When I found out the Dolcino wrap is manufactured in Switzerland and Germany, I thought to myself, “If this carrier is half as good as the chocolate that comes out of those countries, we’ll be in good shape.”
I hesitate to say that the wrap is better than the chocolate (after all, is there really anything better than chocolate?), but I will say that it ranks pretty closely behind my favorite indulgence. In fact, the wrap itself feels quite indulgent. It’s spun from super-soft 100 percent organic cotton and colored beautifully with nontoxic dyes. The artful way the carrier wraps around me and baby is gorgeous and actually makes me feel a little bit like a move star when I put it on. (Silly, I know, but it’s true!)
The Dolcino wrap is that it’s essentially a long (we’re talking about 15 feet long!) piece of light- to medium-weight nonstretch woven cotton. The ends of the fabric are cut on a diagonal to allow for less bulky knots when tied. When I pulled the wrap out of the packaging initially, I found myself wondering if I could repurpose the fabric as a tablecloth after its carrying days were through. (That ought to give you an idea of just how big it really is.) Admittedly, I was intimidated by the thought of twisting and turning and wrapping this simple piece of gorgeous fabric into a carrier, but after studying the directions and practicing a few different times on a few different days, I really feel like I’ve gotten the hang of it. (I also watched a few videos on Moby Wrap’s (the US distributor of Dolcino) site, which were super helpful, even if they’re for Moby Wraps and not Dolcinos specifically.)
I love that the wrap offers an absolute custom fit and can be continually adjusted to accomodate my (slowly shrinking) body. My baby has really come to love riding along too. He took a little while to adjust to being worn, but now he’s completely game for hanging out while I’m hands-free. (By the way, the carrier can be used with kiddos up to 60 pounds, Dolcino claims, but I have a feeling I’ll be holding my tot responsible for toting himself around long before he packs on that many pounds.) I also like that the wrap doesn’t stretch or sag when I wear my son for long periods of time like I imagine wraps made out of jersey might—the Dolcino really holds tight and maintains it shape.
The wrap can be washed in the machine and laid flat to dry. (Over-achievers may iron out the wrinkles, but I think they give it character. Read: I shouldn’t even own an iron because the last time I used it was … um, never.)
The Dolcino wrap is low-maintenance, tucks easily into my diaper bag, and offers a wealth of carry options (included front facing in, hip, back and cradle). I may have been wary at first, but after a few weeks, I’m totally sold.
Price: from $125
To buy: mobywrap.com