SUPU Helix Arca Review

Series: Helix

Name: Arca

Blend: 100% Ethically Sourced Cotton with an ecru warp

Weave: Double Weave

Weight: 340 gsm
SUPU wraps exploded on to the Baby Wearing scene last year and have been whipping up an absolute storm, no pun intended. Jess’ designs are unique and eye catching, with punchy, vibrant colours and an absolute beast of a weave.

The easycare 100% cotton wraps, wrap like no other. The Flight series are lightweight in hand, yet strong and sturdy. They provide a cushiony softness and carry like no other 100% cotton wrap that I’ve tried. North, the NSE exclusive, was Jess’s biggest triumph so far. The grey tones glow and provide a timeless look that contribute to North’s popularity, establishing itself as quite the unicorn already.
If you have had the pleasure of meeting Jess you will know that she is a unique soul. Jess will make time for everyone, adding to the magic of SUPU Wovens. Her customer service and drive to create outstanding quality wraps is fantastic. Not only is Jess passionate about baby wearing she is also an amazing designer with a lifetime of experience in textiles and materials. It’s an absolute joy to see a brand with such a personal and friendly ethos.
Myself and Cass were given the chance to trial Helix Arca just before this year’s NSE. When Arca arrived I was pleasantly surprised at the cushiony wonderfulness of this 100% cotton, double weave wrap. Helix feels marshmallowy and quite thick in hand, like a medium weight wrap that would soften over time and use. The weave seems quite loose compared with other wraps that I have worn in the past and feels silky soft.
The dusky pink and pencil grey compliment each other perfectly. I am a big lover of pink but I know it’s not a colour that I can always make work. Arca’s pink is beautifully muted and subtle, this wrap is ‘just enough’ pink, it’s perfect. Both sides are beautiful, I love how Arca changes it’s character with each side. The bold, striking, pencil grey dominates the ‘right side,’ where as the blush pink and white provide a calming ‘wrong side’ alternative.
The wrapping qualities of Arca do not disappoint. It glides into place and holds strong. I have tried a range of different carries with Arca but I think the four hour Double Hammock with my two stone baby, showed me how fantastically strong and comfortable this wrap really is.
I can honestly say that we have thoroughly enjoyed having Arca here to stay for a few days. Helix is a beautiful weave and I am genuinely excited for it’s release and the future of SUPU Wovens. Thank you Jess for this opportunity.

Something is brewing

Good Morning, we are all very excited here at Little Lifts HQ, lots of new arrivals are starting to make their way into our small, but thoughtful sling library ready for the big launch in July.

Over the next few days I will be reviewing all of the new products that come into the library so you can see what Little Lifts has on offer. If there is anything that you would like to see please drop us an email and we’ll see what we can do. We also have a couple of surprise visiting carriers that are around for a few days so I will be sure to fill you in on how we get on.

This morning we are heading out to Salford Quays for a photo shoot for a very special new release, baby Cass has been preparing himself with a super long nap and I’ve been hitting the tea, hard! We will be sure to catch up with the details over the weekend.

For now I will leave you with a beautiful new addition that landed only yesterday from the wonderful Helen at Monkey Mei Tai, review to follow.

Girasol Reflection, Crema de Nube. Size 6 (4.6m) 100% Cotton

Why I wear this piece of cloth

A few weeks ago some awful comments were made in the media about families who choose to carry their children. No one should ever be made to feel like their choices and parenting styles are not good enough. I wrote this post shortly after.

Babywearing has SAVED MY SANITY! I cannot explain to people how much I rely on this piece of cloth that holds my child.

