Saturday, January 10, 2015

Vanamo Woven Wraps

It's no secret that I'm big into babywearing. I love wearing my children and will continue to wear them as long as I can, or as long as they will let me. I recently had the opportunity to try out a Vanamo woven wrap from Wearababy; a small, family-run company in Finland. I was sent a Kide Tuli, size 6, to review.

Before washing, taken in poor lighting but a good overall idea of the pattern



While I waited for the wrap to arrive, because shipping from Finland to the states won't exactly happen over night, I exchanged a few emails with Niina, the mother behind Wearababy. She is very passionate about babywearing, having worn both of her children, and these wraps are her dream come to life. The wraps are produced on a small-scale in Finland, requiring lots of hand-work. These wraps only use the best quality materials, using organic cotton, merino wool, and european linen.

When the wrap arrived, I excitedly washed it and hung it up to dry. It is gorgeous!


I couldn't wait to try this out because my husband's (father's) side of the family is from Finland. This shows in my son, Bobble... he looks the part!


Now I promised my husband I'd get a good picture of him. Bobble was not wanting to hold still, and the only other picture I got had his eyes completely closed, so he gets the slightly goofy face picture used. Sorry, hubby! Good thing he has a good sense of humour, eh?

I actually tried to get an action shot with him wearing in this wrap for weeks. I finally gave up on trying to get him wearing Squiggle because she's been super clingy for mom lately (sick plus teething) and hubby has never wrapped before. She simply wouldn't be patient enough to let him try at the moment. Instead, I snagged Bobble for a photo op.

I took the wrap to a local babywearing meeting to let some other moms see it, too. It was a hit! It's a gorgeous design, the materials is a lovely, soft material (this was all organic cotton), and it wraps so nicely!



I was surprised at how secure even Bobble was in the wrap. He is still pretty heavy from his recent health issues, and wiggled around like mad. Even though he popped the seat in the ruck carry shown here, the other passes held so nicely that you would have never known (if you didn't see it)!


Both children love the wrap, as do I! Here's a bit more about Wearababy:

Taken from their website:

"Our ambition is to offer high quality and special woven wraps to meet the needs of a demanding customer. The fabrics and weaving patterns are carefully designed to make the first-class baby wraps. We do not want to make compromises with the manufacture - only the best materials and production methods are used.


Vanamo collection offers both joyful and brightly colored wraps and classical looks for elegant style. You can find a suitable baby wrap for different taste, mood and occasion. The quality of threads, weaving pattern, density and thickness of the fabric all have an effect on the functionality of the baby wrap. Vanamo collection provides many types of baby wraps that differ in the materials, weaving pattern and thickness."


             

Squiggle naps well in this gorgeous wrap, too! I know the above ruck is a bit loose, but she was already asleep when I wrapped her and I was trying not to wake her. Don't worry, she was definitely secure.

Wearababy sells more than just woven wraps, though. You can find gorgeous ringslings, mei tais, SSCs, children's clothes, etc. Check out their shop here.

Braided up



Speaking of their gorgeous ringslings, they also sent one for one of my readers!



Not the greatest picture of the sling, but I didn't want to take it out of the bag since I have cats, so it stays sealed, sadly. (I wanted to try it out!). It is a gorgeous, cotton Karpalo ringsling with a red weft.



There is a stock picture of the sling from the wearababy page.

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Disclaimer: Thoughts of Fluff was sent the above product in exchange for a review. This did not change my opinion of the product in anyway. All opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own.

190 comments:

  1. That wrap is gorgeous! I also really like the Puolukka Havu wrap, although it's out of stock.

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  2. I love keeping my baby close to me. I think that it makes us both feel secure and it's a way to share my daily activities/chores/errands with my daughter. I think it makes her a more equal participant in those activities as opposed to tagging along.

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  3. I like the girasol arctic rainbow diamond wrap.

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  4. I like being able to get extra snuggles with my baby, but also being able to get some things done at the same time.

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  5. I would like to try one of the the Mei Tais!

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  6. I like baby wearing because your little one gets to be involved in everything you do, learning and developing by every moment :)

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  7. I love the Girasol Baby Wraps. The Sandia Creme Diamond is gorgeous, which is probably why it is out of stock.

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  8. I Would also love to try a Girasol Baby wrap, The Antiqua color is gorgeous!

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  9. I like the Wompat Baby Carriers.

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  10. I like babywearing because I like to have my babies close to me.

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  11. I like the girasol Antigua woven wrap.

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  12. Love the Wompat Baby Carriers. So many pretty colors! Plus, the name is fun.

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  13. The Kide Hetki THICK Vanamo Wrap is another gorgeous option.

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  14. I like the girasol agua azul dark woven wrap.

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  15. I like the Ruutu Sateenkaari violet vanamo wrap

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  16. I also like the Northern Lights Thick ring sling.

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  17. I like the girasol boy or girl thicker weave wrap.

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  18. I like having my baby close and still being able to get things done.

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  19. I would love to own the Baby Earthy Rainbow Wompat Carrier.

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  20. I love the baby rainforest colored Wompat carrier!

