For Labor Day weekend, we took the kids on a mini-vacation to Williamsburg, VA. Its about 4 hours from Ft. Bragg and there’s tons of things for families to do. One of the things we took advantage of while there were the free tickets for military families to Busch Gardens. The kids, especially Kate, were super excited because it is a combination of a theme park and zoo. Well on the way there, Ken realized he forgot the stroller. I know, a theme park and no stroller sound like the end of the world. Luckily for me, I packed my LILLEbaby and we were about to see just how well this thing really holds up.
I have used it a few times before, but never to this extent. I was really big on the Mobi wrap when Kyle was smaller, but it wasn’t really practical once he got bigger. I mainly wear it around the house when I’m trying to get things done and Kyle is being needy or before I discovered online grocery shopping, I would wear it to the store. It claims to work for infants at 7 lbs. through toddlers up to 45 lbs. We will see about that as Kyle continues to grow, but for now with him around 25 lbs. it’s perfect. It is a 6 in one carrier, so there are multiple ways to carry your baby which is a major convenience.
While walking around the park, I carried Kyle first. I had him facing outwards so that he could see everything without cramming his neck trying to turn around. There is a lumbar support pad that is a HUGE plus. It definitely helped take a lot of the strain off of my back and made it easier for me to carry him for long periods of time. Kyle is high maintenance and has no problem letting you know when he doesn’t like something or is uncomfortable, but he loves being in this carrier. For the second half of our time Ken carried him facing him so that Kyle could take a nap. There is a section at the front that folds up so that his head doesn’t bobble around while he’s sleeping. There is also a hood that we could’ve used, but Kyle doesn’t like things over his head. I also love that there is a zippered pocket at the front that I kept my phone in.
The only negative thing I can say about it is that it is A LOT of carrier. I mean it does everything, but as you change positions you may need to reference the instruction manual due to all the straps and snaps. The LILLEbaby Original costs about $120, but considering it is the only carrier you will ever need, I personally think it is well worth it. It is available in a variety of colors and patterns, with some being $10 more.
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