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Sling Review – Daiesu Sakura Mei Tai

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“We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.”

– Gary Zukav

Every time a new sling tester arrive at my doorstep, I get this tingly electric sensation in the pit of my stomach. Butterflies and squeals of delight abound. Followed by the chasing, bribing and superman-tossing of a wriggly toddler.  For the opportunity to experience, experiment with, cuddle and snuggle different kinds of carriers and brands without having to dip into the Fluffinay household coffer is indeed a gift from the universe that should be treasured and never refused.

I see spring bloom before my eyes the moment I first glimpsed the delicate pink petals of Daiesu’s Sakura Mei Tai. This beautiful visitor came to stay with us for a short while and we were thrilled to finally be able to use a mei tai and carry with Daiesu, a popular sling company from Malaysia.

 

 

Daiesu is a family-run business based in Kuala Lumpur. Daddy Azhar, Mommy Ilyani, and Little Daie boy make #familygoals a breeze as they manage and oversee every aspect of Daiesu’s operation.  From accounting to packaging, wrap design, and marketing, as well as promotion and modelling of their product; the family is completely hands on and committed to their company advocacy of babywearing.

A mei tai is a typically a square shaped piece of fabric with straps on all four corners. It has a long history in Asia where mothers often carry their babies in simple fabric carriers they tie around their bodies.

 

 

At first touch, Sakura Mei Tai feels like a soft and snuggly baby blanket.  Since I am at the bottom of the tester rotation, this beauty came to us fully broken in and floppy. Dainty sakura flowers in an elegant tone of pink drift and laze around a vibrant sea of bright orange.  Now, it may seem garish to combine dazzling shades of pink and orange together but this beautiful mei tai pulls it off quite exquisitely.

 

 

After almost 2 years of wearing Sophia, I will finally get the chance to use a mei tai. I’m excited and giddy to learn something new but at the same time I’m a little wary of the long straps attached to this pretty visitor. (I happen to have an aversion to long wraps, remember. 😉 )

Although I know a lot of babywearers who list mei tais at the top of their carrier list, it did not raise my curiosity to try one.  Not even the relative affordability and accessibility of this carrier type had enough unicorn dust sparkles powerful enough to awaken the budget conscious momma in me.

Or so I thought.

Thus, our first encounter with a mei tai became a huge challenge to my biases against this ancient and traditional carrier type.

 

 

After Sophia’s appointment with her paediatrician, Sakura proves its worth by providing one of the most comfy nap time snuggle experience we’ve had with a sling tester.

 

The cushioned shoulders of the strap feels so nice on my picky shoulders. It’s a heavenly sensation!

I know I always complain about my weight sensitive shoulders and back. (It’s not old age, you know.) But this mei tai make Sophia’s weight feel as light as a feather.  It is so comfortable, I want to wear her in it until she graduates from college.

 

 

One thing that I totally adore about this carrier is how relatively easy and quick it is to back carry a wriggly toddler.

 

 

If you’ve met my almost terrible two year old Sophia Isabelle, then you’re certainly aware of how hyperactive and vivacious she is. A dirty little mommy secret of mine is that I babywear my toddler because I am exhausted and at times exasperated from chasing her around.

And when I do catch her at the height of her exploration of the big wide world, I superman toss her on my back and prepare for the maelstrom of a level 10 toddler meltdown.

With a mei tai, I don’t have to worry of her falling off my back because she has a secure seat tied around my waist and no amount of leg straightening can pop it.

Wickedly awesome!

 

 

This lovely tester packs tons of sleepy dust. It can lull Sophia to cupcake land or Zootopia (she’s a HUGE fan!) in a jiffy.

 

 

When it comes to babywearing, I am the no fuss, straight up, just tie it with a knot kinda girl. I am not fond of fancy finishes. Not at all. They are awesome to look at and can even highlight a curvy mommy’s assets. But complicated looking and showy finishes to a wrap job is something that rank low on my list of must do’s in carrying my baby. (Aside from the fact that I have no asset to show off.)

Since the long straps of Sakura look so elegant and pretty, they inspire me to at least try 2 fancy finishes, a Goddess and a Sweetheart Neckline finish.

