An undyed cotton warp provides the base for the nubby hemp-like Eco2cotton® weft in this sturdy woven wrap, perfect for toddlers and for babies who insist on growing up! The colorway is named for the cities of Manhattan -- Manhattan, New York, with its art deco buildings, and Manhattan, Kansas, built of local limestone this exact shade.
Impressively grippy texture from the line work on Cleo's geofloral pattern makes for secure and forgiving wrap jobs every time. Toddlers who stretch the top rails of front wrap cross carry in many a wrap may find themselves tucking arms in again, feeling safe and secure.
The wrap is densely woven, at 330gsm, and very strong because of the dominant twill weave. Cleo will break in to be very moldable after a few washes and some use, though Eco2 blends are not overly stiff right off the bat.
Manhattan is recommended for experienced babywearers; new wrappers might find the grip to be overwhelming.
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:
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 (all plus or minus 0.1 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).
Ring slings are measured from the gathered edge on the rings along the short rail. 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 shoulder. 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.
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!
See just exactly what you want here in the shop but can't quite swing the full purchase price today? Let us put your name on it to reserve it just for you! Some people call it layaway, but here we call it Reserve-a-Wrap!
Enter code RESERVE when you checkout, and you will pay only 30% of your total and shipping at that time. That first payment is non-refundable, but it reserves your item just for YOU!
You will receive an invoice for the remaining balance, which you can pay in whatever increments you like, on whatever schedule works for you, for the next 60 days. The invoice must be paid in full on its 60-day birthday : ) Paying off early is always awesome, too!
Upon payment in full, the item will ship to you!
The fine print:
>>Watch your spam folder in case your invoice gets sent there. After a month you will get a reminder email from Bijou, but please watch for the invoice. That first payment is non-refundable, and we would much rather have happy babywearers than a miscommunication!
>>Make sure your email address is correct on your account here at BijouWear.com because the invoice will be sent via PayPal to that account. If you do not use PayPal, please let us know in the comments of the first order, and we will create a custom listing for you here on the site so you can pay using another payment method.
>>If something goes on sale or if you find a coupon code after your deposit, it cannot be applied after that initial deposit is made.
>>If you have a coupon code, note it as you check out so the invoice can be adjusted accordingly.