So, it's no secret that I love to wear my kids or that my carrier of choice is LÍLLÉbaby. Now, I also live in Texas and, as much as SSC's are my favorite, It. Gets. Hot. We've survived summers in the past with our Complete Organic (including my 2 mile hike for the Postpartum Progress Climb Out of the Darkness last summer carrying a 3.5 year old Thing 1), and it wasn't terrible, but there was definitely some sweaty Mama and kiddo involved.
Enter the Airflow. The Airflow is made entirely of a soft, breathable mesh (not just a panel--the WHOLE carrier body), and it's amazing how much cooler it is. Our first trial was on a shopping trip to IKEA. Now, if you've ever been to IKEA, you know that getting out in under 2 hours is nearly impossible. This time, we were there for about 4 hours. I wore Thing 2 in the Airflow pretty much the whole time. She even stayed cool enough that she napped for about half the time, which is amazing considering she and I are both hot-natured. The best part? When she got down, neither of us was sweaty!
After testing this in many other settings and for varying lengths of time (including family walks outdoors), I can honestly say the IKEA no sweat incident was not just a fluke. Now, I'm sure that when it's 100+ degrees outside (as it so often is in the summer in Texas), we'll have a little sweat, but I also know that the magic Airflow mesh will keep us much cooler than we'd otherwise be!
Here are some highlights of the new, redesigned LÍLLÉbaby Complete Airflow:
- 3D breathable moisture-wicking mesh for maximum ventilation and allowing both parent and little one to stay cool
- 6 ergonomic carrying positions with no need for an infant insert: front fetal, front infant, front outward, front toddler, hip, and back
- Lumbar support
- NEW Two-Way Straps enable carrier to be worn "backpack style" or with straps crossed in the back. Dual-adjustment buckles simplify breastfeeding and strap adjustment on the go
- Removable hood
- Extra tall, extendable torso (provides extra neck and head support for younger little ones and extra back support for older kiddos
- Pockets (yay!)