Unfortunately for us, the straps of Sakura are too short on my frame for fancy finishes.  I guess its back to the ol’ simple knot around the waist for today.

This may be due to a sizing issue since the tester is Baby sized and Sophia is certainly too big for it.  The hood didn’t quite reach her head so I ended up not using it when Sophia took a nap.

However, despite the sizing issue, we were both quite content and happy as the straps acted as leg extenders for my little one.

 

I hope that we get to experience a toddler size next time because Sakura is certainly toddler worthy.

 

At the end of our adventure with the lovely Sakura Mei Tai, I learned something new about myself.  I realised that I actually like mei tais.  I never gave them a thought before and would often skip through mei tai listings on the buy, sell, and trade boards.  I thought they were just meh, a panel and some straps.  I thought that wraps or SSCs were far better investments. After experiencing the cool and  comfortable cushiness and toddler-worthiness of one, I have chosen to add a mei tai to my trimmed down stash.

Like the spring breathing warmth and vitality to a cold lonely winter, Sakura Mei Tai have inspired life to my reduced and modest carrier stash.  Soon, a delicate shimmery silver-pink mei tai will make back carries a breeze for the Fluffinay mommy and baby.

 

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Toddler: 23months, 11.3kgs

Mommy: Medium Body build

Type of Carrier: Sakura Wrap Conversion Mei Tai (WCMT)

Brand: Daiesu Baby Carriers

Website: http://www.daiesu.com/

Size: Baby Size

Fabric Content: 100% Organic Cotton

Type of weave: Jacquard

Surface Weight: 270gsm (Medium Thin)

Width: 35cm (14inches)

Height: 35cm (14inches)

Suitable for newborns until 2 years old

Machine Washable

Type of carries done: Front & Back Carries 

 

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Sling Review – Soul Slings Prism Surprise

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I am one lucky momma to be able to host not one but three Soul Slings carriers this year. Soul Slings is a family run company from India popular for their line of beautiful and affordable ergonomic baby carriers.  Their Celadon and Sapphire ring slings came to visit the Fluffinay household for a week and we had so much fun playing with them.

This time around, we were delighted to  be given the privilege to host a Soul Slings wrap – the Soul Slings Prism Surprise in twill weave.

The Soul Slings Prism Surprise is an all cotton rainbow wrap in subdued shades of purple, blue, yellow, and green.  If you’re looking for a striped wrap with understated elegance, then this wrap’s colour palette would be perfect for you.

As it was our first time to wrap with a twill weave, we definitely looked forward for our turn to test this baby.

The first thing I noticed about this lovely wrap was its weight. It felt heavy in my arms but I found its heft delightful.  I was certain it would provide ample support to carry my growing bub.  Unfortunately, the thickness and length of Prism Surprise meant that my baby and I won’t be able to stroll around the city in the sweltering heat of summer.

To beat the heat, we decided to do what most Filipinos do. Go to the mall!

I heard about Prism Surprise being beastly and rough but it was something I willingly overlooked for its wonderful grip and support.  I carried my wriggly toddler in Prism while window shopping and strolling around the roof deck park and it did not budge. It was a win for team mommy for successfully keeping  rowdy toddler in check.

If you plan to invest on one wrap for the entire duration of your babywearing journey, Soul Slings Prism Surprise is a great option to consider.  Once fully broken in, this wrap would be ah-ma-zing! I imagine it would be buttery soft and mould like a bandage.  Since it’s 100% cotton, it would be easy to care for and it would quickly become an everyday favourite or beater wrap. The low key rainbow tones of Prism would be perfect to help persuade babywearing daddies to try wrapping too!

I would recommend Soul Slings Prism Surprise for beginner and seasoned babywearers. To achieve that well loved blanket feel and have it wrap like a bandage, patience is required to break in this beauty.  Wearing with Prism in humid weather may be a bit challenging as its density and thickness make it suitable for places with airconditioning or cooler climate. Overall, this is another awesome product from Soul Slings.

For more information on this amazing company, you can check out their website at www.soulslings.com

 

Soul Slings Prism Surprise

 

Toddler: 18 months, 10.5 kg

Wearer: Medium

Type of Carrier: Woven Wrap

Brand: Soul Slings

Size: 6

Fabric Content: 100% Cotton

Suitable for both newborn and toddler

Sling Review – Soul Slings Sapphire Ring Sling

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When babywearing in warm or humid weather, experienced wearers would always recommend using a linen sling in single layer carries. Linen is light and airy as it allows air to flow through the fabric easily and lets the skin breathe in the heat.

