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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…