Bijou loves Babywearing International!
To help put Made-in-the-USA carriers in a range of sizes in your libraries and personal stashes, Bijou is offering a special preorder to BWI at a DEEPLY discounted price!!! For Lending Libraries: 45% off retail with free domestic shipping (flat rate 20$USD shipping rest of the world) and for BWI Educators and Chapter Volunteers the same shipping terms and 30% off regular pricing.
Bijou is over the moon to partner with BWI to offer the exclusive colorway Illuminate of the new design, Stella, woven with a "Low TENCEL®" / high cotton blend. You don't have time to break in wraps for your library, and low tencel eliminates that step!
Stella features a flipped teaching rail with contrasting purple stitching, making it the perfect addition to your library in either wrap or sling form ... or both!
International orders will check out and then receive a separate invoice for the shipping charges.
27% TENCEL® lends Stella softness from the first wash, but the strong workhorse fiber cotton does the "heavy lifting" with ease. It is truly the best of both worlds. Stella will be the perfect showcase for BWI's light teal on an ecru warp.
TENCEL® is a fiber made from sustainably harvested trees. It behaves like wool's low-maintenance cousin ... cozy and smooshy in hand like wool, but machine washable.
This will be the sort of wrap that any new babywearer could pick up and enjoy because of how easily it glides, because it tightens nicely, and because it is lovely for newborns but will be great all the way through toddlerhood, as well.
The Stella ring sling features a floating gathered shoulder for cushion (without the bulk of extra padding) and silver SlingRings. It can be worn on either the right or left shoulder.
Ring slings are measured from the gathered edge on the rings along the shorter of the two long hems as this is the usable length a sling offers. Bijou Wear ring slings are sewn with a floating shoulder, which provides padding without being padded and good spreadability. They can be worn on either your right or left. Check out instructions on wearing a sling here.
They are measured in inches as follows: Small = 70 inches // Medium = 75 inches // Large = 80 inches // Extra Large = 85 inches // Extra Extra Large = 90 inches
The rule of thumb is to buy your t-shirt size, though if you are large busted or have a large ribcage or carry a large toddler, you might choose to size up. However, larger people can wear smaller ring slings and vice versa. The only difference will be the amount of "tail" hanging down from the rings. Remember, they are only five inches different from each other, so don't be wary of getting a shorter or longer size than you might think! You can measure a loop from one shoulder to opposite hip and back with a soft tape to see how long your adjusting tail will be with each of the sizes.
If you do not know where to start, please read this page and also see our infographic for determining your "base" size here.
Woven wraps are long parallelograms of fabric. The size indicates the length along one rail (a long edge) as follows (all plus or minus 0.1 meters):
Size 2 = 2.7 meters // Size 3 = 3.2 meters // Size 4 = 3.7 meters // Size 5 = 4.2 meters // Size 6 = 4.7 meters // Size 7 = 5.2 meters // Size 8 = 5.7 meters // Size 9 = 6.2 meters // Size 10 = 6.7 meters
Which size should you buy?
Many people with a baby can do a front wrap cross carry (see the FWCC tutorial here) in a size 6 woven wrap, which means that person's "base" size is a 6. Larger frames, those with larger ribcages or busts, or those with big toddlers might be base 7 or 8 or 9, and smaller frames might be base 5 or occasionally base 4. However, any person can use any size woven wrap.
With a woven wrap, you can wear your baby or toddler in a variety of ways: on your front, hip, and/or back (instruction manual provided) -- and no need to "size up" as baby grows if you have a Bijou! We are also proud that any person can wear any size woven wrap Bijou makes (3 through 9, generally). The size simply determines the carries done by that person with that wrap.
There are hundreds of ways to babywear with a woven. A short wrap is nice for on-the-go. Long wraps are great for reinforcing passes that add support. Medium wraps are versatile; some love them for nursing in a front wrap cross carry tied under bum (see the FWCC TUB How To).
During its first bath your wrap or ring sling will shrink, which is normal. We cut the fabric so that it will shrink to the size that you ordered (within tolerances).
ENJOY! See the included instructional booklet for carries specific to your purchase, or see the "Learn" tab above for the same illustrations as well as video tutorials!