Well, winter is finally upon us here in New England, I envy those of you who don't quite know what I am talking about. Gone are the mornings where sunshine equals warmth, sunny with a high of 30 is more our winter routine. Last winter Coraline was a tiny little bean so carrying her around was no problem, she fit just fine underneath my coat with me. This winter however, Coraline is a full fledge toddler and keeping us both warm is a huge challenge. My go to method of transportation remains babywearing, if you have never worn your baby I urge you to give it a shot and see why I mostly pick my carrier over my stroller. So I try my best to bundle us both up, and then in the carrier she goes, it leaves something to be desired like we need a big blanket over us both.
I searched long and hard before I found the Kowalli, but I loved the concept as soon as I understood it. The Kowalli is a baby carrier cover, it really is a cross between a blanket/cape that goes over you and baby. Let me tell you it is ingenious.I have to admit I was fairly skeptical that this was going to be s useful product to me. At first glance it seemed very big and baggy, ie totally unflattering. No, life is not a fashion show but I definitely believe that looking good in turn makes you feel good. My hesitations were quickly put to rest when I started using the Kowalli everyday.
First, I was wrong about the oversized nature. Yes, it does look a little like a stylish sack but the functionality far out weighs that fact. I was sent the turtle/eggplant color, which coincidentally matches my entire fall/winter wardrobe. So this is how it works, after baby is safe and secure in the carrier (Kowalli works with any carriers as well as front and back carry positions) you put your head through the big top hole and also put your child's head through. Kind of simultaneously you put one arm through the single arm hole, then pull the body of the fleece cover down over you and babe. The you adjust the cover on top and bottom using the two adjustable built in elastic pulls. It's so easy that once you put it on you don't really need instructions, I am all for this kind of intuitive product.
Kowalli is made of weather treated non-pill Polartec Fleece, which is super warm let me tell you. I thought I would be chilly out and about with only the Kowalli, but I was actually very warm. Now that it is winter, I put Coraline in her usual coat and boots (hat and gloves of course) and I wear my own Polartec fleece jacket, the Kowalli on top. So far this has been working well for us, later in the season I will have to wear a larger jacket underneath.
The stand out features for me are that the Kowalli is super easy to use, very comfortable, and versatile. Just yesterday JP wore Coraline on the way home and I insisted that he wear the Kowalli to keep her warm, anything that is daddy friendly gets big bonus points in this house. I have been wearing this nonstop since I got it and I have to say people ask me all the time what it is. "That's the coolest thing I have ever seen" says the lady in the dentists office. I wanted to post some super cute pictures of us wearing our Kowalli but I haven't gotten around to taking them. I have been holding up on this review for so long that I decided I would forgo my usual product pictures and get the review up. It's getting cold, you all need to know how to keep warm!
Kowalli was kind enough to also send Coraline a Polartec Fleece hat that matches the Kowalli cover, it is so adorable! They also carry matching booties, I'm not usually super matchy but they are all just too cute to pass up.
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