REVIEW: Sling Betty Podegai Wrap Conversion

IMG_3510Sheffield Slings recently had the pleasure of holidaying a Sling Betty wrap conversion podeagi (Pod/Podegi/Padaegi) from the lovely Carry Me Slings. I was lucky enough to have the pleasure of spending some time using it & reviewing it for my blog.

So. What is a podeagi? The podeagi is a type of carrier traditionally from Korea, which comprises of a medium/large rectangle of fabric (often referred to as the blanket or apron) with one long strap which runs across the top of the blanket or with two separate straps attached one on either side or one on each of the top corners. There are many variations on the podeagi shape but it is essentially T-shaped. Traditionally used for torso carries & primarily on the back but, as with many carriers, it can be used in a wide variety of ways with the straps coming either over or under the shoulders/arms.

Photo courtesy of Sling Betty (Facebook)

Photo courtesy of Sling Betty (Facebook)

Anyway. Enough of the technical talk. What about this pod? The conversion has been done by Sling Betty & is made from a wrap, a Didymos Tom which is a lovely, stripy wrap made from 100% cotton. I believe there are a number of variations on wraps with this name but this is the one which includes the pink stripe. The top section is lightly padded which you can see with how it stands in the picture (right) & it has wrap straps, which means each strap is roughly half the width of the wrap which is then pleated where they join the carrier blanket/apron, which for this pod is one on each of the top corners.

I think this wrap is a wonderful choice & lends itself to the conversion beautifully. It’s lovely & soft as well as being easy to c`are for, which can be important to some parents when carrying children as there will inevitably be some messy situations, whether that be a leaky nappy, a sicky baby or a sticky-fingered toddler! This brings me, quite nicely, onto my next positive about this pod which is the versatility of the age of the child who can be carried in it. Because it is not specifically sized to fit a certain size of child, it can be used for any child from a newborn to a preschooler, and beyond meaning it is going to last without the need to replace as the child grows or is good for a family with children of different sizes who may want to be carried at different times.

Some people find the long blanket/apron useful as the fabric is then trapped between the body & the passes over the top, creating a ‘good seat’ which would take some serious wiggling to pop! Other people dislike the fabric hanging down but this can simply be rectified by having the fabric, flat, between you both.

As mentioned earlier pods can be used for a variety of carries, the only restriction is your imagination (safety considered if course!). I’ve photographed front, back & hip carries but I forgot to give it a try in a torso carry, although that might not have been as easy as with a pod where the strap runs straight across the top however the straps on this did make it feel nice & easy to do carries with the straps going over the shoulders. I love how the wrap strap cups the shoulders & spreads the weight nicely, reducing the potential for digging that you may get with a thinner strap.

Front carry.

Front carry.

Back carry.

Back carry.

Hip carry.

Hip carry.

Overall, I think this pod is fab. The fabric is lovely, the craftsmanship of the conversion is of a high standard & it is an extremely versatile carrier suited to children of all ages. What’s not to love?

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