It has (and still does) helped us both through breast feeding, colic, reflux, teething, general baby issues and more.
Baby wearing has given me back my independence! We can walk the dog, do the shopping, go for a walk on the beach, in the woods or in the Trafford centre. All of these things are very difficult with a pram.
When I wear my child he is calm, I am calm. We have a closeness that I cannot explain. I know when he needs me and what he wants because he is just there, so close. He has formed a close, attached bond to me, his mum. Now as he is becoming older I can see him forming close relationships with the other people in his life. This is a quality that human beings need to survive.
The mothers and fathers I have met through babywearing have become some of my best friends. Having a baby is fucking hard and having people around who can support you is the only way to get through it.
It makes me sad to hear that something that I love so much and has been of so much benefit to me and my child is ridiculed on such a public platform. I encourage every parent to do what works for them and pass no judgment on others, but if you are interested in babywearing I encourage you to contact your local Sling Library and put down the Daily Mail!

In the beginning 

I’m originally from Sheffield, it was a close friend of mine that introduced me to the Wonderful World of Baby Wearing when I was pregnant. Every time we met I noticed she was wearing a new fantastic sling or wrap. Her son was always so calm and happy where ever we went, not to mention looking absolutely fabulous! Each time we met I found myself asking more and more questions about baby wearing. I was fascinated. All she kept saying was, ‘when the baby is born get yourself to a sling library.’

I found Salford Sling and Meet online and joined their Facebook group whilst I was still pregnant! I couldn’t wait. We went to our first meeting when Cassius was 2 weeks old and a lovely lady named Hayley helped us pick out a sling. I borrowed a Close Caboo. Initially I was terrified, I was sure I was going to drop him. With a bit of practise we became pros. We actually went to Wales for the week with the Caboo. After worrying about fitting the pram and all it’s contraptions into our Fiat 500. We need not have bothered taking it, I carried Cassius for the whole week. I was hooked, I couldn’t wait to get back to the library to see what else they had for us.

I had seen some of the other girls with their gorgeous woven wraps and their skilful, artistic carries! It looked so complicated and scary. I was sure that I would just end up a big sweaty mess, on sheepish trip to A&E, with a broken baby!
Despite my fears I asked if someone could explain the woven wraps to me and to see how I’d get on.

Lucy, a volunteer at the sling meet showed me the woven wraps and picked out Soul, a size 6 Ali Dover. At the time this information meant nothing to me. Lucy explained how to use the wrap safely, how baby should be supported by the wrap, how to tighten the carry, how to tie the wrap and how to take baby out safely. I could not believe how amazing it felt to hold my baby this way. He felt so close and safe and he instantly fell asleep. It was the middle of Summer and the woven wrap was so much cooler than the stretchy too. I borrowed the wrap for 2 weeks and it changed my life! I could clean my house, go to the shops, eat my food, use both my hands, all the time knowing that Cassius was safely snugged up with me.

If he had trouble getting to sleep at night I just wrapped him up. It helped with his wind, when he had his jabs and just recently through a period of sleep regression.

There was no stopping me. Thanks to the support from the wonderful volunteers at the Sling Library, I borrowed several more wraps and learned some new carries. A few weeks ago I learned even more about the ‘World of Woven Wraps’ and all the fun that comes with it. The excitement of getting your hands on a rare wrap, the ballots, the Facebook groups, the new releases and all the fantastic designers and brands. I was hooked! I also learned that it was not a cheap hobby with some wraps costing over ¬£400. There was no way I could afford to get my own wrap, especially since my maternity pay was decreasing at a rapid rate!

The following week Samantha mentioned the Fledgling Scheme to me. A scheme put together by Firespiral Woven Wraps for people, like myself who are new to baby wearing. The amazing discount offered by Firespiral for those new to baby wearing is outstanding and hard to believe. I did not waste any time and tried out a couple of their wraps. They were beautiful, soft and so easy to wrap with. The next week I returned ready to sign up.

After a few days of looking at all the beautiful wraps on the Firespiral website I decided on Rosecup Aqua Festival in a 6. I am now the proud owner of my very own Firespiral wrap. I am becoming more familiar with different blends, carries and how this new hobby of mine works. I have made so many new friends through Salford Sling and Meet and the wider baby wearing community, it’s amazing! I would recommend baby wearing and the fledgling scheme to all new mums. As for the pram, I’m thinking of sticking it on eBay to buy my next wrap.