The Wrap 8ssentials
Name: Ooga Booga
Material: 70% Cotton 30% Linen
Price Range: $300
Style: Wrap Conversion Mei Tai with Ring Waist
Age Range: Newborn+
Find-ability: The ooga booga wrap is an exclusive release, not found new, but is sometimes available used
While pregnant with BabyT I found this wrap on the Babywearing Swap. I was trying to find a size 7 wrap to have converted into a mei tai by an awesome wrap converter named Billie, at Zanytoes. When I found out BabyT was a boy, I found this wrap to be cute and boyish. Extra bonus was DaddyBug loves the Chicago Bears, so a wrap that is orange and blue was an all around win!
Pros: This conversion was excellently well made, with professional quality seams and detail. I love how beautiful it turned out, and she was able to do the perfect custom job, exactly as I had described! After hearing conversion horror stories, I was worried, but taking it out of the package I realized how lucky I was to get a spot with Zanytoes! She communicated and updated me frequently, and was available to answer my questions within a very short amount of time.
This wrap is grippy and very supportive. I can imagine it being the perfect toddler-worthy wrap due to the linen. The linen blend makes a serious difference when comparing an all-cotton Nati wrap with this linen blend Nati Ooga Booga. The linen has much less give, but much more support. It doesn’t have a lot of bounce, which may just be do to the fact that it isn’t broken in at all. It has a good amount of texture from the weaving pattern of the little monsters, which holds a nice tight knot.
The ring waist is both an advantage and disadvantage in my opinion. The ring waist seems to be the big thing with converters recently. They have become very popular. I have only had this carrier with a ring waist, and I love the fact that there is no buckle to dig into my stomach or hip, and the rings make it so that I can get a nice snug and perfectly adjusted fit. I would like to try more carriers that have this feature and see if different wraps make the rings more or less difficult to adjust.
The padding on this wrap conversion is perfect. Not too fluffy, not too brick-like. HUGE plus for this carrier! It leaves a nice amount of cush on both the shoulders and hips, and is more padded at the legs-out padding that others I’ve tried. The padded-to-wrap shoulder style is also fabulous. There is enough padding at the shoulders that it comes far enough down the straps to pad the shoulders AND that spot underneath your armpit where the wrap hits in a back carry. Then the straps flow out into these beautiful wrap mei tai straps that wave around and tie off beautifully.
Cons: This is the first linen blend wrap I’ve ever had my hands on. While the linen feels extremely supportive, it is pretty sandpapery-rough at the start. I washed and ironed this wrap before sending it off to be converted and it was still pretty beastly. It is pretty stiff to wrap with, at least while new. I hope to try a broken in linen blend in the near future to see how they differ. I hear they are a very breathable option.
The ring waist is a little tricky. Just like ring slings have a certain learning curve, so do ring waists. That’s the reason I mention the rings as a “con” too. I can see them becoming very frustrating to someone unaccustomed to using the rings and rails tightening system. For this particular carrier I found them extra difficult to use. The wrap being as crunchy and unbroken in as it was, made it problematic to feed through the rings and tighten to the proper fit I was looking for. I would imagine this problem would be solved with a well-loved wrap that was broken in.
The Wrap Up…
Zanytoes did an amazing job on this conversion, and I would gladly send another wrap to Billie to be converted! What converters have all of you found do the best wrap conversions?