babywearing, review

Review: Smitten, Queen Anne’s Revenge – Stern

I have had the pleasure of testing this beautiful wrap in order to make a review.

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For those who do not yet know Smitten, you are in for a positive surprise. I myself only knew this brand by name, which was also why I was curious to try out one of their wraps – and how glad I am that I did this!

Smitten is a family business located in the US, and it is clear to see that Matt and Rachel are devoted to babywearing and sustainability. All of the designs of Smitten are unique, and the wraps are finished locally in the US. In addition to this, Labels, tags, boxes, and packaging are produced and printed in the US. The materials are 100% natural, and free of animal-derived fibers, and the wraps are lab certified to be free of heavy metals and phthalates. But the good news does not end here, because a portion of the profits from all Queen Anne’s revenge goes to La Leche League!
All in all, full of good vibes and green footprints.

Moving on to the star of the show, Queen Anne’s Revenge – Stern:
The colors of the wrap are red, white, blue and ecru. The ecru color gives the wrap a beautiful pearly shine, especially in the sun. The blend is 55% cotton and 45% tencel. Tencel is an amazing material, and it is perfect for summer because it is breathable and airy. Moreover, for those who love sustainable choices, you might like to know that tencel is one of the most environmentally friendly regenerated fabrics. Tencel fibers are grown sustainably and eliminates the negative environmental impacts of traditional fiber processing, using new sustainable technologies.Tencel is a sustainable fabric, regenerated from wood cellulose. Now, let move on to some numbers: the gsm of this wrap is approx 240 (pre-wash), this one is a size 5 and measures 4,2 meters, it has a width of approx 70 cm.

Need to know and nice to know – This wrap is an easycare wrap, and it can be machine washed if accidents would occur (they often do in our house, so easycare is appreciated here). There is almost no breaking in needed, and the day after I had washed the wrap, it was already soft and easy to work with. In my opinion, it is therefore a wrap which could suit anyone from new wrappers to the more experienced, both squish-worthy and toddler-worthy.

I have tested the wrap in many different carries – front, back and hip – and I find that it has a moderate cush on the shoulders, and the softness of the tencel makes it very comfortable even for long time carrying. The wrap has a little bit of bounce. It is thin in the hand, and has an airy sensation. It is moldable and soapy. However, due to this, it is also a little bit slippery, which means that one really has to make sure that the knot is tied well. It has a smooth, shiny surface and yet a fluffy feel to it.

As explained, I have used the wrap for many different styles of carrying, and not once have I been let down. The wrap is very forgiving even when you have to make it all happen very quickly (before the meltdown hits). It is easy to work with – yet strong, supportive and very comfortable. I have used it for walks during days with 27 degrees and I have used it for quick pick-me-ups at home, all with extreme pleasure.

In my opinion, if you are looking for an ethically and responsibly woven wrap; where sustainability goes hand in hand with beautiful designs and great quality; and where your budget will survive the expense as well, then Smitten is a great choice!  

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