This past summer was FULL of adventures, travels, and outings! It was such a special season because it was our daughter’s first summer! I wanted to soak up all of the “summer things” with Sophie, even if she’s a bit too young to remember it all. We traveled to Kentucky for 2 weeks (Bjorn had army training), and Branson, Missouri for almost a week, plus other trips to Iowa and to the Twin Cities in Minnesota to visit family. Most of the photos in this post were taken at a monastery we visited this summer, when we were walking around the grounds. 🙂
Besides actual trips, we also packed the past few months with little excursions and outings. Sophie got to spend days at different county fairs, Bible studies where she played in the nursery, “field trips” and playdates with friends, and way more!
Of course, we still had the normal, everyday tasks to take care of – things like errands to pick up toiletries or trips to the grocery store. And here’s where I just have to mention our LILLEbaby carrier, which basically swooped in and saved the day! 🙂
Thank you to Elfin Media and LILLEbaby for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own and I only choose to share products with you that we actually like!
Let me tell you a little bit about this baby carrier, and then I’ll talk about when and how we use it!
What is the LILLEbaby Carrier?
The LILLEbaby brand was started by a team of moms, dads, designers, a chiropractor, a rock climber, several pediatricians, fashion consultants, and safety experts. 🙂 Their goal was to simplify life with a baby and reduce the hassle of trying to carry babies around! They’re widely reviewed online as one of the very best carriers. Most soft-structured carriers are all variants of a similar design; however, LILLEbaby has combined all of the best parts of these options: multiple carry positions, a flip-up head support, straps to adjust on both sides, a front pocket to store essentials…and it’s all in a similar price range to other carriers!
The top 3 features the LILLEbaby is known for are versatility, style, and comfort. I’ve found this to be so true, and I’ve been very, very impressed with ours!!
When + How We Use Our LILLEbaby Carrier:
We have the “Complete” carrier, which is the carrier LILLEbaby is best known for. We own the Complete Embossed Carrier in the color “Mystique.” This one (in “Pewter”) is extremely similar! Ours is just a little touch darker gray. I love how sophisticated the Embossed collection looks!
I keep our LILLEbaby carrier in the truck, so it’s always ready to go when Sophie and I are out and about! We always try to bring it on trips, too! I’ve loved using this carrier not only for trips like walking around historic mansions on a tour, but also for everyday errands! It’s been such a bigger blessing to have than I’d originally anticipated. It’s sturdy enough that I could go hiking with Sophie in it securely, but it’s also not so bulky that I can’t just use it for a smaller outing. I also have to mention that the lumbar support in the back is incredible. I’m not a super strong person and I’m tall and thin, so I always wondered if my back would be okay with carrying my child around! The LILLEbaby carrier has such a structured, strong lower back support panel that my back is super comfortable even when Sophie and I are really taking our time in the grocery store. 🙂
The most frequent use that our baby carrier gets is grocery shopping or any other little errands! When Sophie and I arrive at the grocery store, I hop out of the truck, come around to her door, grab our LILLEbaby out of the backseat, and click the bottom strap of the carrier around my waist. Then I unbuckle my daughter, tell her we’re going to “do a hug” 😉 (she loves snuggling in the carrier), and help her snuggle against me as I quickly pull on the arm straps (it’s like wearing a backwards backpack). Finally, I click together the strap at the top of my back (yes, you can do it by yourself with no assistance!). I do a final position check and safety check, and then we’re off and walking into the store! It’s so, so easy. At this point, I can get Sophie in her LILLEbaby and all situated in literally 20-30 seconds.
Sophie feels secure and content in the carrier. She is one of those babies who loves to arch out and see everything that’s going on in life, but for whatever reason she still enjoys facing me in the carrier. I do love the fact that our LILLEbaby offers the flexibility to try different positions, though, for when she really would prefer to face out! If Sophie is extra sleepy and needs to rest her head a little more, I can easily flip up the head support flap for her and click its little buckles into place. I seriously marvel at the convenience (and cuteness!) of our LILLEbaby carrier every time I use it. Even though Bjorn and I were provided with this carrier as part of this collaboration, we’ve said multiple times that it’s totally worth the money and it’s something we would’ve wanted to buy anyway!
If you’re looking into getting a baby carrier, we strongly recommend one from LILLEbaby. To get a closer look at the different features and options of the various LILLEbaby carriers, you can review this comparison chart. (We have the Complete Embossed one, in a color called “Mystique,” but the color “Pewter” is super close to what we have.) They all have the same fit/feel, but there are certain reasons why someone may choose one over the other. The toddler CarryOn is also super popular with families that have older kiddos or special needs children.
Do you have a LILLEbaby carrier? What helps you to streamline your errands with your little ones?