The Wrap 8ssentials
Material: 60% Cotton 40% Wool
Price Range: $165-185
Style: Wrap Conversion Ring Sling (WCRS)
Age Range: Newborn+
Find-ability: I haven’t seen many of this wrap up for sale, the wool/cotton blend seems to be somewhat rare
Originally I owned this beautiful birds, owls, and flowers as a size 5 wrap. I bought this from a lovely mama while I was pregnant with BabyT. It was pre-loved and very well broken in. At the time I was still very overwhelmed by the idea of wrapping with so much material. I also didn’t have a ring sling, and many other mamas seemed to think that a ring sling was a babywearing must-have for any newborn. So, this beautifully soft wrap got sent to the fabulous Jan, at Sleeping Baby Productions (SBP) to be turned into two ring slings. A friend of mine bought the other ring sling and that helped to offset the cost of having a wrap converted.
The first time putting BabyT in a ring sling was a bit complicated. But, there I was with my 8-day-old squish flopped into a ring sling… how hard could it be??? Let’s just say there is a learning curve that goes along with the ring sling and all its rails and pockets and tails. If at first you don’t succeed, ring sling again! I will admit to thinking that ring slings were just NOT for me. I watched YouTube videos about ring slings, talked to friends who had used them, and just kept trying. After all, there had to be a reason everyone seemed to love them so much! The more I attempted to use this ring sling, the more I fell in love with it.
Pros: This is THE SOFTEST wrap I have ever felt, and that is my favorite part about it. I had never had any experience with wool before this wrap, and I have been told by others that wool is rough and scratchy when new. I was lucky enough to get this wrap very well loved and satiny soft and squishy. I will have to see if I come across other wool blends along my journey, to see if they are as soft and squishy as this broken in Kokadi wool/cotton blend.
There is also a very beautiful pattern to this wrap. The “Eisvogel,” which translates from German as “Polar Birds,” are whimsical and artsy. And the turquoise and soft off-white contrast are colors I absolutely love together.
Cons: The ring sling style of carrier is a bit to get used to. There is a learning curve, and lots of practice that goes into using it quickly and effectively. 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. The only other down side I could see potentially with this wrap conversion, is that the wool/cotton blend is a tad slippery when super well broken in, as mine is. This could lead to a heavier child (25lbs+) to sagging. Not in an unsafe way, just that the rings may let some of the fabric slip a bit, and not hold as snug as some may want.
Was my first wrap conversion ring sling (WCRS) a success? Extremely! After learning how to use this ring sling, I am on the hunt for more!