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  21. I love everything about babywearing. It makes thrifting easier lol

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  22. I really like the Koala Ring Tai.

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  23. Id love the wool blend Ruutu Sateenkaari violet! absolutely beautiful!

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  24. We babywear daily it allows me to meet the needs of my baby and my toddler simultaneously!

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  25. I think it's so cool they have the same kind of fun colored children's clothing!

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  26. I like the girasol blue berry wrap.

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  27. I like the Doll Wraps & Slings they are cute, my daughter would like those to carry her doll.

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  28. The Wallabi Baby wraps look well made! I like the neutral Kide Hetki color.

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  29. I like the Wallabi Wrap Tai Baby in Kide Hetki.

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  30. I would like the MySol Mei Tai.

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  31. I would like a girasol ring sling

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  32. Not feeling bad about getting stuff done because he's right therer with me.

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  33. The MySol Diamond Earthy Rainbow Mai Tai looks great.

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  34. I like the girasol wraps in blue ikat!

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  35. I love that I can get things done around the house or shop while babywearing, as well as just being close to baby!

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  36. What I love most about babywearing is that I can "hold" our daughter but still have 2 hands free! If we didn't babywear, our house would never be clean. (;

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  38. Girasol Baby Wraps- Artic Rainbow, Its so pretty.

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  39. I love the close connection you get when you wear you baby. Also it is amazing when your baby needs to be held but you have stuff you need to do, so the baby gets the close contact but mommy can get the stuff she needs to get done.

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  40. The Wallabi Wrap Tai's look really interesting.

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  41. I like the Bamboo Body "Vesieläin" (long sleeves) it is very cute.

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  42. I like the Girasol bronze rainbow! The ring slings look awesome too!

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  43. My favorite part of babywearing is how calm and happy my baby is. I get soooo many comments about how he's sick a "good" baby. Lol, babies are always "good" when mama is cuddling them!

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  44. The Baby Rainforest Wompat carrier is adorable!

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  45. Love the Wompat carriers :)

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  46. Love the proximity of baby wearing. Comforts them, and you can get a lot done :)

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  47. I like the Girasol bronze rainbow :)

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  48. The MySol Diamond Earthy Rainbow is beautiful!

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  49. I love that I can be close to my daughter while still playing with my son. I also love that it always calms her down.

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  50. The Kide Hetki vanamo woven wrap is beautiful! I love them all!

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  51. The baby wearing bags look great! I always never know what to use !

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  52. What I love best about baby wearing is havin gbaby happy :)

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  53. I'd love to try the Girasol Ardent Creme though sadly it's out of stock. I love the colors though!

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  54. I love that babywearing makes grocery shopping easier and so many other things. I love the close snuggles it provides as well.

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  55. that medium wompat high light is gorgeous! i wish they could ship to the us!!!

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  56. Love arctic rainbow girasol baby wrap

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  57. My baby loves being close & I love being able to use my hands!

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  58. Honestly I wish I could have one of each. :) The Koala Baby Saltillo Ring Tai looks great.

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  59. i love the textural detail of the kide kuura vanamo ring sling!

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  60. everything is so amazing... but the wallaby mei tais are extra cool!

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  61. I like that it frees up my hands and keeps my lo close :)

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  62. Love being able to snuggle my babies while still having to free hands!

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  63. I'd love the Karpalo Sateenkaari white woven wrap!

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  64. The best thing about babywearing is all the gorgeous and comfortable options there are now!

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  67. I like the My Sol Rainbow Springs Mei Tai!

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  68. Having my son next to me is great and I love that he can really experience what I do

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  69. The little kid trousers are adorable too! I love the rainforest colors.

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  70. I really like the Wallabi Baby Sandia Creme! The little pointed hood is so cute!

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  71. The wrap Karpalo Sateenkaari Navy is beautiful.

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  72. those gleam of the sun trousers are absolutely adorable!! i want a pair in adult size!!!

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  73. I like the Romantique Girasol Wrap.

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  75. the Vanamo Kide in turquoise & white would be so lovely to own

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  76. The Koala carriers look so comfy, I love the Earthy rainbow one.

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  77. I'd like the Karpalo Sateenkaari Navy woven wrap!

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  78. I like the thick twill girasol ring sling

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  79. I love keeping baby close and happy.

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  80. I really like the Wallabi Baby Saltillo. I like the idea of having a wrap/mei tai crossover carrier. It's too bad that they can't sell these carriers in the U.S.!

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  81. I love the color of the Kide Vesi Vanamo Wrap.

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  83. I like the Trousers Rainforest.

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  84. I love the colors of the ring sling you're offering for the giveaway, but the Linen
    Ring Sling (Kide Kuura, linen) is also a nice color for a more subtle look.

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  85. the blue girasol Agua Azul Dark would be so nice to have. i love that color

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  86. i love the girasol high light bag! so pretty

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  87. I like the Ring Sling Kide cotton Vesi.

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  88. I like the Earthy Rainbow girasol

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  89. I like keeping baby close and being able to get things done. I have a feeling I will be wearing baby #2 (due in May) a lot so I can keep up with his big sister!

