Last Friday, Emmeline Textiles released the latest in their 110th line of woven wraps, entitled Morningside. This purple wrap is a thicker than the previous releases in the 110th line and is worthy of toting many a toddler, but it still maintains many of the same soft and supple qualities that make it lovely for a newborn.
How Does It Look?
PURPLE! Morningside has a rich violet weft that is muted by the ecru warp. The 110th pattern of small lines almost resembling chromosome mappings is abstract without being overwhelming. It reminds me of a toned down version of funky 60’s patterns, or some kind of secret code being sent in a retro spy movie. The purple warp makes it all the more vibrant, since the ecru stands out against the purple, but can still be seen in the weave, creating almost a staticy background on which the 110th pattern rests.
How Does it Feel?
In hand, Morningside has a bit of heft and texture. It’s not baby bottom smooth, but it definitely is not scratchy or rough. It just has a bit of “sass”. The ecru-dominant side is a bit smoother than the purple-dominant side. This creates a lovely grip to glide ratio. The 110th pattern actually creates little pockets of textured ridges that help out in the grip department and also just makes the wrap fun to touch and fiddle around with. It was easy to get the second pass of a double hammock in place, and once it was there it stayed put. When summer wearing, it did not chafe bare shoulders or my little guy’s legs.
For being so sturdy, 110th has a lovely drape. It flows and moves with ease and is a pleasure to wrap with. When rushing to run errands or going up for a quick wrap-job, this wrap doesn’t fight back. It flows like water, which I did not expect of a wrap with such texture.
Is It Comfortable?
Nerdy Mixed Baby (Toddler?) is now 32lbs and 39” tall. I’m wearing him less and less, (Somebody hold me…) for the sole fact that he’s large and independent. When we do wrap, It’s mainly a double hammock and its variations. That being said, this wrap holds strong in a double hammock and held up to NMB’s weight like no tomorrow. No sagging, no mystery pockets of slack. No shoulder pressure. It. Just. Worked. And I’m used to super thick and grippy wraps with NMB now, ones that have the sturdiness to carry a big kid in a single layer but sometimes will lack the snuggliness. 110th was a happy medium. It’s sturdy enough for my large toddler and my picky shoulders It was even comfortable in a ruck tied at the shoulder for a quick trip to change over the laundry. Despite it’s strength, it is also soft and moldable enough to give us that snuggly feel like we had when I wrapped him as an infant. You get a smooth chest pass, a tight wrap job, and stellar support. Temperature- wise, 110th also isn’t so thick that it is overbearing in the summer heat.
Care and Keeping?
This wrap is 100% cotton and can be machine washed and tumble dried until damp and then line dried the rest of the way. Anything that can be put in the dryer is amazing in my book. It also did not take very long to dry! It held up to having its tails dragged in parking lots, as per usual, and being stolen by NMB and dragged around the living room for a game of peek-a-boo. This wrap also folds up rather compact for being so sturdy. It was easy to bring along in a diaper bag and would make an excellent contingency shorty.
The Verdict (aka TL;DR):
Beautiful combination of grip and glide
Would make a great diaper bag shorty
Wouldn’t be my first choice in a single layer carry with my almost-preschooler. (But for those of you with smaller little ones, I would definitely give it a shot! My guy is just heavy and tall now.)
110th Morningside is a gorgeous purple wrap that can fill the needs of a newborn wrap and an older-toddler wrangler, and I dare-say it could make the perfect One Wrap to Rule them All! You can find the posting for 110th and Morningside here.
(Image of a bespectacled black mom with black and brown locs wearing a light brown toddler in a purple wrap with an ecru pattern of small white lines. They are indoors next to a pumpkin wall hanging.)
(Disclaimer: I am a brand representative for Emmeline Textiles and am doing this review as a part of this role. The thoughts and opinions on the wrap are my own.)