Best Organic Baby Carrier for Hiking – Top 7 Non-toxic Infant Carriers

December 10, 2019

Have you noticed something about habits? When you start one very young, it becomes so ingrained in your psyche that you love it throughout your life. Hiking is like that for me. I’ve loved it since I was two feet tall. Naturally, I couldn’t wait to build a love for the outdoors in my tiny tots. I’ve learnt that you can start as soon as your child meets the age and size requirements for an organic baby carrier for hiking. Which is basically from birth!

Since childhood, my love for travelling and exploring often got me into a spot of trouble. I loved climbing trees, hills, rooftops, and almost anything else I was able to grip my feet on. Well-meaning friends advised me that once I was pregnant, I would have to put travelling, hiking and outdoor adventures on hold. For just about 10 years or so. Well, I think not.

That’s when I began to look outside for inspiration from parents who didn’t sacrifice their dreams, but in fact, inculcated it as a lifestyle choice. This search led me to hunt for the best organic baby carrier for hiking that’s out there. I was pleasantly surprised to see so many wonderful choices. Of course, I looked at options that are non-toxic and chemical free and found all the 7 shortlisted below to each be fantastic choices.

Finding the best organic baby carrier for hiking will greatly depend on your personal circumstances such as budget, the age of your child, and how often you’ll use it, but here’s a glimpse of the best carriers in each price range and category.

 

 

Top 7 Baby Carriers for Hiking

 

1. Best Organic Baby Carrier for Hiking under $450

Osprey Packs Poco AG Plus Child Carrier

 

 

The Osprey Poco is an overall fantastic choice for the outdoors. Made of nylon, the mesh makes it strong and durable. It has seven pockets, some zipped and some mesh, that give you ample room to keep and organize food, snacks, and other supplies, including a large lower pocket for bulkier items. What’s more, it includes a detachable day pack that can be worn by another adult or child. Ample padding in the cockpit, where your baby rides, provides a comfortable ride.

 

What I love about it

  • On-the-fly adjustable hip straps allow for a precise fit
  • A built-in sunshade is easy to store
  • Stirrups for bigger kid comfort
  • Built-in changing pad won’t get lost
  • Lifetime warranty

 

Something to keep in mind

  • Torso length adjustment can be difficult

 

Additional Specs

  • Max load: 48 lbs (child, gear and pack combined)
  • The weight of pack: 7 lb. 9 oz
  • 1404 cu. in. carrying capacity
  • Sunshade made from 100% recyclable, non-toxic materials
  • Osprey Poco age range: 6 months to over 3 years

 

 


 

2. Best Organic Baby Carrier for Hiking Under $300

Deuter Kid Comfort 3

 

 

The Deuter Kid Comfort is aptly named as it offers great adjustability for the comfort of your child. With height adjustable foot and headrests, the fit is really snug. I especially like the foot rest because those little feet won’t fall asleep while you’re hiking. The kickstand makes an audible sound so you know it’s correctly locked in place before you set your child down. A built-in sunshade can be stored in the headrest when you don’t need it. when we compare the Deuter kid comfort 3 vs osprey poco premium, both come out neck-on-neck.

 

What I love about it

  • Foot, head, seat adjustability for maximum rider comfort
  • The removable, washable chin pad
  • Good ventilation for the rider and wearer
  • Integrated sunshade

 

Something to keep in mind

  • Tall headrest
  • Kickstand occasionally opens when in use

 

Additional Specs

  • The weight of the Pack: 7 lbs, 10 ounces
  • Volume: 1100cuin / 18L
  • Self-report their carriers to be free of flame retardants

 

 


 

3. Best Organic Baby Carrier for Hiking under $250

Phil and Teds Escape

 

 

The Escape is an ideal baby and toddler hiking carrier. It’s designed with the comfort of the rider and wearer in mind, and one of the best organic baby carriers for long hikes. A mold-able headrest provides the support needed for developing neck muscles while the fleece covered shoulder straps and contours are soft and comfortable. It folds down flatter than most carriers and includes a zip-off day pack so you can share the load. Footrests prevent the rider’s feet from falling asleep.

