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Drumroll please, mamas, it’s time to chat about the Lillebaby COMPLETE baby carrier.
The Lillebaby COMPLETE (pronounced Lil-la baby) is the latest redesign of the Lillebaby brand soft structured carrier. Lillebaby has had a few previous versions, but the company finally went back to their small town Colorado roots (yay, Colorado! I love local businesses.) and came up with this new style. I was sent this fabulous organic version of the carrier to try out, and I have to say that I really like it! My first reactions to opening up the box were:
1) The color (Green Meadow) is seriously gorgeous. (It is brighter in person.)
2) The fabric is deliciously soft
3) It looks a little complicated and so do the instructions
and 4) What the heck is this big black thing on the back?
This, my friends, is a funny little supportive attachment that is used for lumbar support. I don’t use the lumbar support right now because Penelope is teeny tiny still, but when carrying my sleeping toddler on my front; it’s a pretty cool feature that helps support your back! I suppose this, among many other reasons, is why the carrier is called the COMPLETE… they really thought of (almost) everything. I do kind of think that COMPLETE is a word that leaves pretty big shoes to fill. They have come pretty close, but I think it is missing a few little features that I think would make it an even better carrier and bring it much closer to being COMPLETE.
1- When using the Lillebaby COMPLETE, I sorely miss the strap that is on my other go-to carrier that keeps my purse/diaper bag from slipping off of my shoulder. This may not be a big deal to you if you have never needed or used this feature on a carrier, but it is one that I really like and I think would make the Lillebaby COMPLETE even better.
2- The stirrups for optimal toddler positioning for older kiddos are not included, like they are with another carrier I have. They are however available to purchase as an add-on, as well as teething pads.
3- There is no pocket on the carrier. Whether a credit card/wallet pocket or a place to stuff an extra diaper and a few wipes, the pocket is something I think a carrier really should have.
4- Other carriers are winning in the design realm- there are no patterns to choose from. Although, I have to admit that this isn’t necessarily a deterrent for me, as I really love the clean, modern look of the Lillebaby and I think the color choices are fabulous.
This carrier is useable in every position you could want. You can front carry facing in, front carry facing out (something I personally don’t choose to do, but it is an option for a mom who wants to do so for short periods of time in an ergonomic way), you can hip carry & back carry as well. You wouldn’t really need to ever buy another carrier, unless you are a babywearing junkie like some of the moms on this blog… *cough cough Xza & Alyssa…*
I’m 5’4” tall (okay, on the short side of 5’4”), and one problem I had initially with wearing my newborn in this carrier was connecting the chest clip behind me on my own. Once Penny got even a little bigger, it was easier. This carrier also is adjusted as small as it possibly can be adjusted for me to wear it– the arm straps, the waist buckle, the chest clip strap. If I was smaller, this carrier would probably be too big until my baby got bigger. I think this carrier would be totally excellent for a fluffier mama or a tall mama. It is, however, fitting me better and better as Penny grows. And speaking of chest clip, this carrier has an AWESOME little pad (you can see it in the photo of the back of the carrier above) that goes under the chest clip. It makes a big difference, especially when you have a heavy toddler on your back.
I put Penny in the Lillebaby COMPLETE for the first time at about 2 weeks old and she perfectly fit with no ergonomic concern in regards to her seat positioning. My only issue was that she should have been a little tighter to my body, which would not have been a problem if I hadn’t already tightened the carrier down as far as it would go. We were able to put her in a fetal position in this carrier with the seat at it’s widest, with a little receiving blanket rolled up underneath of her, with the safety strap inside wrapped around her. No insert was necessary.
I love how this carrier’s seat folds up to accommodate an infant, and unfolds and reattaches through the waist belt to fit a toddler who needs a wider seat. I really love that I don’t need an insert for Penny. My biggest issue with this is that I can’t easily switch back and forth between the two styles; it takes me a few minutes to do it. So if I want to put my toddler on my back because she is sleepy and is craving touch after wearing my 10 week old, it’s a little bit of an ordeal to change the positioning. There also is a little tiny bit of a learning curve if you are trying to decipher the instructions on your own.
I found the waist belt to be very comfortable. It is wider than some other carriers, however, despite the comfort level, it isn’t very flattering on me, it gives me more muffin top than I prefer. I was chatting with another friend who has the same carrier and she has found this to be an issue for her as well. I don’t really care though because my hubby thinks I’m hot and so mostly comfort is all that matters- Haha.
There is a fold-down portion on the back support part of the carrier. This makes for awesome head support for a little one. Penny doesn’t like both sides buckled, so we often have one side buckled, the other side down so she can see out of the side. This feature is also nice because there is a lot more support for a sleeping toddler’s back when it is buckled. It makes it much taller than my other SSC’s. It has an awesome hood as well, so there really is a TON of coverage if you are seeking a carrier that you can very discretely nurse in.
The shoulder straps are the most comfortable I have ever worn. There is a lot of padding, it feels marshmallow soft.
The price point is very similar to the other major brands of SSC’s, ranging from 110.00 to 135.00. They have three styles of the COMPLETE, the Original, the Organic and the Airflow. You can check them out along with the colors at http://lillebaby.com/products-page-2/baby-carriers/
I make my husband use all of our carriers. He looks so handsome and sweet wearing our babies! My husband’s [incredibly short] review of the Lillebaby COMPLETE for your man’s benefit is “It’s super easy and comfortable. It’s terrific. “
Overall, the Lillebaby COMPLETE is a great way to wear your little munchkin. It might not be the best fit for short/petite moms with little teeny babies, but it is a well-designed and well-made option that will last for a really long time for the majority of parents. The fabric is seriously luscious (go ahead and splurge on the organic, it’s worth it!) and it’s very comfortable for both wearer and wear-ee.
I was given a Lillebaby COMPLETE to review, but that didn’t affect my opinion of this product. If I didn’t like it, I would tell you.
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