We had the opportunity to host this traveling 100% cotton blueberry Tekhni Aplos wrap. What’s a traveling wrap? It’s a wrap that visits Moms around the country for a short time, usually a week or so, then is shipped off to the next babywearing parent. It’s one thing to shop for a wrap online…it’s a whole separate experience to actually feel the fabric between your fingers and wrap with it. So travelers are a great way to experience different wraps for just the cost of shipping.
I took some photos and want to share our experience with you. We had this wrap for 1-week in the very very cold of winter. This review is a combo of photos outside (you can see natural light) that I took dressed like an Eskimo…and indoor photos with my tripod in less then ideal lighting. Have a look! I wish I had more time. I often recommend this woven to Moms looking for a quality budget woven wrap that comes from a great company. It’s very supportive and at just under $100 for every size, it can fit every budget!
This wrap comes in blueberry (seen here) tangerine, and lime. I will admit to being a tad intimidated when I took this wrap out of the envelope. It felt a bit stiff. I thought it felt like a pair of jeans before wearing them for an hour or two. In fact, I hope to have this wrap cycle back to me so I can have a shot at breaking it in in warmer weather! So aside from needing some breaking in (don’t be intimidated, breaking in a wrap is fun!), at 25″ wide and super supportive, this wrap can be used for both infants and toddlers. My son here is almost 30 lbs and loves to be worn.
One question that keeps popping up in babywearing groups concerns normal occurrences in wrap fabric. Here you see either a nub or some sort of knot below. This is expected and found every so often in the wrap. While other wraps that may be more colorful, patterened, or textured hide these…a unicolor even wrap like this makes them more visible. This is not a cause for concern…wrap away!!
The knot is very manageable (seen below) and maintains it’s grip even nearing the ends of the tails. After a bit of wear I needed to adjust/tighten the shoulders of this wrap (I often achieve this with a twist), but I imagine after being thoroughly broken in that this wouldn’t happen. I did wash it before photographing/testing which definitely contributes to loosening during wear.
This is an exciting line from Tekhni and you can find woven wraps available for purchase from the Tekhni shop on etsy. These ‘budget’ (and I don’t like the word budget, because they’re great wraps for the price!) wraps come in 100% cotton for the Aplos line and in a cotton/repreve blend for the more colorful Arche series. EVERY size is $99. That’s awesome. I have shopped for fabric, and you would be hard pressed to find fabric like this to make your own wrap for the price.
Downsides? This woven wrap is not nearly as soft or stretchy as the patterned wraps from the Tekhni collection. It’s certainly more tough textured and takes time to break in and soften. Want a cusy wrap right away? Go for the repreve blends. Up for a challenge? This is for you!