The Wrap 8ssentials
Material: 100% Cotton
Price Range: $140-160
Style: Wrap Conversion Ring Sling (WCRS)
Age Range: Newborn+
Find-ability: The Firework wrap is pretty easy to find at a lot of online stores that sell Girasol wraps
A friend of mine was looking to have a Girasol wrap converted into a ring sling, and wanted to know if I would be interested in splitting one with her. Um, OF COURSE! After owning my Girasol Symphuo wrap, I am totally in love with Girasol. So she set out to find a pretty Girasol wrap that would be good for the summertime heat and sunshine for our little January boys. She sent me a few pictures, as she is in Canada, and we both decided the Firework wrap would be an awesome conversion! She took it to a local converter by her, SewFunky, and tada! I was even able to choose the color of the pretty orange sling rings.
The first thing I noticed, which was no surprise, is how soft this sling was right out of the bag. That seems to be common among Girasol wraps: instant softness. No breaking-in needed. This was the first twill-weave Girasol I had ever owned, before this I had only seen diamond weaves. This ring sling has quickly become my summer favorite!
Pros: This is the first Girasol twill weave wrap I’ve ever used. I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I was only familiar with the diamond weave Girasols. I was pleasantly surprised! I was worried that the twill weave would be scratchier, but it is just as soft from day one as my diamond weave. The twill weave is also very sticky and has great traction on the rings, to get a nice snug hold. It is a bit more breathable, which makes it the perfect wrap for the warm Chicago summer. I also just love how vibrant the colors are!
Another advantage to a Girasol wrap conversion ring sling is the cost. 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.
Yet another win for the ring sling style carrier, as well as another Girasol to fall in love with. Girasols are quickly becoming a favorite!
P.S. What do you use your wraps for besides babywearing?