Windmills "Americana" - Bijou Wear Woven Wraps and Ring Slings baby carrier
Windmills "Americana" - Bijou Wear Woven Wraps and Ring Slings baby carrier
Windmills "Americana" - Bijou Wear Woven Wraps and Ring Slings baby carrier

Windmills "Americana"

Regular price $ 130.00

Introducing Windmills Americana, a woven baby wrap that is incredibly iconic and casual, and simultaneously entirely groundbreaking. Only at Bijou will you find EcoCel, balancing the unparalleled support of the recycled yarn Eco2cotton® combined with the softness and recoil of TENCEL® on a sturdy cotton base.

Deep navy and gray yarns create a familiar rich heathered denim look and a satisfying microtexture. The undyed cotton weft is soft as a baby's bottom, like your favorite t-shirt, making this the ultimate t-shirt-and-jeans wrap. 

Beautiful simplicity in design, but also in function, Americana offers toddler-worthiness as well as snuggliness from the first wash on, which will soften to a buttery texture because it will be such a go-to in your lives. This jacquard-woven wrap weighs in at 320gsm, yet feels medium to medium-thick in hand. 

Despite all efforts to portray the color of the fabric true to life, the product may appear differently than it does on your screen and varies in its blue/gray look in different light. The fabric is wonderfully textured and will feature nubs and slubs.

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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