There is always a little thrill of excitement when a parcel drops through your door, especially when it is a mystery parcel. When Be Lenka agreed to send us one of their most popular wraps I looked through all of their offerings and I couldn’t see one that I wouldn’t have been happy to receive, but, well, I am partial to the occasional splash of rainbow bright colours, so when I opened the package yesterday to reveal a Be Lenka Baby Wrap Rainbow Mandala Size 6 I was delighted!
I had come across Be Lenka on Instagram and whilst being wowed by the lovely patterns and colours I had also been interested in the provenance of the brand. Lenka is an ex Paralympian athlete for her country, Slovakia. I am always keen to highlight that babywearing is a tool that can be used to meet the needs of a huge range of parents and carers, including parents with disabilities and mobility needs. This is how I first came to babywearing, and slings, and a bucketful of determination, helped me to find an ideal way of carrying my children that worked for my fluctuating condition. So I was really keen to draw attention to a brand designed by someone who has worked around her own physical limitations to create both wraps and baby carriers that are versatile and easy to use, and has used them to help her move forwards not letting anything hold her back.
As always with a brand new wrap I washed it, and as a 100% organic cotton wrap I had no concerns about doing it any harm by just popping it in the washer with no detergent. Washing a new wrap helps to set the fibres, soften things up a bit and take your wrap from loomstate to baby-ready. I was feeling impatient, so I used the tumble drier to get it dried, because I knew that once they saw it both of my boys were going to be keen to have a go in this absolute stunner of a wrap.
I wrapped my nearly 5 year old in a double hammock for the nursery and school run in it and it was wonderfully supportive and totally comfortable. There was no stiffness in the fabric, and it didn’t feel like it needed any breaking in at all! This is a real selling point in a wrap because if you are new to wrapping and have a small baby then very few parents want a wrap that is harder to tighten smoothly and takes more work to get it into a usable state.
The pattern on this wrap is really lovely and quite detailed, but the weave structure is perfectly considered to get both the definition in the motif without creating an overly dense fabric. It has a nice draping quality and feels soft and supple. This means it moulded itself well around my big kid, and would be just as easy to tighten around a new baby, and I didn’t end up with uneven tightening. When you get areas of slack in a carry alongside tighter sections your wrap can feel “diggy”, because you are not evenly spreading the weight through all of the sections of the wrap. You will hear all sorts of myths about 100% cotton wraps not being “toddlerworthy” but they are just that- myths, and our trial run with this wrap this morning blew them out of the water had I had any doubts previously. There is much more going on in a wrap than just blend, but you don’t always need fancy fibres to get the perfect wrap for you tiny baby or your hefty toddler. This is great news because all cotton wraps are really easy to care for, so if you have a newborn baby who brings up a lot of milk, or a toddler who has the occasional snack in the wrap dropping crumbs or getting things grubby, meaning you need a quick wash and dry, handwashing can be a chore you didn’t need to add to your to do list!
Finally, these wraps are well priced. The longest size of this design, a 7 (5.2m), retails for 95 Euros, which is around £83 at today’s conversion rates- plus postage from Slovakia, and this is not their lowest priced design, so they are at the more affordable end of the baby wrap market without any sacrifice in quality!
Would you like to try this wrap? It has been added to our rental catalogue here and can be tried through our Wrap Club subscription, and for all customers who try this wrap we have a 10% discount code if they go on to purchase a wrap from Be Lenka.
We hope you will love this wrap as much as we do!