For the past few weeks, my toddler and I have been playing with the Lending Library’s Inda Jani wrap. Handwoven in Oaxaca, Mexico, these 100% cotton wraps are known for being budget-friendly and a little bit beastly, especially to break in. The Inda Jani wraps I have used in the past have been thick and cushy – almost blanket-like, and therefore very “toddler worthy.” That’s why I was so surprised when I picked up this gem at a monthly meeting and found it to be thin and floppy.
Surprised…and a little disappointed. Yes, I have recently come to realize that I am becoming a wrap snob for thick, cushy, blanket-like wraps. Maybe it’s because I have a fairly heavy toddler and my shoulders need the support. Maybe I’ve too often cringed as thin wraps dug into my skin. Either way, I have come to compare everything to my Natibaby, and unless it’s cushier than that, I’m not interested.
But alas, it’s been a while since we had to sell our size 3, and I’ve been lamenting the absence. I decided that I could use a 4 similarly, and gave it a shot. True, it feels thin, but it’s also soft and floppy, and I know the strength of Inda Janis. Quickly I tied my fussing toddler in a Robin’s Hip Carry, and 30 minutes later was impressed with the support it provided in a one-shoulder carry…this might be worth playing with.
That’s how Turquesa came home with us. Not being a fan of ruck, I tried my hand at a few Double Hammock variations.
Oh my. That’s a lovely feeling.
This wrap is wide enough for a toddler, but without an overwhelming amount of material. It has a clear middle section without the need for an uncomfortably large marker. Pretty rainbow fringe, and best of all it’s easy to wrap with.
It has a surprising amount of grip considering how soft it is, which means your passes will stay nicely in place. But it’s not so grabby that I had any trouble keeping my chest pass tight as I spread the wrap across baby’s back. I wore him for long periods of time (up to 2 hours at one point) and my shoulders never complained. Although it weighs in at 260 grams per square meter (making it a medium-thick wrap), its light & airy weave kept us from overheating on walks.
And here’s the best part…my toddler likes it! When he asked to go up (a rarity), I had him choose between a wrap and a soft-structured carrier, to which he promptly exclaimed, “Wap!” and snatched Turquesa out of my hands.
This wrap is so user friendly that after some practice I became brave enough to take it grocery shopping. Usually I take an SSC or mei tai when we go out, mostly to avoid long tails dragging in the parking lot. But the manageable length and friendly wrapping qualities of Turquesa gave me courage. I was able to wrap my toddler quickly and comfortably, and those passes didn’t budge during our shopping adventure!
Bottom line: I love this wrap. It’s unlike my usual go-to, but it certainly was a pleasant surprise. The vibrant blue tones and lovely rainbow fringe go with everything. It’s floppy yet supportive; thin but not diggy. If you’re curious about Inda Jani but are intimidated by the stiffness, give this beauty a go. It bears the soft nubs of a well-loved Mexican wrap. Check it out at the next monthly meeting!
Turquesa, we miss you already!
*For more information on what to do with a size 4 wrap, see this helpful resource.*