 

What I love about it

  • Compact design
  • Durable
  • lightweight child carrier

 

Something to keep in mind

  • Lack of head support
  • Difficult to use the kickstand

 

Additional Specs

  • Weight – 3kgs / 6.6lbs
  • Age range – 6 months (or when baby can sit unaided) to 3 years (or maximum load).
  • Maximum load – 18kgs / 39.7lbs
  • Material: Mokopuna Merino™ is a fibre that is annually renewable, biodegradable and non-synthetic, with a sustainability certified supply chain.

 

 


 

4. Best Baby Carrier for Hiking under $150

Chicco Smart Support Backpack

 

 

While the Chicco carrier for hiking isn’t as compact or sleek as some other designs, it has all the features and suspension systems needed for a smooth ride. A height adjustable padded seat allows your child to be comfortable. It’s a great organic baby carrier for light hiking. The better adjusted the seat; the less the child will move around, making it easier to carry them. It is comfortable for the wearer and rider and an overall great hiking baby carrier for baby or toddler.

 

What I love about it

  • Stability especially when freestanding for easy loading and unloading
  • Fully adjustable, and folds down for compact storage and transport

 

Something to keep in mind

  • Sunshade doesn’t provide complete protection
  • Riders feet stick out on the sides
  • A drool pad might be useful with smaller babies

 

Additional Specs

  • Weight: 6.5 lbs.
  • Child weight should be between 17 lbs. and 40 lbs. (approximately 6 months to 36 months)
  • However, note that Chicco self-reported flame retardant use at the time of writing (though a safer flame retardant)

 

 


 

5. Best Organic Baby Carrier for Serious Hikers

Kelty Pathfinder 3.0

 

 

The Pathfinder is designed with the serious hiker in mind. This is no average carrier. It has ample storage space for diapers, wipes, and other baby essentials. I have found that both men and women can wear it comfortably and its easy to adjust to wearer’s body type. It includes a sunshade and changing pad. Additionally, adjustable seat height and leg secure straps provide a comfortable, safe ride for the child. Overall a great choice for longer trip and journeys.

 

What I love about it

  • Easily adjusts to the wearer
  • Good interior padding for the rider
  • Viewing mirror
  • Durability

 

Something to keep in mind

  • Sunshade doesn’t provide side protection
  • Older/larger children can be hard to load

 

Additional Specs

  • Maximum weight load (Child + Gear + Pack): 50 lbs
  • Child weight: Minimum 16 lbs / 7.3 kg; Maximum: 40 lbs
  • Volume: 1300 in3 / 21 L
  • Weight: 7 lb 10 oz
  • Material: Polyester
  • Kelty report all their carriers to be free of flame retardants

 

 


 

6. Best Soft Carrier for Hiking

Boba 4GS Carrier

 

Boba Classic 4GS Carrier Max's Map

 

The 4GS is the best soft carrier for hiking because it has the right combination of features with soft 100% cotton fabric. This baby backpack cross-country carrier is durable and stable enough for working in the yard or a day hike. Removable sleeping hood and foot straps allow you to make the adjustments you need for added comfort but when you don’t need them, they can be stored out of the way. However, this might not be the best hiking baby carrier for petite moms, but it’s one of the best baby carriers for newborns.

 

What I love about it

  • Machine washable
  • Can be used for breastfeeding
  • Easy to adjust
  • Multiple adjustments allow for a customized fit

 

Something to keep in mind

  • Fitting inconvenient for adults under 5′ 2″

 

Additional Specs

  • Child Weight range: 7–45 lbs.
  • Fits adults 5’2″–6’3″
  • 100% cotton for the Classic Collection
  • Carrier weight: 2 lbs.
  • Boba confirmed that they have never used flame retardants in their carriers.

 

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7. Best Standing Carrier for Toddlers/Older Children

Piggyback Rider

 

 

The award-winning Piggyback is a harness with a back frame that allows your older child to ride piggyback style while being secured to your back. Made of climbing gear components, this framed carrier has four handholds and an adjustable non-skid standing bar. The wearer harness evenly distributes weight and can be adjusted to fit most adults. As the best standing carrier for toddlers/older children, the Piggyback offers the safety and stability to handle heavier kids over difficult terrain.

