Joy and Joe SMP Midnight Rainbow – Review

I was very lucky to recently get my hands on the newest offering from Joy and Joe – a beautiful Midnight Rainbow version of SMP.

One of only two currently in existence, this new wrap features a double weave, similar to Moorish . The difference, however, lies in the thread count. SMP has a much lower thread count by comparison, making it rather thinner than the snuggly thick Moorish. It does, however, retain some of the bounce of Moorish, although I have found the SMP can get a little diggy after a couple of hours. In all fairness though, Rosie was attempting to throw herself to one side to watch my feet, and I’m sure that can’t have helped! A double sateen weave, the SMP works great for all sizes, from little squishies to great big galumphing toddlers. It’s grippy, and the passes stayed put very well.

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The very word sateen puts in my mind images and ideas of silky satiny slippery fabric, but this just not the case. The wrap feels like very soft, worn in jeans. Particularly the darker side, which seems to have a little more grip.

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This wrap features the well loved and popular SMP design of paisley skulls, on a very vibrant rainbow background. One side features brighter colours, and the other side features darker rainbow colours. Personally, I think I prefer the brighter side as the contrast between the rainbow and the skulls is much more evident, although I do like the more subtle side to this wrap.

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The brighter side

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The darker side

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Side by side comparison

With it’s bold, bright colours and eye catching design, the SMP Midnight Rainbows is certainly an eye catcher.

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This wrap has been subject to a steam treatment as part of the finishing process. This helps to soften the yarn and remove any debris from the weaving process, meaning that it should be suitable to use immediately and require very little breaking in. Well, having been the first person to use it, I can say here and now that it does what it says. SMP arrived floppy and comfortable already. It does require some breaking in, but it really is very minimal for a brand new wrap. It wrapped very well, and I immediately got Rosie into a ruck with no difficulties, where she promptly fell asleep. Now, I’m informed that this extra treatment will be reflected in the price, but having experienced it for myself I’d say it’s well worth it. When you’ve bought a beautiful new wrap and you’re desperate to use it, spending time and effort breaking it in can be a pain!

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It measures pre wash at 62cm wide, and 3.8 m long, giving it a comparable width to Moorish. As a prototype, the length measurement only serves to show whether washing and ironing shrinks it at all. Post wash and iron, it has no shrinkage, showing the same measurements.

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Overall, this is a grippy, floppy, supportive wrap with a very striking design and vibrant colourway. The steam finishing treatment is worth the extra, as it’s ready to use straight away. I have really enjoyed the chance to use this, and I predict that this will be a great addition to the already hugely popular SMP range.

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Joy and Joe Moorish – Review

Having recently received Moorish Timbre from Joy and Joe Baby, I decided it was high time for another review!

As usual, the wrap came with complimentary tea bag, biscuits and tote bag. It was well wrapped to protect it during transit, and well presented on arrival.

The wrap itself is a double weave, so in effect there is no ‘wrong’ side, although both sides are contrasting colours. This double weave makes it super snuggly and warm, and also adds a bit of bounce. It’s 100% Egyptian cotton.

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The lighter side

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The darker side

The design is influenced by traditional Moorish and Moroccan architecture, in black and a very very pale blue. So much so that the blue colour can quite often present as grey. Personally, to me the design is very reminiscent of snow flakes or spiderwebs. Either way, it’s striking.

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My wrap measures 62cm wide, coming in a good 6cm narrower than Luceo Non Uro, another Joy and Joe creation. You can read the full review here. The size difference is negated, however, as the grippier quality of Moorish more than compensates. LNU by contrast is slightly slippier, so I find that the passes tend to stay in place a little better with Moorish. My wrap measures length ways at 3.9 m, making it a size 4.
My wrap is a second; which means there are some aesthetic defects. This does not compromise safety in any way. These flaws are quite visible when the wrap is laid flat, as shown here:

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However, I have found that they don’t tend to be evident when the wrap is in use. That could be more to do with the carry I use, predominantly a Front Cross Carry but it works for me either way.

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A flaw is visible here, but not hugely so.

Aside from the aesthetics, the stitching and hemming is of high quality, and even, with the middle markers unobtrusive. The labelling is minimal but manages to include TICKS with an additional warning about not allowing babies chins to rest on their chest.

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In short, I really like this wrap. It feels immediately like a workhorse. It’s sturdy, bouncy, comfortable and feels like it will last the distance. I’m not scared of it; I feel I can give it some punishment and it will take it. It has washed and ironed well and needed very minimal breaking in. Certainly, it being a second has added to this, as I don’t feel I need to be overly careful with it. That said, this wrap still manages to be very attractive and I do love the design. I’ll definitely have another double weave at some point.

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Rosie loves it too!