Beutlinge Happy Skulls
100% organic cotton
Beutlinge is a (new) German label that is woven in Austria. The owner is a babywearing consultant and trainer for the Trageschule Hamburg (Babywearing School Hamburg). The first wraps, released in Mai 2014, were in a beautiful lace design. Happy Skulls is their newest design, with sugar skulls in different colors. The ‘wrong’ side shows wide stripes with gold, green, scarlet red, turquoise and pink with black skulls. The ‘right’ side shows a black background with colored skulls. I’m not a skulls fan but I love the combination of the different colors in this design. It makes the design look happy fun!
It’s a medium-thick wrap and is soft from the start. Because of the color placement, you can easily tell the top and bottom rail apart when wrapping. This is great for beginners and for mastering new carries!
The wrap has only one middle marker and I would prefer to have two. The wrap is 67-68 cm wide.
The weave is called ‘2 united’, which is very interesting. If you grab the wrap at both the inside and the outside (at the same spot) you can feel how it consists of two layers of fabric. Those layers are woven together at the skulls. Kokadi calls this a ‘bonded’ weave.
The double-layer weave makes the wrap more supportive and creates a nice cush. It makes a great wrap for single layer carries (rucksack, kangaroo). I’ve used it in multi-ilayer carries as well, just because I love to show off both sides (BWCC!).
This wrap has a nice grip, but as it gets softer with wear, it also gets less grippy. While I could finish it with a half knot the first days, I wouldn’t recommend doing that anymore. I think it still is great for a knotless finish because it’s not slippery.
The wrap doesn’t have a lot of bounce. It’s supportive and even though it’s all-cotton, it’s still toddlerworthy. The biggest advantage of this weave is that it’s very forgiving. Even the sloppiest wrap job will feel pretty comfortable. A quick Double Hammock, not very smoothly wrapped? It still feels like a perfect wrap job. No dig in your shoulders, it feels like the wrap evens out the pressure.
This wrap is a nice allrounder. For a beginner, because it’s very forgiving and has different rail colors, and for a experienced babywearer who prefers cush, support and loves to try new carries. Soft enough for a newborn, but supportive enough for your child once it gets bigger and heavier.
I would say a size 4 would make a great kangaroo & rucksack wrap. All you need for the first year!
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