My life would suck without my Huggaloops. How’s that for a review starter? Since I received it, when she was two weeks old, I have worn Little Miss Cub in our Huggaloops for many hours every day. Some days, she’s in it more than she’s out of it. I have woken up in the morning to discover I’ve worn it to bed.
It’s no surprise to know that when you have another baby, your preschooler doesn’t miraculously become independent. If anything, Cub’s become more needy since he doesn’t much want to share me with his sister. Thanks to the Huggaloops, I’ve been able to care for Cub and Little Miss if not easily, let’s at least call it “efficiently.” I can change Cub’s diaper, get him dressed, brush his teeth, get his breakfast, get him on and off his little potty, and most important to him, get down and play trains or action figures .
It’s much more comfortable to sit down when wearing Little Miss in the Huggaloops compared to a buckle carrier with a thick band around your waist.
My Dad spent 10 days visiting last week, and he was as enamored with the Huggaloops as me… since it meant HE didn’t have to help with potty duty! (Photo courtesy of his low-quality iPad camera.)
Cub’s “Iron Man-Thomas Train” birthday party would not have been pulled off (both the baking and the hosting) sans Huggaloops. (Yes, Papa is cropped out of the picture at his behest.) When I first received my Huggaloops, I admit I struggled with following the video instructions for how to wear it. The videos were crystal clear, it’s my Mommy Brain that is foggy as heck. Even more so since kids, though this has always been an issue, I am monstrously uncoordinated. I cannot for the life of me do Aerobics (is that still a thing?) or Zumba or any kind of exercise class because I cannot imitate another person’s movements. I still have to make an “L” with my left hand to make sure I’m correctly identifying left and right. I think it’s some kind of issue with spatial reasoning in my brain… ANYWAY, let me assure you that once I figured it out, I realized that it’s extremely easy to put on a Huggaloops if you’re not me. And now that I HAVE figured it out, I can do it in the blink of an eye. (Can you imagine if I were reviewing a carrier that DID involve any kind of folding or tying?! Or, even worse, an instructional dance video?)
When Little Miss was super tiny, between 8 and 10 lbs or thereabouts, we did the newborn carry so she could be in froggy legs position:
Now, she gets to ride with her legs out:
If you’re thinking to yourself, “Wow, that looks SO cozy! That looks SO comfortable!” then you are right. I’m not really sure if I can quite communicate to what extent my life as a Mom of two is more enjoyable because I can wear her in what basically feels like a t-shirt.
Confession: I have at times worn my Huggaloops over my bra and forgotten I am not wearing a shirt at all. (Lucky for the mail man, I guess?) I have also been saved by my Huggaloops when I get home from grocery shopping and realize my shirt was fully unbuttoned from nursing.
My biggest passion in my spare time is blogging, and spare time is not exactly a thing any more. In order to blog, I need Cub to be with his Papa, asleep or really engrossed in an activity (ideally playing independently, but realistically watching Netflix or playing iPad). That leaves the baby. She is happiest and settled for the longest stretches of time when she’s in someone’s arms, and I need my arms to type…
Sometimes I work standing up so I can jiggle her (you know, the classic Mama-Baby-Soothing-Jiggle). If she’s fast asleep, I sit with her. I can nurse her and keep on working, too! I can also maintain my dental hygiene.
Now that it’s getting chillier outside, I can wear my Huggaloops under my Belly Bedaine Maternity Sweater, and I can actually get Little Miss Cub in and out of the Huggaloops without taking the sweater off (basically impossible if it had buckles or ties). I love that I can just wear my Huggaloops around the house and pop baby in and out of it as necessary. I usually have it on before I leave the house. When I take her out of her car seat, I can just slide her in and wrap her up. (I try to avoid lugging the bucket seat with me and much prefer to wear her.) I get a lot of compliments on my Huggaloops: twice in one outing, I was stopped by men who wanted to tell me how sweet we looked all cozied up together (in a totally non creepy way, I promise). It’s quite possibly THE baby item I could not live without. In terms of comfort, I assume you get the idea that it’s comfortable if I’m wearing it all day, every day.
Putting on a Huggaloops
Huggaloops has an awesome YouTube channel showing you all the fabulous ways to use your carrier.
Here’s a visual demonstration of me putting Little Miss Cub into the Huggaloops, photos courtesy of my Dad, who was taking pictures while being violently accosted by his grandson.
The part that I found trickiest was getting my body loops UNDER the waist loop. If you hold your body loops out in front of you as in photo 1, so they make an X but aren’t twisted, then you can’t go wrong. The goal is to have an X on your front and an X on your back. Then, the two “arms” of your letter X support baby’s bum so it’s like she’s sitting in a “V” (picture 11). You want to make sure you put her leg through the loop closest to your body first. Then you just unroll each loop from hip to shoulder, then pull up the waist loop. Takes me 5 seconds, tops!
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Huggaloops come in “The Everywhere Carrier” model and the “Bamboo” model, both sold for $79.99 CAD. In my pictures, the Everywhere is the aqua-coloured one.
The Bamboo Huggaloops is more “snuggly,” and I enjoyed it when she was super tiny. Nowadays, I’m only using our Everywhere, which is much more supportive for both of us. My Huggaloops are both Size 1, but I should technically be using a Size 0 (after consulting with the owner, Stacey).
If in doubt, I would recommend joining the Huggaloops official chat group on Facebook to see what seasoned Huggaloopers would recommend for you. I know that initially I found it easier to get into my Bamboo model because I found the fabric slightly stretchier. The Everywhere, made of Polyester Chitosante and Spandex, feels like a swimsuit, or the spandex shorts I used to wear in 1990. It’s a technical fabric with high-stretch recovery, making it supportive for even big babies. The Bamboo feels more like a t-shirt, and it’s definitely nice and breathable for warmer days.