Didymos Crepelino Azur

 

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
Didymos / crêpe

Fibre:
100% linen

Measurements:
451cm long, 67cm wide, 236gsm

Key words:
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!

 

 

Didymos Prima Monochrome Hemp

 

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
Didymos / Prima

Fibre:
75% cotton, 25% hemp

Measurements:
438cm long, 67cm wide, 232 gsm

Key words:
Classy, airy, tough, mouldable

 

 

How can I break thee in? Let me count the ways…

That’s an appropriate beginning really – for, though it may not sound like it, this is the start of a love story.

 

 

When Monochrome first arrived, that’s not what I thought I’d be saying. It was nice enough to look at, but as soon as I touched it – wow, you know it’s a hemp blend. It was stiff and rough – oh, so rough. After a wash, tumble dry and steam iron, Monochrome was ready to wrap with – but nowhere near broken in.

Before you click away or write off this wrap as something you’d never want – hang in there! Remember, this is a love story…

Monochrome isn’t unpleasant to wrap with when it’s not broken in – it’s pliable enough and you can certainly get a comfy wrap job. It’s just…not special, not inspiring. But the key with hemp, I’ve learned is time. It’s patience.

 

 

Monochrome lost its stiffness reasonably quickly, becoming decently mouldable within a week, and nicely drape-y within 2 weeks. Where this wrap is stubborn is in its softness. If you’ve ever owned a really broken in hemp wrap, you know that they can be just wonderful – buttery soft and delicious. It’s a good job I knew this, because Monochrome hangs on to its hemp roughness like it’s a liferaft.

 

 

But you know what? I’m stubborn too. I wasn’t about to let a wrap beat me. So, I wrapped with it. I slept with it. I played tug o’ war with it. I tumbled it on cold. And finally, one day, I grabbed it to throw my son onto my back for the nursery run – and there it was. The softness. And right then, I started to fall for this wrap.

 

 

The hemp buttery-ness is worth waiting for. It’s soft, and delightful to handle. The drape is wonderful and the mouldability is, too – snug wrap jobs are a breeze with Monochrome.

 

 

And talking of a breeze, Monochrome is so nicely airy. This is really an inherent characteristic of the Prima weave, and I love it. Combined with its 232 gsm, I think Monochrome is going to be superb through the warmer spring and summer months.

 

 

The 25% hemp in this blend is just what’s needed to give that 232gsm weight an extra ‘oomph’ of support. Whilst I wouldn’t reach for it with my preschooler, I enjoyed this in both single and multilayer carries with my toddler. The support is of the firmer, flatter variety, but at no point did I find Monochrome diggy (even before it was properly broken in). It’s got plenty of glide, so – believe it or not – once it’s broken in, this is an easygoing wrap which doesn’t make you work for a decent wrap job. It also feels tough, hardwearing. I haven’t been afraid to work Monochrome hard or drag it through the mud, and it’s stood up to everything I’ve thrown at it. It’s just so dependable and reliable (I’ve yet to get a bad or uncomfortable wrap job with it).

 

 

 

And finally, there’s Monochrome’s aesthetic. True black, crisp white – this high contrast Prima manages to be both striking and classy. It’s easy to feel elegant in Monochrome and it would be a great black-tie event option. Yet it also goes with everything in my wardrobe and doesn’t look out of place with a tee and leggings (my standard daily look).

Monochrome, as it turns out, is a darn good wrap.

 

 

And so, as my frustration with Monochrome (why won’t you BREAK IN??) turned to love, it feels appropriate to end with lines from another love poem. This one, by E.E.Cummings, has always seemed rather appropriate for babywearing.

 

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear…)

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life:which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

 

Prima Monochrome Hemp is available to purchase here: https://www.didymos.com/en/Babywearing/DIDYMOS-Baby-Wrap-Sling/Prima/Baby-Wrap-Sling-Prima-Monochrome-Hemp.html

 

Didymos Silva

 

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
Didymos / Silva

Fibre:
78% cotton, 12% linen, 10% silk

Measurements:
488cm long , 67cm wide, 324gsm

Key words:
Cushy, supportive

 

 

EEEEE!

