I’ve decided to talk about wraps on Wednesday from now on! Everyone who knows me, knows that I love woven wraps! To me they are the most versatile of all baby carriers. The same woven can take you from wearing a newborn all the way through toddlerhood. With one long simple piece of cloth, you can carry your little one in a variety of different positions.
Buying your first woven can feel overwhelming. There are lots of different brands, different fabrics with all different patterns and colorways. Then they also come in different sizes. I’m going to take some time today to explain the different brands, materials, etc.
First sizing, all wovens come in a variety of sizes, the common sizes range from a size 2 (2.7meters) to a size 7 (5.2meters). The average sized adult can use a size 6 for all carries. Here’s a chart from Didymos to explain the sizing more http://www.didymos.com/index.php?s=groesse
Next are the different brands. I’ve tried atleast one of each of these different brands, so I’m talking from my own personal experiences.
Didymos– Probably the most popular of wovens out there right now. German made Didys come in all different fabrics anything from all cotton, linen blends, hemp blends, cashmere, and silk. They come out with lots of limited editions each year so they are highly sought out.
Natibaby-This is my favorite brand. These are made in Poland and come in all different fabrics as well all cotton, linen blends, wool and they are the only woven company to use bamboo at this point. Natibaby wraps tend to be wide, which make for great toddler wraps. I’ve owned lots of Natis and all of them have been super soft.
Storchenweige– Storches come in stripes and the diamond weaved Leos. Both are amazingly supportive and will work perfectly from newborn through toddlerhood.
Ellevill-These come in a couple of different patterns, they have a great texture to them and they are thin to med in thickness. They are one of the most beautiful wraps in my opinion.
Hoppediz– These all cotton wraps are super supportive and wrap amazingly well. They come in lots of different colorways and break in nicely (I’ll talk about breaking in another week). The light Hopps feel like they are made from linen, the regular line Hopps are pretty thick and great for the cold weather. They remind me alot of the Storchenweige stripes. Older Hopps are thinner and can be amazingly soft and floppy.
Girasol– A favorite among many! Giras come super soft and flannely feeling. They are another one that are perfect for newborn snuggles but also strong enough for toddlers. These all cotton wraps come in lot of beautiful rainbows of color.
Neobulle– Made in France these wraps are on the thicker side, they are soft and wrap really well. The all cotton wraps come in a variety of colors and stripes. The organic ones are super soft and break in very easily. The regular ones take a bit of work to get them soft.
Vatanai-These are on the thin side and work extremely well for the warmer temperatures. I find them great for newborns and good for toddlers if you’re using it in a double carry like a Double Hammock or Wrap Cross Carry. They are extremely soft and come in a variety of beautiful colors
Colimacon & Cie– This french made woven is a lesser known brand, they are less expensive but are high quality. They are very soft and almost feel like a well worn pair of jeans feel. I’ve owned the turquoise one and the color of it is stunning.
BBSlen-These are one of the widest wraps out there. Because of this, they are great for toddlers. They are of medium thickness and take a bit of breaking in, but soften up nicely.
Another thing to take into consideration when purchasing your woven, is the material it’s made out of. The majority of them are made with 100% cotton. Some of the brands like Didymos and Natibaby have other cotton blends. Here are some of the pros and cons to them
all cotton– durable, easy to care for (machine wash and can be thrown in the dryer with low heat) basically an all around great wrap. Come in thin to thick
linen blends-these are usually very supportive, easy to care for again, can be of all different thickness
silk blends– I’ve never owned one but the ones I’ve felt are extremely silky soft.
hemp blends-Didymos has hemp blends they are supportive, med-thick and easy to care for
wool blends-Didymos and Natibaby have wool blends. These can vary greatly some are extremely soft and cushy, while others are more dense and can take awhile to become soft.
Hopefully this will help when you are looking at the world of wovens. They vary greatly but there is one thing they all have in common. They will allow you to carry your baby, be hands free and help create an everlasting bond.