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New: Scottish Linen Review

Wrap: Oscha Slings Alto Mivida, size 7 and Eesti shoulder ring sling
Fiber: 50% organic combed cotton / 50% Scottish linen 233gsm
Wrapper/Reviewer: Anne Rush (started wrapping in August 2014)
Wrappee: 24.5lb. / 19m old

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Aesthetics: At first I worried about the colour based solely upon the photos. It appeared somewhere between a pastel and a neutral pink. I trend more toward bold colors and especially dislike pinks due to an overbearing older brother insisting it was a “sissy” color growing up. Upon receiving the piece, I was relieved to discover the color – while still in the pink range – was more toward the darker range and almost a Georgia clay or pink limestone color. Upon consultation with friends – was dubbed an antique rose.

I had been warned by the previous owner that the clouds on Mivida were smaller than normal. I found this to be accurate and personally felt the smaller clouds particularly fit this colorway; the coloring lends itself to an image of a desert sky at sunset where the clouds are more sparse and less full.

Qualities: The first thing I noticed was Mivida’s thinness. Compared with my other Oscha linen blend wraps; I was also struck by Mivida’s softness. My only other Oscha 50% linen / 50% cotton that I have received new was Sekai Aozora. Compared to Aozora, Mivida seemed to break in significantly faster. In hand, Mivida had little to no “cush” when squeezed and very low diagonal stretch. This was on par with all the other 50% linen blends that I have tried. The clouds provided a very light amount of texture as one passed one’s hand over it – just enough to promise no slip while wrapping but still allow for a lovely glide while executing multi-pass carries.

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Mivida impressed me even more in wrapping qualities. My wrapping quality preferences are for wraps which are thin, soft, smooth or very low textured, with low to mid-stretch and good breathability while still providing excellent support. Mivida fired on almost all these qualities but for stretch – which no to low stretch tends to remain constant for 50% linen / 50% cotton across all the brands I have used so I associate with the blend itself, not with any failing in a wrap.

To assess Mivida’s wrapping qualities in relation to its differently source linen content, I specifically tested it alongside Oscha Sekai Aozora 7 (standard linen) and Oscha Strato Muscovado (wetspun linen). I tried to control as many variables as possible.

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Hip-Healthy Baby Slings

The International Hip Dysplasia Institute acknowledges Oscha Woven Wraps, Ring Slings, Baby Cairis and Coorie as “hip-healthy” baby carriers (when used as directed). This means that our slings provide the correct support to your child’s hips, which encourages the normal hip joint development that is especially important during the child’s first 6 months.

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Woven Wrap, Ring Sling, Cairis, Corrie

Woven Wrap, Ring Sling, Cairis, Corrie

The IHDI has reviewed the Oscha products that are suitable for babies under 6 months as the risk of hip dysplasia or dislocation is greatest in the first few months of life.  By six months of age, most babies have nearly doubled in size, the hips are more developed and the ligaments are stronger, so are less susceptible to developing hip dysplasia.

IHDI supports proper babywearing with the hips in the M-position as a method to encourage healthy hip development. Our Coorie and Todder Cairis also hold the hips in this position as recommended by the IHDI but as these products are for use with older babies, they are not eligible to be tested for ‘hip healthy’ positioning.

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A little information about healthy hip positioning:

If you would like to read more about Hip Dysplasia and baby carriers, you may want to read Dr Rosie Knowles blog post about ‘Busting some Hip- Healthy Myths’. Rosie is a qualified GP and an experienced Sling Consultant. http://www.sheffieldslingsurgery.co.uk/healthy-hips-busting-some-myths/ she explores Hip Dysplasia in detail and recommends different styles of carriers for healthy hips.

You can explore the International Hip Dysplasia website to read more about hip healthy positioning and the research around preventing hip dysplasia here http://hipdysplasia.org/

Bamboo for bigger kids too!

When a new wrapper asks about bamboo they will generally be told ‘its lovely for squishes but won’t work for bigger kids’, in fact there’s many qualities in Oscha bamboo that make it ideal for carrying even pre-schoolers.

Yun Yi wearing her 3 and a half year old son in Zhuzi Ash.

Yun Yi wearing her three and a half year old son in Zhuzi Ash.

It is true that a thicker fabric especially one that is densely woven, will tend to perform better in a single layer carry, but there’s a point where your child gets so heavy that a single layer carry, except in the thickest of sturdy fabrics, is not going to cut it anymore. There’s a few wrappers out there with hardy shoulders who can manage, but for most, more than about half an hour with a 3 year old in a single layer carry will cause achy shoulders.

