Firespiral Perran Cirrus Festival (Size 4)
Oh Firespiral - how I love thee! A brand with a BIG following, their wraps scream design and quality. This one is a sling library special - especially designed for newbies, it has three wide bands of differing designs, to help you get a third of the fabric width under baby's bum. It also has two middle markers, making it nice and easy to centre your baby on the wrap. Oh yes, and it's gorgeous!
If you want to find out what all the fuss is about Firespiral wraps - hire this one today!
Ideal for: newborns, younger babies, older babies, toddlers, pre schoolers
Suitable for: all sized people
Carries: front, back and hip
Blend: 100% cotton
Width: approx. 72cm
Length: approx. 3.7m
Thickness: approx. mm
Weight: approx. g/metre squared
Cost New: approx.£140
Firesprial are a newer brand with a big following. Firespiral slings are designed and woven in the UK. Their designs are inspired by the universal patterns in nature that stray into both science and myth; the magical way in which we are connected to the world and its rhythms. The two ladies who run Firespiral live at the edge of the West Pennine Moors, surrounded by stone circles, local legend and the wild beauty of the hillside, with the shadows of the cotton mills in the valley below. Their designs have a real sense of belonging to the ancient landscape and it is from this wonderful place that their inspiration takes shape. Some of Firespiralƒ??s designs are an exploration of naturally occurring pattern, and some could be more accurately described as ƒ??story clothsƒ??. Firespiral wraps are highly sought after.
Find out more about Firespiral.
To find out about other brands available, see our guide to woven wrap brands.
This wrap is made from 75% cotton, 25% linen.
Linen blend wraps are often recommended for those looking for a supportive wrap. Linen is amazingly popular, many of the most highly sought after woven wraps are linen blends. Linen has been cultivated for over 10,000 years and is made from the fibres of the flax plant. The longer the flax used, the finer and less coarse the linen will feel. Italy, Ireland and Belgium are all highly regarded for their high quality linen production.
Nearly every woven wrap contains cotton, and it's no surprise - it's the most widely used natural fibre cloth in the world. Cotton wraps are the everyman of the woven wrap world. Cotton is a great workhorse fibre and a great first wrap. If you only have one woven wrap, make it a 100% cotton one. Cotton is soft, easy to care for and extremely unlikely to irritate the skin. What's not to like?
Cotton has been cultivated for several thousand years all over the world and the USA is (surprisingly) the biggest exporter of cotton now. Cotton is sadly susceptible to a large number of diseases and pests. The cotton industry relies heavily upon pesticides and herbicides, as well as fertilisers. Nearly all cotton used in woven wraps is organic cotton and so these are not used.
You can carry any size or age of child in a cotton wrap comfortably. Cotton is particularly breathable and cool. Thinner cotton wraps are not usually the most supportive of wraps but thicker ones can be very supportive. Thin cotton wraps are usually soft and result in a small knot - perfect for looking pretty and making passes under small babies' legs. You might have to be more particular when you wrap with a thin cotton wrap to make sure it is comfy and supportive.
To find out more about other blends available, please see our guide to woven wrap blends.
Always check the manufacturer's instructions, but in general, 100% cotton wraps and other cotton baby carriers can be washed at temperatures up to 60 degrees centigrade on the delicate cycle. It is best to use a liquid detergent that is free of optical brighteners, bleach or softening agents.
It should be noted that untreated cotton shrinks a little bit in the first wash. Most wrap companies either prewash the fabric or cut their wraps long to account for this.
You will not damage your cotton wrap by tumble drying it, but you may help prolong its life by line drying instead. It is recommended that you iron cotton wraps on a medium setting, as this prevents permanent creases and fold lines from forming and damaging the fabric.
This wrap is a size 4 and approximately 3.7m long.
Size Length (metres)
Size 1 2.0 - 2.2 m
Size 2 2.5 - 2.7 m
Size 3 3.1 - 3.3 m
Size 4 3.7- 3.9 m
Size 5 4.2 - 4.3 m
Size 6 4.6 - 4.9 m
Size 7 5.2 - 5.4 m
Size 8 5.5 - 5.8 m
What you can do with any particular size of wrap depends on your size, your child's size and your skill level. We love a Robbin's Hip Carry with a size 4.
