I was delighted to help co-ordinate this beautiful Madalo Handwoven Wrap on it's travels around Ireland!
Who are they?
Madalo is run by Yuridia from Mexico & Christoph from Germany. Together, they decided to offer handwoven wraps from Mexico to customers in Europe. These wraps are fair-trade, OEKO-TEX® 100 certified and handwoven on traditional looms with passion and love!
The wrap I've had the pleasure of trying out is Madalo Grasias Blanco, woven in Two Eyes Diamond Twill. With a weight of 300gsm, this wrap is most definitely toddler-worthy.
The wrap was well packaged, delivered in a large heavy duty Madalo box, presented in a cloth bag. First impressions of the wrap were that it was so soft and I loved the colours; various blues on white weft with a gradient to grey with purple tones. I'm a sucker for blue so these colours really caught my eye.
At 300gsm or grams per square meter, this wrap is on the heavier side and would definitely stand up to the weight of a large toddler/preschooler. I had my 3.5yr old, 14.5kg daughter in a ruck and she felt very comfortable. With such a densely woven wrap there was no digging at the shoulders like I'd get with some lighter wraps when wearing a toddler.
The wrap is marshmallow soft and cushy, like a favourite blanket and as I understand, it's like this from new. At 70cm wide and 470cm long or a Size 6, this size wrap is my perfect base size and would be perfect for trying out almost all carries.
I had my trusty newborn demo doll in a Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) and had a lovely chunky knot tied behind my back.
Due to the thickness of this wrap, a little extra attention to tightening strand by strand through the rails is needed but once tied, there's a lovely grip that will keep it all in place.
I really enjoyed carrying my 3.5yr old daughter (14.5kg) on my back in a Rucksack Carry. I'm 29wks pregnant in these photos and liked being able to finish tied tibetan so that I had no knots around my waist/stomach. While a 14.5kg preschooler won't feel totally weightless, she was very comfortable on my back, there was a soft padded cushiness on my shoulders, thanks to the chunky wrap and her weight was distributed nicely across my shoulders and chest. This wrap came loaded with sleepy dust as she was asleep before I had even finished wrapping! She was up for about 30 minutes when I transferred her to the couch and she was kept cosy for a snooze with the Madalo draped over her!
We had lots of fun trying out a hip carry, which is a lovely way to carry when pregnant. My busy 3.5yr old didn't want up for too long though so I had some fun myself after with some belly wrapping ☺
I'm due baby no 5 at the end of July so will be keeping an eye out on upcoming releases for a lovely legacy wrap for this little one. Definitely my very last purchase to complete my perma stash...
Thank you Madalo for sending your wrap travelling around Éire. I'm now sending it on to the next lucky participant to begin it's maiden voyage around Ireland!