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Wild Slings Les ténèbres Nimbostratus and Nocturne La potion de la sorcière

What is the first thing that comes to your mind if a wrap is referred to as a "crazy thick blanket"? A high-weight Luluna? A puffy-weave Yaro? Something hand-woven? The first thing I think of is the brand of Wild Slings and their "towels", i.e wraps with "fluffy cloud cotton" as their manufacturer lovingly calls it. This fluffy cloud cotton is basically something like the good old chenille. Chenille is soft and hairy yarn that scarfs, sweaters or blankets are usually made of (in case it is still not clear, this is what Wikipedia says about chenille ;) ). I was not my first encounter with a WS "towel" - last autumn, I had the opportunity to try La forêt vierge Cumulus, when Iveta (Czech "Mrs. Wild Slings", the administrator of the Czech and Slovak WS/ROAR/DISO fan group and owner of many wonderful wraps from these [...]

By |2019-05-21T22:58:18+00:00May 19th, 2019|Wrap Reviews|0 Comments

Loktu She Silvan Flos and Bird Garden Amber

Silvan Flos Composition: 75% combed cotton, 25% Tencel  Weight: 375 g/m² (declared by the manufacturer), 365 g/m² (counted by us) Size: 4 Rucksack carry  Silvan is the newest (oficially released) Loktu She’s design. The Tencel pinkie Flos has two brothers, green all-cotton Alpinus and brown-yellow merino Fall. All of them are intended for toddler-wearing, which you can tell from their weight after all.  There is no secret that there is only few wraps with Tencel I really liked - the green-pink Navis Amphitrite boats from Loktu She are one of these exceptions. Although they contain a loooot of Tencel their fluffy weave compensates for its tendency to feel somehow "flat" on one's shoulders. The pink Silvan contains much less Tencel, but the weave seems denser and the wrap overall tougher than I would imagine it to be after [...]

By |2019-05-11T23:04:05+00:00May 11th, 2019|Wrap Reviews|0 Comments

Mum’s Era Utah

Composition: 100 % cotton Weight: 239 g/m² Size: 7 (537 cm measured by us, tips 47 cm) Back wrap cross carry, Tibetian knotless finish Let me summarize my impression from this wrap right at the beginning: a Russian kitchen towel. Really, the way it looks, the way it feels in one's hands and I dare say the way it behaves in the carry, too. I signed up for testing of this wrap because I liked the blue colour and the "zig zag" pattern, but when I saw it live, I must say I was quite disappointed. Some wraps can surprise you - you would not find them interesting when not tied, maybe even a bit ugly, but once you see them in the carry, they magically transform into completely something else! This magic usually happens in case of wraps with vertical stripes, but nothing like [...]

By |2019-05-05T22:36:12+00:00May 5th, 2019|Wrap Reviews|0 Comments

Eli Handmade 2in1 Carrier

Eli Handmade carriers are manufactured in Šumperk, Czech Republic, by (surprise, surprise) Eli - i.e. Eliška Matějčková who made her first carrier (surprise, surprise) for her own son several years ago. I must admit I intentionally avoided reviewing this brand for some time and I had to take some courage to do so. The first reason is that I am not really fond of the extra-soft waist belts (which I knew Eli Handmade was typical for) and the second reason is that one of the carriers did not get much excited reviews in our local babywearing group a while ago. Why? I cannot really say, to be honest. Maybe it was the choice of the particular tester carrier (as Eliška said helself, it was a trial carrier), maybe the overall dissatisfaction was caused by the first critical reviews and the rest just jumped on the bandwagon. All in all, [...]

By |2019-05-04T23:50:07+00:00May 4th, 2019|Carrier Reviews|0 Comments

Loktu She Babywearing Wrap Cardigan

Materila: merino wool Size: S/M Last autumn we review the Loktu She babywearing sweater and were truly excited about it - a wonderful piece, but let's be honest, without a wearie or a pregnant belly it is not very versatile and quite pricy considering one would not probably use it "after the baby". The elegant wrap cardigan was intended to solve this problem, i.e. to look good even without the compulsory "load". Same as its older turtleneck sibling the wrap cardigan is wonderfully warm and will keep you nice and cosy even during the coldest winter temperatures - however, you somehow need to solve the neck protection, but from my own experience something as simple as a woolen scarf will do a perfect job. But that is due to the wrap cut of the cardigan, obviously. And as I already said, [...]