I consider myself one lucky momma for being able to host two carriers from Soul Slings; the cotton Celadon and the 100% linen, Sapphire ringsling.

At first touch, Sapphire felt incredibly thin and floppy. I knew that linen is an amazingly supportive fabric but I was still worried that it wouldn’t be able to provide the right amount of support for my heavy wriggly toddler.

The rich solid navy blue color of Sapphire is very versatile. You don’t have to worry about coordinating your clothes with your carrier because it can match any outfit. Babywearing dads would also enjoy wearing their little bubs with Sapphire for its masculine vibe.

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Against the light, you can see how wonderful this sling is in hot weather. It’s so thin you can see right through it.

It is also compact, it would be easy to store in your diaper bag as it doesn’t take a lot of space. If you have a toddler who likes to be in and out of a carrier, just pop Sapphire in your bag and use it for short carries.

While we were gallivanting around the Venice Piazza canal and mall, I noticed that I had to make adjustments every now and then by tightening the rails and pulling up the seat.

The thin linen kept on slipping from the large rings and I also had to regularly fix Sophia’s position to ensure our comfort.  She was asleep throughout our walk and I don’t know how we would have fared if she was awake since she would be wriggling around and trying to pop her seat.

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Sapphire would be the perfect sling for newborns and babies who are on the lighter side. The thin fabric will not overheat your squish and it will not overwhelm those tiny legs.

I advise it to be used by an experienced babywearer or someone who is not daunted by ringslings.  The wearer should be able to carefully thread and tighten the rails well and spread it evenly at the back to avoid discomfort while wearing.

After snapping some photos, Sophia woke up from her nap and we had to change back to Celadon (see my review here) as it was more comfortable for us.

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This 100% linen ringsling is affordable at $65 or Php 3100.86 (as of currency conversion at publish date).  You can reach out to our local retailers, MommAmazing and King and Mum-n-Bub for more information.

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Overall, Soul Slings Sapphire linen ringsling is a great summer sling for its light and airy fabric. It is perfect for newborns as it’s not too bulky for tiny legs. Since linen can be slippery, careful threading and tightening of the rails is necessary to ensure proper positioning and comfort for both wearer and baby. Furthermore, I would recommend Sapphire for someone who has experience in using ringslings. The solid color and fabric may be confusing for newbies and people who are ringsling-challenged.

Soul Slings Sapphire RS
Toddler: 17 months, 10.5 kgs
Wearer: Plus Sized Momma

Type of Carrier: Machine Woven Ring Sling

Brand: Soul Slings

Website: www.soulslings.com

Fabric Content: 100% natural linen

Size: 27 inches wide and 83 Inches long.

Ring Size/Type: large, aluminum

Shoulder Style: gathered

Wash&care: both machine and hand wash

Local Distributor: MommAmazing and King and Mum-N-Bub

 

 

XOXO

 

Anne

Sling Review – Soul Slings Celadon Ring Sling

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I have a precocious hyperactive firecracker of a toddler who loves to run and play hide and seek with mommy and the doggies. The only way I can calm her down is to superman toss her on my back and wrap her as quickly as I can before she can start to wriggle her way back down on the floor to resume her crazy antics.  There are times when wrapping a mini Houdini can become a futile exercise in patience.  So what can this frazzled fluffy mommy do? Reach for her trusty ringsling for a quick and effortless uppy, of course.

When I first heard that I would be hosting Soul Slings Celadon ringsling, I was quite delighted to have another ringsling in my anti-grouchy baby arsenal.  I have heard great things about this new brand and I wanted to know if their slings are as marvelous as the numerous feedback that I have read.

Soul Slings is a family run baby carrier company based in Bangalore, India.  Managed by the husband and wife team, Ravindra and  Chinmayie, they are spreading the babywearing love by creating comfortable, fashionable and affordable baby slings and carriers.

