’! Once up, it also has the added bonus of making a lovely shady spot for a nap (and they can drool to their heart’s content thanks to the removable and washable drool pad!) And if the heavens should open while you’re out and about, fear not! There’s also a flashy integrated rain cover to protect your kiddo from a downpour…although if it really is blasting you from all angles, I can’t guarantee they won’t remain entirely unimpressed, despite being the driest one out there…
There’s a zip-off and take-away mini rucksack
I think the zip-on, zip-off mini rucksack might be my favourite part of the Osprey Poco backpack. It’s perfect for a family day out with kids as you can pack it with the essentials – water, snacks, nappies, wipes etc and then remove it for use, say in a pub, while the backpack sits propped up tidily in the corner out of the way. I’ve actually used this mini rucksack loads, even on days when we’re not using the backpack mothership, as it’s nice and compact.
There are lots of storage pockets all over the backpack
As well as the mini take-away rucksack, there’s also a large easy-to-access-on-the-go front pocket. I must confess, in the past I’ve over-packed this compartment with books, snacks and water bottles and other child-related paraphernalia, which in hindsight was an error given the gradient of the hills my husband had to walk up with it strapped to his back. He remains unaware of the cause of the extra weight that he was lugging around to this day…well it’ll be a good test of whether he reads this blog 🙂
The Osprey Poco backpack is easy to fold away and store
With two little nippers in residence, our tiny terraced house in Bristol is severely lacking in room to put stuff. Luckily the Osprey Poco child carrier backpack can be easily folded up in order to store it away when it isn’t being used.
The backpack stands securely on the ground
When it’s not folded up nicely, the backpack also has a bar that pulls out to help it balance safely on the ground, so you can insert your child easily before lifting the little darling onto your back. Extremely useful if you’ve experimented with baby slings that require a willing passerby to assist in attaching the bambino to your body while you’re out and about. My children have even been known to sit in the backpack and watch TV while strapped in, just for fun…which is a massive bonus for many reasons!
Shop the Osprey Poco Backpack here:
- Check out my other favourite products for travelling with kids – the Trunki Boostapak (a toddler travel car seat) and Ergobaby 360 baby sling.
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