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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: Cassiope Woven Hadara Hepburn

Cassiope Woven is a new woven wrap company out of the Tampa Bay area. Hadara Hepburn is their second release. The beautiful feather design caught my eye early on and I was so happy to receive their sample to test! The wrong side of the wrap is just as beautiful as the right side. My first impression of this wrap in hand was “WHOA that is a heavyweight!” This wrap is definitely toddlerworthy.

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The 100% cotton Hadara Hepburn weighs in at 354 g/m2 and is 30 inches wide! It will take a bit of work to break in, but nothing too outrageous. I did a lot of sitting and ring dragging while I had this lovely visitor and It was softening up pretty nicely. I love wide wraps for my 25 lb wiggleworm of a toddler. The first carry I tried was a ruck and with some careful strand by strand tightening, I was able to get it perfect! The width helped me make a nice, deep seat, and in our first up, Maxine went straight to sleep! It was very comfortable on my super picky shoulders. It felt cushy and it even made some pretty cool looking pleats! I also did a front wrap cross carry. I finished it with a half knot and it was very secure! Double hammock was pretty comfortable too. The top rail was a little difficult to get snug in the carries that I did so I had to fold them down where necessary. I’m not a huge fan of folding down the top rail, but I will when I want to make the carry more snug!

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There is some diagonal stretch but nothing too hard to work with. The grip is out of this world! It did not glide easily, but passes stayed in place no problem. I think that this wrap would be best for experienced wrappers with toddlers. Maybe once this wrap is completely broken in it would be fine for little babies, but it definitely shines with toddlers and even preschoolers. This wrap is like the lovechild of Tekhni Aplos and Pavo Fable. It stays in place with even the sloppiest wrap jobs! If you like dense and textured wraps with ALL the grip, this wrap is definitely for you.

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Review: Pavo Textiles Duet Rainbow Jade

Recently, I was given the opportunity to take a new Pavo Guild wrap for a spin. I was very excited to try it out! I am pretty new to the world of Pavo Textiles. The only thing I knew about the wrap I was receiving was that it was a green Duet. I heard that there was a sneak peek of this wrap at the International Babywearing Convention but I admit, I missed that post!

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When the postman put the package in my hand, I ripped the box open! I couldn’t wait to see the wrap. I was not disappointed at all. Rainbow pinstripes AND an almost shimmery green wrong side? So classy. That was the fastest a wrap has even gone into the wash. I was so ready to give that baby a spin! After what seemed like FOREVER, I finally got to play.

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At 63.5 cm wide, it was easy to get Maxine (30 inches, 21 pounds) into a nice seat. The first carry I did with the Duet Rainbow Jade (perfect name, right?) was a sloppy double hammock tied under bum. Wow. It did not budge. I just knew Max would sink down to MY bottom with how sloppy of a job I did. I knew this wrap was great in this moment of FAIL. My favorite carry to do with this wrap is the shepherds carry. It was so hard for my tiny queen of seat popping to wiggle her way out of this carry. Each pass went into its place with some work. I had to make sure that I got each pass where I wanted it for the duration of the carry before I moved onto the next step. This is great because it forces me to slow down and make everything perfect!

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Can we discuss knots now? I love a nice huge slipknot! I was not disappointed with Jade at all! F-A-T. This is where that hallelujah emojii would go because YES!!! I love the slipknot. And this wrap held a half-knot perfectly too. I did not need to adjust these knots at all.

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The Duet that I used is 4.5 meters and 63.5 centimeters wide. It has not been released yet. It is 100% cotton and is a medium weight in hand.  This has a nice, tight weave and it would be hard for this wrap to get a pull. I think it would be great with a tiny baby, but it’s forte will be with toddlers and maybe even your preschooler! It felt great on my shoulders, even when I did not sandwich the shoulders. There is little to no cush, but this wrap doesn’t need it. It is just that comfortable. Zero dig. That’s right, little cush but ZERO DIG. If you like wraps that have some grip and zero slip, this will be great for you! It’s not beastly, but the knot would make you believe otherwise.

I would recommend this wrap to an experienced wearer because it does take a little work to break in. I’ve had this wrap for about two weeks now and it is breaking in so soft. I can’t think of a wrap to compare this to. I’ve worn it every single day. I think the last time I honeymooned this hard with a wrap, I had just received my Tekhni Aplos!

Erin and Jennifer really hit it out of the park with this one. I absolutely love this wrap!

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Review: Tekhni Budget Wraps

Let’s take a moment to discuss Tekhni. Alisa DeMarco is the super sweet and the owner of Tekhni wovens. I came across Tekhni by accident, joined their Facebook group, and immediately fell in love with the designs!  The company has a wonderful budget wrap line with wraps of any size for $99. Arche and Aplos are the names, and making me happy is their game!

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Tekhni Aplos Tangerine… what can I say? This 100% cotton wrap is tough, stiff, and burly right out of the bag.  It screams toddler-worthy! Would you believe me if I told you it breaks in TO DIE FOR and is the best wrap that I’ve ever had visit? This is one of those wraps that when you wrap baby up, baby won’t budge. Rock. Solid. The first time I wrapped with it, I made the mistake of wrapping Maxine high so that when she sank into place, she would be where I like her. Nope. She stayed on the back of my neck. Maxine didn’t sink AT ALL. Each time I wrapped with Aplos, it just got softer and softer.

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Over the two week time period that I borrowed Aplos, I honeymooned like crazy.  It was the wrap I reached for first. I definitely will be in the market for my own soon.

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Tekhni Arche…beautiful, right? This is a cotton/repreve blend which just makes it that much better. You can’t go wrong with repreve! Recycled materials, y’all! This wrap was thin. Thin is great for Virginia summers. With a multi layer carry, I didn’t feel like I was dying. That says a lot! The passes glide so smoothly with this wrap. Some thread shifting is common but that is easily fixed and is expected with a synthetic blend.

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This is a great wrap for little babies and beginner wrappers. It’s thin so it can get a little diggy in the shoulders if not sandwiched. I will probably use this for a few more pounds at least before sending it to a new home. It’s still comfy for me.

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Overall, Tekhni’s budget line is AH-MAZING. It’s definitely more than worth the money, and I can’t wait to see what Tekhni comes up with next!