Babywearing With Our LÍLLÉbaby Wrap

I’ve been baby wearing since my first child so it was only natural to continue baby wearing for me.

Even before E arrived, I knew that I wanted to baby wear once again. There is something I love about that closeness you get while doing so.  I feel like it’s not only comforting for babies but mothers as well.

Please note that I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  Please note that this post also includes affiliate links.

I couldn’t help but gravitate towards blush and lavender tones during this pregnancy. That’s what happens when you have your first girl I suppose! So this Tie the Knot wrap by LÍLLÉbaby in blushing pink was a must for me.  I love that the material is incredibly soft and light enough that you can feel that your baby isn’t overheating.  No wonder E just instantly gets comfortable and falls asleep as soon as she’s tucked in!

Love having her so close and hearing her little snores.

We took a family walk around the neighborhood a few days ago and I decided to babywear E rather than in her carset-stroller since it was cold out.  One of the things I love most about this wrap is the fact that there is elastic to tie the ends.  Other wraps that I’ve used in the past don’t have this option.  You end up dragging the ends on the floor while you’re situating the wrap around yourself.  So being able to tie the ends so appeals to the germaphobe in me!

It’s been awhile since I last used a wrap but luckily LÍLLÉbaby included illustrated directions.  You can also find instructional videos on their site based on what type of carrier you’ve chosen.  I haven’t babyworn in awhile so I looked at both the illustrated directions and video for reference.  Once you remember the steps, it’s pretty easy to get down and adjust according to your comfort and baby’s comfort level.

Pocket in the front to put your phone or a paci.

I love that there is a pocket in the front.  Something that I never had with previous wraps that I’ve used.  It’s so convenient! I’ve found myself tucking my phone in there and a small burping cloth.

I loved being able to go on our weekly family walks again.  Being able to baby wear and use this LÍLLÉbaby wrap made it easy to not only have E close but push a stroller with W and direct O as we walked. She was snoozing the whole walk but that didn’t stop me from peeking in on her.

Our verdict?  Yes to this as a must have baby gear item. I’ve been using this around the house now that I’m slowly getting back to my routine of housework and chaos control manager.  E always falls asleep once she’s situated in whether at home or out and about.  It makes it easy for me to get things done but have her close if she doesn’t want to be in her bassinet or lounger.  This definitely helps because with 3 littles, I need all the hands I can use!

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Baby’s First Shopping Trip with Binxy Baby

Shopping was a success thanks to Binxy Baby.  It made our first mama and daughter shopping trip easy!

A shopping trip was needed after spending almost two weeks at home since E has arrived.  It is especially needed since I was on bedrest since 26 weeks/mid-July!  However, I did decide not to be EXTRA brave and only took E with me.  I’m sure this is the first of MANY mama-daughter shopping trips.

Please note that I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  Please note that this post also includes affiliate links.

My first shopping trips with the boys, as newborns, usually called for lugging the carseat into the store, placing it in the cart, and having minimal space in the cart. When W was born it sometimes called for baby wearing.  That wasn’t always an option because kids don’t cooperate all the time (shocker right?). I’d find myself putting one kid in the cart and either baby wearing or holding a kid while trying to maneuver the shopping cart and shop one handed.  Do-able but sometimes not always the best way to shop.

E’s first shopping trip in her Binxy Baby!

I was excited to try the Binxy Baby shopping cart hammock since it meant that I would have both hands free and ample space in the shopping cart to place items.  I’ve seen it pop up on Instagram from time-to-time but by the time I found out about it, W was at the point where he would rather be moving around. This is only recommended for use up until babies are 6-8 months of age and can sit up on their own.

Awake during our whole Target trip!

I decided to break ours in for the first time at Target because #momlife right?  It was easy to place the harnesses onto the sides of the cart.  There is also velcro straps for more security.  Once she was buckled in, E was more than content. The material used for the hammock portion is very strong and sturdy.  You can easily place your baby still buckled in their carseat in the hammock since it holds up to 50 pounds (it’s been safety tested) and has an extra strap to pull over the carseat.

Calm as can be in Binxy Baby.
Calm as can be in Binxy Baby.

