The Wrap 8ssentials
Name: Indio Black & White – Grad Dyed
Material: 100% Cotton
Price Range: $160-180
Style: Wrap Conversion Ring Sling (WCRS)
Age Range: Newborn+
Find-ability: Didymos Indio wraps are a very popular wrap choice, and pretty easy to find new and used.
The first Didymos wrap I’ve ever tried was an Indio. Indios come in a bunch of different material blends: cotton, wool, hemp, silk, you name it. They also come in every color of the rainbow. They have a beautiful weave pattern that resembles fine art! This Didy Indio is called the “Black and White” and was gradient dyed a purple, blue, and teal. It makes for a stunning ring sling.
I saw this wrap conversion ring sling for sale on the Babywearing Swap group on Facebook and fell in love with how pretty it was… so I NEEDED it.
Pros: This was another WCRS that didn’t break the bank, which is always a plus in my book. With a Didymos, you never sacrifice quality for cost, that’s for sure. It is a beautifully woven all cotton wrap. The dye job on this WCRS is also flawlessly elegant. The 100% cotton on this wrap is a bit thicker than the Girasol wraps I’ve tried, which leads me to believe that this wrap will be a tad more comfortable with a heavier weight baby/toddler, though possibly slightly less breathable.
Cons: I found this Indio to be a bit stiffer than other warps that I have tried. It was pretty new when it came to me, so it wasn’t broken in yet. It is very grippy, so it will keep a nice snug hold, which I can imagine being really good with a bigger kiddo, but it wasn’t as soft as I would have liked for my newborn BabyT. This Indio has a really cool texture to the fabric, which I hope will be a bit fluffier once it’s well loved. I ended up sending this wrap traveling to six other mamas on the Wrap Wanderlust Facebook group, and hope it comes home a bit softer.
As always, my ring sling caveat: there is most certainly a learning curve and practice needed to get full use out of the ring sling style. Once mastered, I believe it’s no longer a “con” at all. The ring sling turns out to be a quick carrier for in and out of stores, the post office (for shipping all those wraps J ) and a toddler who frequently wants up and down.
And my “open sewn or gathered” shoulder caveat… This wrap also has the non-pleated, or gathered, similar to the SBP “eesti,” shoulder style, where the fabric is a bit freer to spread over the shoulder. This just happens to not be my preference. While this “con” is a matter of personal preference, I’m not a huge fan of the gathered style. I prefer the pleated shoulder style, as I feel there is less to adjust, and it stays put as I tighten the rails to get a nice, snug fit. While trying to use the gathered shoulder, I found the more free-flowing fabric to get in the way, and slip down my shoulder while I tried to get BabyT situated. I personally favor the pleated shoulder, simply for the ease of use, and less time spent adjusting extra fabric. Again, some mamas I know LOVE the gathered or eesti shoulder; this is merely my opinion and findings on this particular style.
I’m looking forward to getting this beautiful Indo WCRS back from it’s travels and seeing if it got any softer after a bit more mama and baby traveling love!