You’ll have to forgive me. I know, opening a review with a squeal is not ideal. But I have been so excited to get the chance to review this wrap! Didymos has previewed/teased Silva a number of times, and each time I have been intrigued by it. So, let’s find out: has Silva lived up to my expectations?

 

 

When you first handle this wrap, you don’t think of it as heavyweight. It has a gauzy texture and feels bouncy, full of air – voluminous, but not heavy. So I was surprised to find that this weighs in at a pretty hefty 324gsm. The secret behind this magic trick? Double weave, a technique which creates two independent layers of fabric regularly joined together via the pattern.

 

 

Double weave can, if desired, produce a completely different colourway on each side (or ‘face’) of the wrap (Didymos’ Fiorentino is a good example of this). With Silva, Didymos have opted for a more subtle approach. At first glance, you might assume that this wrap has just two colours – cream and green. However, a closer examination reveals that there are actually two different shades of green. One face of the wrap has warm-toned green silk, and the other has slightly darker, cooler-toned green linen. Both shades are stunning, and compliment each other wonderfully well. Rather than competing with each other, the two greens work harmoniously together to add depth to the overall colourway. I have to say, I like it very much indeed.

 

 

This leaf design is new for Didymos, and the wrap’s name – Silva – is inspired by it (Silva is Latin for ‘forest’ or ‘woodland’). The design, particularly in this gentle colourway, isn’t bold or attention-grabbing. Rather, it’s elegant. It’s refined. If wraps were used by the characters of Jane Austen novels, they might look something like this. I can imagine Jane Bingley fashioning it into a classic FWCC as she heads out to make her afternoon social calls.

 

 

Even in loom state Silva is smooshy in hand, and after a wash it fluffs up even more. As you might expect from this description, Silva is a cushy wrap. A very cushy wrap. The shoulder-feel is delightfully comfy. There’s a little bit of bounce and movement in the weave too, and this adds to the pleasantly cushioned feel – there’s nothing flat or hard about Silva. As it breaks in I also expect it to get deliciously soft!

 

 

The gauze-like weave feels quite textured in hand, so I wondered whether it might be very grippy. However, Silva actually has wonderful glide and is very easy to tighten. So often, heavy-weight wraps can be a little intimidating for new wrappers. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Silva to beginners – it’s lovely to work with. Along with the glide, Silva is surprisingly mouldable, easily giving me a very snug chest pass in a Double Hammock. This is a quality which I love, but tend to associate with thinner wraps, so finding it in a thick wrap is wonderful.

 

 

These qualities all make Silva a wonderfully comfortable and supportive wrap to use. I tried it in a Front Cross Carry, ruck, Double Hammock and no-sew ring sling with both my 20 month old toddler and 4 year preschooler – and it was comfortable every single time. Yes, every single time. This makes Silva one of the most versatile wraps I’ve ever tried.

 

 

In multilayer carries I barely noticed my toddler’s weight, but I would have no hesitation using Silva in single layer carries with him. When wrapping my preschooler I (unsurprisingly) preferred multi-layer carries, but I was also very impressed with the level of comfort achieved in single layer carries. Shorty or base size – this is a wrap which really will shine in every length. Silva’s combination of cush and mouldability even make it a great ring sling.

 

 

Though it may not feel heavy, Silva is still a thick wrap and produces a fairly bulky knot. This didn’t bother me but is something to keep in mind, particularly if you’re used to thinner wraps. I do feel that the overall bulk is not quite ideal for a newborn, as the bunched passes may overwhelm very tiny legs. Unlike other thick wraps, however, the mouldability is so good that I think Silva would be a good option for a small baby, as well as a superb choice for toddlers and preschoolers.

 

 

Here in the UK we’ve been waiting and waiting for spring to arrive, and I’m still not sure we’re quite there yet. But Silva’s gentle colouring makes me think of the first fresh leaves on the trees, and its fluffy lightness has a delicacy which reminds me of the apple blossom we pass on the way to my son’s nursery. Yes, it’s still chilly here, and it snowed this past weekend. But with Silva, I feel like I’m already holding my own little piece of spring.

