I’m really excited to kick off some of our Iceland travel posts on the blog this week! If you follow us on Instagram you’ll have spotted we visited at the end of last month, arriving just in time for the start of winter. We definitely noticed the temperature drop when we stepped off the plane that first day!
Even though it’s a relatively short flight from us, it’s always a bit of a thought travelling with young children. As always I opted for a baby carrier to help us get through the airport with our one year old, Parker, rather than a bulky pram. I find it saves a lot of time and allows me to have my hands free in the airport (much easier for checking out Duty Free!!) For the journey we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to test out the Phil & Ted’s Airlight Baby Travel Carrier.
The airlight is a compact front & back carrier, which packs down to the size of a water bottle, so it can easily fit in your travel bag. I’ll be honest, I initially wondered how I’d find the airlight carrier and how robust it would feel since it weighs next to nothing (390g / 14oz) But turns out I needn’t have worried, the carrier is extremely well made and perfectly sturdy enough. Not once did I worry that Parker was uncomfortable or that he didn’t feel secure in it.
When we reached check-in, as promised I found the Airlight super quick to unpack and straightforward to use. There was no faff with the straps or issues altering it. You simply attach it to your hips, clip and adjust the front zip. I managed to get Parker seated comfortably with no problem at all and he quickly fell asleep – Hurrah! The handy zip feature also meant I had easy access to him when we needed to take him out later.
Considering how basic this carrier is, I’ve really enjoyed using it so far. I find it comfortable to wear and I’m a big fan of the breathable light mesh on the sides and cotton mix fabric material. My only improvement would be that it could benefit from a little shoulder padding on the straps, however I didn’t find this to be a big issue comfort wise, especially not with a jumper on.
Overall, I’d highly recommend the airlight to anyone looking for a lightweight carrier option! We used it not just in the airport, but on some shorter outings around Reykavik too and it was more than suitable. The airlight can be used with a newborn insert for front-carrying from birth, then for babies up to 9kg without the insert. There’s also a back carrying option for when your little one gets a bit older, the max load is 12kgs / 26.5lbs.
*Thank you Phil & Teds for sending us your Airlight carrier for the purpose of this review. As always all opinions are 100% our own, we’d never recommend a product we don’t genuinely love or wouldn’t buy ourselves. The Airlight carrier retails at £49.00 and can be purchased from Phil & Teds here.