AT A GLANCE
Brand / weave:
Didymos / Lisca
489cm long, 66cm wide, 232gsm
Soft, thin, stretchy, bouncy, snuggly
I’m a longtime fan of Didymos’ lisca weave, but have only owned ‘thick’ versions (250+gsm), so I was excited to try a thinner lisca.
The colourway of is Minos really striking and grabs your attention immediately. From further away Minos appears a dark, saturated aubergine. However, close up it becomes apparent that there are 3 different colour threads – black, blue and pink. The blue and pink threads are very vibrant (almost electric) in their colour, and they really pop against the black warp. This makes Minos fascinating to look at, and gives it an edgy, almost urban feel.
Like all liscas, Minos is gorgeously soft from the get-go. One wash and steam iron leaves you with an already cuddly, snuggly wrap. Although they may not feel like they need it, liscas do break in – to be even softer. If I’m using the word ‘soft’ a lot, it’s because this is really a key characteristic of liscas, and Minos is no exception. You’re basically using the kind of soft blanket you want to wrap yourself in when in need of comfort.
Liscas are also well known for their stretch and bounce. When wrapping with Minos, I noticed the stretch less than with thicker liscas (although it’s still there). Once I tied off the carry though, the signature bounce was definitely there. I love this aspect of the lisca weave and find it to be very forgiving – the wrap really moves with you, reacting to you and working with you whilst you’re carrying your child.
As you might expect for a thin, soft wrap, Minos is fantastically mouldable. You’ll be able to see in these photos how Minos hugs every curve of our bodies, perfectly outlining my baby’s arm. This wrap is also easy to work with and a breeze to tighten. All of this makes achieving precise, neat wrap jobs really straightforward.
Precision wrap jobs are, if you’re carrying a toddler (and to some extent a bigger baby), really the key to enjoying Minos. If you normally like thick wraps and are not accustomed to neat, tight wrap jobs, Minos is probably not the wrap for you. But if you’re happy to work on that precision and use a multi-layer carry, this thin wrap can still be comfy even with your toddler. I wrapped my 3 year old on both my front and my back and got him comfy both times (and surprisingly enjoyed a Front Cross Carry more than a Double Hammock). In a DH, Minos slid into place easily and made a great, snug chest pass. However, the wrap felt flat and firm on my shoulders, with absolutely no cush – I missed the lisca bounce. In a FCC, Minos had a tiny bit more cush on the shoulders and I felt the nice movement of the weave a little more. If you know you like thin wraps you may enjoy Minos with your toddler, but I would recommend only multi-layer carries (and would advise you choose a bigger size which will allow you to do carries like DH and distribute your child’s weight in a few different areas).
For babies Minos is a fantastic wrap. I think it would particularly shine with newborns and small babies. It won’t swamp tiny legs, the airy weave is breathable, the cuddly softness is just right for cocooning little babies, and of course the easycare cotton is no problem to wash and dry – so it doesn’t matter how many times your baby spits up on it. Minos is great with older babies too. My son is a large 7 month old now, and although by this stage I prefer Minos in multi-layer carries, I was very comfortable and found the wrap supportive (I used it in a Front Cross Carry for over 2 hours with no adjusting).
Two drawbacks to liscas in general are worth noting here – as this is a loose, airy weave, it does acquire pulls a little more easily. I find them very easy to fix, so they’re never a problem for me, but if you’re averse to pull fixing you may want to consider this. Liscas also look the same on both faces/sides of the wrap, making it harder to tell if you’ve twisted a pass – something which may be a consideration for new wrappers.
Minos is part of Didymons’ standard line, so has the benefit of being always available and easy to get hold of. Minos is proof that choosing a standard line wrap doesn’t mean compromising on looks or wrapping qualities: its dark yet vibrant colour (great for hiding the dirt) and easycare all-cotton blend make this a practical choice, and its soft snuggliness makes it wrap you’ll want to use again and again.
You can find Minos here: https://www.didymos.com/en/Babywearing/DIDYMOS-Baby-Wrap-Sling/Lisca/Baby-Wrap-Sling-Lisca-Minos.html or at many Didymos stockists.