Easy Feel Products SSC: ABSTRACT MOSAIC

Easy feel products Soft structured carrier, Abstract Mosaic, standard size, close up

A close-up of the gorgeous fabric and IKAT print!

SPECS

  • MATERIAL: 100% handwoven heavy bottom weight cotton
  • BODY PANEL WIDTH: 14.5 in
  • BODY PANEL LENGTH: 15.5 in.
  • STRAPS: 1 in. thick(Curved shape)
    • smallest setting: 22 in.
    • Largest setting: 42 in.
  • WAISTBAND: 1 in. thick (Dense compressed foam)
    • largest setting: 30 in.
  • BUCKLES: Single adjust
  • HOOD: attached hood with hood ties (hidden pocket for storage)
  • CHESTCLIP: yes
    • smallest setting: 5 in.
    • largest setting: 17 in.
  • LEGS OUT PADDING: yes
  • SAFETY ELASTIC: yes
  • PFAs: yes
  • SEAT DARTS: yes
  • SIZE: STANDARD and TODDLER ( 15 lbs. – 44 lbs.)
  • PRICE: $89 – $109

Easy Feel Products has been a company that has offered mainly cloth diapering needs for about 2 years now. Recently, Shikha Garg, the owner and creator behind Easy Feel Products has ventured into the world of soft structured carriers; with the help of her mom and a small yet amazing tailoring team in India. Don’t let the young age of the company deter you because these carriers are extremely well made, super comfortable, beautiful, and competitively priced.

From my brief interactions with Shikha; she is genuinely open to providing the best fit and care to her customers needs. She is warm and friendly and all of those great attributes extend into her business interactions as well as her social media chatter group: Cuddles and Snuggles with Easy Feel.

I mean how ADORABLE is that group name!!

Scenic view of a lake and Easy feel soft structured carrier

We had a lovely afternoon out at Santee Lakes in San Diego. Abstract Mosaic looks just as stunning as the lake!

 

All their carriers are made with woven 100% cotton bottom weight fabric, and are up to the American Society for Testing and Materials; specifically code ASTM F2236-14.

*IMPORTANT TO NOTE* Easy Feel Carriers are for 15-44 lbs; they are NOT FOR NEWBORNS.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

I received a travelling tester of Abstract Mosaic in a Standard size.

I immediately wrote down my first impressions after taking this carrier out of its package.

Thick shoulder strap padding- I really liked

Very firm waist padding- I didn’t like

Wide waistband- iffy; similar to Tula ~not short person friendly~

Waist pocket- LOVED

Great fabric!!

HOW IT TESTED:

My first impressions addressed I started my time with Abstract Mosaic slowly. I was still preferring my Liliputi SSC and was using that frequently. However, when your toddler starts bringing you the carriers he wants for Uppies; you listen!

9 times out of 10, the Easy Feel carrier was what my son wanted to be in!!

The fabric felt like a wrap conversion ( I actually thought that it was at first) and not only was it visually stunning in it’s IKAT  print but it was surprisingly lightweight and really had great airflow. I don’t believe Jamie or I had any issues with overheating or sweating in Abstract Mosaic.

I loved the fact that it had a cute little waist pocket. Closer to where the belt clipped instead of being in the middle of the waistband was definitely a preferred placement option for me. I found it to be just big enough for a debit card and that was about it. Definitely not large enough for my Iphone plus.

Image showing a soft structured carrier buckled around the waist. No child is in it; the wearer is showing off a small waistband pocket.

When your outfit matches your carrier! #crushedit #babywearingunicorn

The wide waistband, I thought I would have the most issues with, was actually a feature I was most thankful for. I was wrong to compare it in it’s entirety to Tula. While it is similarly wide and a bit uncomfortable (while in a front carry) with it’s unfortunate placement falling closer to my lady bits than my actual waist; the similarities end there. The dense compressed foam which  I originally thought would be hard and uncomfortable, was indeed quite moldable and formed nicely around my body. Also, it held up very well to my toddler, keeping it’s shape and not folding under the weight of him. Allowing the carrier to continue providing me proper lumbar support, even after a few hours of wearing. This became a very important feature for my husband as he had back surgery a year ago and it has been difficultfor him to find a comfortable fit in any carrier since then. While his babywearing periods are short and few, he agreed this feature was extremely comfortable on his back!

The thick shoulder strap padding was also a fantastic feature. It really molds well to the wearer and has nice bounce back! Easy Feel’s SSC straps DO NOT have a criss cross option but their curved shape, forgiving plush thickness, and overall weight distribution; I didnt feel this was a missed option.

When I requested to try this new company’s SSC, I had not measured my son before it was in transit so i believed he would fit the Standard size. I quickly realized I should have first requested the Toddler size instead!

