It’s a Jolly Holiday with Helga

Little Fellows Jolly Good Helga

So, I’m not a hufflepuff. I always wanted to be but no, I had to be gryffindor. This is important because I was completely stoked about this Helga arriving to see me. Not only that, but I was getting a 6.5m tester. Finally, a real double hammock to test and not a variation!

Little Fellows is a company out of England that makes handwoven and jacquard wraps. Helga is a part of their Jolly Good line, which is a line of machine woven wraps that wrap identically to handwovens. I like to call them “mock” handwovens because honestly, there isn’t a huge wrap quality difference between an all cotton plain weave handwoven and a plain weave woven on a machine.

The Jolly Good collection is amazing for a few reasons: access and affordability. Helga and the other House wraps are easy to find and buy, fairly inexpensive, and are made up to 6.5m. That’s right, 6.5m. When I first started wrapping, it was unheard of to get a wrap above size 7, which is 5.2m (and even 7s were in short supply). I am proud to test for a company that is committed to giving every wearer an opportunity to have a base sized wrap at an affordable price. The quality is amazing too, Helga feels just as luxurious as non budget wraps and it’s very easy to use and maintain.

Helga is named for Helga Hufflepuff and is comprised of the colors of House Hufflepuff. It’s a 100% cotton black warp with a gold and anthracite gradient weft, which basically means the lengthwise threads are black and the widthwise threads gradually fade in and out from anthracite (which is a coal black/grey color) to gold and back again. It also has blunt ends.

Wrap Quality
Helga is soft and floppy straight away, so no breaking in necessary. It’s a bit thicker than the “mock” wovens and plain weaves I’ve tried, which is a bit of a relief since I’m trucking 30 lbs (14ish kg) of toddler. It does wrap like an ace bandage, easily passes across the back, stays in place, and hugs the body perfectly. I loved this wrap–it’s thickness and the cool gradient were enough to sell me, but the wrap quality is really divine. I used this in the heat–where I live it’s almost always hot and never cool enough for coats–and it performed well and I wasn’t overheated. However, as with weaves like this, you might find that you have to readjust or retighten semi frequently and that single pass carries become saggy over time, especially with toddlers. I definitely recommend more than one pass over baby until you are accustomed to the difference in wrap quality and stretch between a machine woven and this wrap. Wraps like this and plain weave handwovens are like wrapping with water; the wrap ebbs and flows and travels with you and your baby. It doesn’t constrain your movement, it goes with you in a beautiful way that a lot of you (definitely me) might need to adjust to.

I definitely recommend this to any wearer of any skill level with any sized baby. Multiple passes for toddlers.

 

Addiction in the Babywearing Community

As with any addiction, babywearing begins as a need. The need to wear your baby close for comfort, for convenience, for work, for whatever. Inherently, wearing is a fantastic, necessary thing. However, somewhere along the line for a lot of people it becomes something else.

Post baby, a mother or caregiver is at one of their weakest places emotionally–I don’t know the science, but there’s something going on hormonally. I had this intense inner desire to be some kind of Martha Stewart/Donna Reed crossbred supermom, which filled me with an amazing amount of sanctimony and self righteousness. I also had an enormous fear of failure and zero self confidence, self image. I knew who I was without children, but I was completely void as a human being as soon as those babies came out. It’s like with each child more and more of myself was birthed out, leaving a shell who mindlessly picked up toys, washed dishes, and perpetually changed clothes from the washer to the dryer. I was desperate to feel like a worthwhile human being on my own merit. I needed something to connect me to who I was and who I was going to be when this marathon of early parenthood is over. I wanted something beautiful that would erase in my mind the spit-up covered t shirt and the 3 day old pajamas I hadn’t changed out of yet. Some mothers get super into cloth diapers, some swaddle blankets, but I was immediately hooked on woven wraps. (See, even there: Hooked)