For this shopping trip it was easier for me to have E in it this way.  She was awake when we parked and was getting squirmy in her carseat.  I was expecting fussing if I kept her in the carseat.  As we made our way around the store, there was nothing but cooing from E as she took in everything from her hammock.

It’s definitely a girls world!

Although this shopping trip only included one child, I can already see the benefits when shopping with all three of my kids. I can easy have W sitting in the seat and E in herBinxy Baby Hammock.

Binxy Baby – E approved!

Gone are the days of me lugging around the carseat, placing it in the cart, and having minimal space for groceries thanks to Binxy Baby.  I love this floral printed one but they have other options to choose from.  This is definitely a must-have baby gear item!

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Wrap, Sling, Carrier – a review

 

Wrap, Sling, Carrier?Disclaimer: By no means is this post sponsored by any of the businesses listed below.

Between two kids, I have accumulated a variety of ways to babywear.  It was short lived with my first as he never really liked being wrapped or in a carrier.  You would think that this time around I would be ready to throw my hands up in the air but here we are at almost 5 months and little man loves it.  I’m not complaining at all because I love it too.  It took me a while to purchase any of these products (except the Baby Bjorn as that was one of the many gifts from O’s generous Godfather).

The Wrap Part 1 – K’Tan Original
I purchased this wrap from Amazon after reading the reviews.  O was still too small to be placed in the Baby Bjorn.   It comes in two pieces – a loop and a wrap portion.  The loop is like a base and where the baby is placed in and the wrap portion adds security.  There are different sizes, from XS to XL.  I found this to be a con as my husband and I are not the same size so we weren’t able to share this wrap.  The material was not breathable and caused O to sweat a lot.  I’m beginning to think this was why he disliked being in a wrap so much.  O in the wrap was shortlived as additionally the material didn’t seem to stretch.

Unfortunately I don’t have a personal product photo as I only have one of the two pieces.

The Wrap Part 2 – Sollybaby
Solly Baby wrapI have to admit that an added plus was that I saw that the founder/owner Elle was, at the time, living in my hometown of San Diego, California.  I’m a firm believer of supporting local businesses and mompreneurs too.  The wrap material is so soft and you can tell that it’s light and breathable unlike the K’Tan.  Think of it as if your baby was wearing a lightweight cardigan.  The wrap is one long piece of fabric that comes in a variety of different colors.  Sollybaby also tends to do collaborations.

I’m not sure exactly how I stumbled upon Sollybaby on Instagram.  I purchased a wrap several months prior to the arrival of W.  This was only after going through the majority of Sollybaby’s Instagram account, the website, and the videos.  The videos were especially helpful.  I’m a visual learner so sometimes step-by-step photo directions are not enough. I also was intrigued that there was a pocket (where Sophie the Giraffe is tucked into in the above photo) to hold items like your phone, a pacifier, etc.  Not only did it come in cute packaging but the box they mailed it in also had the Sollybaby text on it.

Sollybaby wrap pt 2

It should be noted that this is not to be used as means to carry your baby front-facing or on your back.  This is indicated on the information page of the website as well.  It also mentions that this ideally the wrap is best used for children 9 to 12 months of age or up to 25 pounds.  There is an ability to put newborns in the wrap as well but I never felt comfortable to do this.  I also have yet to try and nurse in my wrap.

Additionally, unlike the K’Tan, due to it being one piece of fabric, it can be used by any any of your family members.  Minus your children of course BUT they do sell Solly Dolly wraps for your little to mimic you!  I do have to stress the importance of laying the fabric straight on your shoulders and across your back. I’ve been in a rush at times and have been sloppy with the wrapping to wear it doesn’t feel comfortable for me and W doesn’t feel as secure.

W is as happy as can be in it.  He almost always falls asleep instantly when in the wrap. I love it so much that I considered buying another one as a back-up.  W is actually in our Sollybaby wrap as I type this sound asleep!

The Ring SlingWildbird “Keep your little bird close”

WildbirdWildbird is another Instagram find.  I ultimately decided to purchase this ring sling as I was looking for something that didn’t require the wrapping part of the Sollybaby wrap.  I also was looking for something else to use if I had to wash my Sollybaby.  I went with the double layer anticipating the weight gain of W.  The double layer, is well a double layer of fabric as opposed to the single layer.  There is also a “break in” period to get it nice and comfy for your babe.  I haven’t got to this point as I don’t use it too much.  I’ve been having difficulty perfecting a “good seat” for W and feel that he isn’t too secure.

