Happy Fluffy Anna

 

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
HappyFluffy / handwoven

Fibre:
100% cotton

Measurements:
370cm long (plus 6cm fringes), 69.5cm wide, approx. 226gsm

Key words:
Thin, airy, mouldable, vibrant

 

 

You may recall that I recently tested another of HappyFluffy’s wraps, Diamond Coal. Proving that HappyFluffy can boast variety in its wrap offerings, Anna is substantially different to Coal – always a nice experience!

 

 

Anna is a handwoven, with a very pretty weave – pleasantly detailed and intricate. The weave pattern provides nice visual texture and is a good counterpoint to the simple stripe colour pattern. The striking black fringing adds extra elegance and I found myself opting for carries to show this off! Anna’s colours are perfect for this time of year – a rich plum and royal blue, with the black warp adding extra tonal depth. It’s a strong, beautifully vibrant set of colours.

 

 

 

By contrast, the wrapping qualities are very gentle, well suited to newborns and smaller babies. Anna is nicely soft, moderately thin, and mouldable. The weave is very airy, something which I think is a real benefit when wrapping newborns who can overheat so easily. It’s got a fair amount of stretch (although I didn’t notice much bounce). Despite the textured look of the weave, Anna is actually pretty smooth and has a lot of glide.

 

 

 

The drawbacks? Well, Anna is definitely more of a baby than a toddler wrap. I could get away with my young toddler’s weight in multi-layer carries, but it wouldn’t be my first choice, and in a few months more I suspect it might feel a little diggy. The glide translated into slipperiness at times for me, and I found this also meant Anna was also somewhat pull prone (I tended to be cautious wrapping with it outside).

 

 

 

But not every wrap is going to walk that delicate line which makes them suitable for toddlers and babies alike – and Anna is a great wrap for small babies. My lovely model adored using this wrap with her tiny little one, finding it soft, comfortable and easy to use. If you’re in the market for a beautiful, soft squish wrap, Anna is worth considering!

 

Lovaloom Petalon Elin

 

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
Lovaloom / Petalon

Fibre:
61% Pima cotton, 33% bourette silk, 6% seacell

Measurements:
491cm long, 66cm wide, 341gsm

Key words:
Thick, supportive, grippy

 

 

Trying a new wrap brand is always exciting. I’ve been watching Lovaloom’s releases for a while now, and enjoying their aesthetic – so I jumped at the opportunity to experience one of their wraps in person.

 

 

The Petalon weave is a stylized flower petal pattern with plenty of movement in it. To me, it’s also slightly reminiscent of baroque patterns. The scale is nicely considered: small enough that the pattern is beautifully on show, but large enough not to overwhelm with detail. It’s a really elegant design, and easy to wear with almost any outfit. I enjoy the detailing of “Lovaloom” being written along the hemmed rails – the font is elegant and it’s a lovely touch. Elin does have the giant care tags which so many wraps are required to have now, but you can easily roll it up and stitch it discreetly out of the way if it bothers you.

 

 

The colour of Elin is truly gorgeous. The natty colour is just the right creamy shade to offset the wonderfully fresh and vibrant purple. There are beautiful little blue-purple and magenta slubby nubs in the purple, creating a stunning speckled effect. The nubs add a lot of texture, but even without them Elin is a textured wrap. You can trace the petal patterns with your fingers, feeling the bumps and indentations. Overall, it really is a beautiful wrap – I’ve had a number of people comment on its striking looks whilst I was wearing it.

 

 

Elin doesn’t disappoint when it comes to its wrapping qualities, matching its beauty with solid support and softness. The blend of Pima cotton (softer than standard cotton thanks to its extra long staples), silk and seacell is deliciously strokeable. It’s one of the best wraps I’ve tried in terms of support – it’s got no issues hauling heavy loads (I’ve carried my 3 year old on my front with wonderful ease in Elin). The wrap’s support is complemented by some great cush, particularly noticeable on the shoulders in back carries.

 

 

The trade-off for this level of support is a thick wrap with a tight weave, making it fairly dense. This isn’t inherently a bad thing (although I tend to prefer thinner wraps myself), but does mean it’s not terribly breathable. I imagine this might be a warm wrap to wear in hot weather, leaving you reaching for an alternative in the summer months.

 

 

Elin is a moderately grippy wrap. Making a second pass in a Double Hammock takes a little work (as does tying a knot), but once completed, carries stay put. I generally dislike grippy wraps but wasn’t too put off by Elin, and if grip is a quality you like I think you’ll really enjoy this wrap. Elin is fairly solid but has a little stretch when wrapping, which translates to a little bit of movement once you tie off. This extra give-and-take is definitely a nice touch to balance out the solidity, and contributes to Elin’s nice cush. Despite its grip and solidity, Elin is a fairly easy wrap to work with – and it makes lovely shoulder pleats!

 

 

Overall, Petalon Elin is a great wrap. Due to its thickness, solidity and grip, I think it works best for older babies, and really shines with toddlers. If you like Elin’s wrapping qualities then you could use it with a younger baby, although I’d recommend waiting a few months to ensure the bulk of the wrap doesn’t overwhelm tiny legs. Combining comfort and practicality with striking, head-turning looks, Elin is a thoroughly enjoyable wrap.

 

Have you tried any Lovaloom wraps? How to they compare to Elin’s wrapping qualities? I’d love to hear from you!

 

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.