Us, Filipino moms would definitely feel an affinity with Ravindra and  Chinmayie. They are a homeschooling, breastfeeding, cloth-diapering, attachment-parenting, co-sleeping, and of course, babywearing family of four. It’s wonderful to know that we are supporting a business whose makers share the same advocacies as we do.

The color of the Soul Slings Celadon ringsling reminds me of a beautiful green beryl gemstone.  It is cool and relaxing to the eyes and the gender neutral shade makes a good opportunity for babywearing daddies to show off their skills with a sling.  The white vertical stripes along the rails are also a good visual guide for newbie wrappers or for those who consider ringslings as their waterloo.

The handwoven fabric felt sturdy but soft and it molds well as it has been lovingly broken in by the previous testers.  The large rings ensured that the fabric is easily threaded through and the thickness of the sling prevents it from slipping.

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On our family day out, I brought the Souls Slings ringsling with us as we strolled along the beautiful canals of Venice Piazza at MckKinley Hill. Since the little bub was napping during our walk, I carried her in Celadon and was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t experience any back pain or shoulder strain. The gathered shoulder of the sling was likewise comfortable as it capped the shoulder well and helped distribute baby’s weight across my back.

This lovely sling is made of 100% cotton and despite it’s medium weight thickness, it still felt airy and light.  It’s the perfect sling when you’re out and about under the sun with your little one.

True to its brand vision of making Soul Slings pocket-friendly, this beautiful and elegant carrier is affordable at $65 or Php 3116.95 (as of publish date’s conversion rate).  Isn’t it awesome! An international brand with a great price point.

 

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If you are looking for a practical, elegant, compact and infant/toddler worthy sling, I recommend Soul Slings Celadon ringsling for its support and airiness, elegant design and color, and of course its amazing price.

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Family groufie ❤

 

 

Toddler: 17 months, 11kgs
Wearer: Plus size momma

Type of Carrier: Hand Woven Ring Sling
Website: www.soulslings.com

Local Retailer: MommAmazing and King
Fabric Content: Cotton
Size: 28 inches wide, 83 inches long
Ring Size/Type: large, aluminum
Shoulder Style: gathered
Suitable for newborn? Toddler? : newborn & toddler
Machine Wash or Handwash: handwash

 

 

XOXO

 

Anne

 

Sling Review – Nona Imagine Blue Ice

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Hello friends!

I would like you to meet a new babywearing friend that we got to know late last year when she came to visit us for Christmas.  Please meet Nona, a new Dutch company specializing in artfully designed yet affordable jacquard woven baby wraps.

Everything about the brand was meticulously thought out and planned including its name. Nona was one of the Parcae, the three personifications of destiny in Roman mythology and the Roman goddess of pregnancy. She is the Roman equivalent of the Greek Clotho, who spun the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle. (It’s the perfect name for a woven wrap!) Nona, whose name means “ninth”, was called upon by pregnant women in their ninth month when the child was due to be born. She, Decima and Morta together controlled the metaphorical thread of life.

 

I feel fortunate to have been chosen as a tester for this beautiful sling, Imagine Blue Ice. The color was a stunning interplay of blue and white reminiscent of water and ice crystals. It’s cool to the eyes and perfect for a sunny day out in the park or at the beach.

It’s a medium weight wrap at 246 gsm and the tight weave ensured that you have the right amount of support to carry your toddler or a heavier baby. Some mommas from the Manila tester group found the weight and the weave to be somewhat stifling in the tropical heat but I actually liked the thickness of the wrap.  We always used single pass carries to make it less warm for me and baby when we were out and about and away from airconditioning. It would make a lovely shorty wrap!

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The textured surface of Imagine Blue Ice provided maximum grip for carries that will not budge.  We went out on a long walk in a Shepherd’s Carry and little Sophia stayed in place and I didn’t have to make any adjustments at all.  A single knot even held in place!

 

Although it is 100% cotton and me being at the bottom of the tester queue, I was expecting the wrap to have already been broken in.  However, it still felt rough to the touch and required more breaking in to make it floppy and squish worthy.  The roughness of the wrap may have likewise contributed to the grip but it also made the passes more difficult to maneuver most especially in making that double hammock pass.