 

 Didymos Facett Tethys

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
Didymos / Facett

Fibre:
100% cotton

Measurements:
499cm long, 67.5cm wide, 207gsm

Key words:
Soft, waffle, glide, thin

 

 

I’ve been curious about the Facett weave for a while, so I’m delighted I’ve had the chance to try one for myself. The first thing I noticed about Tethys – the moment I touched the wrap in the box, in fact – is that it was soft. Really soft. I was amazed that this was a loom state wrap! A wash and iron left it even softer still. This has to be one of the biggest advantages of Tethys, making it a very appealing option for new wrappers (or wrappers with little time or patience for breaking in).

 

 

Also immediately apparent in loom state was the lovely waffle texture of Tethys. This is unlike any other Didymos wrap I’ve handled and is really appealing! It feels comfortable and somehow a little comforting, too. The waffle texture flattened out somewhat after ironing, so if you love it as much as I do, you might want to skip that step (unless your wrap has creases you need to remove).

 

 

Despite the lovely waffle effect, this is actually a pretty low texture wrap with a lot of glide. I found this to be fantastic for carries requiring second passes, although I did have to tie a firm knot to avoid my wrap job slipping.

 

 

 

Tethys is a thin wrap, although (as with many Didymos thin cotton wraps) that doesn’t make it uncomfortable. It’s very mouldable – along with the glide afforded it by the low texture, this makes it easy to work with and to achieve precise, tight wrap jobs. My baby is now nearly 1 year old, and I found it fantastically comfortable with him in multi layer carries. I would probably only recommend this for single layer carries with a younger baby – although I can still get my 1 year old comfy, I prefer a little extra cush or bounce for single layer carries these days.

 

 

 

With my 3.5 year old, Tethys was comfortable in a multi-layer carry for a short period of time. As he never wants to be carried for long these days, this wrap could work for us – but if your older toddler/preschooler prefers to be up for longer, I might recommend something a little more substantial than Tethys.

 

 

 

Tethys’ weave is neither notably tight nor notably airy, and as such isn’t particularly pull prone. It has a tiny bit of stretch/bounce – just enough to give it a little bit of forgiving movement when wrapped. These qualities, combined with its easycare all-cotton blend, make it a good all-rounder. The only thing holding it back from being absolutely ideal for learning to wrap is that the two faces of the wrap are pretty similar, making it more difficult to notice if you have accidentally twisted a pass. However, the rails are differeniated, ameliorating this problem somewhat.

 

 

 

I wasn’t sure how much I’d like the colour of Tethys, as I’m not always a fan of grads along the weft. I was pleased to find I actually enjoy it when wrapped. The emerald, petrol and light green colours are well chosen and compliment each other. The black warp is striking and brings out the diamond weave (and is a practical choice for anyone worried about stains!).

 

 

I love using Tethys and would happily add it to my stash as an experienced wrapper, but I feel it truly shines as a beginner wrap. It’s so amazingly soft and easy to tighten, and robust enough to reassure cautious babywearers. If you’re just starting out and are wondering which wrap to get, Tethys is one to add to your shortlist!

 

Stash Shot Saturday: The Dresser of Delights

 

Stash Shot Saturday: The Dresser of Delights

I do love to take stash shots – there’s something very calming about folding carriers neatly, and it feels so satisfying to set up a nicely composed shot. It’s been quite some time since I last took one – I’m glad I got around to it today! Of course, when I set up a SSS, I never take just one photo 😉

Don’t these ring slings look just lovely hanging over the edge of the drawers?

 

Top – bottom, L-R: Didymos Rubinrot Prima RS, Didymos Natural Silk Nino RS, Firespiral Barnacle Aqua Seafoam RS, Didymos Lisca Karibik RS, Woven Wings Spearmint Tea Lace RS

 

These dark blue/neutrals are so classy. I was lucky enough to win the baby booties from Red Stitch Blue Stitch designs. I’m really impressed with them – great quality.
 

