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!

 

 

Girasol Nightfall Cuervo

 

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
Girasol / double weft toddler twill

Fibre:
100% cotton

Measurements:
485cm long, 72cm wide, 291gsm

Key words:
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.

 

Liora Rae Wovens Bloom

 

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
Liora Rae Wovens / Bloom

Fibre:
24% Egyptian cotton, 76% combed cotton

Measurements:
396cm long, 67cm wide, 289gsm

Key words:
Stretch, bounce, recoil, cush, supportive

 

I should start off with a warning. If you’re looking for a measured review, with staid language and a modest description of this wrap’s qualities, step away now. This review is not that.

Because I’m a tiny bit in love with Bloom.

 

 

I knew this was something special as soon as I pulled the wrap from its bag. Bloom has a texture unlike anything I’ve felt before. I spent a few days puzzling over its unplaceable familiarity before I realised that it reminds me of expensive tea towels…! That may not sound like a good thing, but trust me, it is. The texture is like a micro waffle, and is not rough but somehow a little coarse. It’s surprisingly pleasant in hand (I’m texture sensitive and loathe highly textured wraps), feeling reassuringly sturdy.

 

 

The other dominant in-hand feel is pure, glorious SMOOSH. I could squish Bloom in my hands all day long. In fact, I loved carries with some extra tail, because it allowed me to walk around squishing and testing the satisfyingly springy smoosh factor again and again. Did I look somewhat odd, as though I was trying to juice fabric? Probably, but I enjoyed it so much I just couldn’t help myself.

 

 

Once I’d assessed Bloom’s in-hand feel, I shook it out so I could take in the design. I normally hate large, frothy florals – they’re about as far away as you can get from my preferred geometric designs, and they almost make my skin crawl. I’m aware that’s something of an extreme reaction (!) but I’m owning up to it so you can understand why it’s unusual that I fell for Bloom. I expected the floral element of this wrap to feel pretty chintzy, but it really doesn’t. It’s oversized, and the detailing this allows for makes it look almost like a botanical illustration (which I just adore). The juxtaposition against, and interplay with the large diamond/chevron background is fascinating.

 

 

These colours are some of my favourites, so there was no chance I wasn’t going to love them. The light sage/mint and heather grey are soft, cool and complement each other beautifully. The colours have a tendency to look a little washed out in photos, rather than conveying the subtle, refined softness you experience in person. The touch of white picks out detailing, adding extra tonal depth and interest. As a finishing flourish to this lovely colourway, I found that in sunlight it has a slightly luminous quality. It’s truly, truly lovely.

 

 

Let’s step back into my journey to total adoration with Bloom. Thus far, this wrap had intrigued and then beguiled me with its in-hand feel, and seduced me with its looks. I was already feeling enthusiastic, but Bloom was about to seal the deal.

I wrapped with it.

Guys, this wrap is the stuff of my dreams. It’s got incredible stretch and recoil. I’ve previously described the bounce of thick Didymos Liscas as being like shock absorbers. Bloom is like Liscas on steroids. It really hugs you; the recovery from its stretch lends it wonderful movement without the wrap sagging one bit. If you’re ever wondering what true bounce with great recoil is, try this wrap. It exemplifies those qualities so perfectly that I could almost explode with excitement as I try to explain it to you. As I wore it, I kept picturing my son’s ball on an elastic string, which boingingings back perfectly each time it’s bounced. The bounce/recoil of Bloom is so good that it almost feels engineered.

 

 

 

The support of Bloom is pretty darn fantastic, too. I found it perfectly comfy in single layer carries, and in multi layer carries my toddler became blissfully weightless. That smoosh I couldn’t stop squishing makes for a wonderful shoulder feel. Never once did I feel a hint of digginess. In fact, the combination of support, smoosh and bounce make Bloom a fabulously forgiving wrap which handles sloppy wrap jobs gracefully.

 

 

Despite its slightly coarse texture, Bloom isn’t an overly grippy wrap. It walks the line between grip and glide rather expertly, finding a sweet spot between the two which makes second passes no worry, but holds wrap jobs and slipknots nicely in place.

 

 

To top it all off, Bloom is wonderful, easy-care cotton. As it’s not the tightest of weaves (it did acquire a few pulls during my week with it), I perhaps wouldn’t quite class it as a beater – but it’s great to know that any stains acquired will be easy to launder.

 

 

Now I’ve waxed lyrical, you probably want to hear about Bloom’s downsides. Well, whilst not dense, it’s not a thin or notably airy wrap – you might not reach for it immediately in hot weather. It’s a little pull prone. But its biggest drawback is that it might just make any other wraps you own seem redundant.

One and done? Shockingly, for this wrap collector, that suddenly seems possible…

 

Happy Fluffy Diamond Coal

 

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
Happy Fluffy / Diamond

Fibre:
100% linen

Measurements:
542cm long, 73.5cm wide, 289gsm

Key words:
Glide / slippery, supportive, firm, cool

 

 

Exotic blends are pretty commonplace in the babywearing world these days. Baby camel hair, lyocell, banana viscose – where these once would have drawn comment, these fibres are no longer surprising.

However, the blend of this Happy Fluffy tester is still  unusual enough to be intriguing – 100% linen. In a marketplace dominated by cotton blends, all-linen wraps are still few and far between. I had no idea what to expect from Diamond Coal!

 

 

 

I enjoyed Coal’s aesthetic. The weave is simple but elegant. From afar, the pattern appears to be large diamonds, but up close the diamonds contain detailing looking rather like fletching on an arrow. It’s appealing and proof that a weave doesn’t have to be busy or complex to be attractive.

