Stretchy wraps are all the same, right? Think again.
Yes, I know I often get excited by stretchy wraps, but this one really is something special.
YOU CAN TIE IT ON AND LEAVE IT ON ALL DAY
Like all stretchy wraps, the Izmi Wrap is a long (approx 5 metres) piece of fabric that you wrap around yourself and pre-tie before putting in your baby. It needs to be worn tightly, with your baby held snug and high up on your chest. Each hem has contrast coloured stitching, making it easier to follow the tying instructions without getting the fabric twisted. You can then take baby out, and pop them back in again, without needing to undo or re-tie the wrap.
JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF STRETCH
Stretchy wraps either stretch width ways and length ways (‘2 way stretchies’) like the Hana, Boba and Lifft Wraps; or one direction only, generally width ways (‘1 way stretchies’) like the Moby Wrap. Two way stretchies tend to be easier to use, more forgiving and super comfy. But they can lack the longevity of 1 way stretchies, whose relative rigidity and lack of ‘bounce’ mean they can support larger, more fidgety babies. The Izmi Wrap is a 2 way stretchy, but it’s a little less stretchy in both directions than most. So it gives you the best of both worlds: easy, comfy and long-lasting. Turns out you can have your cake and eat it.
IT DOES WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN
Slings are often are stress-tested using weights well above the weight of a baby you’d actually carry in them. Once deemed safe for a certain weight, many brands will often then advertise their stretchy wraps as suitable for very large/heavy babies. Larger, in fact, than will realistically be supportive and comfy for you both for longer periods.
The Izmi Wrap is more realistic than most. In fact, I reckon it actually undersells itself a bit. Marketed as suitable for 0-9 months olds, is genuinely is supportive enough to carry a 9-month-old. In fact, it’s firm-yet-stretchy level of support means you could likely carry a toddler in it, too – albeit for a shortish period of time. Though you’ll get the most out of an Izmi Wrap during baby’s first 3-4 months, when they are likely to want to spend large amounts of time snuggled up against your chest.
WEARING THE IZMI WRAP FEELS A BIT LIKE SLATHERING YOURSELF IN CARAMEL. BUT COOLER
The Izmi Wrap is made of 97% Bamboo Viscose and 3% Spandex (Lycra). If you’re already a bamboo convert, I don’t need to say anymore. If you’ve never worn so much a pair of bamboo socks, let me fill you in. Bamboo feels fantastically soft against the skin, even on babies’ delicate skin. It also makes this wrap strong, silky and almost cool to touch. It has many similarities to the Hana Wrap (also a bamboo blend), but a little heavier and with less stretch and bounce. Bamboo is also breathable, making this wrap great for hot climates and all seasons. It’s not the lightest wrap on the market (the Ergobaby Aura wins out on this front), but instead has a lovely silky, drapey quality that reminds me a bit of the old Galaxy Caramel adverts. Bliss.
IT COMES WITH THE BEST INSTRUCTIONS FOR A STRETCHY WRAP I’VE EVER SEEN
If you want to learn how to use a stretchy wrap, most people head to YouTube (or, even better, to their nearest carrying Consultant or sling library). Written instructions or diagrams for wraps can be more puzzling than those for flat pack furniture. But the printed, step by step instructions included with the Izmi wrap – in several languages – are so well thought through, so cleverly drawn, they’re actually quite easy to follow! And if you’d like to see it in action, there’s a video coming soon.
The safety advice included is sensible, thorough and accessible. It has handy hints for getting a better fit if you are petite or plus size. It focuses throughout on how to tie the wrap tightly, so baby is well supported and their airways are protected.
So if you’re looking to buy a wrap for a friend or loved one with a newborn, who doesn’t have a local babywearing educator to help them, this is a great wrap to go for.