I heard about babywearing when I gave birth to Cloud five years ago, and it was around the time that I was breastfeeding. Did you know that one of the wonderful benefits of babywearing is being able to breastfeed simultaneously? That is very convenient for on-the-go moms like me! You can multitask and keep your baby close, and this makes them feel secure and happy. Babywearing was our best friend during Cloud’s first few months because he was super clingy. He wanted to be carried all the time! Moreover, if you are the type who hates bringing bulky baby stuff, like strollers, when going out, you should consider “The Art of Babywearing.”
There are many different types of baby carriers in the market, and you just need to decide which one suits your lifestyle. For us, soft-structured carriers (SSC) or buckle carriers is the best option. They are known as “grab and go” carriers because they are quick and easy to use. With just a few clicks and pulls, and you and your baby are good to go. Some brands can be stylish, too!
Through the years, I have been able to try different brands of carriers. Lately, we have been enjoying Little Zen, the Soft Baby Carrier. Little Zen is a joy to use because it is soft and light like a wrap and safe and comfy like a carrier. It’s a new type of carrier and a great combination for me!
Little Zen, the Soft Baby Carrier
Little Zen is from the makers of the globally acclaimed baby carrier brand LILLEbaby. It is made with 100% natural cotton so the structure feels soft and light like a wrap, indeed! The material also makes the Little Zen carrier sturdy, with a weight capacity of 7 to 33 lbs (which is around 3.2 to 15 kg). It also has an extended head and neck support, soft padded straps, and a hip-healthy seat, making it safe and comfy even when worn for a long period of time. Overall, Little Zen is ergonomic for both the baby and the wearer!
The Little Zen has 4 carrying positions: Front Inward Facing Carry (0-12M / 7-20 lbs), Front Outward Facing Carry (6-18M / 16-24 lbs), Front Inward Facing Carry, and Back & Hip Carry (6-24M / 16-33 lbs).
Positioning Tips using Little Zen Soft Baby Carrier
1. Baby close enough to kiss, high on your body.
2. The baby should have an open airway and the baby’s face should be within view by simply glancing down.
3. Spine in “C” shape.
4. Ergonomic “M” leg position with thighs supported.
Before washing, fasten all buckles. Wash on cold setting and using a mild detergent without optical brighteners. Do not bleach, iron, or dry clean your Little Zen. For best results, hang to dry.
We are using the Little Zen Soft Baby Carrier for weeks now and I love how ergonomic it is, thereby bringing comfort for me and Cal. There was one instance when I was in the middle of a Zoom meeting and Cal cried so hard, I could not help but carry him. That’s when I grabbed our Little Zen and carried him. After a few minutes, he fell asleep! Little did I know that the reason he was crying was that he was so sleepy and wanted some “rock-a-bye baby.”
Little Zen’s natural cotton fabric is soft and light, thus it doesn’t irritate Cal’s sensitive skin. The waist belt also provides comfort even though I am carrying a 28-lb baby. There were times when Cal felt under the weather (growth spurt, perhaps!) and I would end up babywearing during the entire day. Yes, the entire day! Despite his weight, I did not feel any pain, particularly on my lower back. Whew!
Furthermore, the overall structure of Little Zen makes switching from one position to another easy. It also has a good-sized front storage pocket to keep your belongings. On the other hand, I find Little Zen smaller compared to SSCs but in terms of durability, they are just the same.
Overall, true to its claim, Little Zen Soft Baby Carrier is soft and light like a wrap and safe and comfy like a carrier. Definitely worth investing in your little ones!
Little Zen retails for P3,999 and available on their website at https://littlezenbaby.com.