Compare the líllébaby® COMPLETE™ with any baby carrier and you will see why it deserves its name - it includes every carrying position and ensures your baby is correctly and ergonomically positioned in every setting.
Your baby’s learning is driven by natural curiosity – a curiosity that should be encouraged. Carrying your baby facing forward where he/she can see and participate is ideal for learning, and the position is therefore referred to as the “learning” carrying position.
Although babies are past the hip dysplasia risk age (0-6 months) by the time they are ready to face forward, the COMPLETE™ is designed to ensures a correct wide-leg sitting position while forward facing, so you can rest assure your baby’s hips are healthy and safe.
Forward Facing Benefits
Many of the benefits of babywearing are enhanced in the forward-facing position.
- Earlier speech development: While feeling secure and close to you, your baby can read facial expressions and body language, which enhances speech and communication skills. This is why babies who are carried more have been found to speak earlier.
- Enhanced learning and development: Because baby is close and it is easy to interact, a parent tends to relate to the baby a lot more. The increased interaction combined with baby being in a behavioral state of “quiet alertness” is ideal for learning and development. Your baby also has a 180-degree view of his environment and is more involved and engages more. He is able to scan his world and learns to choose what to look at and also how to shut out information. This ability to make choices enhances learning.
- Earlier socialization, social skills and confidence: Carried babies are often "socialized" earlier because they are more intimately involved in the parent’s world. When facing forward a baby often gets more attention and learns how to react and interact.
- Enhanced visual and auditory alertness: Studies have found that carried babies have increased visual and auditory alertness. When facing forward, normal sounds have a learning value. Your baby feels safe in your arms and can see where the sound comes from while learning from your reactions to it.
- Increased bonding with siblings and family members: When facing forward, babies tend to get more attention from siblings because they can see the baby’s face and it is easier to interact with the baby. This strengthens the bonding between siblings and decreases sibling rivalry, as the baby can respond to the sibling rather than being turned away. The interaction and therefore bonding with other adults also increases and is more natural because of the face-to- face proximity.
The líllébaby® COMPLETE™ baby carrier was designed with baby’s healthy hip development in mind. Its features are recommended by the Hip Dysplasia Institute and specialists, including adjusting to baby’s size(1) and allowing baby’s feet to spread naturally apart in a frog-leg position(2) in every carrying position.
The líllébaby® COMPLETE™ offers every carrying position
Baby's carrying needs changes drastically over the first few months. A newborn, a 6 month old, and a 1 year old are at different mental and physical developmental stages, have different needs and at different babywearing stages. The líllébaby® COMPLETE™ offers every carrying position and has a solution for every babywearing stage.
The COMPLETE™ Babywearing Stages
The timing for the various stages is individual and depends on both baby's size and development, and the parent's size:
Stage 1: Infant carrying stage (newborn to 3+ months).
Babies are at their most fragile during the first 3-4 months of life and need extra care. Many of the babywearing safety warnings are specifically intended to prevent injuries during the first few months. In particular baby’s neck and head must be supported at all times. This limits babywearing options to two front facing-in carry positions: (1) the fetal position and (2) the infant seat position.
Stage 2: A solution during the “babywearing gap” (3- 6 months):
At some point during the first few months babies grow to be too big for a fetal carry position, but they are still way too small to sit with their feet around caregiver’s waist. Unlike other wide-seat carriers, the líllébaby® COMPLETE™ offers a healthy and comfortable solution during this period: the infant seat gives the correct support and lets you gradually transition to the wider seat once your baby is ready.
Transitioning to a wide seat: the timing for when a baby is able to “wrap” feet around a caregiver is very individual. Both the baby's size, caregiver’s size and build, and baby's preference will determine when your baby is ready for a wide seat setting. It is not unusual for babies to be 7-9 months old before they can comfortably sit in the wide-seat position. There is no need to rush using the wide seat too early as the infant seat offers plenty of wide support.
Stage 3: Learning and exploring (~ 6 months and up):
By 6 months, most babies have strong neck control, are active and eager to learn. During the first 6 months of life most babies doubled in weight and are at a completely different state mentally, compared to the first month of life. This gives you more babywearing options as most babies can safely be carried on your hip, back, and on your front, facing in or out. As your baby is also getting much heavier, consider alternating carrying positions to avoid stress on your lower back
The ergonomic design and features not found in other baby carriers make for an exceptionally comfortable baby carrier: baby's weight is distributed evenly across your hips and shoulders, the unique lumbar support combined with the wide padded waist band provides exceptional lower back support, and the padded shoulder straps are a sturdy three inches wide.
The líllébaby® COMPLETE™ carrier lets you choose which carrying position works best for you and your baby, toddler, or your spouse. It includes all carrying positions so that you will never find yourself in a situation where you wish you "had brought that other carrier."