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Month: January 2016

Day 14: Crunchy Mama’s 30 Day Wrap Challenge – Back Wrap Cross Carry (BWCC)

overland park arboretum1Back carries are tricky, and I really struggled with my first (Secure High Back Carry – SHBC).   Fortunately, now that I feel like I have gotten the hang of putting the little one on my back and making a seat for her, learning new back carries seem to be getting easier.

Like SHBC, a six 6 (my base) is best for this carry, although I can also use a size 5 if I don’t mind not having any tails left over.  With the BWCC, the wrap goes over your baby’s back three times – which I think makes it nice for a chillier weather, and those three passes seem to make the wrap pretty secure (which is great for little ones like mine who like to lean and wiggle about!).

overland park arboretum2I did have to get used to having my little one sit a little lower on my back than she does in SHBC (or a rucksack carry, which I haven’t discussed yet).  At first, I kept feeling like she was slipping but I think that’s just because she was lower than I’m used to.  In the photos with the blue and black wrap, I have the wrap pulled down so it cups my shoulders.  In the photo with the pink wrap, I experimented with the wrap straps up on my shoulders and feel like it is easier to get a tighter, more secure carry that way.

overland park arboretum3With this carry, I find it a lot easier to get and keep my little one’s arms in.  This is nice when I’m someplace where I don’t want her grabbing things, like the store, or when it is chilly out and I want to keep her warm.  I like the way this carry wraps and feels, and I think I’ll be using it for walks for a while now.

I did learn one important lesson when trying to use this carry right after learning it:  it is harder to wrap when you and your little one are wearing bulky sweaters or coats. I needed to take her out to do barn chores one cold evening, so she was wearing a coat and I had a fleece on. I really struggled to get this wrap job done nicely and had to redo it several times.  We were both tired and cranky by the time I got it.  I think that’s partially because I had a really hard time getting the wrap up over her coat.  It kept catching on the coat fabric and I had a hard time pulling it tight.  I’m going to have to practice carries a bit more with sweaters/jackets because our cold weather has just set in and I’ll need to wrap over bulky clothes  for a while!

bwcc photoI did get a nice ego boost the first time I wore her out in public in a BWCC.  We were buying a season membership to our local arboretum so we can take lots of walks whenever the weather is decent.  The woman in the office was so impressed with the carrier and the wrap job that she asked a bunch of questions and then asked me to show it to other women in the office.  It was nice to get to chat about carriers and babywearing with a receptive audience!

Back Wrap Cross Carry tutorials:

Babywearing Faith

Wrap You in Love

Wrapping Rachel

WrapYourBaby (This one is slightly different and I haven’t tried it.. yet!)

Pink wrap:  Size 6, Colibri Rosa, 70% cotton/30% linen, by Natibaby

Blue/black wrap:  Size 6, Harper’s Flash Nightfall, 100% cotton, by Natibaby



Didymos Turquoise Emerald Hemp Indio

20150328_100948Didymos has been making baby wraps since 1972 – even longer than I’ve been around!  And they make awesome wraps.  They’re mid-range in price, and they offer a variety of patterns, colors, and blends.  Their “indio” wraps refer to a particular pattern of lines (triangles, squares, etc.), and they offer a couple of different indio designs.  From a distance, the wraps look very simple, but up close they’re so complex and beautiful.

My last review was the Didymos Deep Blue and Gold Indio., which was my first indio wrap.  The very day I bought that wrap, I saw the Didymos Emerald Turquoise Hemp Indio (ETHI) for sale on the Didymos Love and Appreciate Facebook page.  I whined to my husband that I so wanted this wrap but had just bought another one earlier in the day.  My wonderful husband said, “If it is that important to you, buy it!”  He didn’t have to tell me twice!

When this wrap arrived, it was such a soft wrap.  The colors were bright and gorgeous.  I couldn’t wait to start playing with it.  It was a lot thinner than the Didymos Deep Blue and Gold Hemp Indio, which made it a bit easier for me (I was still a newbie wrapper then).

This wrap has emerald cotton with a turquoise short cross carryhemp weft.   It is 60% cotton and 40% hemp.  Hemp blend wraps are recommended for both tiny baby and bigger toddlers.  My daughter was about seven months old when I bought this wrap, but she was a petite thing.  I thought this was a great investment since I could use it while she was small and as she grew.

I’ve heard that hemp wraps can be stiff and hard to break in, so I was lucky to buy a preloved wrap.  As I said above, it was super soft and easy to wrap with right off the bat.

I was disappointed to find a few pulled threads* and an area of thread shifting.  I met Gina of Dr. Pull’s Fan Club on Facebook, and she got the pulls and thread shifting fixed.  Indios seem to be very prone to pulls, and thread-shifting isn’t uncommon on thinner wraps.  Both things are easily fixable by someone with a little experience.

So on to to details:

Didymos Emerald Turquoise Hemp Indio (ETHI)
Blend:  620151122_2139150% cotton/40% hemp
Size:  4
Length:  3.8 meters
Width:  0.68 meters
Weight:  555.65 grams / 215 g/m2 (slightly less than the advertised 220 g/m2)
Rails:  Tapered
Color:  Emerald cotton with turqoise hemp weft in the Indio pattern

This wrap doesn’t shimmer as much as the Deep Blue and Gold Hemp Indio does, but the color is bright and cheerful.  I think it makes for a great every day wrap, and it can certainly brighter up a gloomy day!

Although both Deep Blue and Gold Hemp Indio and ETHI are advertised at 220 g/m2, ETHI felt a lot lighter and thinner.  But it was also a lot softer, too, and I could see it being a very snuggly wrap for a young baby.  I found it easy to wrap with, and it didn’t slip.  The only tying complaint I had, really, is that it was so grippy I had a hard time untying a slip knot I used for a Coolest Hip Cross Carry (which is my favorite hip carry).

I’ve mostly used this wrap for various hip carries, and it always feels supportive to me.  The grippiness that made the slipknot tough to untie also means the wrap doesn’t seem to slip – and that’s a big plus to me.

I have really enjoyed this wrap, although I am feeling a little churny, so I may soon sell it  – just so I can have funds to try some other wraps.


Example of a pulled thread.

*Pulled thread:  A pulled thread is a little loop of thread that gets pulled loose from the pattern.  It can occur when a fingernail or piece of jewelry catches on a wrap – or something similar.

When you buy a used wrap, the seller has the responsibility to disclose flaws.  However,  a seller may occasionally miss a pulled thread.  As the buyer, you should check over your wrap carefully as soon as you receive it.  If it isn’t in the condition you expect, you can bring that up with the seller.  Some sellers may offer a refund or a discount, and others will not.  That’ll be between you and the seller. I didn’t look over this wrap carefully in a timely manner, so I felt like I had lost the right to complain about the pulls.




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