Child Carriers at the Lend & Learn Library

Make Spending Time Outdoors a Family Affair

When families have meaningful experiences outdoors their quality of life, health and social wellbeing improve. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy time outdoors, but we know that outdoor gear for families can be expensive, especially when kids outgrow these items so quickly. This is why we have partnered with First Chance for Children, a non-profit that provides early childhood programs and family resources to foster healthy outcomes for children and families to offer five child carriers for hiking. Whether you're new to hiking or an experienced hiker, consider making the next time you hit the trail for a few miles into the woods a family affair by checking out one of our child carriers.

About the Child Carrier

The child carrier is a unique double halo harness designed with front-facing arm loops allows you to easily and safely buckle your child in place. Designed for child and adult comfort. A padded cockpit made up of soft contact surfaces and ventilated side panels for children, and a breathable mesh back panel and hip wings for adults. Cord attachment loops keep toys and pacifiers within reach and a built-in sunshade protects your child from the sun's rays, giving you peace of mind while adventuring together.

The child carrier cannot be used for children weighing less than 16 lbs. or more than 40 lbs. Do not use the child carrier if the child is less than six month and cannot sit upright unassisted.


Hiking with Children

Families face unique challenges when it comes to planning hikes and the unpredictable nature of little ones leads many parents to put their adventure dreams on the back burner. So, we have sourced some tips for hiking and compiled local trail recommendations below:

Helpful Hiking Tips for Little Ones

Family Friendly Trails in Columbia, MO

Columbia Parks and Rec Trail Guide & Map

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park Map

Checking Out a Child Carrier

The child carriers will be available for check out through the “Lend & Learn Library” at First Chance for Children in Columbia, Missouri for enrolled families.

Families can check out the carrier for up to one-two weeks.

The checkout process includes signing a lending agreement and picking up the carrier from First Chance for Children office located at 1002 Fay Street, Columbia Missouri.

Hours for pick up and drop off include Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-3:00 pm. 

First Chance for Children Staff Contact:

Charity Quinn

Text/Call: 573-340-1341


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?

Individuals who live in Boone county and who have a child under the age of 5. Families must complete a First Chance for Children enrollment form.

What size child can use the child carrier?

The child carrier can not be used for children weighing less than 16 lbs. or more than 40 lbs. Do not use the child carrier if the child is less than six month and unable to sit upright unassisted.

What does this cost?

It's free!

How long are checkouts available?

The child carrier can be checked out for 1-2 weeks. Families can renew for an additional week if there isn’t a hold on the carrier.

How do I reserve a child carrier for check out?

The child carriers are part of the “First Chance for Children” catalog of Baby and Toddler toy sets that are available on First Chance for Children’s website at these links: click here for baby, or here for toddler items To reserve the child carrier, contact Charity Quinn, by call or text at 573-340-1341 or by email at If the child carrier is unavailable, you may place a hold and will be notified upon the first availability.

How do I fit myself for the child carrier?

If you would like a trained staff member from First Chance for Children will help fit you and your child for the carrier. Please follow all of child carrier recommendations for fit and use in the product manual

Poco Child Carrier

Hipbelt Sizing: 26" - 48"

Torso Sizing: 15" - 21"

What if I break something on the child carrier?

We ask that while it is in your possession you take good care of the child carrier so they can be enjoyed by many families. We understand though that accidents happen. If something happens to the child carrier, just let us know. We will replace the buckle or fix the carrier at no cost to you.

What if the child carrier gets dirty?

Please return gear in the condition you received it. If you need to clean some dirty off the child carrier please use a mild dish soap. 

How do I sign up?

Contact Charity Quinn by call or text at 573-340-1341 or by email at for a simple online enrollment form.

For more information, refer to the Osprey Poco Child Carrier Manual

Thank You to Our Donors and Partners 

Frances R. Dewing Foundation

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