Addiction (for me, in this instance) worked by taking a need and distorting it. The need I had was to be hands free and able to parent 4 kids simultaneously. Woven wraps, carriers, etc. filled that need.  It also treated all that stuff I just talked about too, so two birds/one stone, right? Plus, it’s for the baby too, so you can totally justify spending $50-$2,000 on one because it’s not just for you. And, of course, there are so many different fiber types that are perfect for different lifestyles, so I can justify that. Oh, and there are 6-8 different sizes and each size has different carries, so I can justify having one in each size because they all serve different purposes. See, in 5 sentences I have traveled from a need to wear to a rationalization and justification for at least 6-8 wraps of varying fiber content.  Doing the math: each wrap of varying fiber is between $120-$400, so in 5 sentences I went from a minimum of $50 to a minimum of $720 (for 6 wraps), which isn’t even accurate because length equals more money, so it’s always likely going to be more than that. Where I am from, that is a ton of money to spend on anything for any reason–even the baby I was just using as a justification.

So how did we get here? Well, I’ll tell you how I got there. I do not have a local wearing group, so I rely solely on an internet community to learn, grow, buy/sell/trade, discuss, share pictures, etc. This community, for me, exists on TheBabywearer, instagram, and Facebook. Facebook is my primary source for community and the community is huge. There are general education and wearing groups, there are wrap specific general education groups, brand specific chatter pages (which also often have specific design chatter groups and separate international chatter groups), buy/sell/trade groups, off topic chatter groups, high end chatter groups, dip groups, handwoven groups, color specific geekery groups, fiber specific geekery groups, length specific chatter/education groups, traveling specific groups, culturally specific groups, groups for addressing issues within the community, secret groups, even groups to help you stop buying wraps. The list goes on and on.

The first thing I discovered when I joined was the language. Wearing, especially with woven wraps, has a specific jargon that includes acronyms and code words that are necessary to have at least a working knowledge of in order to participate effectively. There are many places that have resources on the vocabulary of wearing, so I will not be making an exhaustive list here. There are quite a few, however, that give a snapshot or glimpse into the world of wearing as it relates to addiction.
ISO/DISO: In search of or desperately in search of.
Score: to get an invoice for a wrap or carrier, to purchase a wrap or carrier through stocking, etc.
Stash: a collection of wraps/carriers
Stash Shot: a picture of a collection
Dip: a ticket to a lottery for a typically high end wrap/carrier
Flipping/Flipper: the act (or person committing the act) of buying a product at cost and inflating the price to exploit the market

So, after joining all the groups and learning the language, I found myself buying my first wrap. It took me ages to decide which one, to save the money, to convince myself that it was worth it and necessary. It was exciting. Giving my paypal, getting the invoice, sharing my excitement in the relevant chatter groups with the acquaintances I had made, waiting for the mailman, opening and smelling that first wrap, wrapping my baby, taking pictures to share with everyone, and feeling all that excitement and attention. I finally felt that I was accepted and belonged somewhere. However, that rush quickly fades. Other people came along with newer releases and in crept that self doubt–they’re tired of seeing me with this same old wrap. I can’t do that carry because my wrap isn’t the right size. Everyone else has a bunch of wraps..maybe I need just one more. That was the beginning for me. No other purchases after that first one took as much thought, consideration, saving, convincing.

I had created within myself a need secondary to the primary need. I needed the community because it made me feel connected to other people. I needed to feel like a worthwhile human being–not mother necessarily. It became my mission to learn every carry, every fiber, try every brand. I created that need and a goal in order to justify and rationalize the behaviors I engaged in: lying to my spouse, hiding purchases, reverse funding, being glued to facebook, opening a credit account. Hell, I even started this blog as a means to justify my behavior. I thought “well, if I write a blog, start reviewing wraps, create a youtube channel, then it’ll totally balance out the scale…” which translates into “If I look like I’m busy and functional, then maybe I won’t have to stop. I won’t get yelled at.”