Image of Nina wearing Nouveau Nebula Baby Wrap (46% Bamboo, 54% Cotton)

Nouveau Nebula Baby Wrap (46% Bamboo, 54% Cotton)

 

At this point most people will need to use multi-layer carries for periods of long carrying anyway, and this is when bamboo really comes in to its own. Oscha bamboo is also very strong, we use a fine thread that is densely woven. Thin wraps that are densely woven can offer great support, it is those that have a looser weave that tend to sag (although this can be worth it when the weather is very hot to allow more air flow).

 

Oscha Bamboo is very soft and has an incredible glide, this means that a very snug wrap job can be achieved effortlessly; passes are easy to tighten and adjust. Some people complain that bamboo is too slippery, but to get a good wrap job in a complicated carry that requires a lot of tightening, like a double hammock or DRS2S it can be perfect. As it is not too thick it also adds to the ease of wrapping and makes it a good all year rounder. Personally I enjoyed using it as a summer-time wrap in Scotland too.

Ambit Natalis Solice Wrap, (46% Bamboo, 56% Cotton)

Ambit Natalis Solice Wrap, (46% Bamboo, 56% Cotton)

 

Ultimately its all down to personal preference, but from one person who carried 4 year old twins (one at a time!) for an hour’s walk each day in total comfort, and found Oscha bamboo a joy to wrap with, I can vouch for bamboo for big kids!

 

Bamboo also has other great qualities as a baby sling. It offers natural UV protection, is anti-bacterial, great for those with sensitive skin. Bamboo is naturally moisture wicking & breathable, and the fabric has a beautiful shimmer. 

 

Here is a review  from Yun of Zhuzi Ash, 46% Bamboo, 54% Combed Cotton. She talks about using this wrap with her two children, her daughter who is 12 months and her son of three and a half years.  To see the original review, click here.

 

I didn’t know what to expect when I received this wrap, but the rich evergreen and bright bamboo green colours and the intricate bamboo design blew me away. Then, I touched it….and it was so soft…yet it felt so strong…I could not wait to wrap with it.

 

Zhuzi Ash wrap (46% Bamboo, 56% Combed Cotton)

Zhuzi Ash wrap (46% Bamboo, 56% Combed Cotton)

One wash and this wrap became floppy as if it was pretending to be a wrap that had been with me forever. The texture is silky, smooth, and incredibly soft – did I say that yet? I mean, I could not get over the softness. It’s also narrower than some other Oscha wraps. I was concerned though, as a soft wrap like this could not be supportive could it?? But I read up on the qualities of bamboo, its sustainability, how strong, and versatile this plant fiber can be. But I had also read that people said it could be saggy. So up it went with my little 1 year old and it was perfect.

 

This is a soft and moldable wrap with a glide that some will call slippery but with deliberate wrapping you can get it to stick just perfectly so that it stays put and that’s when you realize how supportive and dense this wrap can feel. I had to lower my daughter so she could nurse and it still stayed in place but when I wanted to bring her back up I had to rewrap a bit more since I had lost the tension that had allowed it to feel so supportive. It seems to have a slight cush to it – maybe due to the textile weaving intricacy of the bamboo throughout the wrap?? Or is is the bamboo itself??

 

The big test came with my three and a half year old. At a bit over 30lbs, he needed precise wrapping to make sure that he didn’t make the wrap slip down but once again as long as I made sure to be deliberate and guide the rails into place, my big child did not sag or slip down. He was snug as a bug and the wrap remained supportive. Overall, for a small baby, wrapping this narrow, soft and slightly slippier wrap will be easy and on a larger child wrapping has to be deliberate and precise but all in all shows the stretch of bamboo and the versatility of it as an incredibly silky feeling wrap. The artistry of Oscha really shines in this wrap and I can’t wait to use it more since V gets to be a big sister this fall.

 

To view the full range of Oscha Bamboo wraps, click here.

Optimal Positioning When Carrying Your Child

Babywearing International have developed clear and easy to follow guidelines on the best way to carry your child in a woven wrap or ringsling. There is a separate card to show the optimal positioning for each age group and then for each sling type. These positions show the most comfortable way for you and your child. To see the original source on the Babywearing International website- click here.

Virginie and her daughter demonstrating the optimum carrying position using an Oscha woven wrap in a front wrap cross carry.

Virginie and her daughter demonstrating the optimum carrying position using an Oscha woven wrap in a front wrap cross carry.

New born optimal positioning examples

 

Optimal Positioning Infant

optimal positioning instructions for carrying an infant

Optimal positioning for carrying a child n a woven wrap

Optimal positioning for carrying a child in a ring sling