I’ve now tested out so many carriers, I wonder what up is up; but I love my baby wearing. Here I’ve updated to compare: LILLEbaby CarryOn (the updated version, LILLEbaby CarryOn (the original), TULA Toddler, Lenny Lamb Toddler, LILLEbaby Complete and LILLEbaby Essentials. Whew.
I’ve been wearing babies for over 8 years now. Sometimes two at a time! While I don’t consider myself an expert, I feel I can safely say what I like best and give my feedback. I’ve already expressed my love for the LILLEbaby COMPLETE and compared it to the Ergo360. But, what do you do with your two or three year old that is getting too tall or too big for your COMPLETE? Previously, my mom bought me a TULA Toddler (check out my full Tula Toddler Carrier review), but when I heard that LILLEbaby was coming out with their own version of a toddler carrier, called the CarryOn, I knew it was for me!
And, I know that a lot of people will want to compare and know which carry is for them and when, so I put together some graphics and tables to help out. (And, yes, I might have bribed my three year old with candy!)
Updated 11/2016: The LILLEbaby CarryOn has been updated. This daughter is 35 months old. She weighs 27 pounds and is 37 inches tall.
Now with the following features. As soon as my new CarryOn arrives, I will update pictures and measurements.
• shortened the straps with more adjustability for a closer fit
• added fabulous new prints and color options
• signature mesh panel to keep children comfortably ventilated
• Extra tall torso (20.5“) and wide, cupped seat designed to support larger children with exceptional comfort
• Two-way adjustable straps with Perfect Fit Adjusters for near-limitless fit customization
• Three comfortable, ergonomic carrying positions – front, hip, and back.
• Straps may be worn crossed or backpack style.
• 100% cotton border on the torso for added support and durability.
• soft, moldable 3D mesh for maximum air circulation and breathability
• Accommodates children 20 – 60lbs, size 2T pants and taller
Thank you to A Walk in the Park Family for the below picture.
Please see below for a full comparison chart of LILLEbaby CarryOn the updated version, LILLEbaby CarryOn the older version, Lenny Lamb Toddler, Tula Toddler, LILLEbaby Complete and LILLEbaby Essentials. (The waistbands of all of these carriers will and should sit even. My hips are out of alignment, hence the slight un-level on all of them the same direction.)
For reference, she is 3 years old, 39” tall and weighs 34 lbs.
I will focus the most on the LILLEbaby CarryOn since it’s their newest baby in the Toddler market.
LILLEbaby CarryOn Toddler Carrier
Updated: With the new CarryOn all of this is still true. The only differences are outlined above with strap length, panel width and height. This is mostly made of cool, breathable 3D mesh with canvas structural support and generous padding around the legs. It allows for three ways to carry: front, back and hip.
This is the original CarryOn.
Because the Carry On has buckles on the bottoms of the straps, in addition to a front and back carry, you can also do a hip carry (check out the video to see how it works) for a total of three carrying positions.
Also, because of the buckles with dual adjustment, you can cross the straps for narrower shoulders or a petite frame. The shoulder straps also have perfect fit adjusters at the top to make the straps shorter as well as two-way adjustments on the straps themselves. These two-way adjustable straps make it easy to get a great fit front or back carrying as well as dropping baby down to breastfeed.
It’s amazing that it is so comfortable to carry a toddler for any length of time, but it is. The lumbar support that comes with all LILLEbabies really is a game changer. And the padded waist band and shoulders give even more support.
The hood is include and is detachable as well as adjustable. It also has a little pocket for storing the hood and a separate pocket for keys, diapers, wipes, etc.
The CarryOn Air in the 3D Mesh Fabric retails for $139.
As shown above, the LILLEbaby works for me at 5’5” as well as my husband who is 6’3”. He even had our 6 year old in this carrier at one point during the hike!
My TULA Toddler was a Christmas present and the only toddler carrier I had known to ask for. Check out my full Tula Toddler Carrier review.
The TULA toddler allows for a front and back carry, but no hip carry. And you also can’t cross the straps which are only adjustable at one spot. They do have the perfect fit adjusters at the top of the straps.
The suggested weight is 25-50 lbs. Again, I should mention that when we got it for our 18 month old, she was still too small for it (but we needed to upgrade from our Ergo we had at the time.)
The TULA toddler doesn’t have a lumbar support but does come with a detachable hood (however, I have a hard time attaching the hood with elastic bands at the top).
This canvas version was $169 and the price goes up from there depending on the fabric.
The Lenny Lamb Toddler Carrier is made from a woven fabric that is very soft. It comes with a hood that is not detachable and is more like a hood on a jacket. You can do a front and back carry. It also has PFAs at the tops of the straps and has two-way (which they call four-way because of the PFAs, but I’m trying to be consistent).
The LILLEbaby COMPLETE allows for 6 carrying positions (fetal front, front-infant, front-facing/ front-outward, front-toddler, hip back) because of the ability of the adjustable seat to be set to a narrow position. And works for newborns starting at 7 lbs. (with no infant insert needed) all the way up to a 45 lbs, so it’s perfect for carrying a baby all the way up to a toddler, thus it grows with your child.
Like the CarryOn, the straps have two-way adjustments, but they don’t have the perfect fit adjusters at the top. Because of the buckles on the straps, you can do a hip carry as well as cross the straps on your back or front.
The COMPLETE also comes with the super comfortable lumbar support giving your back that extra hug! I difference here is that the COMPLETE has a neck support that can be folded up or down depending on the position and height of your baby. As you see here with my toddler, I have the next support up to be extra support on my back and front.
The COMPLETE also comes with a detachable and adjustable hood and the fabric depends on the fabric of your carrier. You can also get the LILLEbaby complete all-seasons with the zip-down panel for extra versatility.
As seen above, my three year old still has good support in the COMPLETE, but I prefer the CarryOn for the extra support for her and the back height. But, I love that I can use the COMPLETE for my 19 pound 15 month old (below) as well.
I’ve got a full post on the LILLEbaby Essentials if you want a further comparison and information on it. It’s a great carrier for super easy ups and even my 4 year old wants in it sometimes.
Here’s a little summary of how they work for us as well as the measurements and features. These are all from the respective websites and my measurements might vary slightly from what they had published, but I would say they were all within 0.5 inches.
Check out this video I put together going over all of the features of each, too!
The original comparison chart. I’m leaving this because I think it’s still useful.
Have any questions? Feel free to comment or email me and I will do my best to help!