On June 28th, we celebrated our second year as a BWI affiliated chapter. We couldn't have had a better time celebrating it with our amazing members! Good friends, food, and fun on a warm summer afternoon.
Thanks again to everyone who came out to celebrate our second year as a Babywearing International chapter and to our generous sponsors who donating the amazing prizes that made these lucky people's day!
Which would you prefer to add to our lending library: a Standard Tula, Toddler Tula, or Boba 4G? This June, vote for the next lending library carrier with your spare change!
At each meeting in June and at EcoBuns in Holland, we’ll have jars set out for you to cast your vote for one of these soft structured carriers. Each cent counts as a vote, so the more change (or dollars!) you add, the more likely that carrier is to win!
We’ll tally up the funds after our Saturday meeting on June 27th. The winner will be announced at the BWI Grand Rapids birthday party on June 28th!
Proceeds will go towards the purchase of the chosen carrier; any extra funds will be used to help us continue spreading the babywearing love!
Carrier Name: Fidella Fly Tai Outer Space Blue Meh Dai
Size: One size with 4 cinching straps to reduce height, width, and head support.
Age/size of child: 3 months, 24.5", 12 lbs and 2 years, 35", 28lbs
Positions: Can be used for a front or back carry (per manual).
Recommended sizes (per manual): 7.5lbs to 33lbs
The Fly Tai is a very adjustable and has a lot of great features. The Fly Tai is made from a Fidella Woven Wrap and has no plastic or metal accessories. The Fidella wrap used is very soft, passes glide easily, and is a good weight for year round wearing. The padded waist is very soft and completely flexible The Fly Tai has wide top straps to spread across your back for a comfortable and supported front carry. One great feature is that the waist strap and the top straps have different shapes so you can tell them apart when both knots are behind you. The waist straps are rounded and the arm straps are angled.
I found I needed to cinch the carrier almost all the way to use with my three month old so I think it would fit best for bigger babies and children. The wide woven wrap straps will allow the caregiver to preserve the ideal carrying position of support from knee to knee for a very long time so the average-sized child would be able be comfortably carried for a long time. I loved this carrier with my two year old and found it supportive and comfortable for us both. He even tucked his arms inside the carrier and took a nice nap - I am a big fan of any carrier that comes with sleepy dust!
Babywearing International of Grand Rapids was given a discount on this carrier for writing this review; however, the opinions expressed here are truthful and the honest opinions of Kathy Low.
Wrap name: Fidella Iced Butterfly - Violet
Wrap size: 6 (80 cm wide x 460 cm long)
Age/size of wrappee: 2y/29# & 4m/14#
Year Released: 2015
Blend: 100% Organic Cotton
Wrapping qualities: Iced Butterfly is thin, solid and wide with minimal grip.
The width of the wrap makes it fantastic for toddler wrapping. With my tall two year old there was plenty of wrap to make a seat while still allowing him to be arms in. Because it is a thinner, solid wrap, I think it will shine in multilayer carries with big kids. Passes are easy to spread and tighten because the material is not overly textured. Even with the extra width, I didn’t find it excessive with my 4 month old.
Overall, this wrap is airy and supportive. Perfect for summer. It would be great in single layer carriers for younger/smaller children, but because of the lack of cush, I would prefer multilayer carriers with bigger/heavier children.
Babywearing International of Grand Rapids was given a discount on this carrier for writing this review; however, the opinions expressed here are truthful and the honest opinions of Janet Velting.