Video courtesy of Babywearing Faith.
Please see our guide to carries you can do with a woven wrap for more ideas.
We want you to be able to get the most out of your sling hire, so we offer a large range of accessories available for you to add on to your sling hire. Only accessories appropriate to the sling or carrier you are hiring will be offered.
Check out our guide to available accessory add on options for more information on the choices offered above.
When you are renting a sling for the first time you will get 2 days added on to the end of your rental period to allow for posting so that you hopefully get the full amount of time requested, actually with the sling.
So, if you choose a 2 week rental starting on the 1st of the month, your hire end date will be the 16th (14 days plus 2 days extra)
The sling will be posted to you on the 1st, hopefully arrive (dependent on Royal Mail) the 2nd and you will need to post it on or before the 15th to ensure it arrives with us by the 16th.
If you are extending your hire then no extra days are added, so a 2 week extension means that the sling will be due back 14 days later than originally agreed.
How to Rent
These are the steps needed to rent this wrap:
1) Select a type of hire -you can choose from postal hire and extension of existing hire. Only use extension of existing hire if you currently have the sling in your possession.
2) Select a rental period - 2, 3 or 4 weeks. If you are extending your rental, you can choose from 1 day, 2 days or 1 week rental periods too.
3) Pick a date to start your rental, this is the date the sling is posted to you for a new rental or the first available date if you are extending your rental. Dates is dark blue are available to be selected, dates in light blue are not able to be selected. This may be because we don't post out slings on that day, the sling is already reserved for someone else on that date or the rental period you have selected is too long for you to start a rental that day and return it before it is reserved for somebody else.
4) Choose your rental options using the drop down boxes. The mandatory boxes are starred and you must answer these questions Find out more information about the available accessory add ons. Only accessories that are compatible with the sling you are looking at will be shown here.
5) Click 'add to shopping basket' button.
This rental will now be added to your shopping basket. You may go on to rent or purchase anything else on our site or checkout. If you wish to hire more than one sling, you are very welcome to. All rentals starting on the same date will be posted together and will be covered by a‹¯¨ single fee for postage. If you select several slings to be posted out on different dates we will contact you to ask for the additional postage to cover the additional parcels.
When you check out, you will need to give us your contact details, just fill in all of the boxes. You will need to pay the rental fee and postage at checkout.
You will be expected to pay a refundable deposit of£40 per sling. Larger accessories also require an additional deposit of£10. We will email you to request payment of the deposit a few days before it is due to be posted to you. You do not pay deposits as part of the checkout process.
Deposits are wavered for members.
Rental slings are sent out on the first day of your hire via Royal Mail 1st class recorded post, unless another service is selected. Costs for postage will be added when you check out.
You will be expected to pay a refundable deposit of£40 per sling. Larger accessories also require an additional deposit of£10. We will email you to request payment of the deposit a few days before it is due to be posted to you. We prefer PayPal for deposits but also accept direct bank transfer. You do not pay deposits as part of the checkout process.
Deposits are wavered for members.
Membership of It's a Sling Thing postal loan service gives you access to a range of benefits and discounts across all of our services. The funds raised from membership are used to increase the sling library stock so that we are better able to help people in the future.
- No deposits when you borrow from the library
- £3 off every time you rent something from the library
- 10% off all new slings and babywearing accessories
- 10% off all workshops
- 10% off all sling clinic appointments (in person and by Skype)
Membership of it's a Sling Thing costs a one off fee of £25 and lasts for a lifetime. Become a member today.
How to Buy
We don't yet sell Firespiral, but if you rent this wrap from us you will receive discount codes from several retailers who do. So, if you rent it and love it, you can buy your own and save money! How awesome is that?
Babywearing has been practiced throughout the world for centuries and is extremely safe when done correctly.
Your child's safety is your responsibility. Please check yourself and your baby against the TICKS rules for safe babywearing every time you carry your baby, no matter what you carry them in.
You must always read all safety, use and care instructions prior to using this (or any) sling or carrier. Slings and carriers must only be used in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.