Oscha Libero Aestus
55% Organic Combed Cotton and 45% Pure Merino Wool
Oscha Slings is babywearing brand from Scotland, you might already know some of their designs (Starry Night, Strato, Liberty?), but this design was new to me.
Well, not really ‘new’ because it’s the Liberty design, but they enlarged the scale and rotated it.
Great idea in my opinion!
I have reviewed Liberty Lucy a while ago, back then I prefered the Nouveau pattern but now I actually think I like this best!
I had been in contact with Oscha because of some questions about materials/yarns they use and when they asked me to review this (new) blend I was very excited.
Organic cotton? Pure merino wool? Must be very soft!
I have to admit, when the wrap arrived I was a bit disappointed at first. It felt a bit prickly and not very inviting. Not as soft as the merino blends I’ve wrapped with before….
After a wash it was much better, still not as soft as I would like but I knew it would get better after wearing so I had to give it a try.
I tried it in a simple rucksack (tibetan), aiming for ‘just’ a quick up…. but: wow! When wrapping it didn’t have that itchy or scratchy feeling at all!
It’s very supportive, has great cush, less bounce compared to other merino wraps I’ve tried and it’s great for toddlers in a single layer carry!
I’m not sensitive to wool at all, so I find it hard to tell if someone else would experience it as a scratchy/itchy wrap when wearing it on bare skin.
I had no problem with it being itchy on my skin when wearing and my little girl seemed very happy too. I think with more wearing/washing it will feel less scratchy to the touch and get very soft.
I can imagine wrapping a newborn with this wrap after a short breaking in period.
Not everyone loves (merino) wool in summer, but wool is known for not only insulating but it’s also very breathable (depending on the weave/thickness of the wrap offcourse).
They say it can keep the wearer cool and fresh in warm climates. Google also tells me that merino wool offers a natural UV protection , that sounds great! (but I can’t guarantee it… doctor Google isn’t always right)
The yarn has a bit of a ‘raw’ look, with some irregularities (but no real slubs and nubs). I really love both the ‘wrong’ and the ‘right’ side of this wrap.
This wrap has a width of 71cm, which is wider than my average wrap and great for bigger children without being overwhelming for a little baby.
I think this could make a great shorty, but a slipknot might be a bit bulky. It shines in single layer carries, with great cush and little bounce.
The wrap has a nice grip, you can do a knotless finish and it will stay put for ages. It isn’t overly grippy though. I was expecting (because of the ‘raw’ look of the yarn) a more grippy wrap, hard to wrap with… but it’s actually surprisingly moldable and easy to wrap with. It’s a good choice for both newbie wrappers as well as more experienced babywearers.
The cush makes it a forgiving wrap (still comfortable in a sloppy carry!) and I think experienced babywearers will like this blend too.
Stay away from this wrap if you have a sensitive skin, or if your little one is sensitive for wool. If you find other wool wraps (very) itchy you will probably experience this one that way too.
It does get better after wearing/washing and I loved it even on bare skin, but as I’ve said before I’m not sensitive to wool at all so can’t speak for those who are.
This is a boutique item which means there will only be a couple wraps available, but I believe there will be more Oscha’s with this blend in other colourways/designs.
Just keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates!