As everyone should know by now, I am a HUGE FAN of Soul! The brand has a pretty fun community and the equally amazing carriers make up a decent part of my collection. Soul has been such an important part of my journey that I am a brand ambassador for them! I love that I can loan my carriers out to wearers of all sizes because their carriers are pretty generously sized. Have you wondered which Soul carrier would be a good match for you? Well let’s figure that out!
We only have a few warm days left before we have to bundle up to play outside. Maxine decided today would be a great day for her and Minerva to head outside to play.
Maxine suggested that they play with their babies outside, so of course I helped them get their babies uppy back! Maxine chose the Soul Imperial doll buckle carrier. I put the Eclipse Ikat doll meh dai on Minerva. Soul sent them these carriers and they are loved so much around here!
I think Minerva enjoyed having the baby on her back. Especially since she could hold the doll AND all of her chalk at the same time.
Do the children in your life have doll carriers? I’d love to see your pictures! Tag #BrittBrownMarsh on Instagram and Facebook so I can see!
Easy Feel Products is a company out of Gurgaon, India that I was introduced to through Tandem Trouble! During my time as an ambassador for the brand, I’ve had a great amount of time to use this carrier and it turns out that I like the carrier a lot! Even after my ambassadorship is over, I will be using this carrier. Now onto the review!
I first received this carrier in the Terrracotta colorway in February when Minerva was eight months old and she was just big enough to fit it comfortably! Then it was super easy to carry her comfortably. As she’s grown, she has continued to feel weightless in this carrier. She is currently 20 lbs and about 29 inches long.
The padding in this carrier is phenomenal! It is firm and molds to my shoulders. The position of the shoulder strap adjuster makes this extremely easy to adjust in front and back carriers which is part of why I like this carrier so much. This carrier also has perfect fit adjusters (PFAs) which help the carrier fit more snug and also makes nursing in the carrier easy for me.
Minerva could ride arms in and out in this carrier. This carrier does not allow you to cross straps or hip carry. The weight range is 15-45 lbs (7-20 kg) and it comes in a wide variety of beautiful designs. It is made of 100% handwoven heavy bottom-weight cotton Ikat which is very light weight yet very sturdy and comfortable. It is excellent in warm weather. It is also easily machine washable. I recommend this carrier to wearers of all skill level.
We are trying out MJ Baby Carriers! I was pretty impressed by the sizes so I wanted to toss Maxine in both carriers to show you just how big these carriers are. They offer three sizes–Baby, Standard, and Toddler/Big Kid. We have all here visiting!.
Maxine is 40 lbs and 41 inches tall. She is in 4T and 5T clothing
Have you heard of Ethos Babywearing ? They’ve been around for a couple of years and have some innovative blends for their wraps! They also have a pretty cool convertible soft structured carrier. Today, I’m going to tell you about my time with this beauty–Toile Bleu.
When I first grabbed this budget BreatheBlend wrap out of the bag, I was shocked by how thin but dense it felt! It is a whopping 325 GSM. Toile Bleu needed some work and I was up to the challenge! Maxine (~40 lbs) and Minerva (~20lbs) both had plenty of time up in this beauty. This wrap breathes so well and I really enjoyed it on our humid days especially. It was very grippy which helped me keep my seat popping queen (Minerva) in place once I tied off a carry.
This wrap was in my base size, so I got to try all my favorite base carries! I double hammocked almost every day that this wrap visited. Toile Bleu is ideal for me with double hammock because though it was super grippy, the passes moved easily for me and stuck in place once I moved onto the next step. I also enjoyed this with front wrap cross carry with the passes spread. I rarely do FWCC with spread passes, but this wrap made it a need for me! This wrap had some amazing shoulder pleats as well. It was flat and comfortable on my shoulders.
I recommend this wrap to more experienced wearers and also to those with heavy kiddos! Also, if you love grip you will LOVE Ethos Toile Bleu! This budget wrap is $145 for a size 9 which is great compared to size 9’s elsewhere.
I got to try out a Wildbird ring sling recently while I was teaching at a babywearing meeting. I was super excited when the meeting attendee brought it over because I was dying to try it out since I heard that our group added it to our library. Usually when teaching in person, I thread the ring sling on so that I can make sure that it does not twist on my back. When I attempted to thread the Wildbird sling, I could not get it back through the rings because there was not enough fabric. Without skipping a beat, I took off the sling and put it on the meeting attendee to get her situated. What I wanted to do was cry. I was panicking on the inside. I felt so angry and embarrassed that yet again, a ring sling did not fit me.
Later, I checked the Wildbird website and found that the slings are only 74-77 inches long. That is about a size small/medium. I am a fat* woman with broad shoulders. My sling size is an extra large (XL). I can work with a long large. I prefer to use a 2XL. Short one size slings are not inclusive to the wide range of babywearers in the community.
I did write to Wildbird on their Facebook page and they stated “Hey Brittany! So glad you wrote us, we actually have longer slings in the works. Watch for news soon!” Soon. They do not currently have any longer slings in stock. In their chatter group, the owner expanded on this statement and blamed growing pains on their inability to make longer slings right away. When asked what length the longer slings would be (after suggestions as well) Wildbird only stated that they would give everyone details soon. Once again, fat babywearers are an afterthought.
Really, I should have known that their slings would not fit me. Their social media and marketing are filled with thin people wearing their slings. I am sure that some fat wearers can wear Wildbird slings since not everyone is the same shape, but myself and several other wearers cannot. I truly hope that they do make good on their statement.
Kol Kol Baby Carrier is a company out of India that makes affordable and comfortable baby carriers. Fun fact: The company is named after the first words that Bayiravi’s (owner) son spoke! So sweet!! They will soon be releasing an onbunimo and I had the pleasure of trying it out .
Minerva is about 20 lbs and 28 inches tall. She fit great in the carrier. With onbuhimos, all the weight is carried in your shoulders, so one of the most important aspects of the carrier for me is the padding. Kol Kol’s padding was so soft! It reminded me of a pillow. It was very comfortable on my shoulders. I also like their hood which is rare because I usually can do without a hood on most carriers.
The carrier even fit Maxine comfortably! She will be four years old soon and is in 4T clothes. The onbuhimo fit great in my diaper bag which is a plus since I pack so much stuff when we leave the house and since there is so little fabric, it is ideal for warmer weather as well. The fabric breathed very well. I think that this will be on my list of carriers to buy!