Soft structured carrier, Easy Feel Products, Abstract Mosaic

Just a smidge too small.

~My two year old baby apparently had grown into a tall little boy!!!! Where does the time go????~

So, Jamie at the time of this testing was 33 inches tall and about 27 pounds; so the standard size was just a bit small for him. The body panel came just under his armpits ( if you have a leaner, you know this can be an issue) however, Easy Feel uses great grippy webbing and even with a leaning toddler those perfect fit adjusters(PFA’s) didnt budge! The same could not be said of my time with a Madame GooGoo carrier.

Jamie was also just  a smidge too big for the width of the body panel to go knee to knee. What was still nice was the cushy and thick leg padding. So even though he wasnt sitting with perfect weight distribution he was very comfortable withouht any fabric digging into his thighs.

I almost forgot to mention the attached HOOD!!! It is so cleverly concealed in a hidden pocket at the top of the body panel! Tandem Trouble has a great image of this over at her website! It has hood ties that you attach to hood clips on the shoulder straps and is generous enough in fabric to act as a sun shield but also a proper hood.

I can’t wait to get my hands on Easy Feel Products Toddler size SSC, I just know I will enjoy my time with it even more given the proper fit for my two year old!!!

Lake view, soft structured carrier, Easy feel products

Our day at the lake, really was such a beautiful backdrop to Abstract Mosaic.

 

MY RECOMMENDATION:

There are just a few things I would change given the chance. Even though I feel this carrier is petite friendly (the shoulder straps go down to 22 in.) I feel if those straps could go down to 20 in. that would be absolutely perfect! Maybe, this could be accomplished by allowing even more room for the PFAs to tighten the straps at the top of the body panel. Or, maybe, by adding dual adjusters on the straps under the wearers arms.

Also, I love the idea of a waist pocket and I really prefer the Easy Feel placement decision; however a little more fabric forgiveness with the pocket itself would be beneficial. Once the carrier is on the wearers body the pocket became really tight and you could only put a debit card or ID in it. It would be nice to be able to at least put a set of car keys in it as well.

 

Overall, I loved this carrier. There were minimal things I would change and with the proper size for my child; I am positive any discomfort I may have had would be alleviated! With a price tag of $89 for a standard size or $109 for a toddler; I am beyond excited to have an Easy Feel Soft Structured Carrier as part of my very own babywearing stash!!!

Look at that great back carry height!!!

Look at that great back carry height!!!

 

 

LILIPUTI SSC: FOLK-TALE

 

A bi-racial family poses for a picture. They are wearing matching red shirts with a Mickey Mouse head on it.

We didn’t realize Jamie had gotten sunscreen in his eyes, so poor little fella looked like he was crying! Also, I’m a big fan of hip sacks!!!

SPECS

  • MATERIAL: Canvas and 100% ORGANIC cotton
  • BODY PANAL WIDTH: 12.5 in. or 18 in. (with leg extenders)
  • BODY PANEL LENGTH: 13.5 in. (cinched all the way) or 15.5 in. (fully extended)
  • STRAPS: 1 in. thick
    • smallest setting: 22 in.
    • largest setting: 44 in.
  • SHOULDER STRAP WIDTH: 3 in. (curved shape)
  • WAISTBAND WIDTH: 5 in. at widest point (curved shape)
    • smallest setting: 34 in.
    • largest setting: 62 in.
  • BUCKLES: dual adjust
  • HOOD: yes, detachable
  • CHESTCLIP: yes
  • LEGS OUT PADDING: yes
  • SAFETY ELASTIC: yes
  • PFAs: yes
  • SEAT DARTS: yes
  • SIZE: infant into toddlerhood
  • PRICE: $125 (conversion rate from EUROS)
Selfie image of a father, mother, and toddler boy. in a soft structured carrier back carry.

Showing off that high back carry!!

****DISCLAIMER**** As of right now this carrier is NOT U.S. compliant but they are working on getting their testing approved.****

Alright yall; I’m gonna start off with some real talk. I have no idea how to pronounce this companys name. I dont know if its lily-putty or lily-poo-tea; or something else entirely!

*if you know PLEASE help a sista out and message me so I can edit this post*

What I do know, is that this carrier is super comfortable and comes with, IMO a lot of bells and whistles.

So lets get to it!!!

LILIPUTI is a European based company, manufacturing their products in Hungary.

**FUN FACT– this company sells way more than just SSC; such as babywearing coats, leather baby booties, and other accessories for you, your child, babywearing related and otherwise.**

They have a great business vision and by purchasing from them, you are supporting and helping a small family business. They have started to “…………fulfill our intention to offer parents bringing up a young child solutions which help them ensure oppurtunities providing safety for their child and themselves, strengthening contact and supporting physical and mental health in all kinds of situations.” – taken from the Liliputi website

Their soft structured carriers (SSC) and Mei Tai’s are made with organic cotton fabrics meeting the regulations of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

Not good at all!!