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Don’t let the beastly nature of this wrap scare you away from the brand because once fully broken in this would make a lovely addition to your stash and would be a great workhorse wrap.  You can bring it anywhere and everywhere and it’s an easy to care for sling. It’s an elegant pangharabas wrap, pramis. 🙂

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And I’ve saved the best for last.  This beautiful wrap which looks like a high end brand has an uber affordable price!

Here’s their pricelist lifted off from their Facebook page:

Price in Euro           Price in Peso

Size 2 € 42                Php 2185.70
Size 3 € 47                Php 2445.90
Size 4 € 52                Php 2705.32
Size 5 € 57                Php 2965.74
Size 6 € 62                Php 3225.58
Size 7 € 68                Php 3538.54
Ringsling €50          Php 2601.87

*currency conversion as of publish date

We are still crossing our fingers to have one of our local distributors as authorized retailers for Nona. And I hope that it’s going to be soon because they are releasing drool worthy designs that I’m sure a lot of Fluffinay mommas would want to get their hands on.

Overall, this is a great wrap for carrying heavy babies or toddlers and it would be a wonderful workhorse wrap. The brand have elegant designs and an affordable price point most especially for Filipino moms who are curious about international brands. I am eager to cuddle with this wrap once it has become fully broken in and I can’t wait to have one of our local distributors carry this brand. (Join me in prayer, mommies. We need a Nona in our lives.) ❤

Nona Imagine Blue Ice
Toddler: 17 months, 10.5kgs
Wearer: Plus sized momma

Type of Carrier: Imagine Blue Ice Woven Wrap
Brand: Nona Woven Wraps
Website: https://www.facebook.com/nonawovenwraps/?fref=ts
Authorized Local Retailers/Distributors: (Coming Soon)
Size: 5 (490x72cm / 4.2M)
Fabric Content: 100% Cotton
Type of weave: Jacquard
Surface Weight: 246gr/m2
Width: 72cm / 28 inches
Suitable for toddlers
Machine Washable

 

 

 

 

Sling Review – West of the 4th Signature Wrap (Brown top – Ivory bottom)

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Hello friends!

Happy new year! Having a wrap review is a great way to start the year. Most especially if the tester wrap is as gorgeous as the West of the 4th Signature Wrap that came to visit us for Christmas.  Thanks to a parcel mix up, this beauty arrived a week early and it was the perfect pick me up for this momma with the blues.

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It was a merry Christmas indeed!

West of the 4th Weaving is located in Canada and is the weaving studio of Nancy Warwaruk and her husband Corwyn. Nancy has been a weaver for 18 years and her focus on colour play is evident in her handiworks. Their firm commitment to using environmentally friendly and sustainable fibers has led to the creation of a new yarn which is 50% Flax (linen) and 50% Lyocell (more commonly known as Tencel).

They used this yarn as the weft fibre on a cotton warp resulting in a fabric that is approximately 50% cotton / 25% flax (linen) / 25% lyocell and is amazingly soft and strong and sturdy!

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If you are itching to get your hands on this miracle fibre, then make sure to sign up for a pre-order because this  yarn is only available through West of the 4th Weaving.

I thank my lucky stars (that’s you mommy Claud!) that I was fortunate enough to review this beautiful sling.

 

True to their word, this wrap was buttery soft at first touch.  It felt like a well loved baby blanket.  Sophia was on a wrap strike when it arrived but she agreed to go on an uppy after playing peek-a-boo with it.  (LOL!) After carrying her for 30 minutes, I had to put her down and prepare to leave for our family day out.  However, she refused to be unwrapped!  She followed me around with the wrap clutched in her tiny hands, begging me to carry her again.  This wrap has magic woven into it.  It makes hyperactive toddlers calm and want to be carried all the time.

This marshmallow soft handwoven wrap was made in West of the 4ths’s Signature design and the gender neutral tones of earthy terracotta colors was gorgeous in real life.

The tapers are flat or straight and the rails have barely there hems. It’s so gorgeous!

The middle marker’s a hand threaded folded thread seen in both rails and was meant to be discrete. However, this made looking for the marker a bit difficult for me since I locate the marker by running my fingers along the rail.

It’s almost invisible!

The wrap is thin but surprisingly supportive for my almost 11 Kg ball of energy.  I was able to comfortably carry her in an FWCC while gallivanting around BGC and SM Aura. We walked around, enjoyed the Christmas decorations, and did our grocery shopping.

