babywearing

Babywearing: Awemama

Have you heard of Awemama yet? They are a new babywearing subscription program that I am extremely excited about! They just launched and I had the privilege of trying the service out in advanced. I was asked about what  carrier type I preferred, what size I like, the fabric, allergy information, and a few more questions. After that, Awemama handpicked a carrier to send me.

I did not know in advanced what was being sent so I watched tracking like a hawk. When it arrived, I immediately opened it and WOW WOW WOW inside was a new wrap from one of my favorite babywearing companies! Bijou Wear Plaidass Bravo!! Bravo is an Awemama exclusive and to my surprise, I was sent my base size–9!!

For $29.95 per month, you get to try out a carrier for up to 28 days and you can either buy the carrier (minus the initial $29.95 since that was already paid) or send it back to try another. This is such a convenient way to try all the carriers! When you buy a wrap from a retailer and it isn’t love, you usually cannot return it. This is an excellent alternative! The carrier comes washed and ready for wear. Awemama also keeps up on carrier maintenance so you don’t have to worry about that either.

Bijou Wear Plaidass Bravo is such a stellar wrap! It is a double weave 100% cotton wrap in a gorgeous merlot and gray. This was a really comfortable wrap with Minerva (20 lbs) AND Maxine (~40 lbs) so that was a plus. I comfortably did a single layer carry with Max which really blew me away. Bravo also helped my double hammock be rock solid with Minerva. This wrap great for heavy babies and toddlers. 

Thank you so much Awemama for letting me be a part of your launch!! You all are going to go far!!

 

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Review: Ankalia Mako Laguna

Recently I had the pleasure of hosting Ankalia Mako Laguna. Just from looking at the wrap I imagined it to be everything I wanted in a wrap because I really was digging the colors! That always  is the first thing I notice when I open the package.

Me teaching with Laguna! Thank you Paul Chin, Jr for this great picture!

Mako was a size 4 which is base -4 for me. I tested this wrap out with Minerva AND Maxine. Minerva is three months old and 11 pounds. Maxine is three years old and 35 pounds. What a difference, right?! This 100% fine cotton beauty was comfy for both of my girls! My go to carry with Minerva was a kangaroo carry  and with Maxine, I stayed at a ruck with candy cane chest belt.

Kangaroo carry at the bus stop

This wrap was solid! Solid wraps are perfect for shorty carries in my opinion. I used a sling ring for a couple of carries and the wrap stayed in place through the ring very well. With the short front cross carry, Laguna’s grip made the carry shine. This wrap also rocked a slipknot. This wrap is on the thicker side of medium and that helped make traditional sling carry super comfortable on my shoulder with my three year old as well as the little one. This wrap was solid on my shoulders and definitely is a great ruck candy cane chest belt wrap.

short front cross carry

The wrap did not glide easily so pulling it through the ring was a little tough in short front cross carry. The grip made it a little difficult to kangaroo carry in, but once I got it in place, the kangaroo carry went NOWHERE. This wrap was wide enough for my toddler but not so overwhelming that my infant disappeared.

I absolutely loved the colors!

This wrap is a great toddler wrap! Once broken in it will be amazing with little babies as well. The wrap that I borrowed was well on its way to being broken in. I recommend this wrap to caregivers with children in the bowling ball stage and beyond. This may be a little overwhelming for a newborn. I also would suggest this to a caregiver who is familiar with woven wraps.

Napping big girl

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Review: Kokoskaa Hope (Black Weft)

 Kokoskaa’s budget wrap line has blown me away again. First with Brave, and now with Brave’s little sister Hope.

Hope is a gradient rainbow wrap. Kokoskaa offers it in white and black weft and I have enjoyed using the black weft for about five weeks now. This has been one of my go to wraps while it has been here and thanks to the fun colors, Maxine (30ish lbs, 2T/3T Clothing) has been picking this one for uppies all the time.

When I received the wrap, it had been washed once and I immediately noticed the difference between this and Brave. Hope is thinner, softer, and easier to manipulate than Brave. The first carry I did was a ruck. The first picture in this post was actually the first time I wore the wrap and I was so pleased! The wrap feels flat on the shoulders with no cush, but it was still comfortable. I enjoy flat wraps, especially when they are not diggy and Hope is not diggy at all. I also did about a dozen semi front wrap cross carries with this wrap. Since the wrap I tested was a base -2 for me, I had to do my favorite carry! It pleated so nicely on my shoulder. It held the slipknot like a rock star as well.

There is little stretch to this wrap and basically zero bounce. It glides very easily and there is not much texture to it. Very smooth. In a double hammock, the chest pass basically spread itself which seems to be the case with all of the Kokoskaa wraps I have tried. What magic is that?!  Even wrapping over a jacket was pretty easy with Hope.

  

 Hope would be great for wrappers of all skill levels and would be suitable for newborn up through toddlers. If you like thinner (but not too thin), solid, and easy to break in wraps, this wrap is for you!


The Kokoskaa budget line is all under $99. 

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