LILLEbaby has done it again. They’ve come out with a new carrier that is completely different then anything most of us have seen before. It’s called the LILLEbaby SeatMe. And, well, it has a unique shelf-seat built into it that supports baby’s hips and makes it easy to position baby’s hips in a correctly supported position.
That’s our almost 3.5 year old in the carrier. With a ton of room to grow. She’s right at 30 pounds and a little over 36 inches tall. This carrier is versatile like the LILLEbaby Complete, but in some very different ways (and a few of the same).
I’m including a chart at the bottom with all of the information as I know those are helpful, but also putting a lot of pictures and words here for those that like that sort of thing. (I’m sure I’ll do a video later!)
So, let’s talk about this seat. It has an integral firm and padded shelf seat for the child to sit on that can also be removed.
Because you can remove the seat, you have even more options with the carrier.
The unique seat design allows adjustment to the depth of the seat to ensure babies of various sizes are positioned close to the parent for safety, comfort and reduced leveraged weight. You want to make sure the buckles are always attached on the seat for added safety.
By sliding the seat buckles along the slider, you can change the depth of the seat, or how far away or close to you baby is.
Once you slide them, you can also loosen or tighten them, too. Because this seat is so flexible and has pleats, you will find that it can be narrower and kids can go in a back carry sooner (as long as they meet required criteria.)
Here’s a different way to see what happens when you adjust the sliders.
The Waist Belt
This waist belt is different then any other LILLEbaby belt to date. It is about 0.5-1 inches wider than other carrier bands and doesn’t have or allow for a lumbar support or a tummy pad. However, it’ is very comfortable and extra stable because it is wider and thus more supportive attaching with both Velcro and buckle. It does only go to about 45” and still allow you to secure the Velcro, so the waist band is smaller than other LILLEbaby carriers.
On the same side as the panel, on the waist band, there is a layer of thick padding to help with comfort for the carrier. (You can see a picture below where talking about removing the panel.)
I also found because of the thickness of the band, the waist band was definitely on my waist and almost felt higher than the LILLEbaby complete. This is kind of a weird picture, but I feel like you can see just how high up it sits on me. The bottom of the waist band was hitting my hip bones.
As you can see above, there are quite a few positions. You can do forward facing out, facing in (both with and without the seat), a back carry, and a hip seat (with thee top panel detached). When there are so many options for a carrier, it helps you narrow down just how many you need. Since B is bigger, I didn’t use the carrier without the seat. You can take the seat insert out of the carrier, and pull the panel up, making is a soft structure carrier starting at 7 pounds. When baby reaches 12 pounds, you can add the insert back in and have the seat with the full carrier top.
We’ve done a front carry with the hip seat. It was surprisingly comfortable. Because I admit, when I pulled the SeatMe out of the box, I was wondering what the heck I was looking at. She really liked that she was in a seat and felt higher up.
We’ve also tried a back carry, too. I instinctively put the support up, but with both of our short torsos, I don’t know that it was completely necessary.
I feel like this is B’s signature move. I want to get a picture from the back, straight on and she wants to LEAN back. You’ll notice that the panel doesn’t go knee to knee, but because of the seat on the LILLEbaby SeatMe, she’s fully supported.
Removing the panel
One of the cool things about this carrier is that you can remove the panel and you are left with a platform seat and belt that allows you to assist in holding your baby. It’s super easy to pop on (like e fanny pack with a seat) for grabbing a kid for a quick carry. Instead of twisting the spine like you normally would when holding baby on hip, the parent’s back stays straight and the belt distributes baby’s weight around your waist.
To remove the panel, you will remove these loops from the buttons on the waist panel.
This will then expose a zipper which you unzip and the panel detaches.
You are left you with a fanny pack (seriously, look at that giant pocket under the seat) and the the hard seat for your kiddo to sit on.
I’m standing funny here, but you don’t have to pop your hip out to the side to carry them. After four kiddos and doing that, it’s taken a toll on my back and shoulders, so this is necessary.
You can use it on your front to face them in or out, too. She wasn’t really trusting me with the seat like this, but it was very secure.
Dark blue is hard to photograph. So, I’m going with these stock images to show you the top pocket. Just like the other LILLEbaby carriers, there is a very generous pocket on the LILLEbaby SeatMe panel for storing diapers, wipes, keys, etc. There is also a pocket to tuck the hood into when not in use. The other pocket was mentioned above and is under the seat. You can put some serious stuff in there and might not even have to carry an extra diaper bag depending on how long you will be out.
As promised, us using the carrier a couple different ways and the chart showing all the things I think are important about the LILLEbaby SeatMe.
If you have more questions, feel free to ask and I will do my best to ask them. This is a crazy looking but handy and quite comfy carrier that I think will surprise a lot of people.