Bundleboo: Taking wrap security to the next level
As a devoted babywearer, when I was asked to test the Bundleboo baby wrap, I was only too happy to oblige. In the world of slings vs. wraps, I fall definitively into the ‘wrap’ camp and have carried both our boys in various wraps until they could no longer safely be worn. I thought I had seen it all, until my Bundleboo arrived.
The Bundleboo differs from traditional wraps courtesy of its patent-pending ‘safety seat.’ Invented by full-time mom Rebekah Gonzalez, the safety seat concept was born out of a desire to create a more defined and secure place for baby to rest, and consists of leg holes built right into the fabric. This unique product design adds a level of securitiy not available with traditional wraps, and also offers greater flexibility in terms of loading and unloading — particularly when you’d like to carry baby on your back and don’t have an extra set of hands available to help. With the Bundleboo, with practice, it really is possible!
Speaking of practice, it does take a bit. For traditional wrap devotees, the notion of using leg holes instead of the tension of the fabric itself to support your baby reqires some getting used to. And, in turn, I find that the Bundleboo has a small learning curve for its small occupants, requiring patience from baby while he gets used to having his legs tucked into the holes which are not always easy to find and/or open. The fabric consists of 100% natural, woven, machine-washable non-stretch cotton; This also caught me off-guard. The non-stretch fabric is reinforced in both directions for improved durability and stability, however, with the goal of providing improved weight distribution because baby won’t sink like he could in a traditional (stretchy) knit wrap. After nearly one month of use, my 9-month-old son and I are finally completely comfortable loading and unloading in each of his age-appropriate positions. Although it took me longer than usual to feel confident with the Bundleboo, I find the added sense of security I have with this wrap makes it worth the time investment. And Samuel loves it!
The Classic Bundleboo comes in eight solid colors, and costs $69; The Signature Bundleboo has six designs and various color choices, and costs $89. Premiere Bundleboo wraps are a custom line that allow you to create a unique wrap with unlimited fabric choices for the center panel, with prices starting at $89. Still can’t decide? Try a reversible Bundleboo that combines two different fabrics for $109. The Bundleboo also comes available in an organic version for $99. All Bundleboos are six-yards in length — offering 10 different carries, including 2 discreet ‘hands-free’ nursing positions — and all Bundleboos come complete with a carry tote and instructional DVD.
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