We've seen and used lots of babywearing coats over the last 12 years and honest-to-goodness the Mamalila Allrounder Babywearing Coat is hands-down the best babywearing coat we've ever used. It's amazing for the maritime climate of the UK and Ireland.
Mamalila is a family-run company based in Germany. The premise was simple - if you wanted to go outside in bad weather whilst babywearing, then you needed a jacket that would keep you and your little one warm and dry; and so Mamalila was born, with family values and conntectedness at the heart of everything they do.
The point of the Mamalila Allrounder is that it is very good at solving a basic, everyday, babywearing problem - how to get out and about in all weather, when you carry your baby in a sling. Perhaps you don't have a buggy or pram, but you still need to get out to walk the dog, do the school run for an older sibling, or nip to the shops - things you can't put off just because it's raining or it's a bit cold out.
What Makes the Mamalila Allrounder Jacket So Good?
Aside from its eco credentials (which we'll talk about in a minute), the Mamalila Allrounder is a multi-function jacket, and is perfect for the every day:
- it’s a maternity jacket
- it’s a babywearing jacket
- it’s great worn solo
The beauty of the jacket is that it comes with both a pregnancy and a babywearing insert. So you can start using it as your bump grows, whilst front or back carrying a baby or toddler in any kind of sling (woven wraps, buckle carriers, stretchy wraps, meh dais, ring slings), and then even after your baby has grown, just as a regular weatherproof jacket.
It may be a technical, functional jacket, but it is still feminine, with properly cut waist and cuffs. There are other babywearing jackets on the market, but we've found they don't have quite the same quality or fit as the Mamalila Jacket; it's well-made with attention to detail. It has a removable, adjustable hood, toggles at the waist, and toggles at the hood on the babywearing insert. Plus it's easy to use, with high quality zippers, meaning the inserts zip in and out with ease.
For us, the Mamalila Allrounder Jacket has been an integral part of our babywearing journey for many years (I say us, because DH has the men's version of the jacket).
The technical details are below, but I feel there's nothing quite like hearing what a coat is like to wear every day, from someone who's worn it every day. For instance (now keep in mind that we’ve used and tried many other brands), the zippers always work. Every single time on every zip, front, back and pockets, they work every time.
The toggles which snug the coat in at the bottom and at the hoods, work every time, in and out, in and out. The seams stay dry, always, even when it' so wet you've forgotten what colour the sky truly is! And when you give the coat a shake and hang it up, it's dry in a jiffy, as the water simply beads off the high-quality Sympatex material.
Every time you wear it, it does exactly what you want it to, and performs as well as you need it to. Which is what you need, right? I mean you've already got a baby in a sling, who is perhaps fractious or upset; you don't need a coat that takes an engineering degree to work out how to use it, and then performs less than perfect when you're out in the rain.
Yes, it's a clever jacket and it works well, but one of the best things about it is how good it looks. I really like that it doesn't look like the bulky cagoule I wore in primary school. It has a tailored look - it cuts in at the waist and out to skim the hips. Even the cuffs are cut with attention to detail. Small things, but when you wear a coat every day, these small things matter.
I wore this jacket when I was pregnant, when carrying, and going solo. When not carrying a baby, it looks absolutely awesome every time. The thin, mouldable outer has a really high-end look and feel, so it's just smashing on its own, going solo.
You’ll be wearing this coat long after you stop carrying babies- it's that good. Yes, it's a considered purchase, most definitely. But one that's absolutely worth it. But don't just take my word for it - it's been our best-selling jacket for the last nearly 10 years, and we have over 267 five star reviews from customers raving about how great it is, from its quality to its functionality.
Mamalila Allrounder Eco Credentials
The New Season 2021/22 colours Mustard, Deep Berry & Navy are made from 100% recycled polyester! Even better eco-credentials with the same amazing performance.
It’s perfect for all of our seasons in the UK and Ireland. It’s slow fashion at its absolute best.
- Removable hood for back carrying.
- Breathable, wind and waterproof material.
- Taped seams.
- Made from recycled polyester
- Water column 10,000 mm (this mean's it's really waterproof).
- Gradually folding hood with integrated head support for sleeping babies.
- Textiles Free Of Harmful Substances.
The Allrounder Babywearing Jacket has a waterproof coating that makes raindrops form into pearls which in turn roll off the jacket like water off a duck’s back! Mamalila only uses environmentally friendly FC-free coatings which can be biologically broken down so that no pollutants accumulate in the body or in nature.