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A Day at the Park with LÍLLÉbaby

Let’s talk baby carriers. As a mom of three I’ve had my fair share of baby carriers and have actually written about some on the blog. But you guys, there is NO baby carrier that compares with LILLEbaby. This was made very apparent to me when I spent a day at the park with the my youngest two.

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~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

You’ve probably heard or seen LILLEbaby somewhere at some point. I’ve actually been eyeing them for about two years, but I had been gifted other baby carriers (various slings and traditional carriers) and just used those with my now two year old. Now that kiddo three is here and we’ve decided he’s going to be the last, I knew this would be my last chance to see what the LILLEbaby hype is all about. The hype is everything it’s said to be!

Design

I decided to go with one of LILLEbaby’s COMPLETE All Seasons carriers and there are so many amazing features, I don’t even know where I want to start. How about design? LILLEbaby carriers come in all different colors and designs, whether your style is plain and simple, or you like to have a little fun with prints, LILLEbaby has lots of designs to choose from.

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I have a lot of simplicity in my life, but sometimes like to stand out a little, so I opted for the Mickey Classic design from the Disney Baby Collection. My kids love all things Disney, as do I, and I’m sure my newest little guy will be no different. I think the Mickey Classic print is just as cute as can be and when we visit Disney World in the next few months, my little mouseketeer will fit right in.

Versatility

None of the carriers that I used with my first two kids were so versatile that I could use them in six different positions. With the LILLEbaby COMPLETE All Seasons baby can be carried in front-fetal, front-infant, front-outward, front- toddler, hip, and back carry.

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It doesn’t look like it from this angle, but my little guy is in there, sitting comfortably in the front-fetal position.

 

My son just turned one month so we’re currently using the front-fetal position. While you can purchase an infant insert, it’s not needed. All it takes is a rolled up swaddle blanket and we’re in business. And I have to tell you, I’m pretty stoked that I’ll be able to use this same carrier through his toddler years. In fact, my two year can be carried in the back position.

Comfort

When it comes to LILLEbaby, comfort comes two-fold, comfort for baby and comfort for mom and dad.

Baby

  • Always in a seated position. This is important for proper growth and development, and not all baby carriers take this into consideration.
  • Fabric is made of microfiber and breathable 3D mesh, so baby stays comfy and won’t overheat.
  • The extendable torso helps provide back and neck support, not just for infants who can’t hold their heads up, but for taller babies too.

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Mom and Dad

  • The wide, padded shoulder straps and waist belt make carrying baby so much more comfortable since baby’s weight is distributed evenly for maximum comfort.
  • The little piece that goes on the lower back is such a simple addition, but makes a world of difference in lumbar support. I’m able to carry my little guy in his LILLEbaby for prolonged periods of time without straining my back because I’m maintaining a healthier posture and alignment.
  • Easy to adjust straps make getting settled in a breeze. From the time I start putting our LILLEbaby on, I have full and easy access to the straps and buckles I need to adjust so that the fit is tight, but comfortable. Some adjustments are as easy as reaching over and behind my shoulders, or simply by my side/ribs or hip, and baby stays calm the whole time. Thank goodness for no more frustrating finagling!

Extras

I’m not going to lie, when I had my first look at LILLEbaby carriers I was intimidated. I was thinking how in the world am I going to figure out how to use all the buttons and buckles. It just seemed to be like a complicated contraption that I didn’t want to deal with. But now that I’ve taken a little bit of time to learn about all of the features and just how everything works, I’m in love. Even the extra components come in handy.

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Pockets have become an exciting accessory in dresses, so why wouldn’t they be exciting on a baby carrier. You are wearing it.

Friend: “I love your dress.”

Me: “Thanks, it has pockets.”

In LILLEbaby terms –

Friend: “I love that baby carrier.”

Me: “Thanks, it has pockets.”

See what I mean? Haha! The LILLEbaby COMPLETE All Seasons has a large zippered storage pocket and an easy to reach pocket for storing the hood and other essentials. Leave the purse behind and carry your phone, cards, and keys in a pocket!

And I just mentioned the hood, which is great for supporting and shading baby’s head while sleeping, and also provides privacy while nursing. It’s totally an optional thing and can be removed if you don’t need it, or simply when not using it. I breastfeed my son, so it is definitely handy to have around.

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Oh, and did I mention it’s machine washable? What a lifesaver. We haven’t had any blowouts or spit up incidents in our LILLEbaby yet, but after three kids I know it’s only a matter of time.

So I ask, what’s not to love? I’m telling you, the hype is real. LILLEbaby is literally the ONLY baby carrier you will ever need. The quality is great and it will last from infancy through toddlerhood. That’s why a price tag of $170 doesn’t even phase me and shouldn’t phase you either.

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How did our day at the park go? It was hot as heck, but I unzipped the back of the LILLEbaby to expose the mesh material so my son could get some ventilation. He slept the entire time. It took no time at all for him to fall asleep after I got him settled in and started walking. Of course, this made the day easy and I could focus my attention on my toddler while she played on the splash pad.

What is your favorite feature of LÍLLÉbaby?

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*I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Making Time to Run Errands with #Mamaway

Making Time to Run Errands with Mamaway

I usually dread having to run errands with the kids, mostly because I have to haul the stroller everywhere we go.  If we have three or four stops to make, that’s three or four times I have to take the stroller out of the trunk, unfold it, get everyone situated, and then put it all back when we’re done.  Who has the time (or patience) for all of that?

Now, rather than hauling the stroller in and out of every place we go, I use my Mamaway Ring Sling to carry Sadee around.  It was absolute love at first try and there’s no turning back!

