AT A GLANCE
Brand / weave:
Didymos / crêpe
451cm long, 67cm wide, 236gsm
Thin, firm, solid, supportive
An open apology to all babywearers in sunny, hot climes: I’m sorry, but I just didn’t realise. I didn’t know that a baby could stick quite so disgustingly thoroughly to your back. I didn’t appreciate just how suffocating swathing yourself in a base size wrap for a Double Hammock could feel.
You see, the UK is…not exactly renowned for its summers. I mean, most years we do get one. Sort of. The temperature definitely rises, and we even get the odd week (or two in a row, in a lucky year) of blazing sunshine, cloudless-blue sky days. This year is different. This year the grass has turned to straw and the paddling pool is getting properly used. I’ve even had to buy a second bottle of suncream.
And of course, I’m still wrapping. But gosh, it’s hot. And STICKY. Although this is the best summer the UK’s had in years, it’s still not the hot humidity many of you experience on a daily basis. But, finally, I have a little taste of what it’s like for you. So I’m starting to understand just what a difference a wrap can make.
Luckily, Didymos has your back. This summer they’re bringing out a new line of 100% linen wraps. Previewed a while ago on Instagram, these have been generating a lot of chatter and interest. Linen has a reputation for being cool in warm weather, and supportive – but also for being diggy. So how does an all-linen wrap measure up?
Let’s start with the most important area, the wrapping qualities. I’ll say straight up that I really, really like Crepelino Azur. It’s got a ton of support, yet is thin and breathable. The linen is predictably firm and solid, but holds up surprisingly well to a sloppy wrap job. In fact, the only time I’ve found it diggy is when I’ve over tightened (something I can fall foul of, as I like very snug wrap jobs). I imagine a really sloppy wrap job would probably dig too, but as long as you’ve put some effort into tightening it’s surprisingly forgiving.
My toddler is 2 now, and fairly average for his age. I’ve been blown away by the sheer comfort of this wrap. From the in-hand feel (slightly rough and definitely thin) I expected to need precision wrapping, but this is such a supportive and surprisingly easygoing wrap that I’m being a little more careless in my wrapping. The crêpe weave is airy enough to be nicely breathable and the linen is wonderfully cool – in our hot summer, I’m wrapping with very little other than Azur. I rate this in any size for a baby. For a toddler, I’d prefer multilayer carries but if you don’t mind paying some attention to your tightening single layer carries are do-able.
I haven’t found it difficult to make second passes, but there’s enough grip that I notice it when making a knot. Slipknots in particular really stay put once tightened. It’s also nicely grippy through rings in a no sew RS; in fact I think it would be a really spectacular summer RS (provided you don’t mind a firm shoulder feel). Straight out of the wash Azur has quite a rough texture; this diminishes somewhat with a steam iron, and I expect it to lessen further once it’s fully broken in.
And speaking of breaking in, I’m sure you want to know how Azur is faring. Linen is, after all, generally acknowledged to be one of the harder fibres to break in, and these Crepelinos don’t even have any cotton to help them on their way. Well, it’s a tale of two halves. Azur is not quick to break in. It’s much softer that when I first got my hands on it, but it’s still not fully broken in. I think it will be just LOVELY when I get there with it…but it’s not there yet. That said, Azur is not a beast and it’s not at all difficult to wrap with or unpleasant to handle. Even in loom state Azur was easy to work with – I’d even use it with a small baby! So, don’t expect Crepelinos to break in quickly, but don’t be put off either – they’re nice to use straight away, and are only going to get more lovely the longer you use them. The all-linen blend also makes them feel reassuringly sturdy, and the Crepelino weave doesn’t seem pull prone.
Finally, of course, there’s Azur’s aesthetic. The Crepelino weave has a subtle pattern, but I really like it. Up close, it produces almost a speckled effect – very gentle and pretty. The linen has great shine, even after washing (I love looking at it in the sun). Being linen it does, of course, crease up easily – if you want to avoid permacreasing you’ll need to iron a little more regularly. You needn’t fear the lighter colours, either – it’s easy to wash and care for.
Crepelino Azur isn’t at all what I expected from the Instagram previews – it’s so much better. It’s pretty, and supportive, and sturdy, and so breathable. If you love thick and cushy or stretchy then this may not be for you, but otherwise it’s a near ideal summer wrap.
Didymos has released Crepelino in a range of deliciously enticing colours (some are still available here), and there are more all-linen weaves to come – so hot-climate babywearing friends, keep an eye on their site!