Why We Love Our Macpac Possum Child Carrier

April 26, 2013 at 11:20 am

Why We Love Our Macpac Child Carrier  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Carrying a baby during pregnancy is hard work. As your baby grows, so does your belly. Your body has to adjust to the shift in weight. When Alec complains that he has had to carry Ollie for so many hours on our hikes, I remind him of the fact that I carried Ollie for 9 months!

His reply,

“nature has evolved baby carrying in the belly over thousands of years, you were ergonomically designed to carry him”.

Fair call. However, I do believe the Macpac Possum Child Carrier is also well designed. It’s certainly one of the most comfortable packs I’ve worn!

 

Macpac Possum Child Carrier Accessories

We opted for the follow additions to our Possum child carrier which have been essential:

  • the sombrero and rainbow (great sun protection and the mesh rainbow is good when we want to protect Ollie from rogue branches or mozzies)
  • the sleepyhead (slightly awkward at times, but does the trick as a pillow during naps)

The pack comes with a great little ‘daypack’ that can be unzipped and worn separate to the child carrier. This is great to share the load. Alec usually carries Ollie and I carry the daypack with water and food in it. One thing that would make this extra backpack awesome would be if it was designed to hold a water bladder. That way you could carry water on your front, or zipped on the back of the child carrier, or another person could wear it, making it slightly easier to transport water.

Having a quick scan through the features on the Macpac website it looks like the new design makes provision for carrying water as it states the: “smart pocket under cockpit will take 1 litre hydration bladder”. On closer inspection it doesn’t look like the daypack is removable anymore though. We love the flexibility of being able to remove the daypack so I don’t know why they would have changed this.

The Possum child carrier comes with a rain cover that we have used a couple of times, but never in anger. It does well to protect Ollie from the cold and light showers we’ve been in so far. We’ve been very lucky with amazing weather so far on our travels. I’m sure it would stand up to rain also though.

 

Sleeping in the Macpac Possum Child Carrier

Ollie has slept in our Macpac Possum on hikes, walking the streets in town, on buses, and even in the bedroom. We were tentative to start with, so we only attempted short walks. But when Ollie crashed (and stayed asleep) on our second outing, there were thumbs up, high fives and big grins as we realised our new found freedom!

It must be comfortable if Ollie can sleep for an hour in it on the floor in his room after falling asleep only 10mins from arriving home one day.

The sleepyhead is slightly awkward to set up. We are never sure whether to have Ollie’s arms in or out of the sides of the pack. We usually put them down inside, but whichever way we do it he usually falls asleep if it is near his sleep time.

 

Macpac Possum Child Carrier Ergonomics

The Macpac Possum has an excellent child restraint that goes across your baby’s chest as well as around each arm. The seat height is adjustable which is great when bubs is still little. Ollie was 6 mths old the first time we used ours properly.

The harness on the pack is very comfortable, even when Ollie gets excited and moves around a bit. We got the medium sized pack, but in hindsight we should have gone for the small one. Alec and I now have the harness straps the tightest they can go around our waists. Make sure when you try it on for size that you factor in potentially getting a bit skinner, or larger, depending on the type of travel you do 😉

The space in the bottom of the pack is sufficient to carry all you need for a day trip hiking, or if you are out and about in town. We’ve even used our Possum child carrier to do the shopping, stuffing it full of groceries, and one time to ‘move house’ between apartments in Bariloche! The pack also has a handy, easy to access, mesh compartment at the bottom to put baby’s water bottle or a snack.

 

We love our Macpac Possum Child Carrier and would definitely recommend it to anyone keen to get out and about with bub using a pack that is durable enough for hiking any day trek.

Note: this is not a sponsored post. It is 100% our thoughts and opinions on the Macpac Possum Child Carrier we have been using for the past 5 months during our travels in New Zealand, Chile and Argentina.

Why We Love Our Macpac Child Carrier  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Why We Love Our Macpac Child Carrier  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Why We Love Our Macpac Child Carrier  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Why We Love Our Macpac Child Carrier  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Why We Love Our Macpac Child Carrier  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Why We Love Our Macpac Child Carrier  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Why We Love Our Macpac Child Carrier // intrepidmonkeys.com

Why We Love Our Macpac Child Carrier  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Why We Love Our Macpac Child Carrier  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Why We Love Our Macpac Child Carrier  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

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