The wrappee - 1 year old, 10.2kg (22.5lb) T - he celebrated his first birthday while Doodle was staying
I'd first wrapped with Doodle at the Brighton winglet picnic, but since then he'd been on tour and was considerably more broken in. I first tested a double hammock and the chest pass slid beautifully into place. My wrappee seemed to approve as he promptly fell asleep!
The next carry I tried was a pre-tied robbins hip carry for a trip out. After a short drive in the car, I popped T in for the next legs of our journey by tube and on foot. I have mixed feelings about hip carries, great in that T can look around whilst being able to see me, but after a while I often find the one shoulder taking the weight looses interest. I was pleasantly surprised by how long doodle felt comfortable on my shoulder for, and didn't feel the need to transfer to a two-shouldered carry once we were walking which I often do.
A ruck isn't my favourite carry, but I wanted to see how Doodle handled a single layer so I gave it a go. After tightening and tying off we were up, but rather long tails meant my usual test of a dog walk wasn't going to be possible. Instead we spent some time doing a few jobs around the house. Just enough cush on the shoulders combined with a generous dose of support made for a a comfy carry, even if a ruck still isn't my favourite.
Also on the list of must try carries was a no sew ring sling. I selected some bronze rings (of course) and set up my no sew. I popped T in and as I tightened the ring sling, the wrap moulded around him making for a really comfortable no sew.
The only downside I can see to this wrap is that, for me, there is a very definite 'right' and 'wrong' side. It's certainly not going to be a deal breaker but I do love the way a lot of WWs give you a very different look depending on which way you wear them, but the intricacies of the 'doodles' are more pronounced on the right side.
Overall Doodle is a great wrap, with enough stretch to be really malleable but enough support for bigger babies. There's cush, although not as much as the yaks for me. He was thoroughly abused and left looking just a great as when he arrived, a combination of a forgiving colourway and not being prone to pulls. Before he came to stay, I was already convinced with its aesthetics and loved wrapping with it as a long wrap, but I'm now also convinced of his credentials as a shortie and I can't wait to see what colours WWHQ come up with for us!
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