 

What I love about it

  • Portability
  • Compact
  • Enables older children to experience harder trails

 

Something to keep in mind

  • Pressure might be on wearer’s shoulders
  • Tall children can be difficult to carry
  • Quick movements can throw wearer off-balance
  • You need to purchase a rain cover separately for wet climbs

 

Additional Specs

  • Weighs less than 3 lbs.
  • Child Weight capacity of 60 lbs.
  • Ideal for children from 2 ½+ years up to 6 years
  • The Piggyback Rider® has met or exceeded all required consumer product regulations for the USA, Canada, EU, Australia and New Zealand
  • All materials are the highest grade climbing buckles and polypropylene webbing

 

 


 

Important Features to Look For in a baby carrier for Hiking

Now that you have the low down on the best baby back carriers for hiking, there are a few important features that you might want to consider while making your choice:

Height:

Some carriers have high headrests that can make going through low branches or brush difficult.

 

Fasteners and Harness:

A five-point harness system is the safest. Some harnesses come with features to keep them from getting tangled for easy loading and unloading.

Fabric and Padding:

Make sure the carrier provides a comfortable fit for both rider and wearer. keep in mind that you might want to look at non-toxic materials for the safety of your child as they may suck or chew on the carrier.

Kickstand:

Make sure it’s easy to open and lock in place for safety. It should also close snugly against the carrier so that it won’t get caught on anything while you hike. Even with a kickstand, don’t leave your child in a carrier unattended as they can easily tip over.

Leg Openings:

Openings should be small enough that your child won’t slide out but large enough that their circulation won’t be negatively affected. Some carriers have adjustable leg openings for the best fit.

Shoulder, waist, and chest straps:

Sufficient padding is a necessity for all-day comfort. Adjustable straps will help you keep the weight on your hips with the shoulder straps helping to stabilize movement. A sternum/chest strap should hold the shoulder straps in place so they don’t slip.

Storage:

If you go for long day hikes, storage is going to be important. Under seat storage compartments and removable day packs will give you the most space while models with lots of pockets will help you keep baby supplies organized.

Weather shield:

To truly enjoy the outdoors, your child needs to be comfortable and protected from the weather. Integrated shades and rain covers are easiest to store and use. Make sure the shade protects the child from all directions including the sides.

 


 

The Bottom Line

Baby carriers come in all shapes, forms and sizes, and there isn’t a solution where one size fits all. So depending on the wearer and the child’s height and size, you might want to choose one that’s right for you. Keep in mind that children tend to chew on the parts, especially when they’re small enough to fit in a carrier. You won’t be watching them at all times, as they are most likely riding on your back. For this reason, I’d strongly advise you make sure all materials used to manufacture your carrier are chemical free so as to ensure your child’s well being. All the options listed above are non-toxic and safe. Our favorite is the Poco premium, but it does burn the budget a bit. If you’re looking for a pocket-friendly carrier, the Chicco is a great choice as it is sturdy as well as economical, even if not as durable and high quality as the Poco.

What are you waiting for? Book that family ticket to the Dolomites and pack your bags! Happy travels.

Looking for some great safe baby gear for you and baby? Read our shortlist of the best cribs with built-in storage, baby walkers, and strollers. Or if you’re new to the world of organic, non-toxic and chemical free baby products, then I recommend that you start here.

 

Shobita Ravichandran

Shobita Ravichandran

Editor in Chief

Shobita created Parenthood Guide in 2015 after she found out the hard way about toxins in many safe looking baby products. She's an architect, researcher, writer and mum of two strong-willed little humans. Ever since she found out she was pregnant, she has been extensively researching natural, safe, organic and non-toxic products for her children. Now she wants to take you along on this non-toxic journey and share her findings of the best and safest baby products out there.

2 Comments

  1. Lauren

    Thank you so much for this guide, it is so helpful! I noticed the other packs say if they have flame retardants but it didn’t say it for the Osprey Poco. Do you know if the poco is free of flame retardants? Thanks so much!

    Reply
    • Shobita Ravichandran

      Hi Lauren,
      I’m not able to find this information, but have witten to Osprey Poco to find out. Let me see what they come back with. Will keep you posted

      Reply

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