I said I was excited for the Junior year of Poe Wovens this past July and that excitement was well placed. The latest wraps coming through their newest ranges feature vibrant color combinations, strong supportive fibers, and redesigning of some Poe classics.
The sheen is achieved with the transition from orange to pale pink all of the colors capture and reflect the light. The cycle of colors looks like the sun rising against a pale blue sky. Pre-wash Jonquils Aurora measured as 238 gsm. After a wash on delicate cycle in cold water and air fluff dry, the wrap measured as 133 gsm. The low gram per square meter is a testament to the lightweight feel of Jonquils Aurora. Hemmed with quarter inch rolled hems, the tapers are average depth and although a prototype, no irregularities or weaving flaws were noted. The wrap is easy care, benefiting from ironing and completely machine washable.
What we like about Jonquils Aurora
Little to no heat retention, the yarn is lightweight and soft. We received this wrap in loom state. The bloom was amazing to see, the texture really popped from the surface, The blooming to nearly twice the size of the loom state.
The wrap is very pliable, easily falling into a pile upon itself and passes wrap close, like an ace bandage. Carries in all positions were supportive and comfortable. Front, back, and hip carries were equally comfortable with the shoulders in spread position. The grip was amazing from so thin a wrap, allowing passes to stay put, making Jonquils Aurora an easy wrap for a beginning babywearer. Passes are easy to smooth, the mercerized cotton offering the right amount of stretch.
The Double Hammock was a comfortable long wear carry. We took in the view of the turtles, giraffes, and animal encounters with the hedgehog. Christina’s Ruckless provided support and comfort for my 27 pound toddler. The ladies found the wrap “pretty, pretty” and asked for ups, even in the house. Both sides of the wrap were stunning, the colors rolling through taking on different hues throughout the day.
Jonquils Aurora has a beautiful embossed pattern of flowers with tendrils in geometric circles. This embossing adds an amazing amount of grip to the wrap, allowing passes to stay in place without great tension. This makes it a wonderful quality for those new to babywearing as removing slack while holding tension can be quite a balancing act. The wrap does not contain slippery fibers as the sheen may suggest, it is precisely the opposite. There is definitely more grip than glide to Jonquils, a quality that makes it ideal for back carries.
To make sure to give an honest opinion on all the qualities of the wraps single layer carries in front, hip, and back are tested. This gives an idea as to the support of the wrap in each carry position. Hip carries are usually single layer, one shouldered carries allowing testing of weight distribution and support. Wearing Poppins and Hip Cross Carry were easy, the 27 pounds of excitedly wriggling toddler did not strain my shoulder. I did find that the thinness of the wrap made a very tight top rail dig after thirty minutes of wear. This was easily adjusted by letting out just a little slack in the top rail to prevent unnecessary tension. The Rucksack carry was our single layer back carry and has never been a particular favorite. Great for calming a toddler tantrum, the ruck is my fast go to in a shop or parking lot. Jonquils Aurora gave a nice solid Ruck with passes landing right under baby’s shoulder blades. I usually prefer a little higher passes in the Ruck, mostly because my toddler is testing the tightness of the top rail and leaning in the throes of tantrum. This Jonquils Aurora is a prototype and the final wrap will be generously cut for a wider finished width of 27 inches.
Front carries test the ability to distribute weight across the back and endurance of the lower back in particular. If the top rail is too loose in a front carry the wearer generally compensates by leaning backward, straining the lower back over time. When properly tightened a good, supportive wrap will ensure the wearer is able to have good posture when walking and moving, taking the pressure off of the lower back and distributing it across the trapezius muscles rather than latissimus. Thinner wraps tend to lack support despite secure top rails and cause strain in the latissimus leading to lower back pain. Jonquils Aurora was fully supportive, holding baby high and secure without sagging or stretching.
Christina’s Ruckless and Double Rebozo Shoulder to Shoulder were very comfortable. Both of these carries feature half knots at the chest and can be uncomfortable in a dense wrap. These were very comfortable carries in Jonquils Aurora, even long wear without pressure or pain at the half knots. Multilayered carries are my go to mostly because each pass works like a pulley system. I know, seriously? A physics lesson after an anatomy lesson LaKeta, I just want to wear! You’ll love this because it is the answer to all your questions about doesn’t your back hurt. Babywearing is the practical application of simple machines. The wrap acts as a pulley system, each pass working the same as a pass through the wheels of the pulley. Each pass cuts the amount of work being done in half. It’s true, this is a scientific fact! Don’t believe me? How about I let these guys from MIT explain it:
More images of our adventures with Jonquils Aurora
Babywearing, cloth diapering, breastfeeding twin Momma sharing my insights.