Wild Slings Jardin Secret
• 50% organic Pima cotton and 50% organic Egyptian cotton
• Machine woven
• Support: Average
• Best for: Any Age
• Carries: Great with all
I have no words. This wrap is SO soft. Like blanket soft. Like I didn’t want to send it off soft. It completely surprised me. This completely gorgeous wrap is Wild Slings Jardin Secret. It has flowers, birds and even a little snail on it. The snail is my favorite.
This wrap is soft and pretty thick. It was wondrous on my shoulders. I didn’t have to worry about any digging. It was nice and cushy on the double hammock carry that I did.
There was slight give. Not too stretchy, but enough for nice moldable passes. It relaxes a bit during the wear, but I wasn’t readjusting often. Not enough to bug me.
The wrap was bulky, as you can see in the pond finish that I was in the middle of. But not so cumbersome that I felt like I couldn’t get it tight enough.
I would put this wrap on the delicate side, due to the weave. It had some opening weave, that I was worried about snagging sometimes. I also didn’t think this wrap was warm. We weren’t too hot in it, but I wouldn’t call it airy.
Look at those colors! Love how this looks. The black background and design on one side and all of the colors on the other. It’s so pretty.
The passes were pretty smooth. They gilded into place and I didn’t have to shimmy to make sure they fell into place. The design is slightly textured, you can feel it as you run your hand over it but it’s pretty smooth otherwise. This wrap had seen a few hosts before it made it to me so it was completely broken in and so floppy because of it.
This wrap was a surprise! It looked so thick when I got it – I admit I was a bit afraid. But it was just so soft, smooth and like a blanket. I don’t really have any other way to describe it – it just felt like an amazing blanket. Cuddly soft. Supportive.
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Emmeline Textiles Juno Squares V2
• 100% cotton
• Machine woven
• Support: Average
• Best for: Any Age
• Carries: Great with all!
I received Emmeline Textiles’ Juno Squares Version 2 in the traveler program and I was excited to try it out. Their program has a lot of options for caregivers to check out all kinds of wraps. I haven’t played with Juno Squares yet, so I wanted to play around a bit.
Juno Squares V2 is a thin wrap. Very thin – but not in a bad way. I wouldn’t consider the shoulders to be cushy. But I wouldn’t consider them to be diggy either. The shoulders didn’t dig in any of the carries (ruck, double hammock, front wrap cross carry) that I ended up trying.
There is limited give to this wrap. Ignore the sloppy wrap job. It was a size that I wasn’t quite used to, so I struggled a bit. It gave a good chest pass. Just barely any stretch, so it molded across my chest a bit. The wrap is pretty solid, it doesn’t relax much with use. I didn’t have to readjust or tighten with use.
I definitely wouldn’t consider Juno Squares V2 to be a cumbersome wrap. It’s leaning towards the Ace Wrap category, but without a huge amount of stretch. The moldability is almost there. This isn’t a delicate wrap, but it is natty – so I wouldn’t quite consider it a workhorse if you are prone to dropping stuff. Stains don’t tend to stay on Emmeline Textiles’ 100% cotton wraps. Like always, I do recommend following the company’s care instructions.
Juno Squares is pretty airy. It’s thin, so it doesn’t retain heat. Passes do glide pretty well, with a tiny bit of texture from the weave. The squares remind me more of a basket weave pattern than anything. It’s pretty easy to tie a double knot of a slip knot. No extra wiggling it shimmying to get the wrap into place.
The wrap is slightly bumpy from the texture of the pattern – you can see it in the photo above. And eek – baby feet! I love baby feet. The wrap is pretty floppy already, and I bet will continue to be more so as it continues on to the other hosts.
All in all – great wrap. Single passes for the little ones and I recommend multi passes for the bigger kids. Thin but not diggy. Textured but not too textured where it’s too grippy. Another win from EmTex.
Marisso Slings Azalea Cherry Blossom
- 100% cotton
- Machine woven
- Support: Average
- Best for: Smaller babies
- Carries: Great with all!
I was chosen to host a Marisso Slings woven wrap and I was excited. I’ve seen them around in photos and through reviews, but I’ve never had the opportunity to try one out. I was sent Azalea in cherry blossom and it was pretty amazing! I received it right after having Dumpling and it was the perfect wrap to get some newborn cuddles. It’s a gorgeous wrap that I really enjoyed having here.