Top-bottom: Red Stitch Blue Stitch designs baby booties made from Didymos original Ada, Silver Grey Prima cowl, blue wool Prima cowl, Girasol Blue Velvet Fall, Didymos November’s Mist, Didymos original Ada, Didymos Domino

 

In this stack, my current favourite is the top wrap – my To The Loom & Back handwoven. It’s squishy, smooshy, so soft and an incredibly forgiving weave. Ada Ocean is visiting, and I’m enjoying the gorgeously vibrant colour.

 

Top-bottom: To The Loom & Back handwoven (‘You Are My I Love You’), Didymos Ocean Ada, Didymos Mystic Hemp OS, Oscha Andaluz Kehena, Didymos Iris

 
I love the way the bright red vintage Prima adds a pop of colour to this stack of soft blues and creams in this shot.

 

Top – bottom: Didymos Natural Silk Prima, Didymos Hellblau wool Prima, Didymos Seabreeze Prima, Didymos Silver Linen Prima, Oscha Paradise Erraid, Didymos vintage red & white fringed shorty

 
Do you enjoy taking stash shots? If you have questions about any of my carriers, ask away!
 
Left stack, top – bottom: Didymos Natural Silk Prima, Didymos Hellblau wool Prima, Didymos Seabreeze Prima, Didymos Silver Linen Prima, Oscha Paradise Erraid, Didymos vintage red & white fringed shorty
Middle stack, top-bottom: To The Loom & Back handwoven (‘You Are My I Love You’), Didymos Ocean Ada, Didymos Mystic Hemp OS, Oscha Andaluz Kehena, Didymos Iris, Didymos cape (Ludwig and Lisca Mocha)
Right stack, top-bottom: Girasol Blue Velvet Fall, Didymos November’s Mist, Didymos original Ada, Didymos Domino
Drawers, top – bottom, L-R: Didymos Rubinrot Prima RS, Didymos Natural Silk Nino RS, Firespiral Barnacle Aqua Seafoam RS, Didymos Lisca Karibik RS, Woven Wings Spearmint Tea Lace RS

 

Didymos Lisca Minos

 

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
Didymos / Lisca

Fibre:
100% cotton

Measurements:
489cm long, 66cm wide, 232gsm

Key words:
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.

 

Didymos Ada Natur

 

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
Didymos / Ada

Fibre:
68% cotton, 25% hemp, 7% tussah silk

Measurements:
479cm long, 67cm wide, 275gsm

Key words:
Supportive, textured, elegant, sheen, soft

 

 

Natties! Ah, possibly one of the most divisive colourways in the babywearing world. Some love them, some are terrified of them. I used to fall in the latter camp (the mud! The tomato sauce! The horror!) but having taking the plunge with a Natural Silk Prima, I have happily decamped to join the natty lovers. I adore the subtle elegance, the effortless goes-with-all-outfits style (and it turns out they’re not the stain attracting nightmares I envisaged).

 

 

Ada Natur embodies many of the qualities I love most about natties. The light cream colour is warm and flattering. The weave brings wonderful texture and elegant detail. And it has such wonderful, beautiful lustre. Natur really glows in sunlight – particularly in the late afternoon sun, when it seems to reflect the golden rose tones of the sky.

 

 

This is a new blend for Didymos, and I have to say I think it’s very successful. It’s not a high silk content, but is nevertheless enough to add an extra softness and sheen to the initially coarse hemp. It helps Ada Natur to feel more luxurious even in loom state. I find hemp can be quite variable in quality, but I love this hemp – the yarn is consistent in width with very, very few nubs. The hemp also complements the silk really well; they are similar in tone and both have wonderful lustre.

