The Wrap 8ssentials
Name: Double Rainbow (RR) Azul Weft
Material: 100% Cotton
Price Range: $140-160
Style: Wrap Conversion Ring Sling (WCRS)
Age Range: Newborn+
Find-ability: The Girasol Double Rainbow (RR) is a very popular wrap and pretty easy to find.
This beautiful wrap conversion ring sling made it my way once I was hooked on ring slings. I am a sucker for beautiful colors, and this wrap packs a good punch in the gorgeous rainbow department. I also love the azul weft and how it brings out each color of the rainbow. I have seen and used a few Girasol WCRSs before getting this one, so I had a better idea of what to expect. The double rainbow, or RR in the babywearing world, lived up to all expectations! It was super soft, even though it was practically new, and the twill weave was nice and breathable.
While I had tried a few WCRSs, as well as Girasol twill weaves, and even conversions by Sleeping Baby Productions (SBP), this was the first “eesti” shoulder style I’ve used. The “eesti” shoulder style, unlike the pleated should style common for most ring slings, spreads across your whole shoulder more like a wrap. This was also the first time I’ve used a size large… which is a tad long for me, as you can see in this picture!
Pros: Besides the absolute beauty of the colors in this wrap, there are a few other pluses. First, breathability. The twill weave, as I’ve said before, is the perfect weave for hot and sticky weather. For a 100% cotton wrap, it is about as airy as it gets. The twill weave has another advantage, that the sling rings hold really tight to the wrap, which makes it easy to get a good seat, and keep the carry snug on my little one. Girasols are also pretty affordable, which is another nice thing about their wrap conversions.
As I mentioned in my Girasol Firework wrap conversion ring sling post: Many WCRSs cost A LOT. Girasol makes very affordable wraps, and if you split the cost of the wrap in half, and add about $15-20 for a conversion fee, you can easily get a brand new WCRS for under $100. Not many brands and weavers can boast that kind of price!
Cons: Like I’ve said about other ring slings, 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) and a toddler who frequently wants up and down. The twill weave is a bit less squishy than the Girasol diamond weave, but that also makes it a bit more airy for hotter climates.
The “eesti” shoulder style is deffinently not for me. While this “con” is a matter of personal preference, I’m not a huge fan of “eesti”. 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 “eesti” 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 “eesti” shoulder, this is merely my opinion and findings on this particular style.
I have now fallen in love with Girasol Double Rainbows… it may need to go on my stash wish list!
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