All of this didn’t happen in a vacuum. I take responsibility for my own issues. I feel it’s important at this point to examine how the community reinforces, encourages, and fuels addiction culture. Wrap companies are in the business to sell wraps. They are selling a luxury version of a functional necessity. In order to continue manufacturing and selling wraps, they need to create a need beyond that functional necessity whether it’s a new blend, new fiber, new weave, new design, new color, new something. Often, creating a new colorway is enough because there are fans who are compelled to collect every color of a certain design. There are fans who are compelled to own every white wrap created.

Chatter groups are an extension of the brand whether or not they are officially affiliated. They are groups run by fans mostly who actively engage, for free, in the collection, history, and geekery of the brands products. It’s also a place where people who like a brand can all hang out together and talk about different wraps/designs/blends. Most brands have “ambassadors” or testers who are selected based on a variety of factors to help (read: influence) wearers find the brand through reviews, “spamming” in shared spaces, and suggesting it in education threads. Testers and ambassadors are free advertisers who work with payment in the form of stalk free passes (oh look, another word), free wraps, etc. However, it’s worth noting that the money a tester or ambassador must pay out of pocket in the form of shipping wraps, laundering when necessary, traveling, writing is far more than the cost of a typical woven wrap or the promise of not having to wake up at 3am in order to be gifted with an invoice of several hundred dollars. Additionally, chatter groups are often used to hype up releases for wraps, sell older releases, and/or trade. They are usually filled with a mixture of very intense fans, those new to the brand, and those new to the community. The balance of these three groups is important for the health of the group because without new members flowing in the resale value goes down, the hype is noticeable and over inflated, and the brand dies. As with any other luxury item, the higher the original cost, the more intense the symptoms, justifications, hype is and the more secretive that community will be.

Addiction permeates every part of a person’s life. It has it’s own culture, language, rites and rituals. It creates bonds between people who may have never been connected otherwise, it exists to fill a need that gets warped and twisted over time, it alienates family and outside of culture friends, it causes the addict to do things they otherwise wouldn’t and then use the need as a justification. It also can cause the addict to form strong attachments to the people, places, and things within the culture. Those attachments are loopholes that will cause the addict to rationalize a continued presence within the culture despite attempts to remain abstinent or leave.

SO, WHAT DO I DO? (disclosure: these are just my suggestions and not like “the answer”)

Well, acknowledging that there is a problem community wide is probably a good starting place. If we decide, as a community, that we are worth saving, then it will take the whole of the community to move. This would be a colossal cultural shift.

  1. Make general education groups popular again. Chatter groups are great for the history and geekery within the brand, but when the majority of wearers are constantly being subjected to releases, hype, resale it creates or feeds that internal need to fill that hole.
  2. Force testers/ambassadors to state their affiliations in any comment or post that is about a wrap from the company they represent.
  3. Remove the “stash shot” threads from your posting habit. I don’t think a rule against them will be helpful. The turnover rate of the community is so high that if we all decide here and now to stop posting these, then the next generation will never know that they were a thing.
  4. Make a commitment to not encourage buying wraps. Stop yourself from telling new wearers that cotton isn’t supportive for toddlers for instance, or that certain wraps are great for “beginners” and thereby insinuating that more wraps=legitimacy.
  5. Refocus on education. Rebuild groups around carries and community and the functionality of wearing in your everyday life. Babywearing is a functional necessity. It makes our lives easier, it isn’t our life.
  6. If you have friends in the community, then make a committment to look out for them. They are your friends. If your best friend in real life was spending 18 hours a day browsing facebook on their phone, then would you say something?

 

 

 

 

Tea for 2s: Firespiral Slings Heather Glasto Tentacular Spectacular

I have been a fan of firespiral for nearly two years and have tried an embarrassing amount of their wraps. Their designs are beautiful and transcendent, their materials are ethically sourced, and their price makes them accessible to most wearers. They also have a commitment to new wearers with their Fledgling Scheme, to education with their librarian wrap, and to their fans with their Loyalty Scheme. Overall, they are an awesome company that make very high quality wraps for a reasonable price.

