Stella "Betelgeuse" - Bijou Wear Woven Wraps and Ring Slings baby carrier

Stella "Betelgeuse"

Regular price $ 200.00

Cosy up with your little one for an evening stroll to look for our favorite red supergiant star nestled in Orion's shoulder while wearing the perfect brick red color of Stella Betelgeuse, Bijou's 45% merino wool/55% cotton blend woven wrap and ring sling.

Superwash, super-fine quality wool (one grade finer than Merino wool) in a super retro design, created in-house by one of our artists expressly to maximize wrap qualities in a jacquard woven wrap. 

The mid-century modern style stars of the Stella design pop against the background, no matter which side you wear facing out, and create a subtle quilted texture to this fluffy and dense (325gsm) yet medium-in-hand woven wrap. 

The made-in-the-USA 28.5"-wide fabric of Betelgeuse is cozy enough for infants and strong enough for toddlers featuring that famous bounce and support of wool. Betelgeuse can carry your little ones for your entire babywearing journey in single-layer carries if you prefer. 

Every effort has been made to keep the cost of this woven down despite the quality of the yarn. Please understand that any discount codes cannot be applied to Betelgeuse, including educator or library discounts. 

The color changes with the light. Efforts have been made to show it here in its full range. However, the color may appear differently in person than what you see on your screen.

Choosing a size woven wrap or ring sling for babywearing

Ring Slings

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

Ring Sling Chart Length Inches for Babywearing by Bijou Wear

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. 

Woven Wraps

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):

Woven Wrap Size Chart Length Meters Baby Carrier for Babywearing

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).

 

Shrinkage:

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! 



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