I've been looking for a spare wrap to add to my collection for when my Rainbow is in the wash. My Rainbow is made by Easycare.
I started by testing out a Didymos Pfau from a friend. It really was a lovely wrap - beautiful colour & pattern. I think it must have been a limited edition or special wrap as it is no longer listed on their website. I do know a few people who have the Pfau but I wasn't sure it was the right spare wrap for me. To help me choose, I wrote out the pros and cons of each.
- Lovely patterns - let's face it, one of the reasons to own more than 1 wrap is to co-ordinate with your outfit!
- Thick weft gives a sturdy feel when wearing. It also doesn't slip once tied although it could be a tad heavy & hot in Summer.
- This woven wrap is much lighter than the Didymos. Softer too although different Didymos wraps have different textures.
- For a novice wrapper like me, the stripes are a great way of identifying top & bottom rails for tightening. Its also good to work out the third to be used as the seat under baby's bum!
- I'm really not keen on the rainbow colours though - it only really goes with white ;o)
I took on board lots of opinions of friends and started to trawl the different used wrap websites & for sale boards. Eventually I came across another Didymos. This time a Julian BUT it had been dyed. It was cheap.
So what's Julian like?
Softer than the Pfau for sure. Maybe because its older, hard to tell. The dye process seems to have shortened it slightly so Front Wrap Cross Carry (the only position I can actually do at present!) was only just possible with a stubby tail (my Rainbow being fairly new is still quite long in comparison).
Given the bargain that I bought it for, I'm happy with it as a second best but I'm still on the look out for a new favourite wrap - I'm thinking another Easycare but in different colours. Or maybe a Bali Breeze... or a Calin Bleu... It looks like I still have a lot of testing to do!
For those of you who are interesting in wraps and baby wearing, the best place to start is your local Sling Library. I am lucky to have the Harpenden Sling Library just up the road so I can go there to try things out - or badger my friends to lend me something from their stash!