*spoiler alert– this is by far my favorite ssc to date and that is comparing against Tula, Ergo, and MadameGooGoo*

While out on our walk, you can see how the straps are right in my armpits, also this was as far up as i could get the hood. Not functional IMO for back carries and toddlers.

While out on our walk, you can see how the straps are right in my armpits, also this was as far up as i could get the hood. Not functional IMO for back carries and toddlers.

The first time I wore this I found the straps would rub right into my armpits. I also thought the hood was completely pointless. Now; I know I forgot to adjust the shoulder PFA’s, but I still think the hood is pointless.

After completely adjusting for my body I found this carrier was very comfortable and petite person friendly. It was very comfortable and cushy on my shoulders and after my initial test walk, I realized there was no “after SSC pain’ in my lower back.

 

 

HOW IT TESTED:

I found myself choosing this carrier over my other SSC time and time again. We decided to have a family fun day and spent about 3 hours at Legoland in FOLK-TALE. On Valentines Day we spent about 5 hours at the San Diego Safari Park. I also have used this almost every day since receiving it for our everyday walks and  trips to the mall.

Not only did I find this carrier comfortable but (as a petite person; 5ft and 110 lbs.) it has been difficult to find a great carrier because most SSC straps and waist belts just dont get small enough for a proper fitting. My husband(J) who is 5’10 and 190 lbs. also found this carrier to be most comfortable; and there was still plenty of room for it to get even larger.

HOW IT TESTED: FROM THE MALE PERSPECTIVE

J really enjoyed the fact that the carrier was so light weight; being as he is the self professed pack mule on most of our adventures, having to lug the carrier around during times not being worn adds a significant weight. Or rather in this case, a weightlessness factor when crammed in a backpack. This is because the LILIPUTI full buckle carrier is made of only two layers of organic cotton as the body panel, instead of multiple layers of heavy canvas and batting. It was very airy and breathable and didn’t leave J’s back into a “sweaty hot mess”. J also enjoyed the comfort of the straps; it was just the perfect amount of padding in terms of thickness and density. Another great feature J enjoyed was the chest clip. It has a great range for up and down adjustibility as well as actual chest width adjustments. One side of the chest clip is adjusted by traditional webbing and the other side uses an additional stretchy webbing. Since J is built like an upside down triangle the chest clip feature was a bonus for him.

Babywearing dad. Shown from behind at a slight angle, image shows a male carrying his toddler son in a back carry in a soft structured carrier.

Comfortable for both toddler and Dad.

Back to our regularly scheduled review…….

While FOLKTALE was in my possesion I also had the privalege to use it as it’s infant carrier option; when my friend brought over her 6 month old daughter. Not only did my friend ALSO think this carrier was super comfortable but she was really impressed by the infant insert. She normally uses another carrier with a heavy and bulky infant insert, not only making both wearer and wearee uncomfortable after long periods of time but also having them drenched in sweat!

However; with Liliputis’ fabric insert with stretchy leg holes, she found that her daughter immediately had a positive and calming reaction to this carrier and even outside in the heat was able to easily fall asleep. And while this carrier does not prevent sweat it was significantly less than her personal carrier.

Image inside a living room shows a woman wearing her 6 month old daughter in a front carry.

This mom was used to Tula’s; but found the light and airy infant insert to be much more comfortable for her and her 6 month old daughter.

 

MY RECOMMENDATION:

There are a few things I would change such as the floating elastics in some places, as I really prefer the attached elastic at the end of the extra webbing. I still find the hood to be a bit pointless, but specifically in a back carry for a toddler. I feel that this problem could be alleviated by moving the placement of the hood closer to the top part of the body panel, or allowing the hood attachment loops more space to adjust higher or lower along the shoulder straps.

The Liliputi full buckle SSC is perfect for infants and toddlers alike. With so much room to adjust not only the shoulder straps, waistband, and chest clip; but also the body panel; it really can be a perfect fit for both wearer and wearee at ANY stage of wearing!!

At $125 conversion rate from euros, that is an amazing price point for a full buckle carrier! But to me the real bonus is that it comes with the infant insert AS WELL AS the leg extenders!

I mean, c’mom….you can’t beat that!!!!

Overall, this carrier is by far my FAVORITE and I know if given the chance, many will agree me!!!

Image shows a sleeping toddler on top of the soft structured carrier. Commonly known as a a successful sleep transfer.

After a long day at Disneyland a nap is needed. And a succesful sleep transfer is a double win for this mommy!!!