Mamaway Ring Sling Features:

  • 100% Pima cotton.
  • Comfortable for parent and baby (doesn’t kill your back).
  • Variety of positions for baby – upright, lying down, in front, on the hip, behind the back.
  • Durable ring sling design offers safe and secure, hands free carrying of baby.
  • Easy set up and adjustment.
  • Multi-purpose (can be used as a nursing cover).
  • Compact, self-storage.
  • Prints to make mom AND dad happy to use.
  • One size fits all.
  • Machine washable.

Just today, we needed to run a few errands and the Mamaway Ring Sling made it a breeze to carry Sadee around.  Although it was nice not to have to get the stroller in and out of the car, I’d have to say the best part was having both of my hands free to do what I needed to without having Sadee fuss the entire time.

Making Time to Run Errands with Mamaway

Once I got her in the position I wanted her in, it was very easy to pull the material through the rings and ensure she was supported in every way possible.  After that, there was absolutely no slipping and she stayed very securely in place, all while very supported.

And I could definitely tell Sadee loved it.  She was calm and quiet the entire time we were running errands.  At one point she even fell asleep while in the ring sling.  Being close to mom was a huge plus for her because she’s usually in her stroller, carseat, or the buggy when we’re out and about.

Another great thing about the Mamaway Ring Sling is the variety of prints that are suitable for both mom and dad.  Many times, different types of baby carriers come in prints that dad will just flat out refuse to use, making running errands with kids hard for him.  But dad will be happy to carry baby around with Mamaway’s variety of parent-neutral prints (and give mom that much needed break).

Making Time to Run Errands with Mamaway

Worried if it will fit your body type or frame?  Don’t.  As you can see, there is more than enough material to fit any body type.  Personally, I’m not a small person and had so much unused sling material.  I could have tied it in a knot so that the extra material wasn’t hanging or swaying around, but it didn’t really bother me so I left it.

And don’t mind my no makeup look today (I mean, we are running errands) and Sadee’s granny face, haha.  I don’t know what was going on with her during this picture.  Plus, the angle is a little weird because my four year old was taking it.  Gotta love it!

Making Time to Run Errands with Mamaway

From here on out, the Mamaway Ring Sling is an essential in our diaper bag, along with other necessities.  Since it can have a dual purpose and be used as a nursing cover, I no longer have to carry one in the diaper bag.  And because the ring sling folds so nicely into itself, it’s compact size is perfect for carrying along wherever you go!

How do you run errands with kids?

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*This post may contain affiliate links.  I received a sample in exchange for an honest review.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Making Time for Baby Wearing

Making Time for Baby Wearing with Wrapy

One of the things that I never did with my son when he was a baby was put him in a carrier or use a sling for baby wearing. But that all changed when little Sadee-cakes came along.

Now I am one proud baby wearing mama and thanks to Wrapy I have the perfect baby sling wrap for toting Sadee around.

I understand that not everyone can get with wearing their baby, but here are my top 5 reasons why I love it, particularly with the Wrapy Baby Sling Carrier!

Wrapy Baby Sling Carrier

1 – The Wrapy Baby Sling Carrier is super comfortable for both mom and baby.  One of the things I don’t really care for in a regular baby carrier is that the straps tend to be right where I don’t want them and oftentimes hit my baby’s face in the wrong place, or her arm rubs up against them.  With a sling like Wrapy’s, I don’t have that problem.  The sling is 95% cotton and 5% spandex, so it’s very soft and there’s nothing cutting into my baby’s skin anywhere.

2 – One size fits ALL!  Yes, with the Wrapy Baby Sling Carrier there’s no worry about how big/small you are because it fits everyone.  I’ll tell you, I’m a plus size girl and fit is always a worry of mine.  I mean, I am wearing my baby so I have to make sure the sling fits me to be able to comfortably and properly carry her.  I had absolutely no problem putting this sling on and even had extra material left when I tied it at the end.

Wrapy Baby Sling Carrier comes with it's own carrying case.

3 – The Wrapy Baby Sling Carrier is easy to wash.  I toss the sling right into the regular wash and even into the dryer, and I’m good to go.  This is always a plus because we all know babies can be pretty messy sometimes – a little spit up here, some teething drool there – so an easy cleanup is awesome.

4 – There are 4 different positions in which you can wear your baby with the Wrapy Baby Sling Carrier – hug hold for newborn, hug hold for toddler (what I use now), cradle hold (great for nursing) and lotus hold (baby faces outward).  Who knew you could wear a baby so many ways?

Wrapy Baby Sling Carrier in Action

5 – And last, but not least – little Sadee is always close.  There is nothing like the feel of your baby close to you all the time.  Well, okay, I get it.  You probably don’t want them around all the time, but you better get as much cuddle time as you can while they’re little because it won’t be long until they’re little monsters running a muck everywhere you go – I know, I have one of those too.  Not only is it a good feeling to have Sadee close to me all the time, but it’s very comforting to her.  No lie, every single time I wear her in our Wrapy Baby Sling Carrier she falls asleep.  I had to be sure to get some pictures in during our walk at the park before she fell asleep because I knew it was only a matter of time.  That’s all the proof I need at how comforting the sling is.

So parents, sling on and wear your baby proud.  And dad’s, the Wrapy Baby Sling Carrier isn’t just for moms.  You’re just as much able to wear your baby and it gives you much more bonding time than if you didn’t, especially if mom is nursing.

I nurse Sadee and love having so much time with her, nursing or wearing, but I know daddy wants some love too and baby wearing is the perfect experience for some daddy/baby bonding.

What do you think of baby wearing?

*This post may contain affiliate links.  I received a sample free of charge or at a discount, to provide an honest review.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.