Nunamoochie never lets us down when it comes to colors and prints, and Anya is no exception. The vibrant summer colors are guaranteed to make you feel sunny no matter what mood you or your baby may be in. The softness leaves you with not much left to ask for because straight out of the bag, it is soft and buttery, let alone after its first wash. The width and weave of the wrap makes it a great choice to have around early on and grow with your new squishy, which is especially nice for your wallet. And best of all, Anya will leave you wanting to learn new carries and finishes to show off her beautiful pattern of the colors.
*FYI: Earlier this year I did a review of Nunamoochie's first handwoven Retro, and it was pretty much love straight out of the box. (Retro was also my first handwoven wrap!) It is very similar to Anya, except that Retro's width is about 1 inch narrower and it is made of organic cotton, which makes it slightly stiffer. They are mostly comparable that different when it comes to how they wrap.
Enter ANYA... The first 4 things that will always come to mind when I think of Anya is the warm feeling of the sun, my girls giggles (which make me SO happy), raspberry lemonade and of course Anya herself. (Did you know the wrap was named after Colleen and Tanni's (the owners) sweet new baby girl! All of whom I had the pleasure of meeting at MommyCon 2015! #fangirl moments!) I was sure that this new release was going to be just as, if not even more, exciting than Retro because I feel like Nunamoochie is up for trying new things, which makes me excited to try all of their things! Right off the bat, after opening the package, we had to cuddle with Anya. Not wrap, just cuddle. It was SO soft and floppy, and despite it's thinness, I could tell that there was enough cush in the 100% cotton threads to keep from digging. The very first thing I did after she was done washing was take her for a tandem HJBC ring finish Rebozo stroll around our street. (Note to self: don't wrap in a strapless top! Hence the lack of photos lol.) I was so impressed with how easy it was to handle the material during the shoulder flip, how easily the pass glided across my baby, and how much it did NOT dig in my shoulders.
Because the wrap is so smooth, I ended up really enjoying the FCC (front cross carry) finish for my very active and chatty toddler in tandem carries. She wants to look around and point and chat about everything, so I need the extra pass to reinforce her. I love that with Anya, the passes are SO easy to spread over her back, which comes in especially handy when she is not really in the mood to go up right when I put her there. No muss, no fuss. After the few seconds it takes to get her situated she is usually as happy as can be. These are the same reasons that I could not stop doing the CHCC (coolest hip cross carry) with Anya. The slip knot (and sometimes square knot because... well, twin brain lol) held so well in place and it became the carry I used most (for solo carries) with this wrap. While we were on vacation in Chicago, I wore Anya in CHCC practically every morning at breakfast. She not only brightened the hotel restaurant's dark morning setting (no windows and rather large), she made it SO easy to get my baby in and out because the wrap glides across its self so easily, and the stripes help easily navigate the top and bottom rails. (You know you will always need seconds of strawberry cheese blintzes.. and that your toddler will alway want to come with... be prepared!) Speaking of the stripes... I seriously cannot rave enough about the colors. (Did you know the threads were custom dyed JUST for this wrap?!) While, in general, prints and colors are always an added bonus, they aren't always enough to motivate me to really test my creativity and knowledge. With Anya, I felt like I had an endless combinations of carries and finishes to wrap and show off her colors, which in turn motivated me to really test and expand my wrapping knowledge/abilities. The candy cane chest belt (CCCB) twist that finishes off the CHCC (as seen in photo on review banner), has by far been my most favorite way to show off the colorway.
I also had the chance to wear my 9 month old, 25 lbs nephew on my back and tested the Christina's Ruckless Back Carry waters for the first time. While he was completely content, and virtually weightless, I noticed that over time I felt some digging in my neck. This is because I had not placed the shoulder passes flatly or spread them all that great before I secured the carry. (Note to self: pay a little more attention to how you place your wrap as you go. But then again it was my first go with this carry.) Another possible factor: smoothness of this wrap. I found pulling out the slack to be so easy breezy. Anya always worked WITH me, making it easy to mold the carry and keep everyone secure and in place. I do think that it is important to note here that because Anya is so lightweight, it was easy to lose tension as I wrapped if I didn't keep the wrap pinned tight enough. (Pinning can occur between the knees, under the chin, under the arm, under the neck, or between the teeth and helps keep baby secure until you tie off)
Overall, I REALLY love this wrap for someone who has a little bit more of a flexible budget. ($149 for a size 6 is NOT BAD for a handwoven!) And if you are looking to wrap a smaller squish you are really going to get your money's worth because you are likely to be able to wrap your baby in Anya until you and your little end your wearing journey. I wouldn't mind wrapping a bigger kid with this as well, but because it is so lightweight I worry about it inadvertently digging. (will update post if I have the opportunity to do so!) I would love to have this wrap in my stash and think it would make a great addition for both experienced and novice wrappers. I look forward to seeing what Nunamoochie comes out with next!
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