AT A GLANCE
Brand / weave:
Girasol / double weft toddler twill
485cm long, 72cm wide, 291gsm
Robust, supportive, comfy, vibrant
Let’s talk about friends.
Friends, like wraps, come in all different kinds. There’s the been-around-forever, reliable, call on them first in an emergency ones (Firespiral Barnacle Seafoam RS in my stash).
There’s the ones you don’t hang out with often, but whenever you do, you have a great time (this one’s my light blue wool Prima).
Then there’s the ones which are a less perfect fit for you than they were originally, but your shared history keeps you together (first wrap, anyone?).
And there’s the kind of friend who is just…instantly comfortable. They slot into your life as though they’ve been there all along.
This is Nightfall Cuervo.
Nightfall had an unceremonious introduction to my life: washed and chucked in the dryer the day before our family vacation, remembered at the last moment and stuffed around other luggage. Its first outing wasn’t special either – a quick and sloppy wrap job borne of necessity.
And yet, I barely remembered it was a new wrap. Nightfall didn’t demand my attention or require lots of effort – it just did the job, uncomplainingly, like it had been helping me soothe my toddler for months.
Straight of the box, Nightfall was a little stiff (although not intimidating). It softened up very nicely indeed with the first wash and tumble dry – it was immediately appealing to hold, with a nice heft and movement to the fabric. That’s not to say that Nightfall requires no breaking in, but it doesn’t need much, and the breaking in is pretty quick.
My immediate experience of this wrap was that it’s just so darn COMFY. It’s got great support for all-cotton, the thickness lends it a little cush, and it’s got enough mouldability to encourage good wrap jobs. It’s got that cosy, somehow comforting feel you get with some cotton wraps.
Nightfall has more grip than I expected to encounter from the feel of the weave, but it’s by no means a member of the velcro club. Second passes take a little work (I needed an elbow for the first few Double Hammocks, but it had more glide once broken in) but the grip does a great job at keeping wrap jobs snug once you’ve tied off. It’s not the airiest wrap and I wouldn’t reach for it on really hot days, but it’s fine in warm weather.
This is a fairly solid wrap, with only a little bit of give to the weave. On the whole it doesn’t feel too flat on the shoulders, saved by the cush afforded it by the thickness. The solidity did mean that before Nightfall was broken in it could occasionally be a little uncomfortable if I didn’t tighten evenly. However, once broken in I didn’t experience this any more (and during the breaking in process tightening evenly isn’t a battle).
Nightfall’s passes are just a little too thick and bulky to be ideal for a newborn. You can work around this with a Lexi twist, but if you don’t want to do this I’d suggest waiting until your baby is a few months old (perhaps 3 months, unless your little one is particularly small), so the passes don’t overwhelm their legs. Once you’re past these early days though – well, the world’s your oyster, so to speak. Nightfall has handled both my 22 month old and my 4 year old with absolutely no problems (in fact my toddler slept on my front in Nightfall through a 90 minute cliff walk!) – I’m always impressed when an all-cotton wrap can do this. My 4 year old was as comfy on my back as he ever is in a wrap, and he declared Nightfall to be very comfy and “definitely good for 4 year olds”(!). I found the width nicely generous for covering his tall, preschooler back.
It’s also extremely robust and sturdy. Need a picnic blanket? Nightfall has you covered. Forced to wrap in a muddy field or by thornbushes? Nightfall can handle it. I don’t baby my wraps, but do tend to be a little cautious with them at times. I felt no need to do that with Nightfall. If I was running from the zombie apocalypse, this is the sort of wrap I’d want with me.
But of course, those are the wrapping qualities.
Nightfall’s aesthetic…well, in terms of this, Nightfall isn’t comfortably familiar. No, Nightfall is like the friend whose style you always admire, the friend who’s cool without trying.
Just look at this colour grad. Think it looks good? It’s better in person. The colours are stunning: opulent and rich with wonderful depth. I love the way the colours play off against each other as they mix in different wrap jobs. I’ve also loved being able to choose a different look depending on which rail I choose to be my top rail (I’m pretty firmly #teamyellow, although I have ventured to the dark side a few times).
This grad is excellent for new wrappers learning to tighten, or more experienced wrappers learning new carries. Although the colours all compliment each other very nicely, they’re also distinct – it’s so quick to figure out where you need to tug to remove that pocket of slack. And despite the vibrancy of the colours, Nightfall actually hides mud and dirt pretty effectively. You’ll find a few small nubs and irregularities here and there, as with all Girasols: I think these give the wrap some extra character, and are a nice reminder that Giras are handwoven.
Comfy, hardwearing and hardworking and just plain joyful to look at: Nightfall has a lot to recommend it…and I think we’ll rather miss it.
Nightfall Cuervo is an exclusive for the Baby Carrier Boutique in Canada (but luckily for you, they ship worldwide). You can get your hands on your own zombie-apocalypse-defying wrap here. And if you think Nightfall Cuervo just won’t flatter your skintone as you run for shelter, check out the different wefts available.