“Firespiral Slings woven baby wraps are designed and woven in the UK. Our designs are inspired by the universal patterns in nature that stray into both science and myth; the magical way in which we are connected to the world and its rhythms.”(http://www.firespiralslings.co.uk/) Cool, right?

A few weeks ago I entered into a contest to test a size 2 from Firespiral Slings. I was completely stoked to get the chance, and I never imagined that I would get the opportunity!

The wrap they sent was Heather Glasto Tentacular Spectacular, a gorgeous wrap with a dark teal combed cotton warp and a two toned purple merino wool and combed cotton weft. The gsm is 290, which puts it on the heavier end of medium weight.

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[image of the weft side out, two purples side by side with a dark teal green swirly bubbles design]

First Impressions
It’s pretty rough in loom state. A bath transforms it completely. The lighter purple threads sparkle and glimmer giving it incredible shine even while immersed in water. It wasn’t as soft after the first bath as I thought it would be and half expected with a firespiral, but it wasn’t hard or rough. The combed cotton is incredibly soft, but the floats (the distance the threads travel between design elements) are short. The design is very textured throughout the wrap and the wool fluffed up considerably giving it that woolie hairy texture.

The first ups we had I was cautiously optimistic. I was worried that it would be slippery, too thin, and too short. I am an experienced wrapper, but even I worry about 2s. It takes a very special wrap to shine in that size for this base size 8. We started with ruck tas because it’s a very good indicator of how a wrap will behave and is a bit safer than traditional sling carry, which requires a specific texture to be successful with slipknots.

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[image of Autumn wearing Peter on her back in a wrap. They are both making shocked, playful expressions and Peter is holding a truck to the camera]

The texture was amazing and gave a very secure ruck. There was no slip or sag for the 20ish minutes we were up. I did misjudge the amount of wrap over the knot shoulder and ended up tieing in the tapers, which is perfectly safe to do.

The weight of the wrap is negligible to me. It honestly doesn’t “feel” 290gsm. It is on par with their other combed cotton blends minus the spindrift series, which are thin hemp blends. The texture of the design adds support and grip that is surprising and refreshing and particularly useful in short carries.

Slip knots are an indicator of the slip to grip ratio in a wrap. Too much grip makes tightening a nightmare, but too much slip means that the knot doesn’t hold and you’ll be fighting slack for the entirety of the carry. Heather Glasto TS did phenomenally for me in traditional sling back carry, which I tie off with a slipknot. It has just enough softness and slip to make tightening through the slipknot easy and just enough grip to hold the carry for as long as you choose. I wore Peter in traditional sling back carry throughout a cooking, laundry, mail check, and short walk to a neighbor’s house with ease and didn’t slip once for me or sag.

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[image of a chestpass in traditional sling back carry with a slipknot finish]

Conclusions on Heather Glasto
This wrap is easy to use and is ideal for wearers of any experience level and for children of all ages. My wearee is 2 years old and 33lbs (around 15kg) and the wrap held without sag for up to 45+ minutes. The wool isn’t prickly, but obviously I wouldn’t recommend it for people who may be sensitive to wool. I didn’t really notice the feel of the wool when I wore it, but I did notice while I was wrapping because it added texture. If you love super bouncy wool, then you might be disappointed in the bounce level of this wrap. If you love the support of silk but dislike the lack of stretch, then this is the perfect wrap for you. Honestly, it does wrap similarly to silk because of the texture in the design. After constant use it is getting very soft. I have no doubts that once it’s broken in completely it’ll be on a similar level to Sunset Cyano Seafoam in softness and wraps similarly to it in my experience but with more bounce.

