I received a custom nursing and babywearing necklace in exchange for this review. All opinions remain my own.
Growing up around a lot of little cousins, I quickly learned to keep my hair tied back and jewellery to a minimum, and to wear contacts over glasses when possible. Babies are grabby little creatures and I do not like my hair pulled, my ear piercings stretched, my necklaces snapped or my glasses launched across the room. Who knew that there could be so many “toys” located between our heads and shoulders?
When these grabby children were someone else’s, I could hand them back when I was done fending them off of my face. That is not the case now that I’m the maman to whom the grabby baby is being handed back. So I needed a solution, and that’s when I saw a beautiful cloth necklace posted on Les Produits de MaYa’s Instagram. I immediately queried Marie about where she got the necklace and bought myself two of them that day.
Since then, these necklaces have become a staple of my wardrobe. Whether I am just hanging out around the apartment, going for a hike, or dressing up and hitting the town, I tend to have one on. Necklaces have always been my favourite accessory, and that’s evident in the large necklace display currently adorning our bedroom wall. It was quite disappointing to fear wearing necklaces with a wee one around, because either he’d hurt himself or the necklace would get broken. Now I don’t have any fears and I get to sport a necklace that we both love! I also have an easy way to keep his hands out of my mouth, as grabbing my lower jaw became a favourite nursing activity for him.
Before getting to the review, I’d like to tell you a little bit about Corine and the story behind Ékolubi and the idea of a nursing and babywearing necklace…
As a single parent starting a publishing business, Corine was in search of a way to spend quality time with her daughter, doing something they loved, while also making some extra income on the side. The two of them enjoy tinkering and creating and crafting together, and Corine felt it was very important to use only recycled materials for their projects. And from there grew Ékolubi.
Ékolubi = écologie + lubies (ecology + whims/fads). In the words of Corine, it is “the gentle madness of creating beautiful things in an ecological manner.”
At first, they made bird feeders from old tea cups and little decorations from driftwood. It wasn’t until Corine’s mother was getting rid of a large quantity of old clothes that it occurred to her to use recycled fabrics. Through trial and error, and the desire to create something both practical and stylish, the necklaces were born. But, they were simply necklaces. Nothing more. Here’s where it gets interesting…
A friend complained about her young son’s teething. He was chewing on EVERYTHING and pulling hair and oh the horror (you know how it is!) and that little cartoon light bulb appeared above Corine’s head. Her necklaces were stretchy, soft, eco-friendly, washable, and safe for babies. So she offered one up, it was a huge success, and the rest is history!
One more fun fact before the review…the logo for Ékolubi is 3 beautiful symbols seamlessly woven together: recycling, infinity and a tree. Nothing is created, nothing is lost, everything is transformed.
The Star of the Show: The Ékolubi Nursing and Babywearing Necklace featuring…
- Strands of fabric from secondhand clothes that are soft and stretchy, perfect for Baby to pull on.
- Coordinating strip of fabric to cover sewn ends, a.k.a. the clasp.
What I love about my Ékolubi Nursing and Babywearing Necklace:
- It is safe for all 3 of us: the necklace, Baby and me! Huckleberry can yank on the necklace all he wants, tangle his hands in it, and pile it into his mouth and it’s all good. He can’t hurt himself, he can’t hurt me (although when he yanks on it while in a back-carry, well, that’s not as fun) and he can’t hurt the necklace. He also can’t accidentally undo the necklace; there is no clasp so I have to pull it over my head.
- It serves many purposes! This necklace not only looks good, but can keep baby’s hands occupied (and therefore out of your eyes, ears, mouth, nose and hair) while nursing and babywearing. And your little one can teethe on it.
- It isn’t blatant baby jewelry! I have a few silicone teething necklaces and they’re cute and useful, but everyone knows that I’m wearing it for Huckleberry to chew on. The Ékolubi necklace is a lot more subtle and Corine even makes some fancy ones with beads and flowers!
- It is eco-conscious! Each necklace is made from recycled fabrics from clothing either given to Corine or purchased from a local secondhand store. This means that no new materials are being used. How cool is that? It also means that each necklace is unique.
- It is soft and comfortable, which makes wearing it a real pleasure! Honestly, I have gone to bed with one on more than once, simply because it is so comfortable I don’t even notice I’m wearing it.
- It is washable! This is a necessary when it spends so much time in Baby’s mouth and hands. And with summer and sweaty weather approaching…I don’t need to finish that sentence. Anyway, each necklace can be easily hand washed and hung to dry.
- It is made in Canada! If you know me, you know that that is a HUGE pro! I love supporting local brands and shops, whether just around the corner or across the country.
What I would change if I could:
- More variety in textures/prints/fabrics. And this could be me being ignorant to how these things work, but wouldn’t it be fun to have some ribbon or silk or velvet or denim mixed in there (in longer strands because there’s less stretch) for style and sensory purposes?
Do you want a necklace of your own?
If you’re like me and want to get your hands on an incredible nursing and babywearing necklace tout de suite, you can head over to La Shop by Ékolubi on Etsy. The necklaces go for $11.95-$14.95 CAD. You’ll also find recycled glass pendants, recycled plastic bracelets, and other eco-conscious handmade items.
If you’re feeling lucky, you can try your hand at a giveaway. One lucky reader will receive the necklace pictured above! You can enter by using the form below. Good luck!
Disclaimer: Open to Canadian residents 18 years of age and older. Confirmed winner(s) will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the host. Canadian winners must successfully complete a skill testing question. For questions or to see your product featured on Maman on the Trail blog contact Monica at http://www.mamanonthetrail.com/contact-me/