The only kind of carrier I used with Cub was a soft structured buckle carrier. I’ve definitely branched out with his sister: I feel way more confident about baby wearing, so I’m eager to try them all! I was a very reluctant wrapper, but when Jennifer at Lollypop Kids determined I was a wrapping virgin, she insisted I give it a try.
If you are a seasoned wrapper wondering how the Pellicano Baby stacks up to other woven wraps, this is clearly not the review for you. This is the only wrap I’ve ever tried! This review is more about how someone curious but doubtful about wrapping became a hard core gangster wrapper. (OK, I’m not hard core yet, but I really wanted to say that.)
Within minutes of receiving my Pellicano (and a lollypop, of course), I had used the pictures in the included instructions for the front cross carry, not even a YouTube clip… and fired off nervous selfies to Jennifer asking if I looked like I was doing it properly. Typically you want to wash your wrap first to help soften it up, but I was just doing a trial run.
It took me a couple times to get the rails in the right position behind her legs, but I will say in all honesty that wrapping was way easier than I had anticipated.
My first impressions were:
1- This wrap is gorgeous. Wraps are gorgeous. I understand why people buy many wraps… they’re like clothes! This is dangerous.
2- Wrapping is so old school it feels new school!
3- I don’t know if I’d be as comfortable wrapping for the first time had I not already tried the Huggaloops carrier, which gave me an idea of how a wrap should feel!
About my Pellicano Baby Wrap:
The Nodo Enf wrap, a design exclusive to Lollypop Kids, is 100% cotton, so very easy to wash. The fabric isn’t slippery. Its weight is 260g/m2, which more knowledgeable wrappers have told me makes it close to thick. (The numbers mean that one metre of this wrap, unwashed, weighs 260 g.)
It doesn’t really need to be broken in per se, but will get softer and softer with use. I am about 5’9″ tall and weigh 140 lbs. Jennifer sent me a size 5.
Your “base size” for a wrap is determined by the size of wrap needed to do a front cross carry (FCC), which looks like this:
To do a front cross carry, you start with the center of the wrap (indicated by a little tag) above your breasts. Without twisting, you bring the two ends of the wrap behind you and up over your shoulders, crossing them on your back.
Baby is going to sit in the pouch you create on your front, and the ends of the wrap, known as “rails,” will cross under her bum to support her, and then tie off at the back. (If the wrap is long enough, you can also knot it in front.)
Wrap You in Love has my favourite tutorial video for this carry (and my favourite hair):
The learning curve for a wrap is undoubtedly the steepest of any babywearing style. It’s probably not something I would be comfortable with if it were my first babywearing experience, particularly without a wrapping Yoda to mentor me in person. It is unlikely my husband will ever try wearing Little Miss in a wrap.
What I love about using a wrap, so far (and I have many more wrapping techniques to learn), is its simplicity. Yes, okay, you do have to learn to do it, but a wrap is your Zombie Apocalypse carrier. No buckles, no elastics, nothin’. When you need to make a run from those zombies, you can rip down a big curtain and you’ve got a baby carrier!
The other thing I love about using a wrap is the sheer beauty of it. If I had a wedding or other such fancy event to attend with Little Miss Cub, I’d want to spend my dress money on a beautiful wrap! Wrapping your baby is baby wearing in the truest sense.
So while I still need some practice, and I look forward to learning some new wrapping techniques, I will definitely keep on wrapping. I believe my new life goal will be wrapping Little Miss Cub and rapping my karaoke standard: Salt ‘n’ Pepa’s Shoop.
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Want to try a wrap? In the market for other baby carrier styles or even cloth diapers and Mama accessories? Let Jennifer at Lollypop Kids help you out. She has Cloth Diaper and Babywearing Mystery Boxes and she’s super sweet… of course!
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