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  90. Baby Primavera Wompat, but they aren't available in US :(

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  91. I like having my baby close & napping as I get things done (exercise, get the mail, clean the house....)

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  92. I love the SlingRoo Earthy Rainbow bag. I have had a hard time figuring out how to comfortably wear a diaper bag or purse and a baby. These look so comfortable and they're cute!

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  93. the koala baby saltilo ring tie is beautiful! ive never used the ring version of a mei tai.... it looks interesting!

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  94. I also like the Bamboo Body "Lisko" (short sleeves).

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  96. What I love about baby wearing is how calm and happy it makes both of us!:-)

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  97. i like the Karpalo Sateenkaari red

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  98. I love the Toddler Numbat Northern Lights Mei Tai

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  99. I really love the MySol Tulip Herringbone

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  100. I like the Wompat Baby Carriers.

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  101. I love that it keeps baby safe and close

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  102. I like the Agua Azul Dark Girasol.

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  103. I think it's great that wearababy has matching bags that are made to be worn with your baby wrap. I especially like the Slingyroo rainforest color

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  104. I really like the Bamboo Body "Kaarat" (short sleeves) onesie. I think it would be a perfect gift for my soon-to-be niece or nephew. I love the feel of other bamboo clothes that we have, so I think that it would incredibly comfortable for a little baby.

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  105. I like the MySol northern lights mei tai.

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  106. I like the girasol betula bag.

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  107. The Ring Sling Vanamo Graniitti would be great for my husband.

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  109. I love wearing my kiddos to be close to them! Also being able to get stuff done when they are fussy!
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  110. I love wearing my baby girl to keep her close to me! She's always wanting to be held so by putting her in a sling/wrap/carrier she can be held but its easier on me (weight spread out more) and I can have my hands to be able to do things.

    I love the Vanoma Ring Sling Puolukka Havu, looks like it would be comfortable and is such a pretty shade of blue!

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  111. the Baby Arctic Light Diamond is a nice carrier

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  112. I like that they sell their wrap scraps as well, I've seen people make really cute cloth diapers from them. What a great way to reduce waste and reuse sometime so beautiful!

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  113. i love wool,the karpalo wrap would be great for us! :)

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  114. I've heard many wonderful things about Girasol wraps and I really like the Agua Azul Dark print. It's gorgeous!

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  115. I love the Girasol wraps that are thicker and have the rainbow colors, most of them are gone, but from the available ones I like the "Northern Lights" one.

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  116. What I like most about babywearing, is that you literally have the little one closer to your heart, and close enough to kiss! This actually brings me a lot of ease, because I am always afraid thinking I am going to drop the baby, but by baby wearing it is less likely.

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  117. I love the baby trousers made from woven wrap!

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  118. I like the Wallabi baby blue ikat carrier.

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  120. I like that you can snuggle and bond with your baby. Easiest way to be hands free to do things around the house, or go shopping, and run errands.

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  121. the wallabi wrap tai in the medium rainforest is beautiful!!! i wish they sold to the us!!

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  122. I also like the Wompat carrier in "Baby Primavera" colors

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  123. I adore the closeness of babywearing.....

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  124. I think that it would be fun to get some of the Vanamo Wrap Scraps. I'm not sure what I'd make with them, but if any were large enough, a carrier or purse for my daughter would be a fun way to use them.

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  125. I love the Kide Vesi woven wrap!

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  126. I love the Koala Baby Saltillo ring tai

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  127. I really love the texture of the Liinalapsi Puolukka Kanerva

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  128. id love to try a doll wrap or doll carrier for my toddler :)

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  130. I'd love to try one of the Wompat carriers. They look so comfy!

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  131. I love babywearing because it allows me to get things done around the house. (Including running after my 3-year-old.) Plus, my daughter loves being worn close!

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  132. I like the SlingyRoo Arctic Rainbow.

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  133. Toddler Carnival half buckle mei tei

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  134. i left the wrong link for my share today. Its for the other giveaway, heres the correct link https://www.facebook.com/sarah.hayes.391/posts/10205759341162417

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  135. I really like the MySol Mei Tai in Earthy Rainbow.

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  136. Id like to have the Ring Sling Saltillo

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  137. I'd also like the Wallabi Baby Pacifico!

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  138. The baby rainforest wompat is cute!

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  139. I would like to try a Girasol wrap

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  140. I love being mobile while the little one naps.

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  141. I like the MySol Tulip Herringbone Mei Tai.

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  143. I like babywearing because it allows me to focus my attention on my toddler while still keeping my newborn close. I don't know that much about woven wraps, but I would love to try something that could work for my baby or for my toddler.

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  144. I like the Ring Sling Saltillo

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  145. I love the cuddles and always have the little one close.

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  146. I like the toddler Numbat Northern Lights Mai Tai. The colors are lovely.

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  147. The Ring Sling Puolukka Havu looks gorgeous!

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  148. The wompat carrier looks practical and easy to use!

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  149. I love having my little one close and still be able to do things with my older child

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  150. We would love a Kide Vesi, those colors are beautiful!

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