Storchenwiege Leo Cafe
Storchenwiege wraps are made entirely in Germany from woven cotton. They are Oeko Tex 100 certified, which means they have passed rigorous testing to ensure they are safe for your baby. Oeko Tex 100 is an independent organization that tests chemical residue on textiles. AStorchenwiege wrap is certified to not contain anything carcinogenic or allergy-inducing, and is free of formaldehyde, pesticides, heavy metals, nickle, and phthalates.
A woven wrap like our beautiful selection of Storchenwiege carriers can be individually adjusted to suit any child and wearer. We are often asked what the "weight limits" of these wraps are, but there really aren't any limits! A Storchenwiege can be used from the earliest stages of infancy (our daughter was in ours as soon as I was up and walking after her birth!) to a 5-6 year old preschooler. Wearing a newborn on your front, upright (which is the safest way), creates the perfect distance for constant eye contact. A newborn baby can see roughly the distance from breast to face, which means they are always able to see their loving caregiver while they are settled in their carrier.
Storchenwiege wraps have excellent diagonal elasticity. They are woven lengthwise and then crosswise with 100% cotton (or organic cotton, if you purchase a Louise or the Eric). These wraps are not stretchy and can be tied firmly--you never need to worry about an infant or child falling out of a Storchenwiege carrier if it is tied correctly. The knots are very secure and the fabric does not "give" or allow the child to slide lower. They do not need to be constantly re-tightened throughout wear.
Most woven wraps come out of the package a little bit "crunchy," but Storchenwiege wraps do not take too long to break in. They can be washed on warm and hung to dry, and the colour-fast fabric will not fade or bleed. When hung to dry, they usually dry within 12-24 hours. We have had a Storchenwiege Ulli for 5 years, and after lots and lots of spit-up and washes, it is soft and smooth to the touch, but the colour looks as bright and beautiful as ever. These wraps are shrink resistant as long as they are washed and dried appropriately.
To make it easier for you to tie, Storchenwiege wraps have a central mark to show you the exact middle of your wrap. Hems are double folded to provide firm edges that support the tie, which is why Storchenwiege wraps can be used even for much older children. Tying is also simplified because the edges of the wrap are diagonal.
What Size Do You Need?
The size you need is dependent on the way you would like to tie the wrap, who will wear it, and how old your child is.
A 2.7m wrap is suitable for a simple hip carry and cradle carry.
A 3.6m wrap is suitable for a simple hip carry, cradle carry, hip snuggle hold, snuggle hold, simple cross carry, and backpack carry (if the wearer is under a US size 10).
A 4.1m wrap is suitable for a simple hip carry, cradle carry, and hip snuggle hold. It is suitable for a snuggle hold, simple cross carry, and backpack carry if the wearer is under a US size 16. It can also be used for a double cross carry and a wrap across carry if the wearer is under a US size 8.
A 4.6m wrap is suitable for a simple hip carry, cradle carry, hip snuggle hold, snuggle hold, simple cross carry, and backpack carry. It can also be used for a double cross carry and a wrap cross carry if the wearer is under a US size 16.
A 5.2m wrap is suitable for all carries, and is recommended for those who are tall or above a US size 16.
Storchenwiege wraps include a booklet to help you to master the art of tying your new baby carrier.
"When our oldest daughter was born, a friend came over to visit. She had her beautiful Inka wrapped around herself, and in the blink of an eye had shown me her favourite carry. I had a mei tai and a pouch sling (which I never did manage to fit!) and had thought those would be ample... but I was so wrong! I was immediately sold on a Storchenwiege, and scoured the internet for the best price I could find. I chose the beautiful Ulli fabric, and over the years since then it has been used every day throughout the infancy of both our little girls. It is now buttery soft thanks to a lot of spit-up related washes, but it has never faded, stretched or shrunk. It looks just as good as new! It has been loaned out a few times and sooths even the crankiest baby! If you only buy one carrier, make it a Storchenwiege wrap--you can tie it in dozens of different ways, and is an extremely comfortable way to carry your child."