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Storchenwiege Woven Wrap Review

There are less expensive, easier to use wraps with greater comfort
Storchenwiege Woven Wrap
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Price:   $112 List
Pros:  Easy spot cleaning, good support of baby
Cons:  Lots of fabric, convoluted wraps, hard to use
Manufacturer:   Storchenwiege
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Feb 19, 2018
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  • Child Comfort - 25% 6.0
  • Parent Comfort - 35% 6.0
  • Ease of Use - 30% 3.0
  • Ease Of Cleaning - 10% 6.0

The Skinny

The Storchenwiege Woven Wrap is a fabric wrap carrier with multiple positions and wrap possibilities. This carrier is a heavy material wrap that ties to secure and can be used for little ones from newborn to 3+ years. It is machine washable, and spot cleans easily. Unfortunately, this wrap is hang-to-dry only and it is harder to adjust and put baby inside than some of the competition. Because the fabric is not stretchable, you need to put the baby in before you can secure it, which increases the difficulty. While the Storchenwiege is comfortable enough for both parents and baby, it isn't as comfortable as the competition and the price is significantly higher than easier to use wraps that also score higher in every metric.

Our Analysis and Test Results

Storchenwiege is a German-born company launched after the inspiration of a Textile Engineer wanting a better carrier for his new granddaughter. The new grandfather went on to improve his original invention by making it easier to tie, ergonomically correct for babies and more comfortable for parents. The company is now run by his two daughters who continue the legacy of their father.

Performance Comparison

Because the Storchenwiege fabric lacks any stretch, there is no give...
Because the Storchenwiege fabric lacks any stretch, there is no give for little ones to find the perfect resting space.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Baby's Comfort

The Storchenwiege is slightly above average and not terrible for the baby's comfort, but it is lower than comfort for most of the competing wraps.

The thicker fabric on the Storchenwiege could leave you feeling...
Some of the positions for the Storchenwiege are more comfortable for...

There are multiple positions little ones can sit in, and some seemed cozier than others. We suspect the lack of stretchability impact comfort and is why little ones appear more comfortable in the competition.

The ability to pull the fabric to cover a wider surface area can be...
The way the Storchenwiege rolls in certain carry positions can put...

Parent's Comfort

The Storchenwiege is about average for parent comfort, which means for some testers it was fine and if they'd never tried another carrier, they may not known other options were more comfortable. The variety of fold and wrap options for this carrier means most parents will be able to find a wrap they like that feels like they can wear it for longer adventures. Testers like that the fabric can be pulled wide to cover more surface area, so less pressure rests on a small area. On the downside, this much fabric, the thickness of the material, and the layering of the wrap for certain holds mean you can get overheated depending on the weather.

The variety of wrap option for the Storchenwiege results in a higher...
The variety of wrap option for the Storchenwiege results in a higher learning curve for users.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use

We had real difficulty using the wrap. The manual has a lot of instructions for a variety of different wraps and holds. It is a little confusing and more involved than most of the other wraps we tested.

You can't finish the wrap of the Storchenwiege until after you have...
You can't finish the wrap of the Storchenwiege until after you have the baby in the fabric which increases difficulty.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Putting the carrier on and getting the baby in is similar to the stretchy wraps but you have to put your baby in before you can tie it off because there is no give to the material. The lack of flex makes it harder to manage and means a greater potential for error. Once you get baby inside you'll need to go back then and make further adjustments to the fabric and shift the baby around to get a good fit and a comfortable hold. It isn't necessarily difficult, but it is more convoluted and involved than the ring slings and soft structured carriers that don't require all the wrapping, twisting and tying. The Baby K'tan Original is a wrap style without all the wrapping making it significantly easier to use if what you desire is a wrap.

The Storchenwiege Wrap can be machine washed but you need to hang it...
The Storchenwiege Wrap can be machine washed but you need to hang it to dry.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Cleaning

The Storchenwiege can be machine washed on hot, but it needs to be hanged to dry, which can take a while depending on your climate. It is easier to spot clean on the go, however, which is a real plus if baby spits up or you spill something on the fabric.

Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team

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