Meghan is a mother of four who lives on the west coast of Canada. Meghan has been a fan of Didymos baby carriers since she began her babywearing journey – and specifically Didymos woven wraps. However, when the DidyKlick was released, she was up to the task of giving it a try out! Afterall, it is a Didymos carrier and Meghan loves a Didy!
Skeptical but WON over!
When I first saw the DidyKlick come out, I was (quite honestly) pretty skeptical as to how I would like them given my pretty committed relationship with woven wraps. Having wrapped 4 babies, two of those being twins, over the last 5 ½ years, I consider myself to be a relatively experienced wrapper and I tend to be one who doesn’t love changing things up once they are working. I have done pretty much every carry I’ve come across both with single and tandem babies, and after trying numerous brands, pretty quickly fell in love with the Didymos brand. Over my time, exploring various fabric blends, sizes, and types of SSCs as well, I’ve come to be pretty stuck on size 6 (when carrying one baby) wovens…maybe a 3 for those times we need quick rucks…oh, and ring slings for going into stores are super helpful…wait there are also those carries when you really need a 4…and then there’s that 2 that is super helpful when you need to tandem a couple of kids…but I’m definitely a woven wrap mama!
Enter the DidyKlick. When I heard from my bestie Elina (follow her @carrymepretty) that our amazing Barb from Birdie’s Room was sending us a DidyKlick, my first response was “Well, saves me buying one and then confirming that I’m not going to like it”, and then when I found out it was Zephyr, my response was “Well, that’s probably the worst colour palate for pasty-white me. Definitely not a fan of that pattern either. Oh well, Barb is a gem for trusting us with these babies of hers so I’ll give it a go”.
Now, I may not like change, but I’m also one who is perfectly willing to admit when I’ve been 100% wrong! As soon as I pulled it out of its bag I was BLOWN AWAY by how absolutely gorgeous the colours are. A soft blend of the most on-trend shades right now, but that also have that time-less retro vibe. When I put my now 9-month chunk into the seat of this contraption that I totally thought would never properly hold him, I was shocked at how much of his weight the carrier immediately held thanks to the lovely padded waistband that (thankfully) sits on my body in an actually flattering, non-love-handle-accentuating way. I’m not one for instruction manuals or videos, so I watched about 4 seconds of a YouTube video before slinging my bambino onto my back. Very user-friendly (apparently with very minimal instruction!), my typically kicky monkey was easily maneuvered to my back and perfectly secure.
I was still skeptical as to how these two thin-feeling straps would compare to the thick linen and hemp-blends I tend to gravitate towards, particularly given my picky shoulders, but as soon as I hiked up baby on my back, easily taking the slack out of the shoulder straps, crossed under his bum and tied the knot in front, Mr. Chubbs was essentially weightless. Because of the woven-nature of the straps, it is possible to snug baby tight to your back in a way that I haven’t been able with other SSCs I’ve tried. I’ve also tried the DidyKlick with my almost 3-year old, coming up to 30lb twins and while I probably wouldn’t use it for longer time periods with them (a typical time frame for me using it with my littlest baby was around 2 hours comfortably), it was great for those times when they needed snuggles too.
Why Meghan loves the DidyKlick Zephyr!
Despite my initial reservations, I have found myself regularly pulling out the DidyKlick over woven wraps, particularly when my baby is more cranky and more kicky, making seats with a woven wrap far more sweaty of a process. It has been a treat for markets, shopping, park play with the 3 older gaffers, walks, pretty much anything I would grab a wrap for. It’s super fast to get baby up and 100% secure throughout the wrapping process which I think would make it an amazing choice for new wrappers, or for people who aren’t sold on wraps but who prefer the look to other SSCs. I am beyond grateful to Barb giving us the opportunity to try out what I never would have tried otherwise and I’ve never been so happy to completely revise my initial knee-jerk reaction to something!
The DidyKlick helped my body feel supported with Diastasis Recti!
What exactly is diastasis recti? According to Today’s Parent, “Diastasis recti, also known as abdominal separation, diastasis recti occurs when the rectus abdominis—the two large vertical banks of muscles that meet in the centre of your abdomen (known as the “six-pack”)—pull apart from their attachment point, the linea alba that runs down the body’s midline. The largest of the abdominal muscles, the rectus abdominis works together with the pelvis and lower back to help you move and transfer weight through the pelvic area. It also forms part of a wall of muscle that holds the uterus, intestines and other organs in place and lends support to the pelvic floor. Under pressure from a growing baby, these muscles stretch and thin, separating from the connective tissue that binds the abs together.”
Some women experience discomfort, weakness in their core, back pain, pelvic pain, hip pain, sciatica pain, protruding stomach and in extreme cases incontinence and hernias.
Meghan believes the DidyKlick’s waistbelt helped support her diastasis recti! “I also had this realization today that I think one of the reasons I can actually wear my babe in the DidyKlick for longer than in a wrap (I discovered this while at the camp – I sent pics of where I was wearing Felix for probably 4-6 hours a day) is because of where the waist belt falls on me. I have diastasis recti (ab splitting) after the twins, and then again (thankfully not to the same degree) after Felix, and the waist band goes right around my abs which with it’s snugness, gives me extra support that my wrap doesn’t give me for longer. I start feeling my abs after about an hour of wrapping. So interesting!”
Meghan’s impressions in a nut-shell:
Pros of the DidyKlick to other SSC’s (soft structured carriers) Meghan has tried:
- How adjustable the shoulders straps are. I find that on my frame standard SSCs shoulder straps are pretty much impossible to get baby as tight to my back as I would like which leaves baby a bit on the flopping-around side
- How much easier it is to get baby on my back. The straps allow for a snug hold on baby while swinging baby around to the back. No T-Rex awkward arm reaching for the backpack straps
- The straps also keep the back of the carrier up high on baby while adjusting to the back. I find with other SSCs the back part slips down while trying to get baby on the back and then is kind of annoying (T-Rex arm problems again) to try to get back up high again so baby isn’t just half-supported
- Baby’s arms are much easier to keep down at his/her side. When they are trying to snake arms up to grab mama’s hair or scratch mama’s neck, it is super easy to slip said grabby mitt back under the strap and down by his/her side. I find in other back-pack styles once baby snakes grabby mitt up and begins wreaking havoc on my neck/hair it is pretty much impossible to do anything to prevent the impending massacre. The wrap straps allow for a more snug fit which makes it super hard for baby to get arms up and over strap
- These retro Zephyr colours are pretty much the best thing ever
Cons to the DidyKlick compared to about other SSCs (soft structured carriers) Meghan has tried:
- More drag on my shirt as I adjust baby around to the back so my shirt ends up more twisty and hard to straighten out (maybe because there is more grab on the shirt because of the woven fabric?)
- Over time (above an hour) my probably picky shoulders start preferring the additional padding that comes with certain SSCs. While the DidyKlick was (to me) shockingly comfortable up to that hour mark, I was able to wear my 20ish lb gaffer for 4 hours hiking a mountain with no complaints in a different SSC. Perhaps this could be different with a thicker gsm wrap as a base for the DidyKlick. That being said though, once suck pads were added, the extra padding from those helped relieve some of the dig.
- Having a chest strap/belt to take some of the weight off my shoulders. I know the DidyKlick can technically be done in a way to do a chest belt, but in my opinion it’s not the same as when doing a chest belt with woven wrap.
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