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Review: Natibaby Pearl (wool)

Natibaby Pearl is one of the original Natibaby designs. Marsupial Mamas  did an exclusive  recently and wow wow wow!  This is a wool blend (30%) so I was hesitant to try it at first because I am sensitive to most wool items. I tried it anyway because I am a sucker for natty wraps. It did not bug my skin at all. That blew my mind because usually my arms start to burn when I wear wool.

Pearl was a size 6, so base -2 for me. Over the few weeks it was here, I used it with both Maxine (age 3 & 35ish+ lbs) and Minerva (13lbs) frequently. This was medium-thin in hand and actually was pretty supportive! It was super moldable and made a good chestpass which is something I love in a wrap. It had nice stretch–the kind where you can get things like you want but it won’t sag on you after a little while with a heavy kid. It had great glide. I wouldn’t call this wrap grippy at all.

I used this wrap mostly in double layer carries because that is what I prefer to use with both girls in a base -2 wrap. I did do rucks with the big girl in this wrap. I found the wrap to be very comfortable on my shoulders, especially when sandwiched in the ruck. This wrap rocks a torso carry. I mostly did double hammock torso with my rose finish. I did not have to do much adjusting once I got the wrap in place. The slipknot stayed in place once I tightened it very well. Since the wrap glides so well, if you don’t lock  it in place the slipknot may slip some. Pearl was the perfect kangaroo carry wrap too.

I recommend this wrap to babywearers of all types with all ages of kids. If you are nervous about washing wool wraps, click here for an easy tutorial on how to do it from the Marsupial Mamas blog.

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Review: Natibaby Zinnia (yellow)

Every once in a while, I review a wrap that I ask to keep a little longer. Natibaby Zinnia from Marsupial Mamas was one of those wraps. After I spent a few weeks using this wrap with Maxine, I knew that I needed it to stick around until after I had Minerva.

This wrap was a base -4 for me which is my favorite shorty size. Zinnia is a 75% cotton 25% hemp wrap. The weave is beautiful, but makes the wrap pretty pull prone. This was the softest Natibaby that I have ever tried. With my 33 lb toddler, this wrap was comfortable.

I loved it in my go-to ruck tied under bum. After a little while it sagged some though but that is expected with a wrap with nice stretch and a 33 lb kid. With multilayer carries it was less saggy so for the most part, I stuck to short back cross carry and shepherds carry with Maxine in this.

When Minerva arrived, I pretty much wrapped her in Zinnia every single day once we got home. It was newborn perfection. Soft and smooshy while still breathable enough to go on walks outside in a disgustingly hot Virginia July.

This was pretty much the softest wrap I’ve ever tried. It reminded me slightly of the softness of tencel, but it was way softer than tencel blends. I think this wrap would be great for all wearers who don’t mind a pull prone weave. This is excellent with infants and can be comfortably used with toddlers as well especially in a multilayer carry.

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Review: Natibaby Monarchs 

One of the first brands that I ever tried when wrapping was Natibaby, so when Marsupial Mamas asked me to try out their exclusive Natibaby Monarchs wrap, I was thrilled!! This wrap caught my eye because of the beautiful monarch butterflies all over the wrap. Maxine constantly asked for uppies in “butterfwies mommy!!” over the two weeks we borrowed this wrap.

The Monarchs wrap that I tried out was a base -2ish for me. It wrapped like a long 6 (which makes sense because in my experience, natibaby wraps run a little long). This 100 % cotton beauty was solid. It is a dense weave that is so very toddlerworthy! It held Maxine’s 30ish lbs no problem! Maxine is a tall 2.5 year old as well and the width of the wrap handled that no problem!

This wrap felt flat on my shoulders. It was not diggy at all! I wore it in many single layer front carries, but I preferred it in a multilayered back carry. Maxine’s Back Carry was my favorite carry to do with this wrap. Monarchs is not soft but it is still very comfortable. It has basically zero stretch and it was not super moldable, but it still was easy to get the passes in place thanks to the glide.

I would compare this to other Natibaby cotton wraps. I was so surprised to enjoy the wrap so much because it is basically opposite in what I prefer for wearing Maxine. It definitely had the most important quality for me though–SUPPORT. Since I am now 24 weeks pregnant, I need something that will lock into place and not budge. THIS IS THAT WRAP. Once tied off, it did not move an inch! We also wore this to the Zoo for an hour in 80 degree weather. The wrap is not airy, but we didn’t melt in the multilayered carry for the hour she was up.

I recommend this wrap to experienced wearers and those who are wearing toddlers! It will take some breaking in for sure. The pattern is absolutely beautiful, and I bet if you love the pattern, you will want the wrap as well.

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