Once upon a time there was a little girl whose father and mother had died, and she was so poor that she no longer had a room to live in, nor a bed to sleep in, and at last she had nothing else but the clothes she was wearing and a little piece of bread in her hand that some charitable soul had given her. She was good and pious, however. And as she was thus forsaken by all the world, she went forth into the country, trusting in dear God.
Then a poor man met her, who said, “Ah, give me something to eat, I am so hungry.”
She handed him her entire piece of bread, saying, “May God bless it for you,” and went on her way.
Then came a child who moaned and said, “My head is so cold. Give me something to cover it with.” So she took off her cap and gave it to the child. And when she had walked a little farther, she met another child who had no jacket and was freezing. So she gave her jacket to that child, and a little farther on one begged for a dress, and she gave her dress away as well. At length she made her way into a forest and it was already dark. Then there came yet another child, and asked for a shift, and the pious girl thought to herself, “It is a dark night and no one can see you. You can very well give your shift away,” and she took it off, and gave it away as well.
And thus she stood there, with nothing left at all, when suddenly some stars fell down from heaven, and they were nothing else but hard shining talers, and although she had just given her shift away, she was now wearing a new one which was of the very finest linen. Then she gathered together the money into it, and was rich all the days of her life.
*Source: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Die Sterntaler, Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Grimms’ Fairy Tales), no. 153.
Having been bitten by the babywearing bug, I was keen to join all the available babywearing groups and forums on Facebook. (I’ll make a list soon, pramis!) The international babywearing community introduced me to carriers and brands that were yet to be made available in the Philippines. It was the cause of many sleepless nights as the yearning to own and carry my baby with a desperately-in-search-of (DISO) wrap was making me wish for a money tree or win the lottery jackpot. One of the wraps that I fell in love with was the Sterntaler from Didymos. It’s a blue and golden colored cotton wrap designed with the story of Die Sterntaler. As it was a limited edition and highly sought after wrap, I knew that the chances of owning one was slim and nearly impossible.
I was stalking the pages of the Babywearing Swap on an early Thursday morning and I was enjoying the respite from mommy duties. (Baby kulit was still sleeping.)
I was scrolling through the posts and drooling over the lovely wraps for sale when a mini stash sale caught my eye. A Sterntaler was up for sale from the Netherlands! I have never tried purchasing a used wrap abroad and I was a total noob when it comes to international BST (Buy-Sell-Trade). I immediately sent a private message to the Dutch momma and asked her to have the wrap reserved under my name. Since the seller was overseas, I needed to create a Paypal account so I can pay for the wrap.
When buying and selling abroad, it is recommended to complete the trade using Paypal. Please do not participate in a BST if Paypal is not the payment method of choice. Paypal offers buyer protection in case you don’t receive your carrier or if it’s significantly different as described by the seller.
It’s easy to create a Paypal account, you can click on this link for the step by step instruction on how to create an account. When sending a payment with Paypal, please always use the “I’m paying for goods and services” option so your purchase is covered by buyer protection.
As soon as I made my payment, the lovely Dutch momma sent me my DISO Sterntaler. It took around 3 weeks for the package to reach the Taguig post office. Since the wrap was placed in a big box, it was intercepted by Customs and was subjected to taxes. (Boohoo!)
Didymos is a Greek word which means “Twin”. It was founded in 1972 by Erika Hoffman who turned to using a sling from Central America when she found she had her hands full with twin daughters. She was the pioneer of babywearing in Germany and after being featured in a couple of German magazines and having mothers country-wide inquire about her sling, Erika Hoffman made the decision to start a business. She chose to weave in Germany, rather than import her slings, as she wanted fabric that would provide the right level of elasticity and support and that would retain these qualities even with frequent washing. Didymos carriers come in various fabric blends such as cotton, linen, hemp, silk, tussah silk, wool, alpaca, cashmere, ramie and kapok. They don’t use bamboo fibers though since it requires an intensive chemical process to turn it into babywearing safe fiber.
Natuerlich Tragen offers babywearing consultancy, courses, and sells slings and wraps in their shop in Stuttgart, Germany. They collaborated with Didymos to create a limited edition wrap that celebrates one of the widely popular German fairy tale, Die Sterntaler (Star Money).
Didymos Sterntaler is a medium weight wrap at 200 gsm and is made of 100% cotton. The blue and golden color provides the perfect contrast to the snowy landscape and the golden stars. I love the shade of blue on this wrap. It has the look of a well loved pair of jeans and it doesn’t overwhelm someone who prefers muted colors over intense hues. The wrap has two faces, the right side which is predominantly blue and the wrong side which is more golden yellow.
It was crunchy of the box and still required some breaking in to make it soft. The original owner said that they have hard water over their side of the pond which may have contibuted to the stiffness of the sling. It didn’t feel like a broken in wrap but after a short time of wearing, it did start to become moldable and soft.
The thickness of the wrap is perfect for our weather and it offers a lot of bounce and cush even for a 9kg toddler. Sophia feels weightless in this wrap and it’s perfect for a long day of babywearing.
You will find the beautiful design of the girl catching stars about 8 to 10 inches from the middle marker. It takes a bit of maneuvering and placement to ensure that the highlight of the design is visible when wearing your baby. I would have preferred to have the girl in the middle of the wrap so placement is easier to achieve.
It’s a gorgeous wrap and it has awesome wrapping qualities but since it’s a size 6, it doesn’t get a lot of action nowadays. My little toddler has the talent of Houdini when she wants to go down from her sling and walk about. She would pop her seat, lean back like a gymnast, pull on mommy’s hair and kick her legs around until I unwrap her. I would then chase her around while she wreak havoc at the toy store or at the shoe store. (She has a penchant for shoes. Lol!) If I use a size 5 or 6 wrap, I look like I’m wrapped in a blanket or I’m carrying a bed sheet. That’s why I stick with shorty wraps when we’re out and about since it’s easier to store in my bag or fold and carry.
It’s almost Christmas and Sterntaler is perfect for the holiday season. We can’t wait to take this lovely wrap out of the cupboard and play with it again.
While waiting for December, please enjoy more Sterntaler photos below:
Do you have a Desperately-In-Search-Of (DISO) wrap? Please share with us your ultimate dream carrier. Wishes do come true, you know. 😉