Pucker up! PinkNova.com is about to launch and we have had hands on one of their debut wraps, Red Hot Kiss. This is the ultimate toddler tamer. 240gsm, 38% Belgian linen (coarse, but not slubby), 62% Egyptian Cotton, a kickass weave and a candy-sweet appearance.
The Egyptian cotton side was pretty malleable after a wash and dry (and pummel), but the linen side was still cardboardy... So I washed it again.
Second go-round and this had potential. Still crumply and highly textured, but hinting at the same kind of rock steadiness I love about Solnce linen.
Rucking a 15kg 3yo is not for the faint of heart. Especially in her "big brown boots". But the beast did it comfortably (yes, ridiculous tails, whatever). Would make a very versatile shortie for your big kid who likes quick ups.
Walking to the beach playground, I went for a reinforced ruck, knotless finish. Awesome. Red hot has become thinner feeling as the fibers loosen up and it works a knotless really nicely, without much extra bulk. And I can testify to the sturdiness of this wrap - I took a tumble (yes, with Audrey on my back) and although I took a fantastic chunk out of my knee-high boots, my KNEE, elbow and CHIN (that was after the commando roll across the gravelled boat ramp)... Red hot kisses and my precious cargo were completely undamaged.
(Side note: if A had been in arms or on my hip we could both have been seriously hurt- I wouldn't have had hands free to break my fall, and I fell forward walking across and down an incline near water. A pram or stroller would have splashed. She was absolutely unhurt and in fact exclaimed "that was FUN!" as I examined my wounded knee and wiped blood off my chin.)
This is pure awesome. And it's made by people who know their stuff. Ilse is a Babywearing consultant and Judith an experienced wearer and enthusiast. They are clearly aware of textile and fibre properties and are approaching wearing from a fashionable and utilitarian viewpoint. I loved the feel of Red Hot and it's absolutely worth the breaking-in efforts - the Egyptian cotton complements the linen support with cush and fluffiness, and the effect is very luxe in feel. I am already coveting their birds on a wire!
The best part? I get to give one away! PinkNova is launching on June 19th and I have a voucher for one Red Hot Kiss in my hot little hands... Ready to send anywhere in the world! keep an eye on my Facebook page....