I'm a big proponent of babywearing and always looking for the next up and coming products for mom and baby. So this one is right up my alley! I give you: The Cub Co-Z Convertible Carrier by Lil' Cub Hub.
It's a diaper bag. It's a baby carrier. It's a mom-invented product (because, let's face it, all the good ones are!). Sounds too good to be true, right? WRONG! It's good, very very good!!
Here's the Cub Co-Z as a diaper bag - it's not big and cumbersome, yet you can fit all of the essentials such as diapers, wipes (check out my mini-wipes pack from Mommy Nearest hiding in there!), keys, hand sanitizer, small wallet, yada yada yada. There's even a special pocket for your phone on the back (the next generation will have a larger pocket that will accommodate iPhones a bit better; it'll also feature magnet instead of the current velcro closure).
With a zip and a quick retrieval of the sling material from inside the bag (don't worry, everything in the diaper bag containers can remain safely there and within reach!!), your diaper bag becomes a sling-style baby carrier suitable to be worn as cradle carry, kangaroo carry, tummy to tummy, or hip carry.
Here's me and my not so little guy demonstrating the hip carry in our Cub Co-Z. It was actually the first time I had ever successfully worn a sling style carrier!! I always thought it would hurt my neck or shoulder or make me off balance, but actually, it was fine (but I wouldn't want to carry him in it all day long, let's be honest here)! The baby's weight, in this case 25 pounds!!, is dispersed evenly throughout the shoulder and upper arm.
You might ask, what is the point of a convertible bag/carrier? To that I would answer this: what do you do with your carrier when you are out and about but your child is not actually in the carrier? Maybe you let it hang from your waist, looking and feeling a bit silly. Maybe shove it into your already jam packed stroller basket. Or maybe you just kinda lug it around. But wouldn't it be nice to just be able to quickly tuck in the sling, zip it up, and wear it like a cute bag (and not have to worry about a second bag to deal with at the same time)?? HELL YEAH!!
Also, it's super convenient when you're making a quick trip where you just need baby and the essentials - to play group, run an errand etc. It's great being able to throw my wallet and keys and a few extra things in the bag, put Kenzo in the sling, and run over to the park for a couple of hours without having to bother with the stroller and big diaper bag.
Basically, your question should not be whether or not to get a Cub Co-Z, but what design to get!! HA! Coming in 18 fabulous patterns, it's so hard to choose just one!!
Lil' Cub Hub also sells a selection of other great stuff for baby, including minky blankets, bibs, and burp cloths, and apparel, too!
Use code "US-JAPAN14" for 20% off your order on Lil Cub Hub's website through the end of June - woohoo!!
The Cub Co-Z Convertible Carrier is part of my $1500 value "Mother Of All Giveaways", running through May 26. ENTER TO WIN HERE!!
*Disclaimer: Although I did receive this product free of charge, I was not compensated in any other way to do this product review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.
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I'm a NYC metro area mom blogger living in NJ with my Japanese husband & our 3 kids (twins plus 1). This blog is chock full of product reviews, family travel guides, and giveaways galore! It's also home to Bay Ridge Families, and several guides focused on kid-friendly activities and guides to South Brooklyn, Hudson Valley, and New Jersey, as well as family-friendly destinations beyond the NYC area (check the menu bar!)