We were excited to write a review of the Osprey Poco Plus child carrier because we have had one for so long and it’s so comfortable and versatile.
The Osprey Child Carriers are among the best available and it was a great investment for us.
Everyone who has seen us use the Osprey hiking baby carrier wishes they had one for their kids. It has so many features, we only found out about some of them while writing this review.
You will get compliments on your awesome parenting choices when using this backpack.
We brought this hiking backpack every time we went camping with our baby.
Why the Osprey Poco Plus is the BEST child carrier:
It’s comfortable for you both, has a removable drool pad, has an adjustable torso length and has tons of pockets (including zippered hip belt pockets) for everything you need for the baby and yourself.
If you’re already into hiking and have gone backpacking, wearing hiking baby carriers will be like second nature. Instead of carrying your gear, you get to carry the kiddo.
It’s also amazing if you’re hiking in the dark or hiking on steep terrain where you don’t trust your toddler to go hiking.
We’ve even gone well beyond the initial plan of hikes and camping and used our Poco Plus at fairs, farmers markets, or just chores around the house.
Making breakfast or shoveling the sidewalk becomes fun when you have a buddy with you. Once you have an Osprey Poco baby carrier, you’ll find many uses for it!
Osprey Poco Plus Review:
If you plan to do a lot of day hikes the Poco Plus is a fabulous investment for you and your family. The level of child comfort and parent comfort of this pack made it a perfect fit for our family adventures.
- Supports weights up to ~49 lbs (22 kg) which is the kiddo, gear, and pack (the pack weighs about 8 lbs/3.6 kg empty). Technically our 4.5 year old would still be able to be carried in an empty pack and be 1 pound under the weight limit.
- Adjustable design keeps it comfortable, even after many miles or hours. The fit on the fly hip belt is amazing as is the torso adjustment capabilities.
- The child cockpit is adjustable with great safety straps.
- Adjustable foot stirrups for when your child’s legs get longer.
- For Tiny Critter, he would fall asleep for hours in this pack while we’ve hiked, walked around the neighborhood, enjoyed a fair, or even did chores around the house. Yes, doing things with a child carrier backpack on is a bit more difficult, but you get to feel efficient!
- Wide base. Other child carriers have a narrower base when set on the ground. The Osprey Poco Plus base is wide and stable. I witnessed my friend set her son in a parking lot while he was in their carrier and he wiggled and tipped over almost immediately. (Don’t worry, I caught him) Being able to take the child carrier off and take a break without taking the kid out of the carrier is amazing.
- So many pockets! Great storage space with easy access to zippered hipbelt pockets for snacks on the go! The lower zippered compartment can hold larger items like diapers, wipes, water bottles and a small picnic blanket while the other zippered pockets can hold small snacks. There are a ton of storage options in the osprey packs.
- It has a day pack that zips on/off! We didn’t utilize this much, but it is a handy feature if the kiddo wants to walk instead of ride, you have a mini backpack to take with. I forgot about it until I was writing the review and I wish we’d used it more.
- Integrated sunshade that easily pops out. The built-in sunshade is amazing on sunny days and can be a rain cover as you double time it back to camp.
- Hydration sleeve pocket! We didn’t know ours had one until we wrote this review. We would have used this option a TON. Hydration reservoirs are essential for backpacks and child carriers are no exception.
- Osprey has a fantastic fix policy for Osprey child carriers. Essentially, if it breaks, they fix or replace it.
- Expensive – this isn’t cheap. However, it is a similar price to other sturdy hiking carriers like the Deuter Comfort Pro. If you’re going to use it for multiple trips or multiple kids, you can easily justify the cost because this pack has it all.
- Getting it on/off: Truth be told, doing this solo can be a little tricky. Instead of just your pack and gear, now you’re trying to pick up a moving child. That being said, both Daddy and Momma Critter got it on and off solo many times. (Hint: put the pack on a table or chair if possible so you aren’t starting from the ground. This works very well for loading and unloading.)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Our is an older model but it appears not too much has changed on these carriers. Although, we do wish we knew we had the hydration sleeve in our model!
We absolutely loved taking this thing camping and hiking because it made it easy for Tiny Critter to have a place to rest so the rest of us could keep going on long hikes.
Daddy Critter is the type that wants to fit as much into a trip as possible and this was the right tool for the job. You and your child will love how comfortable the Osprey Poco Plus is.
Daddy Critter also loved using the Poco Plus child carrier for chores around the yard. He was doing some fall leaf clean-up, a bit of trimming, sweeping the garage. While doing this, a neighborhood kid rode by and exclaimed “That’s amazing! Dad success!” It’s pretty much exactly what he was feeling. When you’re taking care of the kiddo and tackling other tasks, you’ll be feeling productive!
Momma Critter used it for walks to the local coffee shop where she amazed the other patrons with her ability to get the kid carrier on and off with a 25 pound Tiny Critter in it.
I even used it to shovel the driveway one sunny winter day! Our toddler loved riding in the Poco Plus backpack on any occasion.
Pro Tip: Sometimes the critterz get quiet back there and you might get a bit concerned about what kind of mischief they’re up to. If you’re flying solo, taking the pack off to get a look just isn’t ideal.
Use the reflection of your phone to see how your Tiny Critter is doing! Better yet, turn the camera on and just take a picture! Pro mode: offer a snack and watch the tiny hand reach out to grab it.
Bonus Buying Tip: If you want a new one, by all means, pick it up. We’re certain you’ll love it and it’ll survive all that you put it through! After you’ve gone on all your adventures with it you’ll be able to resell it for a decent price because other people will want to use it too!
That said, if you’re open to used equipment, keep your eyes open on discount and free sites! These hold up well and someone has to be willing to sell their slightly used one.
Extra Note: After we purchased our Osprey Poco Plus we checked into Safety Notices. When buying used items for the kids, be aware there may be Safety Notices or Recalls. In this case ours wasn’t affected but you should check out this link in case you happen across one that is.
We think the Osprey Child Carriers are the best available and it will be a great investment for you and your family. Tiny Critter spent many hours in ours and we walked many miles with this great pack! We used this from 6 months to 3 years old and it was amazing at every age. You and your family will love the Poco Plus as much as we did because this pack has all the best features. Click HERE to buy yours now!
I’m Molly Foss, aka Momma Critter. I’ve been camping since I was 9 years old and I always wanted to be Robin Hood and live in the forest when I grew up. I’m excited to share my love of camping with my son as he grows up. My favorite thing to do while camping is roast marshmallows over the fire.