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By the time you have your third baby, you really don't need any new gear. We had already bought or received hand-me-downs for every swing, bouncer, and gadget a baby could want. We had a girl, then a boy, so regardless of gender our third baby would be clothed. The one thing I felt like I didn't have was a baby carrier that I absolutely loved and was comfortable enough to use for long periods of time. I had heard good things about the Lillebaby carriers and was curious about whether they would be a good fit for me.
With my first baby, I wore her in a Moby wrap until she got too big. We lived in chilly Minnesota, so I didn't mind all the fabric. I had no other kids to take care of at the time, so it wasn't a big deal that it sometimes took a couple tries to get the wrap just right. I loved that it kept both of us warm on long walks in the winter, and I loved feeling to close to my baby.
Once I had my second, though, we were living in Florida, and the Moby wrap just felt like too much work and too much fabric to deal with in the Florida heat, especially considering baby #2 was born in July. We tried the Baby Bjorn we had received at our first baby shower, but that made my back ache after just a few minutes. I needed a better option.
While I was still pregnant with Baby #3, I had the opportunity to collaborate with Lillebaby and received one of their Airflow Complete baby carriers to try out. It felt like destiny! I needed a new baby carrier that would be comfortable and not too stuffy and hot for the baby, and voila! This magical piece of equipment showed up on my doorstep. I was so excited to try it, but a little skeptical that it would actually be comfortable.
Review of the Lillebaby Airflow Complete
What sizes and ages is the Lillebaby meant for?
I was able to start wearing my baby right away in the Lillebaby. It's officially made for kids from 7lbs - 45lbs. Technically that means I could still be carrying my 4-year-old in it! To me, that is one of the biggest selling points of the Lillebaby. There's no need to buy a new carrier for each new age and stage. It will last you from infancy to toddlerhood.
I know there are always concerns about whether the carrier is comfortable for baby and whether the sitting position is ergonomically correct or not. Lillebaby is one of the few carriers I've found that can adjust from narrow to wide seating to keep baby safe and comfortable.
Another nice thing is that there is no extra insert needed for newborns. There is plenty of neck support. The first few times I wore my little one who was 7lb 7oz at birth, I just put a rolled up blanket under his bottom until I felt like he was big enough to be carried without it.
Since there are six carrying positions, you can make simple adjustments to the Lillebaby to change the carrying position as the baby gets bigger. Like I mentioned above, there is a wide seat and a narrow seat. Baby can face forward once he or she is big enough, which I love since my baby always wants to see what's going on. You can also switch to the hip position, or back position once the baby has excellent head control.
Is it comfortable?
This was my biggest concern, but I quickly learned that Lillebaby had parents' comfort in mind when they designed this carrier. As a C-section mom with diastasis recti, who was also always hunched over nursing the baby, my back would constantly ache in the weeks and months after having the baby.
Thankfully, the Lillebaby comes with lumbar support, and a lot of the baby's weight is distributed to your hips with the wide waist belt. My baby is almost a year and weighs around 23 lbs currently, and I can easily wear him for over an hour and still feel perfectly comfortable.
As for temperature, I was concerned that either the baby or I would overheat while babywearing during the Florida summer. After speaking with a representative from Lillebaby and addressing my concerns about the warm temperatures, she replied: "For families living in the southern states I always recommend either the Airflow or Embossed. Our Complete Airflow features a 3D mesh panel that truly allows the air to flow through the carrier, cooling baby. The Embossed has a micro cloth exterior that is incredibly breathable and features a super soft suede cloth interior. Either option I think would be a great choice!"
I went with the Airflow Complete and have absolutely no regrets! I wear my baby everywhere, from the beach to the grocery store, and have never had an issue with temperature.
Finally, I think the straps are super comfortable because they're nice and wide. I've never had an issue with them cutting into my shoulders. I have even worn the Lillebaby while also wearing a backpack, and it was still completely comfortable.
Any other awesome features?
Why yes, glad you asked! There is a mesh hood you can pull up over the baby's head to protect them from sun or rain or to give you more coverage while nursing the baby in the carrier. The Airflow Complete also has a little pocket in the front to store your phone or keys, which I love because I always need to whip my phone out to take pictures or Instagram stories.
Lillebaby provided instructional videos to help you figure out the different carrying positions to make sure you're using it correctly and safely. The videos are super easy to follow and a great resource!
Anything you didn't like?
I had to think about this for a minute, because I use my Lillebaby almost every single day, take it everywhere with me, and absolutely love it! I think the only thing I don't love is that it's pretty bulky to carry with you. It takes up a lot of space in the car or the bottom of the stroller. I don't think that's necessarily a negative, because part of what makes it so bulky is the wide waist belt which makes it a lot more comfortable. It's just something I've noticed. (Traveling with 3 kids 4 and under can come with a lot of gear).
Is it worth the cost?
I'll do my best to give you an honest answer here. Remember I mentioned above that I received my Lillebaby for free in collaboration with the company, but here's the thing. I was actually in the process of setting aside money to buy a Lillebaby before I knew I would have the chance to work with them, so I would have spent the money anyway!
The Airflow Complete costs $125, which in my opinion isn't necessarily cheap, but is pretty comparable to other carriers on the market. Plus the value you're receiving for that price is incredible. The carrier can be used from baby's first days on earth all the way through toddlerhood or even preschool, so you'll definitely get good use out of it.
Honestly, the Lillebaby is one item of baby gear that helped me survive the first year of motherhood. With other kids to care for and my love for travel, our family is on-the-go a lot. The other kids are still pretty little, which means if we're out walking for long periods of time, they might need a break to ride in the stroller. It's so nice to have my Lillebaby with me, so I can just wear the baby comfortably while the other kids can put their feet up.
As other moms of multiple kids can attest to, sometimes the baby is fussy but your other children still need your attention. In these situations, I was so thankful to have a carrier I loved to the baby could feel close to me while I helped with homework or getting dressed.
I'm excited to try using the back carrying feature this summer when we go hiking in the mountains of Georgia. I think it will actually be enjoyable, even with three little kids!
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