It was disappointing that at the time of my purchase the site did not have tutorials.  However, taking a look at the site now, there are now tutorials.  I’m planning on viewing them and utilizing my sling more especially now that W is more “solid.”  The website recommends using the sling with a baby up to 35 pounds max.

Another reason why I decided to purchase a Wildbird sling as opposed to the popular Sakura Bloom ones was my love for supporting small businesses and mompreneuers.  The about portion of the website, as I’ve said before, Taylor’s explanation was straightforward, honest, and just relatable.  Additionally, the Wildbird slings were about half the price of a Sakura Bloom ring sling.

Wildbird pt 2

This sling does not have a pocket for extra storage or to fold itself into.  It’s fairly easy to fold up and stick in a bag.  I’ve been able to roll it up, stick it in my diaper bag, and have enough room for everything else I drag around with me.

The carrierBaby Bjorn Carrier Original
This was gifted by one of O’s godfathers.  This was a wishlist item for my husband after he saw another Dad wearing his son in the front facing position.  There is no infant insert needed for this carrier.  I can’t recall when exactly we used this carrier but I know that we waited until O was at least 10 pounds (he was born almost 4 weeks early and was on the small side).  I would have him in this carrier around the house while trying to get things done or while we were out and about.

This is made up of two parts.  I loved that when O fell asleep we were able to just click the front portion off easily without disturbing him.  It is also adjustable so that any family member (minus kids!) are able to use it.  There is a head adjustable strap and a sizing adjustment on the front portion.  We never had difficulty with adjustments.  Of course my husband was happy to be able to carry O front-facing.  This position is recommended for babies that are at least 4 months old and have good head control.

Although we were happy that O was able to fall asleep almost instantly and it was easy to use, I disliked how O’s legs looked like they dangled there.  It also doesn’t have any pockets for extra storage as some other carriers do.  We also registered for an all black one as I’m all about getting gear that is black, grey, etc.  Bad move as spit ups are very noticeable.  It’s fairly easy to clean but I also notice that the color fades fairly easily.

Unfortunately I don’t have a personal product photo of this item as well.  I actually think it may be at one of the grandparents’ homes.

The carrier part 2Ergobaby Original
Ergobaby Original
My husband and I went back and forth about whether to purchase the original, 360, and the 360 cool air. With W, as soon as he was mobile, he didn’t care to be in the carrier and we didn’t utilize the front-facing portion too much.  This is ultimately why we went with the original.  We felt that the tummy-to-tummy, hip position, and backwearing position were sufficient enough for our family.  The 360 and cool air also have a velcro portion around the waist area.  Although I see the benefits of this, I also didn’t want to wake W up if he was asleep in the carrier and I needed to take him out.  My husband is guessing that once W is a lot more mobile, he will more than likely want to be running around with his older brother and the front-facing position won’t even be needed.

This carrier is made up of one piece with clips on the side of the waist and across the back.  I do have difficulty with attaching and detaching the back strap.  You have the ability to move the back strap portion up or down for a better reach but I still find myself struggling.  Due to that I tend to wake W up if he falls asleep.  Unlike in the Baby Bjorn, W looks like his hips are fully supported.  On the Ergobaby website, they indicate that their product is “hip friendly.”   The site also recommends the weight range of 7 to 45 pounds when using the Ergobaby Original. We just recently purchased this item so an infant insert was not needed.  The insert is recommended for babies 0 to 4 months of age.

Aesthetically, the design is really nice looking.  We went with the black twill.  I do like the pockets, this was another reason why we purchased the original.  The padding on the shoulders are great, there is enough without it feeling too bulky or that you have shoulder pads on.  I also like the adjustable hood that you can tuck in a pocket when it’s not being used.  This has been especially useful when I went on a walk with the boys when it was sunny outside.  W appreciates it to as he isn’t blinded by the sun.  It’s also fairly easy to clean with a wipe if food happens to stain it.  Yes, I’ve already dropped food on it while eating with W in it.

Right now it’s hard to say which type is my favorite.  Each has provided a benefit on this babywearing journey of mine.  I mean, who doesn’t like forever hugs from your little one?