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Planning a Whirlwind Trip with Our Kids
I’ve written before about how much we loved our Lillebaby Organic Complete baby carrier when our kids were small. It helped us comfortably navigate crazy places like San Diego Comic Con, movie premieres, and theme parks, taking a lot of the stress of keeping a baby calm and happy off our shoulders (literally!).
Now that our youngest is three, I thought that our baby-wearing days were behind us.
Until we (insanely?) decided to plan a trip this February to both Orlando, Florida AND New York City, back to back.
Why? Well, Josh was scheduled to attend a giant conference in Orlando for a week, where his employer would be paying for his flight and hotel. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to use his frequent-flier airline and hotel points and have the boys and I tag along at a low cost, since we could stay with him in the room.
We would spend our days at some fun Orlando attractions during the day while he worked, then could take an extra day after the conference to visit a Walt Disney World Park we hadn’t seen yet (we picked Disney’s Animal Kingdom!)
Introducing the Lillebaby CarryOn All Seasons.
Suddenly, I remembered how useful our old baby carrier had been in these types of situations before. I contacted our friends over at Lillebaby and asked them if they had any suggestions for a product that would suit a three year old, and they provided us with a lovely CarryOn All Seasons model to use for our trip.
A Baby Carrier for Both Hot and Cold Temperatures
In Florida, it was very warm and quite humid. Toby has always been a little heater (he takes after Josh that way), so he gets overheated and sweaty easily. When we wore him in Orlando, we could zip down and fold away the back panel of the CarryOn so that only the mesh was against his back. This gave him less layers and allowed for good airflow. When the nights got breezy after the sun went down, we simply zipped that back panel up again.
It was also useful for the mad rush in the morning toward Pandora, the Avatar-themed land in Animal Kingdom. It’s a new area, so it can get quite crowded. The carrier helped us not to lose the little guy in the sea of people!
How to Put on the CarryOn - Multiple Positions
Toby likes to cuddle close, so he was usually in the front position when we were meandering around theme parks or if he got nervous, like in the Gatorland bird aviary where parakeets swooped around his head. However, I found it to be a lot less tiring on me to wear him on my back when we were walking long distances or going up stairs, which was most of the time in New York.
Luckily, it was quite easy to quickly switch the position of the carrier around from back to front and vice versa, without even taking him out of the carrier. I’d simply go down the stairs and get on the subway with him on my back, then unlatch the straps and swing him around to my front, securing it before the subway took off.
Why Pick a Lillebaby Over Cheaper Baby Carriers?
It’s Lightweight and Compact.
When we’re not actively using the carrier, like when we were going on a ride or seeing a show at a theme park, I would simply roll the carrier up like a burrito and put it into a small reusable drawstring bag. This kept it clean and out of the way, where it was easy to tuck under the stroller or into a locker.
It’s SO Customizable.
There are a lot of ways to wear it, so you’re bound to find just the right position for you. Some babies like to always see where they’re going (maybe the back or hip carry is best, or front facing if you have the original Lillebaby carrier), and others like to snuggle (front carry). It’s nice to be able to have choices.
The multiple straps and button settings help it to fit many different body types, too! I’ve got a really long torso, but a small frame, so when we switch between my husband and I, we simply tighten or loosen the straps to fit us, and we are both comfortable. It doesn’t take very long, either.
<— This is Baby Simba, who had to come home with us from Animal Kingdom after Toby fell in love.
Thank you so much to Lillebaby for our new CarryOn! It was perfect for this unique trip, and we foresee using it for quite a while in the future!
If you’re the kind of family that is always on the go with your young kids like us, you should consider getting a Lillebaby of your own!
Visit their website HERE to check out all of the awesome styles and colors you can get.
Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!