In June, I posted about The Traveling Owls, my Lenny Lamb Bubo Owls wrap that I sent traveling. This sounded like such a fun idea – you send a wrap traveling to other moms who sign up, have already sent a wrap traveling, and have positive feedback. Once your wrap has traveled, you can also sign up to host other moms’ wraps. It is a fun way to try out new wraps without having to BuyAllTheWraps.
I couldn’t wait to list a wrap and then start hosting other wraps – how fun! Plus, hosting wraps meant I had a lot more wraps to review for the blog. Sounded like a win-win.
I created a traveling wrap listing and asked that my hosts have positive feedback and agree to provide photos for my blog. Three moms signed up. All three had feedback and had hosted wraps before. I sent my wrap off, excited to see what adventures my wrap went on. It would almost be as fun as traveling myself!
The wrap arrived at is first destination, with a mom in Ohio. Her first photo was of her toddler playing with the wrap. The second photo was of the toddler asleep in a back carry. It was fun to see other moms and children enjoying my owls. That mamma enjoyed the wrap, saying “This is quite lovely.”
After a week in Ohio, the wrap went off to Wisconsin. This time the wrap carried a child to a Bernie Sanders rally – it was funny to be envious of the wrap. I would love to have been there! That mamma also enjoyed the wrap, saying “We will be sad to see this go! Owls has been amazing to us during its visit!”
The wrap went off to a mamma in Oklahoma, and that’s when things took a bad turn. I had to message the mamma hosting the wrap to see if it had arrived. On Jul 16, she confirmed that it arrived the weekend before and that she was planning to send it out on July 17. After ten days of not seeing my wrap or hearing from the mamma, I sent her a message. A few days later I sent her another message. No wrap.
Since then I’ve written on her Facebook wall, sent more messages, and had the administrator of the Facebook page contact her. Two and a half weeks later, still no wrap AND no message from the mamma.
I’m really disappointed. Although Lenny Lamb is considered a budget wrap, they’re still not cheap. That money is gone – and I don’t have the funds to replace the wrap. I really love owls and I really enjoyed that wrap. It was the first new wrap I bought (my second wrap ever purchased) and took my daughter from Texas to Barcelona, all around Barcelona, and back home.
Some of you might call me foolish for sending something I cherished off to other mammas. With the exception of a less than idea interaction with a babywearing group, I’ve had great interactions with babywearing moms. Many, many women send traveling wraps and get them back. I’m just the unlucky one whose wrap has disappeared.
I briefly thought about walking away from the entire babywearing community. But it would be foolish to let one person spoil something I so enjoy. I just will not participate in wrap swaps or traveling wraps, and I sadly won’t be able to buy any more wraps for a while. That was an expensive lesson learned.
I’ll miss those wonderful owls.