COMPARISON OF TAIL
ZoloWear tails are beautiful and wide across the bottom, measuring approximately 28 inches across when spanned out. Once on, it’s tail hangs in a soft flow giving a lovely look. The tail of the ZoloWear sling is it’s most versatile and appealing feature. The fabric is threaded through the two metal rings, and then back through one ring, much like you would thread a belt, and once it has been threaded remains threaded until you need to wash the sling. The tail has two side rails to it which makes this sling incredibly quick and easy to use!
On the inside of every ZoloWear sling is a very beautiful large zippered pocket. This enables you to carry baby’s soother or your credit cards, etc. in the pocket when going shopping, without the inconvenience of also having to carry a purse. ZoloWear’s large pocket enables mom to make QUICK trips into a mall without even needing to take in a diaper bag.
However the BEST feature of the tail of the ZoloWear sling is that it is a built in nursing cover that you can flip up over your opposite shoulder for privacy and convenience while nursing your baby in the sling. Once baby is latched on to breastfeed, simply adjust the top rail snugly to provide all the discretion you need.
With Hava, the tail comes together at the label, which is sewn on to the tail just below the two rings. Below this stitched piece, the Hava tail hangs down looking much thinner than the ZoloWear tail, being approximately 10 inches across the tail at the bottom. This tail is sleek and attractive looking, yet still efficient by having a zippered pocket on the back side of the tail. The zipper of the pocket runs vertical, along the side of the tail and is not as big as the pocket on the ZoloWear sling.
As with ZoloWear, it is easy to initially thread through the metal rings, and then remains threaded until washing. Although the Hava tail is not designed to be a nursing cover, there is plenty of fabric in the basket that holds baby to still achieve privacy while nursing in this sling.
COMPARISON OF SHOULDERS
One of the most important features of a sling is comfort. You want your sling to be comfortable on your shoulder, but also across your back. The way a sling spans out across your back will determine whether or not you can comfortably carry your baby for an extended period of time without pain. ZoloWear shoulders are not padded with “ extra” padding, but have been sewn with many layers of fabric to rest comfortably on your shoulder. The fabric then is sufficiently wide enough to span out across your back, dispensing baby’s weight evenly and comfortably. ZoloWear slings are not bulky, thus keeping mommy and baby cooler.
The “Classic” ZoloWear slings have a sleeker thinner look coming across the shoulder, while the “Pleated” ZoloWear slings are wider in design across the shoulder. These two different looks do not affect comfort or versatility of the sling, but are rather two different designs depending on a mom’s preference for “look”. The pleated shoulder dresses up the sling a little more, but we often find that very petite women with tiny shoulders find the pleated shoulder too wide for them. The “Classic” sling design is approximately 4 inches at the shoulder, while the “Pleated” shoulder is approximately 6 inches across the shoulder.
Hava’s shoulder is designed completely different than ZoloWear. The shoulder is a much wider shoulder, spreading approximately 10 inches across the top of your shoulder. The shoulder fabric has been sewn with two layers of padding. This shoulder looks great on someone with a larger frame, but petite women seem to find it much too overwhelming. While it serves to provide extreme comfort from the padding, it can also become too hot in warm weather. There is plenty of fabric extending from the Hava sling down across your back to make carrying your baby comfortable, as well the Hava slings have padding sewn into the side rails of either side of the fabric that holds baby.
COMPARISON OF FABRICS
There are three basic fabric choices in ZoloWear slings. Silk, Cotton and Organic Cotton. The “silk” slings we carry are made with a very heavy duty, durable fabric. The beauty of the silk fabric is that silk is such a “natural” fabric that it is extremely breathable. It has a tendency to cool down in warmer weather and heat up in cooler weather. It has a gorgeous sheen and feels like it has great substance to the fabric. In spite of being labeled “dry clean”, the silk slings are easily hand washable. Refer to our washing instructions for more complete details.
ZoloWear “cotton” fabrics are made with very heavy duty cotton fabric which is extremely durable. A small amount of our plain cotton fabrics are made of organic cotton.
Hava slings are not available in any fabric other than cotton, and are made of more “lightweight” cotton than the ZoloWear cottons.
ZoloWear and Hava slings are BOTH designed to carry your baby in six different safe positions from birth to approximately 35 or 40 lbs. Three of these positions are used mainly during infancy and three of these positions are used to carry older babies. We recommend not carrying your baby in your sling if it is premature or is a tiny baby under 6 or 7 lbs. We also recommend that you not start using your sling until your baby has gained some degree of strength in their neck, which is usually around a week or two old. It is imperative to always be able to see your child’s head and breathing area. The most commonly used position for your newborn to be carried in your sling is tummy to tummy, with baby being completely encased inside the sling basket, with their head near Mommy’s heart. When baby is older, they can still be carried tummy to tummy with their legs coming out the bottom of the sling and going around mom’s waist. When a baby is older, they can be carried kangaroo (front facing), hip position or a toddler can be carried on the back.