This wrap is CUSHY. Like on the shoulders. It feels great on the shoulders. I had Dumpling up in a FWCC and Tot up in a double hammock and this wrap did not disappoint. It did not dig at all. I walked around downtown with Dumpling in a FWCC for a long time and I had Tot up for about an hour (he doesn’t stay up long anymore) and my shoulders did not hurt. It was nice. A had found a collectible store, so we were out a little longer than we had planned. It was fun though, totally worth it. Azalea does have a bit of bounce to it. There is some stretch that helps the wrap bounce right back into place. It stretches out a tiny bit with use, but not to the point of retightening or having to redo my wrapping at all.
Azalea does have a bit of diagonal stretch, which makes awesome chest passes. I love that ace bandage feeling when I do chest passes. The sling passes over Tot’s back were pretty smooth as well. It hugs very well. This wrap is pretty sturdy, but with the design and how soft it is – it makes me feel like it’s delicate. With the 100% cotton though, it should be pretty easy to wash and care for. But as always, I always make sure to follow the company’s directions – you can never be too sure.
The pink side is softer than the natural side, but not to the point of anything serious. I found the kids rubbing their faces on the pink side if that testifies to anything. Tot kept saying it was soft, ha. It’s not too thick, but it was comfortable, like a well worn blanket. Soft and snuggly. It was nice and a little airy, not too warm. There is slight texture of the design, but not too much to make the wrap grippy. The natural side does have more texture than the pink side. It was extremely easy to tie a knot in Azalea, with a tiny bit of slippage. This wrap was pretty floppy and I think it’s on the newer side. I love it when a wrap doesn’t take too much to break in when I’m using it with Dumpling. With Tot, I love helping the break in process.
I’m sad Azalea had to move on, but I love that it gets to snuggle other babies. It was a great wrap, especially with Dumpling. It was soft, comfortable. Wrapped easily. I didn’t have to struggle to get passes where I needed them to go. I love the color and the design. I can’t wait to check out what other wraps that Marisso has to offer!
Apple Blossom Wovens Soulshine Cream
- 80% cotton, 20% hemp
- machine woven
- Best for: heavier babies
- Carries: I would assume all
I saw this ring sling up for sale in the BST (buy/sell/trade group) on Facebook for an amazingly low price and I had to have it. I love Apple Blossom Wovens and I’ve been wanting to try out their hemp with Tot. He’s been getting bigger and heavier and I’ve heard that hemp is perfect for toddlers so I jumped at the chance to get it.
This was a conversion done by Cozy Cuties, LLC and it was pretty nice. They did their hybrid shoulder and it was comfortable. I was a fan. It was cushy and it capped my shoulder well. There wasn’t too much fabric, I wasn’t overwhelmed by it at all.
This ring sling was so easy to get Tot up in. It feels a lot thinner than the other blends that I’ve tried with ABW. I think it’s the marvelousness of the hemp. It’s solid and doesn’t stretch at all. It goes through the rings wonderfully and just stays put. I feel like it molded well to our bodies, as you can see in the photos below. It made a great seat underneath Tot’s bottom and around my shoulder.
At first, it was a bit of a work out before it was broken it, but once it broke it – it was a dream. The hemp made it feel like it was a bit of a workhorse – it took just a bit more time for it to break in than one of ABW’s cotton wraps, but it wasn’t a chore at all. It felt almost a little scratchy, but not too bad at all.
As always, here are some macro shots. I feel like you can definitely see the texture in these. Hemp had a different texture that I wasn’t quite familiar with, but grew to like. It’s almost fuzzy. I feel like the impurities are what makes it fun. The texture really helped with the grip. There was no slipping at all, through the rings. I did quite a few back carries with this ring sling and there was no sagging. It was good on our grocery shopping trips.
Aren’t the colors of this wonderful? I love what ABW comes up with. It’s so pretty. I love looking at the weave. I love seeing what makes a wrap a wrap. The different threads are all woven in different patterns, but that makes one big pattern. I can’t wait to see what Apple Blossom Wovens comes out with next!