A Meditation on 2s
A good size 2 is a vital component for my collection. They are compact, versatile, fast and are toddler perfection for me. My son often prefers walking to being worn and long wraps are cumbersome, and I find that by the time I’m finished wrapping Peter already wants down. Keeping a 2 in the car has saved many shopping trips and errands for me, and I suggest one especially for caregivers of energetic toddlers.

The number one worry with this size is versatility. “I cannot justify buying a wrap if it only does one carry–and a carry I cannot do successfully and/or don’t like,” which is a completely understandable concern. I am a base size of 8 with Peter. When he was smaller, my base was 7. This makes a 2 base -6 right now. If you have a shorter base size than I do, then you’ll find a 2 even more versatile than I do and more options exist in this size for you. If you have a longer base size than I do, I suggest a size 3 or 4 for the following carries.

The second carry we did was a short dh torso, which has a chest pass. My bust size is US G/H, so I am quite a bit larger than the average wearer. I tied on the tapers, which again is perfectly safe, and then tucked the remaining tails into the rails. If you are my size and do not feel comfortable tieing in the tapers, then I would skip this carry. If you are smaller than I am, then this carry is completely achievable and perfect for high energy activities like cleaning, laundry, etc. because there is no weight carried by the shoulders.

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[image of a chest pass and knot in a green and purple wrap]

Traditional sling carry on the back, front, or hip is an excellent and fast carry that I use every day. It can take some time to perfect tightening through a slip knot as it is opposite to tightening through a ring sling, but it is very worth it. I am doing a tutorial on this carry because it is my absolute favorite and there is no reason at all to be afraid of it, but it does take a specific set of skills to get perfected.

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[image of Peter on my front sleeping in a woven wrap.]

Other carries I have done this week are Pirates carry, flipless hjbc, ruck tub, torso carry, short dh torso with a bunched chest pass, no sew ring sling, and simple hip carry. Rings are helpful in adding more options as well. For a tie off I suggest a medium or large ring and for no sew ring sling I recommend large rings.

Confidence comes with experience, and I believe that most anyone can make any size work for them. Accessibility is a road with many lanes, and empowering and emboldening people through education in the use of any size is a vital component of accessibility for me. I do not want anyone to feel that they aren’t capable of using whatever size they have available to safely wear their baby. I feel confident that the ladies at firespiral slings feel similarly, which is why they offered a size 2 for review. At any size or shape, babywearing is for any person who wants to wear their child, and there are options no matter what size wrap.

Thank you to Firespiral Slings for this opportunity to share my love of your wraps and for encouraging me to write about the importance and benefits of this size. It was an honor.

 

 

 

Wayward Wovens: Microcosm

When Allison Hyland approached me about sending a traveling handwoven with a longer size than is traditionally offered or financially accessible, I thought “hell YES” and honestly, didn’t even think about wrap quality or even tempt myself too much about whether or not it would be an awesome wrap. I just was ecstatic about finally getting a chance to do a double hammock in a handwoven wrap.

First Things First
It features 11 colors in the warp (the threads that run lengthwise) in 8/2 cotton and was woven with birch colored, 5/2 bamboo for the weft (the thread that runs the width). It was woven with a new weave created by Allison, which is a mix between crackle and pebble weave. It didn’t feel excessively heavy, but I would guess it’s around 300gsm. It came impeccably woven with no visible flaws and very clean selvages.

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[image of a close up of a chestpass in tibetan tie. There is a multiple colored wrap of greens, oranges, black, grey, pink, etc. with a new weave that resembles crackle and pebble weave.]

I am a big lover of handwovens, but this wrap is how I always imagined that handwovens would feel before I tried one. It’s incredibly soft like a bamboo baby blanket; textured but with great glide, and it wrapped like a second skin. Peter and I both loved wrapping in it and he was snuggled firmly against my body, despite the sometimes saggy nature of bamboo. It was also very easy to use. Often with handwovens I find that I don’t prefer them because I’m a lazy wrapper. I don’t want to spend a thousand years tightening and fussing with a wrap with a back diving, rolling alligator toddler like Peter.

