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What's That Thing You Hang Wraps From?: Introducing Quadro

The content of this post was written for my homemaking blog back in January 2014.  Why repost it here and now?  Because unexpectedly, this toy has become a wonderful place to hang up wraps and slings as hammocks and swings.  I do this periodically not only because it's a great way to break in newer carriers, but because the kids love it.



Enough people have asked me about it that I wanted to make this info accessible for those interested. So without further delay, I'll let my past self give you the details. :)



This is Quadro--modular building toy, a prop for imaginative play, and active play equipment. 

Winters are always rather intense in our neck of the woods, but this one has been particularly frigid.  Nevertheless, my son asks to go outside to play pretty much every day.  I've had to say no a lot, or risk little frostbitten fingers or losing short stuff in a snow bank.  How's a little guy to burn off energy when running circles through the living and dining rooms g…

Ring Sling Shoulder Style Comparison

Ring slings are one of my favorite types of carriers. Compact, easy to put on and take off, simple and elegant, breathable...I could go on.  I love them for squishy newborns and short ups with toddlers, and for many months now my diaper bag has never been without one. Ring slings come in lots of different shoulder styles, so this post will not be exhaustive in its coverage, but my aim is to compare a few popular ones. How a shoulder is sewn determines how far you can spread it, and not all body types will find the same styles comfortable, so it's helpful to understand the choices. All of the slings featured in this post are wrap conversion ring slings, meaning they began as woven wraps, and were chopped and sewn into slings either by the wrap manufacturer or by an independent seamstress/converter, like Jan of Sleeping Baby Productions (SBP). Not sure what a woven wrap is?  Check out the Woven Wrap 101 tab at the top of this blog.

Here are a few things to consider when deciding wh…

Brand Review: A Custom Handwoven with Erizo Baby Slings

My current wrap stash is a mix of machine and handwoven wraps. While I've been quite content with the wrapping qualities of my machine wovens, the unique artistry of handwovens has drawn me in; they are as much textile art as functional carrier, and some have beautiful stories and meanings behind them. Last summer I started toying with the idea of my own custom woven and began researching which weaver might be a good fit for bringing my ideas to life. I knew I wanted a lot of control over my design, good communication throughout the process, quality I could count on, and flexibility with my meterage commitment. (I wasn't pregnant at the time, and wanted to be able to buy as much or as little wrap as made sense when my slot came up.) Additionally, cost/value and accessibility was important--I didn't want to play crazy games to land a spot or pay a ton of money up front for a wrap I wouldn't actually possess for months.  Erizo checked off my points one by one, and in Sep…

Wrap Review: Smitten Vena Cava Crema

Smitten is owned by Matt and Rachel, also the owners of 5 Minute Recess, one of my favorite retail shops for wraps.  Well known for their outstanding customer service and ridiculously fast shipping, it's no surprise Matt and Rachel have created such a lovely brand of their own.  Smitten is based in Texas, and claims to use only 100% natural non-animal derived fibers for its wraps which are spun, dyed, jacquard woven and finished in the US. Packaging and labeling is also produced in the US, and the wraps have passed ASTM F2907-14b and flammability testing and are lab certified to be free of heavy metals and phthalates.  Good stuff!

Natty (natural) wraps have never been my thing.  I love bold, deep colors and my wrap stash is dominated by pinks, blues, and greens.  But natty wraps have a following for being easy to care for and wash despite their light color, and for being incredibly soft, and since Smittens are "created to be worn," I felt good about trying a Vena Cava Cre…

Brand Review: Yaro Slings

Yaro Slings has become my favorite budget brand to recommend to new and seasoned wrappers alike.  Yaro, little sister brand of Solnce, combines high end aesthetics and delectable color combinations with great wrapping qualities and a wallet-friendly price point--most size 6 cotton wraps from this brand are priced around $75USD.

I've owned 4 different Yaro patterns (Turtle, Yolka, La Vita, and La Fleur) in cotton and linen blends, as well as one wool blend. 

Turtle was the most textured and the narrowest of the Yaros I tried (and I say that without being able to recall an exact width measurement, but I believe between 25-26").  It had nice diagonal stretch and was a bit heavier feeling than the La Vitas and La Fleur, and not as airy.


Yaro Yolkas are dead ringers for the ever-popular Didymos Liscas, with a few small differences.  My Dark Blue-Green Yolka is in the middle of the stack below.




Like Liscas, the regular weave Yaro Yolkas (there is also a denser toddler weave, w…