Didymos Anthracite Hemp Indio AHI | Wrap Conversion Ring Sling WCRS | Sleeping Baby Productions SBP Eesti | Review

 

 

This carrier is:

  • Didymos brand.
  • Indio pattern / weave.
  • Anthracite is the name of the color.
  • 50% hemp 50% cotton.
  • Wrap conversion ring sling (WCRS) – a ring sling sewn “converted” from a woven wrap.
  • Ring Sling has an Eesti style shoulder, and was converted (sewn) by Sleeping Baby Productions (SBP).
  • Ring Sling has slate color Sling Rings.

Words I would use to describe this carrier:

  • soft
  • classy
  • supportive
  • comfortable
  • elegant
  • moldable

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This is a ring sling wrap made from a Didymos woven wrap.  It began its life as a long piece of wrap fabric.  It was cut and sewn by a seamstress (Sleeping Baby Productions) into a ring sling. A ring sling is a fast carrier to pop baby in and out of. In a ring sling, baby’s weight is concentrated on one shoulder, so ring slings may be preferable for shorter wearing times (under an hour), depending on user preference and baby’s weight.

FABRIC

The name of the particular wrap is Anthracite Hemp Indio.  Anthracite (anthrazit hanf) is the name of the color.  Hemp lets you know there are hemp threads woven into the fabric. Hemp as a fiber, gives support, strength, and incredible softness once broken in.  This fabric is a 50/50 hemp/cotton blend, so half the threads are hemp and half are cotton.

Indio is the name of the pattern. Didymos has been weaving wraps in the Indio pattern for decades, in a multitude of colors and fibers. The Indio pattern is one of my favorites.  It is classy, beautiful, and dresses up or down easily.

Didymos hemp indios are relatively soft when new, and lusciously soft when fully broken in. Hemp Indios are some of the softest woven wraps I’ve experienced. Anthracite Hemp Indio (AHI) is a medium thin thickness as woven wraps go. With the Eesti hybrid shoulder style, I still found it comfortable.

The Anthracite color is a a grey tone Didymos has used for many different wrap patterns. This particular combination is black with a pale silvery grey. It almost looks like black and white upon close inspection, but from a couple feet away, reads deep grey overall. This particular sling uses Slate colored Sling Rings, and I’ve also owned AHI in a ring sling with Silver colored Sling Rings.

AHI was first released in 2011.

SHOULDER STYLE

The shoulder style on this ring sling is called Eesti, and can be worn on either shoulder.  There are many other shoulder styles, such as gathered (just like it sounds, the fabric just gathered up and bunched up) and pleated (folded in pleats, which creates a narrower “base” coming out of the rings).  The Eesti is a hybrid between gathered and pleated, and for now, is my favorite shoulder style.  I find it the easiest shoulder to get a good fit over my shoulder without too much trouble. The fabric is laid on top of itself several times, creating a cushier presence on the shoulder.

The rings should be in the “corsage” position on the wearer’s chest.  Too high, and they will press into your body; too low and the will press into baby, or cause discomfort in the shoulder area.  Baby’s weight should be evenly distributed across the shoulder, not pressing too much into the neck, and not with the fabric falling down the arm.

Placing the rings and shoulder fabric correctly is key to the comfort of wearing a ring sling. While it is a simple carrier to “pop” on and off once familiar, it has a learning curve that can frustrate some new wearers.

SIZING AND FIT

This ring sling is a size medium (approximately 75″ to the short taper). It’s a little long for me, as I have to pick it up when bending over. It does make a nice length for using the tail as a cover when nursing. Both myself and my husband can wear a size medium ring sling (I wear an XS shirt size and my husband wears an XXL shirt size). The size of a ring sling is the length of the fabric from rings to tail. A larger wearer and a larger child will “use up” more fabric length. A smaller wearer and and a smaller child will have a longer tail of fabric, since less will be required to wrap around their bodies. The sizing of a ring sling is quite versatile, and can be quickly adjusted between wearers or children. I have used a hemp indio ring sling with both a newborn and a three year old (for short periods of time with that heavy three year old!).

EXPERIENCE

I’ve owned several different Didymos Hemp Indio ring slings (such as Petrol, April, Anthracite, North Shore), and found them all soft and supportive, with an Eesti shoulder. The hemp would be too warm to wear in a multi-layer carry, in a Texas summer. In ring sling format, it is not too hot for summer, since it is only one layer of fabric around the body. Hemp fibers have a little “bounce” that creates a feeling of cush on the shoulder.

In these photos, I wear my 20-lb one-year old and 36-lb three year old in this sling. Although this exact sling I sold a while back, I now own another AHI ring sling in a shorter length (65″ or size extra small, which hits at my hip). The short length makes it small, compact, and lightweight. I store it in my purse at all times, just in case I would mistakenly leave the house without a baby carrier, and need one.

The shorter length AHI which I own as of this writing, and keep in my purse, has been used countless ways. My son has worn it as a scarf/jacket when he is cold in the grocery store. I’ve used it as a blanket for my kids if they fall asleep somewhere random while we are out and about. And of course, as a carrier, for a huge age-range.

It’s certainly one of my favorites!

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2 thoughts on “Didymos Anthracite Hemp Indio AHI | Wrap Conversion Ring Sling WCRS | Sleeping Baby Productions SBP Eesti | Review

  1. Hi! What length do you recommend for me, I’m a size M and my daughter is 6 months. 🙂

    1. Generally it is recommended to purchase a ring sling in the same size as the wearer’s tee-shirt size. You may want a larger size if you want to use the tail to cover up while nursing. You may want a shorter size if the dangling tail bothers you or gets in your way. A size medium would likely be a good starting point for you!

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