Lenny Lamb Norwegian Diamond | Soft Structured Carrier SSC Buckle | Baby Size Review

This carrier is:

  • Lenny Lamb brand.
  • Soft structured carrier (SSC), sometimes called a buckle carrier.
  • Wrap conversion full buckle (WCFB), meaning sewn from a woven wrap.
  • Manufacturer made (the same manufacturer who weaves and sells the woven wraps, sews and sells these SSC carriers).
  • 100% cotton.
  • “Baby” size (the sizing label given by the manufacturer).
  • Norwegian Diamond  is the name the manufacturer has given this colorway.

Words I would use to describe this carrier:

  • soft
  • breathable
  • squishy
  • stretchy
  • ergonomic
  • structured
  • customizable
  • comfortable
  • pretty
  • curvy

We would be thrilled if you would add YOUR OWN review of this carrier! Reader reviews located at the end of the post near the comments section.

The Lenny Lamb ergonomic full buckle carrier is made from soft woven-wrap fabrics, which are also manufactured by Lenny Lamb. The “baby size” is rated for 14 to 35 lb. It is very soft and had a customizable fit.  Both myself and my husband were able to fit it to our bodies, which isn’t true for many SSC carriers. Lenny Lamb makes full buckle carriers in “baby” and “toddler” size. The “baby” size will fit most children who are within the most common ages for babywearing (except not newborns). The toddler size is very large, and could fit my three year old comfortably.

FABRIC

The “Norwegian Diamond” color is diamond weave pattern which reminds me quite a bit of the Storchenweige Leo diamond weave pattern. This color has large stripes made from the small diamond-weave pattern. The colors are deep plum, lavendar, taupe, grey, and royal blue.

It was incredibly soft, even brand new right out of the box. It is smooth to the touch. With quite a bit of use, it is incredibly soft. The fabric has a little diagonal stretch, and is quite floppy and flexible.

BODY PANEL

The body panel is contoured – widest across the child’s shoulder area, narrowest around the child’s waist area, and wide around the “legs-out” are.  It has squishy “legs-out” padding (where child’s knees will rest).  There are deep seat darts, providing baby with comfortable and ergonomic body positioning. The body panel is two layers of wrap fabric, without an apparent third inner layer. The width of the top of the body panel made us feel as if baby was sinking and leaning away from us. Cinching the PFAs helped with that issue, but the body panel across the top is noticeably larger than the base.

  • 14” wide flat across body, measured at legs out
  • 15” wide is more how it fits, because of the deep seat darts
  • 16” wide at top of body panel
  • 15” tall (from top of waistband to top of body panel)

HOOD

The hood is attached and not removable. It is a “hoody” hood, meaning the hood is shaped similarly to a sweatshirt “hoody” with a flat section ending in a curve-around-the-head. The hood is VERY long compared to most SSC hoods I’ve tried. It hangs down far enough to covers the body of the carrier. The plus side is it’s actually tall enough to cover baby’s hood when needed. It was even tall enough on the toddler version to fit over my three-year old’s head. It has plastic toggles and stretchy black elastic cord to clip onto the shoulder straps, keeping the hood in place over baby’s head. Because of the length, it dangled over the back of the carrier. and felt a bit in-the-way. It was possible to reach it with baby on my back, and pull it over baby’s head myself. In a back carry, it usually isn’t possible with shorter hoods, for the wearer to get the hood in place without help. The hood is cinching. By using the elastic and toggles, it could be gathered up smaller.

  • 13″ tall
  • 10″ wide

WAISTBAND

The waistband is deeply contoured, with a medium amount of padding that is quilted in a pretty leaf-like pattern.  One buckle strap is very short, and placed on top of the padded waistband. The other buckle strap webbing is long. This is in contrast to many other SSCs where the webbing is equal length on both sides, making the buckle placement centered on the user’s waist front or back. The off-center placement means the buckle rests on top of a padded area, rather than digging into the wearer’s body.

  • 29” of waist padding
  • 4” webbing on the short side
  • 26” webbing on the long side
  • 29″ smallest possible waist size
  • 59″ largest possible waist size
  • 6″ tall waistband in the center
  • 4″ tall waistband on the ends

SHOULDER STRAPS

The shoulder straps can be adjusted in three different ways. Webbing and a buckle attached to the body of the carrier extends a few inches. Webbing and a buckle at the end of the shoulder strap extend quite a ways.

It has PFA’s (perfect fit adjusters), a term coined by Kinderpack as a way to cinch straps toward the body panel. The area of the strap where the PFAs are located is completely unpadded – just two layers of fabric. This means when the PFAs are cinched, there isn’t bulky padding wadded up underneath the cinched area (a problem with the PFAs on a KP).

The straps are wider and thinner in the padding than other SSCs. The straps are contoured, which usually contributes to a more comfortable back carry. The thinness of the padding made me feel the narrow pressure of the webbing along the strap more than I would have preferred. The straps are less padding and a bit wider than a Kinderpack, and much less padding and much wider than a Tula.

I cinched all three shoulder straps almost as tight as they would go. There was perhaps a couple inches where it could have been cinched a bit more. My husband had all three shoulder straps let out completely. I have found one challenge with any buckle carrier that uses PFAs – for me personally, when I tighten PFAs in order to get the straps short enough in a back carry, eventually the PFAs feel like they are digging into my shoulders. The pressure on the 1-inch thick nylon webbing, from being cinched up, causes it to press through the wider strap shoulder padding, and create too much pressure within the narrow nylon webbing width. It is most noticeable after a lengthy time of wearing, such as an hour or longer hike. I have experienced this issue with several brands of buckle carriers. It doesn’t seem to be an issue when I’m wearing for periods of time less than an hour.

The straps CAN be crossed behind the back in a front carry, or worn traditionally (chest clip buckled behind the shoulder blades). However, once the shoulder padding section ends, the remaining shoulder strap passing across the wearer’s body, is only 1″ thick nylon webbing. Having that narrow width pressing into the sides (with straps crossed in back) isn’t too comfortable.

For SSCs which are designed for crossing in the back, they often use wider nylon webbing (such as 2″ wide) to help with this issue. I have tried other SSCs that were more comfortable with straps crossed behind the back in a front carry (Olives and Applesauce, Beco Gemini, Nuzzle Me Creations, Action Baby Carrier, are a few). However, it is definitely do-able in this carrier, for those wanting the option of both crossed straps and regular straps.

  • 15” fabric section (8″ padded fabric, 7″ unpadded fabric for PFAs)
  • 16” nylon webbing
  • 22″ total
  • 7” adjustable side strap attached to body panel
  • 17” smallest possible strap length
  • 45” longest possible strap length

The chest clip is cinched as tight as it can go in the below photo of me. It is also not removable. I would have liked to cinch it a couple inches tighter for my comfort, but could not.

We would be thrilled if you would add YOUR OWN review of this carrier! Reader reviews located at the end of the post near the comments section.

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