 

 

In loom state, although beautiful (with the sheen immediately evident) Ada Natur is somewhat rough and stiff. I believe this down to a combination of the hemp, and the fairly textured nature of the Ada weave. After handwashing and ironing the wrap had softened only a little. However, with use (and some ring dragging – I’m impatient with the breaking in process!) Ada Natur has quickly started to transform. It feels almost as though the hemp wants to break in. At the time of writing, the wrap is already nicely soft and floppy, but I can feel it has even further to go. Once this is fully broken in, I expect it to be gloriously soft!

 

 

 

Compared to the original Ada, Natur is thicker and more solid – I definitely notice less stretch and give when wrapping. It initially also felt much more textured and grippy, but this is easing as the hemp breaks in. Once fully broken in I expect Natur to be comparable to the original Ada in both texture and grip.

 

 

 

The hemp and the silk both make this a wonderfully supportive wrap. I’ve worn my 3 year old in a Double Hammock for over an hour in complete comfort. I think this would make a fabulous shorty for bigger babies and young toddlers (I’d probably stick to multi-layer carries for older toddlers and pre-schoolers and I like a longer wrap for this). In a longer length, the world’s your oyster – I think it will be a fabulous all-rounder. If you’re thinking of using it with a very young baby/newborn, I’d recommend making sure it is well broken in first. I feel it’s too stiff and rough when new to be an ideal wrap for really tiny babies.

 

 

 

Natur will handle most weather pretty well. Weighing in at 275gsm, it isn’t going to be the coolest wrap for truly hot weather, but the airiness of the Ada weave will help to bring some breathability in those circumstances. In any other weather, I think Natur will perform very nicely.

 

 

If you’re willing to take the natty plunge (and honestly, you should), Ada Natur is a wonderful wrap. Sturdy, supportive, yet beautifully elegant with luxurious lustre – Natur is an everyday, special occasion, little baby snuggling, toddler hauling workhorse.

 

Didymos Ada

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
Didymos /  Ada
Fibre:
100% cotton
Measurements:
480cm long, 76.5cm wide, 214 gsm
Key words:
Thin, smooshy, mouldable, stretchy, textured

This is a new weave for Didymos, so I was very excited to have the chance to test it out and evaluate the wrapping qualities. When I first took Ada out of the box, I was surprised by two things: how soft it was, even in loom state, and how incredibly intricate the pattern was. Of course, intricate patterns are nothing new for Didymos, but Ada is even more detailed than their previous offerings.

Ada is a wonderful mix of dark denim blue and a warm, light grey neutral. It’s an easygoing colourway, perfect for matching with jeans. The decorative detail of Ada means I can throw the wrap on top of jeans and a plain t-shirt and feel stylish, pulled-together – great for those days when nothing is quite going according to plan and choosing a nice outfit is not a priority. I can’t quite make up my mind how I feel about the design overall; I love all the intricate detailing and the geometric style, however at times it feels a little ‘busy’. This is a personal preference and I expect there will others who love all the detail. I hope Didymos will consider releasing a low-contrast colourway, as this may minimise the ‘busy’ feel of the pattern.

I washed Ada on a standard 30 degree cycle, tumble dried on low and steam ironed. I could tell the wrap had fluffed up during the wash/dry process, but still wasn’t expecting the wrapping qualities I found. Somehow, this 214gsm all-cotton wrap almost has cush. It’s sort of squishy, or smooshy – it feels to me a little as though it has hundreds of little air pockets woven in. This makes it so comfortable to wear! Because of this puffiness it’s more supportive than I expected. Ada handled my 3 year old in a Front Cross Carry amazingly well – I did need to tighten well (you won’t get away with sloppy/loose toddler carries in this wrap) but once I did this, Ada distributed and supported the weight very nicely. I also enjoyed wrapping my 3 year old in a Double Hammock. In a DH, I found the squishy feel of the wrap disappeared, instead feeling quite flat on the shoulders. However with good tightening, Ada provided me with a snug, comfortable carry. With my large 6 month old, every carry I’ve tried has been wonderfully comfortable, allowing me to wear him for several hours at a time with absolutely no discomfort. It’s worth noting that the smooshiness of the wrap produces a slighter larger knot than I’d expect for 214gsm, but it’s by no means obtrusive.