 

 

The colours are similarly simple – dark anthracite on one face, and a light silvery grey on the other. Colours like this are always pleasantly easy to wear (no need to consider whether they’ll clash with your outfit). However, Coal’s biggest aesthetic draw is in its wonderful sheen. Linen is well known for this, and Coal’s 100% blend really showcases linen’s signature sheen. The anthracite side has a subtle sheen, but the silvery side positively glows in the sunshine. It’s beautiful and I loved it. Also typical for linen are nubs and slubs – Coal has a fair few of these, adding some character to the straightforward weave.

It’s worth noting that Coal has blunt tapers. I had ample length with this size 7 tester, but if you find yourself regularly tying in the tails for a particular size, you might want to consider sizing up with Coal.

 

 

So what about the wrapping qualities? As you might expect for all linen, this is an incredibly supportive wrap. Front, back, hip – Coal carried the weight of my toddler with ease no matter which carry I tried. It’s also very solid, with little to no stretch/bounce. On the shoulders it feels very firm and flat with no cush. With decent tightening it’s comfortable, but I suspect that sloppier carries might feel a little unforgiving or diggy.

 

 

The weave is very low texture, and combined with the linen this makes Coal a wrap with a huge amount of glide. I enjoyed the ease of making second passes with Coal, but I did find that the glide had a tendency to tip over into slipperiness. I found precise wrap jobs and tight knots to be very important for a comfortable carry – any tiny bit of slack quickly worked its way through the wrap job.

 

 

Coal is a brilliant wrap for warm weather, thanks to both weave and fibre choices. The weave is fairly airy, encouraging a little airflow (and in warm weather, every little helps!). The linen is cool to the touch and seems to remain that way when wrapped, something which is truly unusual.

 

 

Coal came to me well broken in and beautifully soft. I love the softness of broken in linen – it’s not fuzzy or smooshy, as cotton can be, but supple and silky. Coal also had truly beautiful drape and movement (it was so lovely I found myself regularly playing with the tails), making it feel elegant.

 

 

Coal is a great wrap. With fairly specific wrapping qualities, it won’t be to everyone’s taste, but those that like firm, supportive wraps with glide will really enjoy it. Sporting both a lack of bulk and superb support, this is a wrap which I have no hesitation in recommending for both newborns and toddlers.

 

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 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.

 

PinkNova Polaris Morning Coffee

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
PinkNova  /  Polaris
Fibre:
53% bio cotton, 29% superfine wool, 18% cashmere
Measurements:
497cm long,  65cm wide, 299 gsm
Key words:
Thick, cosy, supportive


For many babywearers, autumn is when wool wraps really come into their own – so I was excited to try out Polaris Morning Coffee just as the colder weather was arriving. A holiday from a lovely friend, this was also my first experience of Pink Nova.

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My first impression of Morning Coffee was that it’s a lovely colour. It’s a true neutral brown: neither really warm nor really cool. The constrasting colour is somewhere inbetween cream and white, cool enough to form a nice, crisp contrast with the brown. The geometric design seems fairly plain when the wrap is flat or folded but becomes dynamic when wrapped; the strong lines become more fluid.

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Despite only being slightly broken in when it first arrived, Morning Coffee was not at all itchy (and I can be quite wool sensitive). During the course of its visit with me, it became much softer and floppier. I’m not sure this will ever be soft in a silky/smooth way, but it is very pleasantly snuggly. It has a lovely drape – I found I wanted to use carries which gave me long tails just so I could enjoy the drape properly! Morning Coffee wasn’t notably mouldable at first, but as it became more broken in this started to emerge as more of a highlight of the wrap, making it lovely to work with. A slightly unusual feature of the wrap is wider than usual seams – I actually really liked this; they were very comfortable and felt nice in hand when tightening.

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The Polaris weave is sturdy and solid. In this wool/cashmere blend, there was a nice bit of bounce and movement. I suspect that in other blends, the weave might be a little too solid for me. I found it to be pretty pull resistant. The weave gives a little grip, but that’s not a dominant feature – tightening, whilst not super smooth, was not difficult. It’s a fairly dense weave (not airy or breathable) and Morning Coffee is thick, so although I don’t have direct experience of this in the heat, I feel it’s better suited to the cooler months of the year.

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The thickness and solidity of Morning Coffee may not make it your first choice in warm weather, but as a trade-off you do get an excellent amount of support. I liked this with my big 4 month old, but it really shone with my toddler (who is fast approaching 3 years old). Carrying in a Double Hammock was superbly comfortable, for both him and I. The thickness of the wrap meant it felt nicely cushioned on my shoulders, and the wooly bounce acted as a great shock absorber. I even used Morning Coffee in a Front Cross Carry with my toddler a few times, and found it as comfy as any wrap I’ve tried (the wrap hugged my back particularly nicely). Morning Coffee wouldn’t personally be my choice for a newborn, but as long as it was well broken in you could make it work.

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I really enjoyed Morning Coffee, much more than I expected to. If you’re happy handling a thicker wool wrap in the warmer months, this could easily be a one-and-done wrap for you. If you’re hefting around a bigger baby or toddler, you’ll particularly appreciate the support of this wrap (I didn’t try a single layer carry with the toddler but my instinct is that the wrap could handle it). Morning Coffee is impressive, beautifully made, and has made me keen to try other Pink Nova wraps.

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