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Look at that reinforced kangaroo! [close up of Peter, a white toddler with brown curly hair wrapped in a multi colored handwoven that is perfectly contoured around his figure]

Peter is 2 years old and 33-35lbs. I wore him in ruck tied tibetan, double hammock, knotless back wrap cross carry, front wrap cross carry, reinforced kangaroo, and in taiwanese carry. The wrap was always cushy and comfy no matter what carry I chose to use; however, with Peter multiple passes were really the best option because, as a said above, bamboo does have a tendency to be saggy over time.

Conclusions
If you like ultra soft, cushy wraps that mold to your body effortlessly then this wrap is for you. It’s also definitely great if you like new and interesting weaves and are an “autumn.” If you’re looking for a toddlerworthy workhorse, then you might avoid this one. It’s great for snuggles and strolls, but it won’t keep that baby high and tight during high activity in my experience. Overall, I really enjoyed my time with Microcosm and might have shed a tear when it left. If I were in a position to have another baby, it would be in my top 2 necessary wraps. It’s just really good.

Here’s some more pictures because it is stunning

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[close up of the weave across Peter’s back, there is a black game controller visible]

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[Side selfie of Autumn in grey and Peter]

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Ankalia, Etching itself in my Soul.

I’m going to be real for a minute. I’ve tried about a billion wraps. Most are completely fine and functional. Some are perfect for double hammocks and some are definite ruck wraps. But there’s always a caveat. Always and exception. The wrap is perfect, but it’s the wrong size for the carries it would really shine in. Or the wrap is perfect, but the colors or pattern aren’t really your “thing,” or alternatively, the pattern and color are perfect but the wrap quality sucks for you.

Then, in walks a wrap that is perfectly you, perfect color, perfect wrap quality, perfect size for the carries you want to do based on the wrap quality. This is wrap kismet, which is exactly what happened when my friend, Julie, sent her size 4 (base -3.5/4) Ankalia Etch Kohl traveling to me.

If you read yesterday, I mentioned that Ankalia is like THE wrap company out of Australia. Still true. I’ll say this, now that I’ve tried a few of their wraps, not a single one wraps like the other. Every release is different. It’s perfect for those of us who like brand new things all the time, but we pretty much stick to the same few companies.

Etch Kohl is an ecru warp with black weft in a doodle design. 100% cotton, 296gsm, and the size I tried retails at $310AUS.

Here’s the right side:

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Here’s the “wrong” side:
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It’s thick but manageable. Moldable but solid. It held both my toddler and four year old with ease, but I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to wrap a small baby in it because it is so soft. The doodle pattern is so interesting and different that it adds the perfect amount of grip, while the float sizes add just the right amount of glide and softness to make this equally awesome in Ruck and Double Hammock.

Speaking of pattern, I adore that no matter what carry you choose in this wrap, the pattern is different. It never highlights the same doodle twice, so it’s like a brand new wrap every time.

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See? Each wrap job yields a different result. And do you see that slipknot? The grip is enough to hold the knot without having to constantly adjust, but there’s enough glide to move it without getting stuck. Grippy wraps are awesome, but I always seem to find myself tightening myself into a corner because I can’t slide the slipknot up and down the anchor. Etch was a marriage between the best of both worlds in regards to slipknots.

Etch is medium thick. I wore this in the heat of summer and it was warm. Not as warm as Ankalia tencel, which I haven’t reviewed yet, but warmer than deco. However, the exchange for support, grip, and not having to mess with your wrap job was 100% worth it.

I think Etch Kohl would be good in any size for me personally; however, I think it shines well with short carries like Double Hammock with a sling pass, Shepherd’s carry, Ruck with a candy cane chestbelt, Traditional Sling Carry, Pirate’s carry, etc.