It packed a lot of sleepy dust too, we were able to take great pictures because the wriggly toddler was completely knocked out.  🙂

 

The softness of the new fibre lends it a lot of cush and it felt really good on my shoulders.  I carried Sophia for more than 3 hours straight and did not feel any strain on my shoulders and back.

It is moldable and quite forgiving of sloppy or quick wrap jobs.  I had to do a quick Kangaroo carry with an unwieldy Sophia who still wanted to run around the park despite the late hour.

Back at home, I would put Sophia up in a double hammock while running errands and chores.  The width is perfect for toddlers but not too overwhelming for babies. The passes glide well and baby kulit stayed in place despite all her efforts to wriggle out to play with the doggies.

We love this wrap so much but I may have to sell my stash to have one or beg my husband to let me purchase one in lieu of a new cellphone or laptop.  The wrap comes in 2 sizes, 3 meters at SGD (Singapore Dollar) 330.00 and 4.2 meters at SGD 455.00.

 

In case the exclusive flax weft of West of the 4th wrap is a little out of your budget, you can check out Nancy’s Accessible Collection.

The wraps are priced at SGD 159.00 to SGD 262.00 and comes in more sizes. The wraps in the Accessible Collection are soft for a new born and strong for a toddler. Each wrap is 100% cotton and has the signature sewn in middle marker and rails with “barely there” hemmed rail.

In case you want to purchase one of their lovely handwoven product, the nearest retailer to us Pinay mommas is CareRing Sling Studio located in Singapore.

CareRing Sling Studio is the official retailer of West of the 4th Weaving in Asia. Nur Afifah is the Founder of CareRing Sling, the first babywearing company in Singapore that provides consultation and assistance for parents in Babywearing.  CareRing Sling Studio is the go-to place for moms who wants to have their slings converted to ringslings. Nur Afifah’s absolute love of textile and babywearing expertise as a certified babywearing consultant has also led her to launch the first woven wrap line in Singapore.

If you’re like me who is dying to try a hearts weave wrap but don’t have the budget to purchase one; you might want to check out CareRing Sling Studio’s Rainbow Love wrap.

Nur Afifah of CareRing Sling Studio  photocredit: CareRing Sling Studio Website

 

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West of the 4th Signature Wrap (Brown top – Ivory bottom)
Toddler: 17 months, 10.5kgs
Wearer: Plus sized momma

Type of Carrier: Handwoven Wrap

Brand: West of the 4th Weaving

Website: http://www.west4thweaving.com/

http://www.careringsling.com/collections/west-of-the-fourth-weaving/

Size: 5

Fabric Content: 50% Cotton 25% Flax 25% Lyocell

Suitable for newborn? Toddler?: Suitable for both newborn and toddler

Local Retailers/Distributors: No local retailer

 

 

Sling Review – Didymos Sterntaler

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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.

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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.)

The Babywearing Swap page on Facebook

The Babywearing Swap page on Facebook


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.

Make sure you're covered with Buyer Protection

Make sure you’re covered with 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!)

Yey! Fluff mail!

Yey! Fluff mail!

Someone's excited to open the box

Someone’s excited to open the box

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My first Didymos ❤

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.

Erika Hoffman, founder of Didymos

Erika Hoffman, founder of Didymos

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).

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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.

“Right” side

“Wrong” side

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.

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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.

Front wrap cross carry.

Front wrap cross carry.

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:

Free stroopwaffles!

Free stroopwaffles!

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Hmmm… the box looks more interesting than the wrap. – Sophia Isabelle

Under the winter sky, talers rained down on the kind hearted child.

Under the winter sky, talers rained down on the kind hearted child.

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Sterntaler means star money

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Stars

Where's the squirrel?

Where’s the squirrel?

Close up of the trees

Close up of the trees

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Middle marker for the top rail

Middle marker for the top rail

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Middle marker for the bottom rail

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Didymos tag

Stroopwaffles are awesome!

Stroopwaffles are awesome!

Do you have a Desperately-In-Search-Of (DISO) wrap? Please share with us your ultimate dream carrier. Wishes do come true, you know. 😉

xoxo

Anne