Care and MaintenanceThe fabric composition of a wrap and individual blends in different percentages in proportion to cotton hugely affect not only the overall properties of a wrap but also the care and maintenance of such wrap. Thus, the question is – which one to choose and how to care for it thereafter?
Our wraps are made of fabrics dyed in a very gentle process to be suitable for children under three years of age. Thus, an excess dye might be washed out during the first several washings, therefore we recommend you wash the wrap separately or with fabrics of similar colours. It is necessary to wash the wrap before first use. During the washing process the fibres shrink slightly and fit into each other which helps the wrap get its final form.
CottonWhen the label of the wrap says it is 100% cotton it means there are no other blends present. Moreover, our wraps are not made of an ordinary cotton; we use combed cotton that is much softer and supporting. It is the most versatile material when choosing a wrap both for a new-born as well as for a toddler. The difference lies in density, which means the thickness and the weight of the wrap. The higher the density, the thicker and more supportive the wrap is.
CharacteristicsSame as classic cotton – very soft, absorbs moisture/sweat well and does not need any special care.
Washing and careThe wrap can be washed at 40°C or at 60°C – as instructed on the label situated on the inclined hem of the wrap. Spin-dry your Sestrice wrap at low speed (we recommend 400). Let the wrap dry avoiding direct sunlight and a source of heat.
How to store your wrap when not babywearingYou can use all types of storing seeing that cotton is very easy-care; either classic folding or rolling.
BambooBamboo is especially loved by new-borns and mothers during summer season! Wraps with bamboo tend to be very thin, breathable, moisture-wicking and easy-care and on top of that they need no breaking in.
CharacteristicsBamboo is breathable, light-weight, soft, perfect for a new-born and/or during summer.
Washing and careNormally at low temperatures at 30 °C so the bamboo fibres won´t get damaged - as instructed on the label situated on the inclined hem of the wrap. Spin-dry your bamboo wrap at low speed (we recommend 400).
How to store your wrap when not babywearingIdeal storing is either to fold it into square or roll it.
WoolWool is a very popular and traditional blend because of its thermoregulatory properties that make it suitable for every weather. It requires more demanding maintenance, however thanks to its self-cleaning ability it does not require frequent washing. Compared to the classic sheep wool, the merino wool we use in our wraps most often has better thermoregulatory properties and is much softer. We often combine it with silk that adds extra velvetiness, with linen that increases the supportiveness of the wrap or with other blends. Sometimes our wraps contain also other types of wool, such as the soft and luxury baby camel wool or wool from the exotic alpaca.
CharacteristicsIts thermoregulatory properties are legendary – it warms in winter and is moisture-wicking in summer, has a pleasant bounce to it, is very breathable and absorbent. It repels dirt and is soft and cushy from the start, thus needs no breaking in. However, people that are sensitive to wool might feel wool-blend wraps a little bit itchy.
Washing and careSome of our wool-blend wraps might be washed in a washing machine. Always follow the instructions on the label situated on the inclined hem of the wrap. If a wrap requires a hand washing, follow these instructions:
HandwashingFill a bathtub with a lukewarm water of maximum temperature 30°C and add a dime size amount of wool and silk wash (no optical brighteners, no fabric softeners or enzymes). Add your wool wrap and press gently. Avoid any harsh treatment or rubbing and shuffling. Leave it alone for several minutes. Then pull the plug and refill the bathtub with a clean lukewarm water of the same temperature (this is important!) and rinse the wrap by gently swishing through clean water. Pull the plug and press the wrap gently to remove excess water. Never wring the wrap by twisting! Place a light-coloured towel on the floor, and while supporting all of wrap´s weight, place it on the towel with tail at one end, then gently unfold and double up if needed. Roll the wrap in the towel and gently squish. Then lay the wrap flat to dry away from heat sources. Hanging can distort the wrap, so never hang your wool wrap to dry. After drying, iron the wrap on low-temperature setting and you are free to start wearing it. You can also follow our photo tutorial.
Total Easy Care Merino Wool is specially treated so it can be washed in washing machine and dried in a dryer.
Wash the wrap on delicate cycle for wool and fine fabrics with no spin. You will thus avoid creation of folds that are difficult to iron. Never wring the wrap by twisting and follow the same steps as when drying a wool wrap.