The other notable qualities of this wrap are its thin, floppy mouldability, and dry texture. The mouldability is wonderful, easily matching the curves of my own and my children’s bodies. It’s a huge help in achieving precision carries. Ada is neither the driest nor the most textured wrap out there (certainly I had no problems tightening a second DH pass, although knots do stay nicely in place), but as this is not typically a feature of Didymos wraps it bears mentioning. Ada has some nice airy stretch and movement to it – it’s not in Lisca territory, but it’s far from a solid weave. I think it might be a little pull prone, but equally pulls will be easy to fix.

Didymos’ extra wide wraps really are very wide – Ada measures 76.5cm after washing (and a whopping 80cm in loom state!). I found the extra width of the wrap nice when wrapping my 3 year old, but at times a little awkward when wrapping my 6 month old. Because the wrap is fairly thin I don’t feel it adds a lot of extra bulk, but I do find myself adjusting the spread of fabric on my back when wearing my 6 month old in front carries, to ensure that his weight is evenly distributed along the width of the wrap. I find the width more awkward to distribute in a back carry – this hasn’t been a problem since I rarely back carry at this age, but if you’re back wrapping a small baby it’s something you may want to consider.

Ada is a truly great wrap, and I’m so excited about this new weave. It feels like Ada brings together a lot of the things Didymos does best. If you like thin, mouldable wraps with some stretch, I think you will absolutely adore Ada. Even if these wrapping qualities are not your first choice, I’d still recommend trying Ada – I have been so impressed by it, and I think you may be too.

Didymos has now released Ada. At the time of writing, it is out of stock on the Didymos website, but still available at other retailers. If you try it, please do let me know what you think!

Didymos Cashmere Silk Ellipsen

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
Didymos / Ellipsen
Fibre:
50% cotton, 30% silk, 20% cashmere
Measurements:
396cm long, 68.5 cm wide, 135 gsm
Key words:
Thin, soft, glide, sheen

 

Cashmere Silk Ellipsen (CSE) is perhaps the least well known of Didymos’ mulberry silk blend natty wraps, but is still HSA and difficult to track down.

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CSE is 50% cotton, 30% silk and 20% cashmere. And yes, this blend feels just as luxurious as it sounds. Like NSN (Natural Silk Nino), NSM (Natural Silk Mille) and NSI (Natural Silk Indio), CSE is unusual in that it is woven with all of its fibres in both the warp *and* the weft. This gives CSE an incredible softness. Picking up this wrap is like handling spun air; it is soft, bouncy clouds of near-weightless elegance.

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Once you’ve stopped stroking it, the next thing you’re likely to notice about CSE is the weight. This is a seriously thin wrap, weighing in at a nearly unbelievable 135 GSM. Whatever you do, don’t hold it up to the light. CSE is like gauze and will terrify you. You’ll think that this fabric can’t support a fieldmouse, let alone your baby. And you’ll be wrong.

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CSE is thin, it’s true, and is definitely a wrap for a small baby (older babies and toddlers need not apply). But within this category, CSE is a superb wrap. The silk and cashmere add support and strength to a wrap which, in just cotton, would be way (way!) too thin. In this blend, the weight of CSE is lovely, particularly if you’re having a summer squish. The thinness of the wrap makes it incredibly mouldable; you can achieve such wonderfully snug, precise wrap jobs with it. Wrapping with it is a unique experience – it almost wafts around you.

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Didymos’ Ellipsen weave is fairly smooth and flat, and combined with the silk content this gives CSE lots of glide. This makes it oh-so-easy to tighten, but verges on the edge of slipperiness – I found I needed to tie off firmly with very tight knots. I found that this tendency towards slipperiness also made CSE somewhat pull prone. CSE has a little bounce from its cashmere, but not much – it sits fairly flat and firm on the shoulders.

