My loyal readers know I have weakness for multi-purpose, multi-stage parenting products. Some times, these products are awesome at one job, but only so-so for the other ones. Other times, like in the case of the Liliputi Mama Coat, it serves every purpose well.
The Mama Coat can be worn as a regular coat, without looking anything but stylish. A separate insert can be used to accommodate your pregnant belly, if seasonally applicable, and the included insert can be used to wear baby both on the front and back! Heck, if I didn’t even have babies on the horizon for a couple more years, I’d buy the Mama Coat and wear it as a “Some Day I’ll Be a Mama Coat” and no one would be the wiser:
It actually hasn’t been cold enough this fall to truly rock my coat: I can’t complain about the weather, but I figure you all need to know about Liliputi sooner rather than later. In the picture above, you can see that the coat is nicely tailored (size up, people, definitely size up), and the swirly pocket detail can be hidden if you want a more subdued look. (Note that they have eight coat colours, with half featuring printed pocket details and half with a solid, contrast colour.) My particular model is called “Lavendering.”
The hood can also be removed, if the forecast announces no wind or rain. (Never trust that forecast, by the way, in Calgary.) I love how the cuffs are nice and snug (my wrists are always cold in the winter) and feature a thumb hole.
In back view, you can see, if you look closely, that there is a zippered opening for the baby wearing insert. Yes, you can carry baby on your back with this coat! (Little Miss Cub is still too little, so stay tuned, I’ll update as soon as we try it.)
How does it fare as a regular coat?
The Liliputi, simply as a women’s coat, regardless of babywearing or pregnancy, is really quite lovely:
- Water-resistant, windproof, breathable exterior;
- Cozy fleece lining, should keep you warm to about -15 C;
- Zippered pockets at the hips and snap pockets, too (a woman can never have enough pockets);
- Zippered inner breast pocket (for me to forget $20 in until next season);
- Ability to hide or reveal the printed pocket detail for more than one look;
- Snug cuffs with a thumb hole;
- Drawstrings at the hem in case you really need a snug fit to keep out the cold;
- Removable hood, featuring fabric to match pocket detailing;
- Draw string on hood for those super windy or rainy days;
- Definitely trendy and tailored enough to be worn with “professional” attire (some warm coats are a bit too sporty to pair with a dress or trousers, for example).
- The Liliputi Mama Coat for Babywearing
How does it fare as a babywearing coat?
It’s perfect! Zip in the included insert, and put the coat on over your baby. Pull the toggle closures to get the right fit. The insert is lined with the same snugly fleece. There are zippers under both arms to help with a back carry:
My sweet girl was snug as a bug in a rug, and only needed to wear a pair of fleece pajamas.
You can just see her little head poking out… she slept the whole time!
Aside from being sized on the smaller side (I was sure I’d be a small, but wound up needing a medium), I’ve not got much constructive criticism for the Mama Coat. I do find that the thumb holes are a bit tight, so either I have massive thumbs or Europeans just have tiny ones. I get tons of compliments on my Liliputi Coat, and was just explaining its awesome features to an elderly couple in the check out line this morning!
It’s gorgeous and functional, and it will be my fall/early winter coat long after my babies are too big to be worn!
Update – March 2016:
The Liliputi Mama Coat works great for a back carry, too! I even fit all 40 inches and nearly 40 lbs of Cub inside it, just because I wanted to try it.
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