I received this product free for review. All opinions remain my own.
I had never heard of Liliputi prior to receiving their offer of a baby carrier and Mama Coat to review. I receive lots of different offers from a variety of brands, and I certainly don’t accept them all. A couple of clicks over on Liliputi’s website, and I was jumping up and down and texting my BFF: “Look at the carrier they want me to review! Look at the coat!”
Why Liliputi was a brand new brand to me was certainly not a question of merit, but rather, geography. Based in Hungary, their products are carried all over Europe but only in a handful of stores here in Canada and one in the US.
So if you’re like me a couple months ago and are totally new to Liliputi, let me help you get acquainted!
Liliputi Buckle Carrier Specs:
- For back, front and hip carry;
- 8-40 lbs;
- Removable infant insert;
- Adjustable body height for perfect ergonomic position;
- With extenders to support older children from knee to knee
- Adjustable & removable sleeping hood;
- New cut for more comfort for mama and baby
- Optimal weight distribution across shoulders and hip;
- Lightweight, easy to put on;
- Organic Cotton Fabrics, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification, custom weaved and dyed exclusively for Liliputi
- Complies with the European Safety Norm EN 13209-2:2006
- Made in the EU.
Out of the box, I was immediately taken with the quality and beauty of this soft structured carrier.
Most interesting to me, being used to the Tula and the Ergo which require the separate purchase of a newborn insert, was the included “hammock” for supporting newborn babies in the carrier:
This was the first carrier I’ve tried to feature this style of newborn support. You secure the insert to the sides of the carrier with two snaps on either side:
When we received the carrier, Little Miss Cub weighed barely 8 lbs (the minimum recommended weight), and it was really easy to get her positioned and up onto my chest using the insert. I was wearing her within minutes:
And see that zipper where the child’s legs sit when not in the infant insert? That’s the removable seat extension. Use it so your toddler has a fully supported seat, and remove if not required. (I’ve left it on so far but it’s not in use.)
Back to the newborn insert: For the newest of newborns, they are placed in froggy position with the soles of their feet pretty much against your belly. Our first Liliputi outing was when she was three weeks old. It was unseasonably hot that day, but because the infant insert is thin (as opposed to the thick, quilted cocoon that is the Ergo insert), she wasn’t too hot and I survived:
When I place her against my chest, I pull her legs up into the M position and she sits very comfortable and ergonomically.
I love how the cinched body of the carrier combined with the infant insert means the carrier doesn’t swallow her up. (Note that in the picture below I have the chest clip a lot higher than I intended, and while it was not uncomfortable with such a tiny squish, it will be more supportive as she gets heavier if I move it down lower to the sweet spot between my shoulder blades).
When you no longer need the infant insert, you can remove it completely as it is attached with super-strong velcro. You can also just tuck it up and away into the pocket if you’re wearing your larger child.
Speaking of larger children, babywearing has made it much easier for me to be attentive to big brother Cub. It’s hard to hold hands if you’re pushing a stroller!
And Cub is definitely not too big to be carried in the Liliputi, either (he weighs 35 lbs and is about 40 inches tall):
(I had to bribe him with iPad to get him into the carrier, and there was no way he was going to look at the camera and smile, too.) I found it comfortable to wear him for the brief period that he cooperated: he’s really not interested in being carried unless it’s at the tail end of a long walk.
His seat is very well supported, and he did agree that he was comfortable!
- Included, easy-to-use and fully removable infant insert for use starting at 8 lbs;
- Zip-in toddler extensions widen the seat for big kids;
- Zippered hood is easy to take on and off;
- Nice, high back offers additional neck support;
- The carrier has a long body to accommodate tall children but can be cinched shorter thanks to the side toggles;
- Included carrying case.
Things I like less about the Liliputi Buckle Carrier:
- With her tiny head, sometimes I don’t find the hood to be tight enough, so the little loops that attach it to the straps are loose and slide off. However, the high back of the carrier stops her head from flopping back completely.
- A little pouch somewhere on the carrier to store the hood would be practical so it doesn’t get lost if you remove it. (Though there’s not really a need to remove it, why not just leave it hanging down?)
- It is a bit finicky to secure the snaps that attach the infant insert to the side of the carrier, and I can imagine that someone with bigger fingers than me would find it quite awkward indeed. (On the other hand, once snapped, the insert is very secure; there’s no possibility of it coming accidentally unsnapped.);
- I find tightening the waist belt, shoulder strap and chest clip a bit more difficult than on our Tula. I find I really want to have the adjustments just right prior to getting baby or preschooler in the carrier.
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Canadian Liliputi retailers include Abernathy Naturals in Victoria, BC and Two Mothers in Edmonton, AB. Find a full list of retailers here.
Which Liliputi Buckle Carrier features do you love?