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In terms of its looks, CSE is effortlessly classy and elegant. It made me feel put together on days when, juggling a new squish and a toddler, just presentable would have been a big win. CSE’s Ellipsen pattern is very subtle. It’s cream rather than white – a lovely warm toned natty. The mulberry silk gives it a beautiful sheen, adding extra depth to the natty colouring (the sheen does not photograph well but is lovely in person).

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Overall, CSE would be wonderful for special occasions, but is so soft you may well want to use it everyday with your tiny, delicate squish. It’s not a wrap you’re likely to use beyond the first few months, and even for newborns it’s not going to be to everyone’s taste. But if smooth, thin, moldable, supersoft wraps are your thing, you might just want to try to track down CSE for your squish and experience this stunning wrap for yourself.

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Didymos Garten im Herbst

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
Didymos / Garten im Herbst
Fibre:
60% cotton, 40% wool
Pre-wash measurements:
453 cm long, 70 cm wide, 284 gsm
Post-wash measurements:
444 cm long, 70 cm wide, 292 gsm
Key words:
Supportive, solid, robust

 

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Woven exclusively for Natürlich Wachsen, Garten im Herbst (“Garden in Autumn”) intrigued me as soon as I saw it. It reminds me a little of Didymos’ existing bird weave, Vogels, but the addition of branches with angular foliage and the different style of birds makes for a more quirky design. This is one of those patterns which really comes to life when wrapped; the branches lie beautifully, and the lifelike birds sit elegantly amongst them. I hadn’t expected Garten to feel classy, but it really does.

 

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The contrasting colours of Garten give you two wonderful wearing options. The lighter side is best described as a champagne colour: creamy, rich, and with a wonderful sheen which totally surprised me. The sheen meant I definitely preferred wearing Garten champagne side out – it felt elegant and somehow quite luxurious. By contrast, the brown side is chocolately and warm. The brown fibres make up the wool content of this wrap, meaning that when worn brown side out Garten also has a more textured appearance. As most of the wool fibres are situated on one side of the wrap, Garten is an interesting option for anyone who loves the wrapping qualities of wool but is sensitive to this fibre. By wearing the creamy cotton side closest to your skin, you can minimise contact with the wool fibres.

 

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At 292 gsm, this wrap offers wonderful support for bigger babies and toddlers. I’ve used it with both a small-ish 6 month old and and 24lb 21 month old, and loved it with both of them. My 6 month old niece felt truly weightless, even in a hasty, sloppily-executed Front Wrap Cross Carry. I most enjoyed Garten with my 21 month old in a Double Hammock. The weave is solid (so it really is fabulous for support), but the wool adds a little elasticity and bounce, making this very comfortable on the shoulders. The balance of grip vs. glide is definitely more towards glide with this wrap, but I never experienced problems with slippage once I’d tied off – wrap jobs remained comfortably in place.

 

The drawbacks of Garten? I wouldn’t use it with a little baby, as I feel the weight and general solidity of the wrap could overwhelm tiny limbs (it should be fine from around 4-6 months, depending on the size of your baby). Wool as a fibre can be fantastic year-round, but I have to say that I wouldn’t reach for Garten in the warm summer months – the weave is tight enough that I feel it wouldn’t breathe sufficiently for me. However, it would do well in any other season, and the tight weave does mean that it feels extremely sturdy and robust (pulls are not going to happen easily).

 

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Being a sturdy wool blend, this does need some breaking in. I was pleasantly surprised at how soft it was after its first wash (it had remarkably little wool prickle), but it was definitely still rather stiff. Aside from plenty of use, I like to break in my wraps by sitting and sleeping on them. After just a week I noticed a big different in Garten, as it started to become more malleable and easier to tighten. I sold Garten before it was fully broken in, but by the time it left it was already pleasant to use, and I imagine that with some more work it would become very floppy.

 

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Garten is a wonderful wrap which deserves a little more love and attention than it currently gets. If you like thinner, newborn-friendly, airy or stretchy wraps, this may not be for you. However, if robust-yet-elegant, supportive, solid and cosy wraps are right up your street, Garten could be a great match for you.

At the time of writing, Garten im Herbst is still in stock – if you’re tempted, take a look!

 

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