I used etch every day with full knowledge that I would have to send it back home, yet I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. I actually cried when I shipped it home. Full on fat, toddler tears.

TLDR: Perfect wrap if you like medium thick. Great in midsize to shorty carries, but would shine in any size. Favorite Ankalia so far.

Here’s some more pictures:

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There are so many more…but I’ll spare you. For now.

 

Ankalia Deco-ded

I was perusing the Budget Swap one day, when out of nowhere there appeared an art deco inspired Ankalia. I had never seen an Ankalia on the budget swap, so I decided to jump on it.

Ankalia is a wrap brand, from my US perspective, THE Australian wrap brand. The staple. The go to. Like other wrap brands they have their regular line and a budget line. Deco is part of their regular line.

The Details
This size 5 Deco (base -2ish) retailed for $310 AUS. It’s two toned sky blue with white wrap. The gsm on Deco is 220. It’s all cotton with a mercerized cotton weft.

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First Impressions
So thin and so soft. Two things that usually spell disaster for my chunky toddler, but it definitely felt smooth and flat. The texture in the picture does not exist really in life. Now, up until this point I was firmly on team thick and textured. I was seriously having some second thoughts on my splurge purchase. Also, I was nervous because the reviews I had read said “would be better in multiple pass carries” which is directly translated into “saggy as hell and thin” in wrap speak.

With all of that in mind, I went ahead and threw Peter up on my back with little to no hope that I’d actually like it.

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Shepherd’s Carry. I chose it specifically because even in a bedsheet I can make this carry work.

Holy crap, look at that chest pass. I think my mouth is still agape months later. Deco makes one of the greatest, most comfortable chest passes I’ve ever had. It was super easy to use, it went into place like the wrap literally knew what to do. There was no fiddly and annoying strand by strand tightening required. There is very little grip in this wrap, which results in the best glide I’ve experienced in a while. It’s also nice and airy and thin, which in southeast Oklahoma is a must. It does tend to settle after about 30 minutes and might need a readjustment or two on long walks if you do these carries; a full double hammock likely wouldn’t need to be readjusted at all, and our double hammock tied at shoulder held perfectly for 45 plus minutes without tightening.

Now, I will say that yes, it would be better in multiple passes. In fact, I think that this wrap was made for double hammocks and I would adore it in base or base +1. The reason is that all that gorgeous glide does result in slip. My bunched pass in a ruck cccb didn’t stay without monitoring. My slipknot in double hammock with traditional sling pass didn’t hold without frequent adjusting. If those are your favorite go to carries, then I’d pass on this beauty. However, if double hammock is your jam and you adore base carries, deco is certainly a superb choice.

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See? Double hammock greatness. Small knot. Totally awesome.

TLDR: Double hammock greatness, great in base.

 

Bijou Cleo Chicago

This wrap is amazing looking. It is an Art Deco designed wrap with flowers. The warp is white with grey. The blend is Merc cotton/cotton. It is light in hand but dense and very textured.

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[image of a chestpass outside. The chestpass is of art deco flowers in grey and white and one rail is over the pass and one under.]
The wrap I tried was base sized. It is the same blend as equinox, but it is so different. The design makes it very grippy and textured, which means that it is grippier, less soft overall, and can be more difficult to use. That said, I think it is suited to all experience levels and children. I might choose a softer wrap with a squishy new baby, but think that this Chicago would be just fine as well.

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image of the side view of a chestpass. Autumn is wearing green and blue stripes on a natty white three quarters length shirt and a grey camisole]

As with Equinox, I would definitely wrap with intention, especially with ruck straps because the thinness can be very diggy with long term wear. This wrap is well suited to quick and sloppy wrappers because the grip keeps the wrap in place and doesn’t require constant tension to complete a carry. It wraps just a tad short due to its lack of stretch and tight weave. It’s a good price point and a good day to day wrap with great attention.

I think it would be awesome as a shorty or ring sling and it is great as a base wrap also.

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