Thursday, November 2, 2017

How to Survive Disney, Part 3: LilleBaby Carrier

DISCLAIMER: I received the product being reviewed in this post compliments of LILLEBaby
My opinions are all my own.
Have you ever had a product that when you first thought about getting it you wondered if you'd end up finding it very useful....and then it becomes your new favorite item?  That is how the LILLEBaby carrier was for me on our recent Disneyworld trip.  With my herniated disc, babywearing is really hard for me.  Any extra strain on my back seems to wear me down quickly and I find that I'm in a lot of discomfort (if not flat on my back) if I overdo it with lifting and lugging things (or children).  So when I got the LILLEBaby carrier, I thought I would take it along in case of an emergency where I just had to have Hazel contained....but it turns out I used it constantly throughout our vacation. 
When we went from our hotel to the Disney parks and back on the shuttle, we had to fold our strollers down.  We had rented strollers from Orlando Stroller Rentals and they served us very well--and I couldn't have done the trip without strollers--but they often had to be folded down, parked before waiting in a line, etc.  When that happened, I immediately transitioned Hazel into the LILLEBaby.  

Not only that, it happened several times that when we got to the shuttle, Hazel was asleep in her stroller, getting a much-needed catnap.  I know if we hadn't have had the LILLEBaby to transfer her into, her nap would have been over.  BUT with it close at hand, she finished off several naps in it.  One day we even went from one park to another on the shuttle with her completely asleep, and then I rode my dad's scooter straight into the park with her still strapped to me, and right to the back of the park where we watched an entire show before she woke up.  That could NOT have happened any other way--and she needed the nap badly.
Back to my herniated disc--I'm happy to say that it didn't give me a spot of trouble on the trip.  The LILLEBaby is very ergonomic, and even has a padded back support that I would shift to the side (right where my weak spot is) to help support it.  
Also, because we rented strollers, we didn't have our own strollers for the airport trip there and back.  The LILLEBaby was perfect for going through security, getting to our gate, and then boarding the plane. Once we were on board, I just tucked it into our carry-on.  It was SO convenient!
So that's why the LILLEBaby made my list of important tips for surviving Disneyworld.  I had no idea what a lifesaver it would be for us,  By the way, the particular carrier I'm using in these pictures (The Carry-On Airflow Toddler) holds babies and toddlers from 20-60 pounds and is specifically designed for babies with a size 2T pant and taller.  Even though I didn't carry Cache in it on our trip, he took a couple of test runs in it (at about 43 lbs) and loved it. :)  


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The LÍLLÉbaby CarryOn is a roomy carrier made specifically for growing toddlers from 20-60 lbs. Featuring 3 carrying positions and a wider and taller torso; the CarryOn is a versatile, ergonomic and comfortable way to carry your child for many years. 

1. ERGONOMIC CARRYING – Carry on your front, hip or back. The CarryOn grows with your child up to 60 lbs.

2. LUMBAR SUPPORT – Increases comfort, maintains healthy posture and alignment, and prevents lower back strain. Combined with an extra sturdy waist belt to maximize parents comfort.

3. THREE-WAY STRAPS – The carrier offers near limitless adjustability! Enables wearer to carry "backpack style" or with straps crossed on the back. Dual adjustment buckles simplify breastfeeding and adjusting straps on the go. The CarryOn also has an adjuster on the front so that you can easily position baby closer to you. 

4. SLEEPING HOOD – Features dual adjustment points to provide tailored support for baby's head while sleeping, sun protection while exploring, and privacy while nursing. Removable.

5. EXTRA TALL TORSO – So comfortable your baby will fall asleep. The carrier features an extra roomy torso with wider and padded support for baby's legs, as well as a tall torso that reach high on baby's back.

6. POCKETS - Large zippered storage pocket, plus easy-reach pocket for storing hood and essentials.

7. WIDE, PADDED SHOULDER STRAPS & WAIST BELT - Evenly distributes baby's weight for maximized comfort.

8. (ALL SEASONS ONLY) -  Temperature-control panel that easily zips-up for warmth and zips-down to expose cool, breathable, 3D mesh. This feature is not available on the CarryOn Embossed or the CarryOn Air. This feature is exclusive to the CarryOn Four Seasons. 

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