My nerd BFF and I agree on most things: measuring tapes are great toys. Forest preschool rocks, as does fungus. And the universe erred gravely when we didn’t get admission letters to Hogwarts Academy for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
That’s probably for the best, though, because I really, really love my science nerd BFF, and Hogwarts, unfortunately, is the scene of our major disagreement. I’m a 100% Gryffindor girl. Science BFF bleeds green and silver.
She’s a Slytherin, people. Probably would speak Parseltongue if you gave her the chance, and thinks Snape is the best teacher in the whole damn school.
I love her anyway.
All this is to say that when she saw Green Tea sitting on my couch, Science BFF snatched it up. She loves to wrap, but she’s usually not all over my testers. Her daughter was almost asleep on her boob, so she double hammocked her.
“What is this?” she asked.
“It’s a BaBy SaBye Green Tea,” I said. “How’s it feel?”
“Good,” she said. “The color’s to die for.”
She wore it for the rest of the afternoon, then borrowed it that evening. I saw her the next day, baby wrapped up. “Still like it?” I asked.
“It’s a Slytherin wrap,” she said. “I’ve never found another wrap this color. It’s stunning. And the weave looks like snakeskin.”
Damn if she isn’t right. Green Tea is the perfect Slytherin wrap. We couldn’t think of another wrap with the same color and shine. Nor does anyone else use the same textured weave, which gives the wrap a unique serious grip combined with unicorn-belly softness.
Harry Potter nerdery aside, Green Tea is thick, thicker wrapped than in hand, 30% linen and 40% hemp, with the gorgeous, heavy drape of a mercerized cotton BaBy SaBye. These wraps really do feel like nothing else. They drape like the fabric of a Renaissance painting; the taa kai weave has a soft, bumpy texture you don’t find anywhere else.
And since they don’t release regularly, the company tends to be one of the majorly overlooked in the handwoven market. Woven in Thailand but based in Russia, BaBy SaBye has come more in tune with the current market: using vegetable-based dyes, widening their wraps from the first release, working on more toddler-weight wraps. They don’t even come up often on the secondary market.
So I was glad to get Green Tea in a shipment with the three testers set to go around the US. It reminds me of my Taa Kai from the earlier release, but wider, with more grip (that’s the linen and hemp, I think). While my other wraps smoothly, Green Tea definitely falls on the grippy end of the spectrum: it’s not quite WWF quality, but I had to work it into place.
The resulting carry feels good. Science BFF, as much as she hates to admit it, has picky shoulders. She found Green Tea to give a cushy, smooshy shoulder-feels without pressure points. I liked it even for Baby Bear (now 3!) because of that quality.
It wraps solidly, with little to no bounce, and very little stretch. Combined with the lack of slip, this makes for a workout of a wrap job. The results, however, tend to be worth it. Two of us have worn Green Tea for extended amounts of time – up to an hour at once – without digging or pressure points. I like to think that’s the hemp, because hemp is magic worthy of Dumbledore himself.
Green Tea’s softness makes it a great wrap for newborns. BaBy SaBye excels in that. It’s thick enough – definitely a thick wrap – that I wouldn’t want to wear it midsummer, though it wears great this time of year. Because of the thickness, you might want to order a size up (you’d only need a half a size up, but obviously no one offers half sizes).
My only real complaint? This is one of the most pull-prone weaves out there, so much so that I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it. Pulls are easy to fix, though, and the shoulder feel more than makes up for the extra maintenance.
Overall, this is a great, smooshy wrap with a unique color that’s super soft and loveable. And despite Science BFF’s Slytherin roots, I think her picky shoulders and squishy six month old would like it anyway. At least, that’s what she says.
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