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Ruckeli baby carrier: cute, functional and versatile

Dec 10, 2018

This is a sponsored post: when in Berlin (a few months before Emily was born) we found this cute little German company called Ruckeli, reached out to them, and they were so kind as to invite us to their (back then room-size) headquarters and give us one of their baby carriers to try.


Disclosure: When I started using a carrier with Emily it was 40-degree summer in Marbella, so I opted for my linen ErgoBaby Original (which I still use), which is why I got to use the Ruckeli very little. All the pictures of our Ruckeli were taken for this review (except the one below with one of the creators, Urs, and little Oliver): Emily is almost 2 years old, and Oliver (who wanted to join in) is 3.5 years old.

You know I have a thing for small companies with a cute story and I especially loved Ruckeli because, for once, it’s all about dads! The founders, in fact, are two German dads who always carried their babies and toddlers everywhere, and couldn’t find a carrier that had ALL the features they wanted. So they made it!

There’s a lot of choice when it comes to baby carriers, and this review is not to show how the Ruckeli compares. But if you’re looking for a beautiful, functional, warm yet very light (only ~650g!) birth-to-toddler carrier that will surprise you with a lot of ingenious features and super cute designs, Ruckeli is definitely a great

My favorite features:

It’s extremely soft and made of 100% organic cotton.

The waist band is quite wide which I really like and actually prefer it to my Ergobaby Original.

The whole carrier can be folded in its own waist pocket, which is also a pocket where you can put personal items (phone, keys, tissues, even a cloth nappy) while carrying your baby.

When the carrier is all folded in its pocket, it also becomes a hip seat for your toddler (Emily’s showing it, but Oliver can sit comfortably too).

Although I never took full advantage of it, the seat panel has 4 buttons so it can easily be adjusted to baby’s leg length (which is something I haven’t seen in any other carrier I’ve come across).

The shoulder straps seemed a bit gimmicky at first, but when you actually use it, it’s very easy to figure out (plus, it has instruction drawings on the inside of the waist band ;-)

You can adjust the height of the front VERY easily by sliding up and down the main body of the carrier (even when baby is in). I think it’s great especially for older babies who are more active and want to turn to see in every direction: when they (hopefully) fall asleep in the carrier, you can slide up the front for better back support.

I can’t see our gorgeous elephant-design model (which I’m so in love with!) on their website anymore (although how cute is this one?), but I was happy to discover that Ruckeli has grown in the past couple of years, improved their carrier even more in their 2018/2019 collection, and even came out with a couple of new products.

Definitely a brand (and a carrier) to check out! You can see a few videos of their baby carrier here.

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The blog

I write mainly about Montessori, parenthood, and multilingualism. Here are some recent posts.

Montessori
One day a few years ago my husband came home and said, "Why don't we put a mattress on the floor in the baby room? It'd be much more natural". "Never" was my reply. That's how our Montessori journey started. Since then we've been living, breathing and applying the philosophy at home day in and day out, starting from ourselves. Because educating children starts from the parents.
Bean and seed mosaic
I'm not perfect. I'm aware
DIY yoga cards for kids
Children at the restaurant: let's recalibrate expectations
Don't ask your children to share their toys
Those "good job" that erode our children's confidence
Our Montessori birthday
Two alternatives to screens that my kids love
Using fear and threats to control children is never right!
"Stop crying!" doesn't work
Living sustainably
Living sustainably for me doesn’t only mean to have a more eco-friendly lifestyle. It means to make decisions that are sustainable for our planet, the people on it, but also for our life, our lifestyle, and our happiness. It means to take any daily chance to evolve and be happier, healthier, kinder, more responsible and more caring human beings—the only sustainable way for a meaningful future.
Face yoga is an act of self love
Why you should wear the same outfit twice on Instagram
The power of creating habits (and why you should do it, even if you then break them!)
Responsible eating is the diet of the future (Would you like to teach it to your kids?)
The power of NOT complaining: can you do it for a whole month?
Clean up your planet, please!
Infographic: 8 steps to switch to cloth nappies (a guide for reluctant parents)
A personal note on happiness
A personal note on social media
A change of life always widens your horizons
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Travel

We sold everything to travel the world for two years. We're currently in New Zealand.

Books

In 2020 I wrote 4 books for the Italian collection “Gioca and Impara con il metodo Montessori” curated by Grazia Honegger Fresco. The collection is a project by Il Corriere della Sera and La Gazzetta dello Sport.

We also implemented the workshops of the last 15 volumes of the collection with Oliver and Emily.

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I dreamed of the name La Tela di Carlotta. One morning I woke up and in my dreams I had created a blog named just like the American novel (Charlotte's Web). Many years and endless ups and downs later, this web of thoughts and stories is my work. It took me a long time to understand what kind of online presence I wanted and today I know: I'm transparent, I show real life, I don't advertise, I only recommend sustainable brands (and not only because they pay me) and I believe in the value of my blog and my courses—because if we don't believe in the value of our work, no one will believe in it for us.
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