COMPLETE™ Age Range
The "Wide-Seat" Babywearing Gap:
when baby is too big for infant inserts/fetal position (at 3 m), but way too small to "wrap" feet around the parent (6 m+).
The líllébaby® COMPLETE™ has a setting for every stage, including during the babywearing gap.
The Wide-Seat-Only Babywearing Gap Problem
At around 2-3 months of age most babies are too big to be carrier in a fetal position (with our without an infant inserts), but are not big enough to wrap their feet around their parent - the only position offered by traditional wide-seat-only carriers - until they are 6 months or older. This leaves a gap of several months where these carriers cannot be comfortably used.
Unfortunately, many parents do not recognize that the carrier doesn't fit during these months and hence they confuse the fact that the baby doesn't like to be carried anymore, due to discomfort. Lack of information also causes parents to place the baby into a too wide seat too early, which may be harmful to their hips.
The líllébaby® COMPLETE™ patent pending seat design adjusts to baby's size and supports a frog-leg position during the otherwise babywearng gap months. Many babies are 7-9 months old before they comfortably can sit with their feet around their parent's waist and should continue using the infant seat until they are ready.
Wide-Seat-Only Babywearing Gap Problem:
0- 3 months: Infant insert/fetal position.
3 - 6+ months: The babywearing gap
6 months+ and up: Fits wide seat/wrap-around 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 líllébaby® COMPLETE™ infant seat is the solution during the babywearing gap months.
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.