I have worn baby carriers in the past and basically gave up because my back hurt so bad after using them! Most baby carriers place all of the weight directly on your shoulders so you are left aching and in need of a good massage. I recently tried out the Complete Baby Carrier by lillebaby and was incredibly surprised to discover that yes- it was actually comfortable! There are so many features that this carrier offers as compared to others that I would definitely purchase it for myself or a friend, hands down.
The first thing I noticed about the carrier was the waist strap. It is incredible how sturdy it is, and it allows part of your child's weight to be carried on your hips instead of your back or shoulders! To test it out, I put my 35 lb. pre-schooler in the carrier and didn't even break a sweat. The carrier works on children from 7-45 lbs, so it will definitely carry you through the baby years and well into the toddler ones if that is your style!
I also noticed the incredibly padded shoulder straps. Many other carriers have thin straps that actually create marks in my shoulders after using it for more than a few minutes. These straps are more like a hiking backpack- designed to distribute the weight and remain comfortable.
I also tested the carrier on my infant (15 lbs.) to see how easy it was to use and how much she enjoyed being in it. I walked around with her in the carrier for almost and hour without a peep from her! I was able to put her in the carrier myself as well as take her out with ease.
This particular carrier's design is by Ty Pennington so it is more sophisticated than childish.
The reason this carrier is called "Complete" is the fact that it truly does it all- you can carry your little one 6 different ways:
- Fetal Carry (newborn to 3 months)
- Face in w/ Infant (3 months and older)
- Front Face Forward (6 months and older)
- Face in with Wide Seat (6 months and older)
- Hip Carry (6 months and older)
- Back Carry (6 months and older)
It also includes a rain hood, lumbar support and a removable pouch (because let's be honest, how can you wear a purse while wearing a baby carrier?). They have thought of everything, including easy to clean- just throw it in the washing machine.
Grab one of these if you are on the go and let your little one see the world in a different way! Check out their website for dozens of different carrier styles: lillebaby.com.
How would a carrier make your life easier?