We are excited to introduce a range of slings woven with Ice Cotton. Specially developed to give a “cool to the touch” feel, our new wraps are perfect for keeping you both fresh and comfortable in the heat, just in time for the summer months to come.
Read on for an insight into the fibres used and feedback from our trusted babywearing testers.
Ice Cotton yarn is made from naturally grown and selected cotton, with no synthetic fibers, and is free from harmful chemicals.
The beauty of this unique “cooling” material is in the advanced spinning technology which uses very long and twisted fibres, making the fabric feel fresh and light. If you look closely at the individual yarns in the weave (image below), you will see the twisted fibres which give a raised texture, this produces a construction which is naturally airy and breathable.
Our Ice Cotton slings have been tested by several experienced babywearers since March last year (2015), here are some of their comments:
Testing 100% Ice Cotton wrap
How did you get on with your Ice Cotton tester?
‘I apparently have gone absolutely crazy for your ice cotton! It is amazing! We have worn with it every day, it’s one of the most comfortable wraps I’ve owned and wraps like a dream. I was concerned by how thin and gauze-like it felt at first, but it is so surprisingly supportive and the pattern makes it nice and grippy. It’s very comfy on my shoulders and thin enough to make a lovely neat knot. My nearly 2-year-old has been up for several hours at a time in it and was weightless throughout. I will be very very sad to part with it!’
That’s great to hear! How would you feel about using it against bare skin and with a younger baby?
‘Straight out of the bag I had my doubts, but now it’s had a few washes and been well worn I think it will be fine. I’ve worn it on bare shoulders and it was lovely. I also borrowed a friend’s very dinky one month old to try with it and it was still perfect, she fell asleep in minutes and was clearly very comfortable in there!’
Julia, UK – on holiday in Thailand
Tested 100% Ice Cotton wrap
‘I was really excited to be able to test the ice cotton out in the heat of Thailand. Most days were over 32C and the humidity was still high in the region I was staying. As I reported a while back, my first try I managed a 2km walk in 35C humid heat, I was wearing two layers and Aria in one. The only place that either of us was sweating was where our bodies had been together, which is to be expected. Even with wearing it in a DH, I didn’t feel overheated and more importantly, Aria didn’t either. In subsequent wears (I think one day it was up to 40C apart from feeling fatigued from the heat anyway), the wrap was still comfortable to wear. I also took a 50% linen (it was a thicker 50% linen – alto eventide) but I wore that once and then left it in the suitcase, the ice cotton was just more comfortable to wear. Careful tightening with this wrap is a must but despite a really bad wrap job, it felt amazing on my shoulders and fantastic in high temperatures.’
Tested 100% Ice Cotton wrap
‘Upon receiving the wrap, it seems there isn’t a need to break it in like a typical hemp or linen blend. It is very thin and airy which makes it very cooling to wrap with. Slightly textured which creates a relatively good grip even with a half knot tie. Supportive and comfortable even after an hour of wrapping my 17 month old who weighs about 12kg. I’m looking forward to experiencing a blend of cotton and ice cotton. I will be excited to see more ice cotton wraps with colour gradients too!’
Aybuke – England
Testing 100% Ice Cotton Ring Sling
‘The 100% Ice Cotton is so thin and airy like 100% linens! I did a quick (5-10 minutes) up with my 11 month old who’s more than 9.5 kg (21 lbs). Surprisingly, 100% Ice Cotton is not diggy at all and feels quite supportive despite the thin density (which I assume is low given that you can almost see through it).’
Tessa – Netherlands (photographed above)
Tested 100% Cotton in a RS and a Wrap
‘I was pleasantly surprised with the ice cotton wrap. When taking the wrap out of the bag, I noticed that the fabric felt pretty textured. I was afraid that it would require quite some breaking in. But this was not the case. Although it will become softer and more floppy over time, the sling is very easy to wrap from the first use on. It’s incredibly airy and thin without it cutting in your shoulders. Also, it is very supportive and made my daughter feel weightless on my shoulders. I feel that this is the ultimate summer-blend!’
Our Ice Cotton wraps and ring slings will be listed over the next few weeks, just in time for the warmer weather.
Here in Scotland as the evening light extends, we cross our fingers for some sunshine to take us out of the long cold winter months! Do share your pictures with us on Facebook, especially if your spring has begun – we love to dream of being there too!