Lillebaby Complete Carrier Review For 2021

Lillebaby Complete Carrier Review

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Lillebaby is a Scandinavian company that has a mission to provide parents with innovative, and comfortable products that inspire family adventures and a bond between parent and child.

Lillebaby believed that products should improve the lives of those that use them. They have a wide range of baby carriers suitable for every family and every adventure.

We have taken a deep dive into the Lillebaby Complete All Season. We look at its functions, pros, cons, and everything in between. 

Lillebaby Complete All-Season

LÍLLÉbaby Complete All Seasons Six-Position Baby Carrier, Charcoal/Silver

Here are some of the basic facts about the Lillebaby Complete All season. All the information comes from the manufacturer’s website but it should help you decide if it is the right one for you.

Features

Weight Limit

The Lillebaby has a lower weight limit of 7 pounds and a maximum weight capacity of 45 pounds.

In real terms, this should allow most parents to carry their newborn or 4-year-old in the carrier but of course, this will depend on the size of the child.

Washing Instructions

A great feature of this carrier is that it is machine washable. But you will want to go for a cold water wash and avoid the dryer instead of opting for drip drying.

Positions

This carrier offers fantastic flexibility with its six carrying positions. Two from birth, the fetal and the infant facing in and a further four once your baby is six months old, ergonomic facing out, hip, toddler inward and back carry. 

Comfort

Comfort is promised by the manufacturers as one of their key messages. With the Complete, they offer this comfort through two-way adjustable straps, extendable back panels, and lumbar support.

In most positions, the carrier is ergonomic for both the baby and parent.

Other Features

The Complete All Season comes under the heading ‘structured carrier’. So as the name would suggest it is sturdy enough to hold up and be safe in all conditions and positions. There is no guesswork as to where that piece of material goes ever again.

Two Carrier Pockets

The Lillebaby comes with two pockets and as all parents know pockets are essential when you have a baby. The first pocket is a large zippered one and there is a smaller one on the outside of the larger one. 

Six Carrying Positions

This is a 6-in-1 carrier meaning that it offers six different carrying positions. 

Fetal

Wide seat setting and is suitable for the first few weeks only. In this position, the baby has its legs inside the carrier. However, most people are not fond of this position and tend to skip straight to position 2.

Infant facing inward

Narrow seat setting, suitable from a few weeks old until around 6 months.

The baby sits directly in the base of the carrier using the narrow seat setting, this can be adjusted as your baby grows. The neck support can also be adjusted to ensure adequate support.

Ergonomic Outward

Narrow seat setting, generally suitable from around 6 months of age. The forward-facing position can be used in theory once your baby has a strong neck and head control.

But they also need to actually fit this carrier and as it is quite a large carrier few babies actually fit the Lillebaby Complete in this position before they are 6 months old.

Hip Carry

Either seat setting and is suitable once the baby has reasonably good neck and upper torso control. This position is the best of both worlds for parents and babies alike.

It offers the baby a great view while providing both with a little more support. The downside to this position with this carrier is that the heavily padded straps do not always sit comfortably over the shoulders compared to lighter straps. 

Toddler Inward

Wide seat setting and suitable from around 6 months onwards. This is the same position as the Infant facing inward in that your baby sits directly in the base of the carrier with legs out either side.

The only difference is that you are now using the wide seat setting.

Back Carry

Wide seat setting and suitable for babies that can sit independently, roughly about 6 months and upward.

The adjustable chest strap, along with the added padding means that many parents will continue to use this position comfortably until their baby is 3 years old.

 

Hood

Unlike many baby carriers, the Complete comes with a hood that can be pulled out when needed and then packed away when not needed. A great feature when you want to get out for some fresh air on a sunny day.

Shoulder Pads

Lillebaby definitely hits the mark when it comes to comfort and it is a really important aspect.

The shoulder straps are thicker than most alternatives ensuring that they are super comfortable. They also come with pads for the shoulders and lumbar area that add to this comfort.

Adjustable Head Support

When your little one can not support their head in the early days, head support is a really important feature. The head support on the Lillebaby can be adjusted through a strap and buckle mechanism to ensure that it fits and supports properly.

Certified Hip-healthy

This carrier has the official Seal of Approval from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. This means that it is safe for your baby’s developing hips.

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Lillebaby Complete Flaws

The Fetal Position

The infant fetal position where your baby’s legs are curled up in the carrier, it is not a recommended position by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. We would not recommend this position to any parents.

Hood and Pocket Design

On their own, both are perfectly designed but when they come together, that is where the flaw is. The hood stores away in the larger pocket, taking away the storage space. So if the weather doesn’t require you to use the hood you have limited storage space.

Leg Positioning and Shoulder Straps

When it comes to finally moving your baby from inward to outward facing, this also means that you will have to adjust the leg position.

This is no easy feat and requires you to remove the lumbar support piece off the waist strap, pull it out of the loops, and then reconnect everything.

Comfort Issues

Even with all the added padding and emphasis on comfort, there are still a few issues. The shoulder straps connect to the side buckle in such a way that they dig under your armpit.

The cross straps can also be difficult to adjust and the waist straps are so stiff that they feel like cardboard.

How Does The Complete All Season Compare To Other Lillebaby Carriers?

The All-Season is not the only carrier that Lillebaby manufacture, so you may be wondering which one is best for you and your family. Let’s compare the Lillebaby original vs the All Seasons vs the other models.

Firstly, you need to be aware that there are three different baby carriers all called ‘Complete’. The difference between them starts with the name that follows. So Lillebaby split its models like this.

  1. Complete All Season – Now we have talked about this one plenty above, go check it out.
  2. Complete Original – This is the Lillebaby flagship carrier and it is very similar to the All Season. But it is made from simpler cotton material and does not have the mesh, meaning it is not as breathable as the All Season.
  3. Complete Airflow – This carrier keeps your baby cool. This is due to the mesh material that is used on both the main area and the hood. It also has bigger pockets too.

As well as the Complete series, Lillebaby also offers other models:

  1. The SeatMe – This carrier is specifically designed for hip carrying between 14 and 45 pounds.
  2. The CarryOn – This carrier is specifically designed for toddlers and comes with three carrying positions. It is suitable for children between 20 and 60 pounds.
  3. The Pursuit – Designed for active parents, the Pursuit comes with seven pockets and is suitable for babies between 7 and 45 pounds.
  4. The Serenity – Smaller in design, offering more flexibility but less support. Suitable for babies 7 to 45 pounds.

The Final Thought

The Lillebaby Complete All-Season is a feature-packed, long-lasting carrier. It is perfect for parents who are looking to carry for longer periods of time and also to use their carrier for a long time.

It is extremely well made and has been designed to keep both parent and child comfortable. As with all carriers, it is worth trying before you buy as it will not be the right fit for everyone. But for those that it does suit, it offers a great versatile option.

Hi, I'm Emma and I'm a mother to 5 beautiful children aged from 1 to 21 years old- life is hectic! I have learned so much along the way, not only from my own children but also through my professional life. In my positions as a Childminder and Teaching Assistant, I have studied Child Development and The Early Years Developing Practice. I wish to share all of this knowledge and help you with your own parenting journey!

Hi, I'm Emma and I'm a mother to 5 beautiful children aged from 1 to 21 years old- life is hectic! I have learned so much along the way, not only from my own children but also through my professional life. In my positions as a Childminder and Teaching Assistant, I have studied Child Development and The Early Years Developing Practice. I wish to share all of this knowledge and help you with your own parenting journey!