Composition: 100 % cotton
Weight: 220 g/m² according to the manufacturer, 235 g/m² counted by us
Reinforced Rear Ruck Rebozo/Candy Cane Chest Belt
Let’s talk about the Baby-doo wrap itself. For me, it is a re-test because we already tested one of these wraps last winter. I and my fellow-wearers from our local babywearing group unanimously thought it was a very decent universal (however, not very good-looking) ‘working’ wrap. The one that found its way to Ostrava was the brown-beige-white variant ‘Cinnamon’ – I think that this unpopular colour together with the unpopular striped pattern and low weight was the main reason why the testing was not a big hit that time. ‘Orchidej’ is much more beautiful – in my opinion the most beautiful of all the colour variants and actually one of the few striped wraps I kind of like. This is however also thanks to its diamond twill which I love in wraps.
Similarly to the situation approximately 6 months ago, this Baby-doo came to us only very little broken-in. Oh boy. I thought the wrap was stiff, felt like canvas in my hands, did not slide and was not springy basically at all. This is, however, a problem of an unbroken wrap. I already had the opportunity to try a broken-in Baby-doo before this one and despite of being grippy it was quite a pleasant and pliable skinny. Being grippy/not being slippery is however a property I like more in wraps than if the wrap was sliding as a sledge and I am used to work with such wraps; for example, my beloved Storchenwieges. Same as the ‘Storchs’, Baby-doo holds tight in a carry and is very little elastic, but if I tied it carefully it was quite OK both in winter with approximately 7,5 kg and in summer with 9 kg – but, it is not a toddler wrap, not at all. I think those 9 kilograms are the maximum weight the wrap can carry with at least a mediocre comfort for the wearer; I am sure (very sure) it would not be my ‘go-to’ wrap with a heavier kid. Therefore, all the classical proclamations of the manufacturers about suitability of a wrap from birth to preschool – not surprisingly untrue in case of Baby-doo, too, in my opinion. However, I still think it is a good working wrap for modest parents.
Similarly, the wrap still looks the same (although this particular one should have been from some new batch, as far as I know). The stitches on the hem of the wrap are, I would say, a kind of unusual – something like overlock, same as on the ‘Cinnamon’ wrap we tested in winter. No-one and nothing can convince me that this is not a locus minoris resistentiae and that such a stitch is not prone to tear and gape, and I am not talking about the aesthetic aspect. The middle tag also remained the same – the unreasonably big blue tag with colorful letters. Such a tag did not look very good especially with the Cinnamon’s colorway, in case of Orchidej it kind of blends in, but it did not make me very happy anyway – aside from not being pretty and moreover not being necessary, such a big tag might scratch the baby’s neck. A few lumps and irregularities of the twill can easily be forgiven when you consider the prize of the wrap.