By |2019-05-04T15:30:46+00:00May 4th, 2019|Babywearing clothes reviews|0 Comments

Kokon Anorak and Winter Cover

Well, May is here in a few days and the average temperature rises up to 20°C, so this review may seem a bit pointless - but anyway, maybe someone is planning their summer holiday in Iceland or somewhere else around the polar circle and might appreciate reading an article about this babywearing gear. :) Anorak/raincoat (placed over carrier) I was not very excited about the babywearing anorak made by Almya, but I must say I really liked this raincoat, or better said anorak (I do not suppose it is perfectly waterproof) that you place over the carrier or a wrap from the Russian brand Kokon - it really is not a bad idea. If you travel light and like hiking, it would be perfect for such a purpose - you can pack it into a really small package that will not occupy much space in [...]

By |2019-04-29T16:02:27+00:00April 29th, 2019|Babywearing clothes reviews|0 Comments

Pabelle Slings Llama Biscotti, Blur Sorbet and Makia Porto

We introduced Pabelle Slings and their elegant Makia Ivory last autumn. Meanwhile, we had the opportunity to try several other Pabelle wraps - two all-cotton pieces, the violet Makia Calluna and the Christmas limited edition Kisses Under the Mistletoe, and another Christmas beauty, Eshweria Flaming Star with lurex, or the blue-black llamas Llama Wakatobi with tussah. None of the wraps disappointed us, on the contrary, they exceeded our expectations quite substantially - mainly the all-cotton ones (one of the factors being also their almost unbelievably low price) surprised and pleased us very much. But let's not get ahead of ourselves; first, we have a review of these three blended pieces for you! Llama Biscotti Composition: 54 % cotton, 41 % tussah, 5 % linen Weight: 369 g/m² (counted by us in a broken-in wrap) Size: 5 Rear rebozo reinforced rucksack carry [...]

By |2019-04-28T10:39:55+00:00April 25th, 2019|Wrap Reviews|0 Comments

Manduca First Vivid Green

Manduca is the most well-known and the most popular ergonomic carrier at least in central Europe, without any questions. Actually, for many people, the word "Manduca" has become a synonym for any ergonomic carrier. Together with the American Ergobaby, Manduca was one of their first "mass" producers - it has been on the market since 2002 (probably - I was not able to find the answer even on the official Manduca website - only the information about its fusion with the Wickelkinder company). Anyway, someone who has dominated a certain market for nearly two decades must be doing it right. Or not? Some technical data - first, what the manufacturer (or the distributor) says: the carrier is suitable for children from birth to 5 years (from 3 to 20 kg) the inner-integrated newborn insert enables carrying the babies since birth, and approximately since 3 months, [...]

By |2019-04-14T21:24:58+00:00April 13th, 2019|Carrier Reviews|0 Comments

Testing of MoniLu Carriers

Aside from Andala, MoniLu is probably the most popular carrier manufacturer in the Czech Republic. Anytime you go anywhere at a babywearing meet-up, or basically anything connected with babywearing, you can be sure to encounter at least one or two MoniLus. Therefore, we had the opportunity to look, touch and try these carriers in most of their versions over time and now we even got our hands on their hot new product - the carrier intended for the smallest babies, suitable from birth according to the manufacturer - MoniLu UNI Start. All the MoniLu carriers have a lot in common, naturally - the typical soft-hard waist belt (in my opinion it is soft, but many fellow-wearers consider it "hard" - therefore I use this ugly term - "soft-hard" :D ), generously padded shoulder straps and particularly the materials and sewing of very high quality. At [...]

By |2019-04-11T21:27:31+00:00April 9th, 2019|Carrier Reviews|0 Comments

NAMAK Night Flowers and Magical Song Hand Woven Wraps

Mrs Mária Nagy is simply a legend in the Czech-Slovak world of hand-woven wraps - once you enter it, it is virtually a must to own one NAMAK or at least try a few on your own shoulders. As I wrote in the article about the HamaMama wraps - every HW wrap is an original, usually custom-made and woven according to the requests of its future owner; therefore it is possible that its properties may not be the right fit for everyone. These two particular wraps were custom-made too, and hereby we want to thank their owner for the opportunity to try them. Right fit or not, in this case there is nothing to discuss - as to the properties, these two pieces are basically perfect, in (not only) my opinion. Night Flowers Composition: Tencel/bamboo Weight: 313 g/m² (counted by us) [...]

By |2019-04-11T20:44:22+00:00April 8th, 2019|Wrap Reviews|0 Comments
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