Welcome! We are so excited to have you here and considering a woven wrap to keep your little one close. We know what its like to be new and bewildered.......with SO many options, it can become a tad confusing but don't fret, you've come to the right place. We are here to help! Please keep reading....
Why use a woven wrap (over another type of baby carrier)?
Otherwise known as simple pieces of cloth, woven wraps can be used from newborn right through to age 3-4. Essentially long pieces of fabric, they are extremely versatile and can be moulded and adjusted to fit the wearer, as well as the size of the baby. It is often easier to achieve a better fit using a wrap, with a tiny baby and so this is why we recommend them. Woven wraps can be used in an endless number of ways to wear baby on the front, back and hip, over one or two shoulders. They can also be used as hammocks, picnic rug, to help construct cubbyhouses and forts, as blankets and sun covers in the car. They come in many types of fabrics and fibres such as cotton, bamboo, silk, wool, hemp. The colours are numerous and designs are beautiful.
How to use a woven wrap?
Learning anything that is worthwhile takes some practice. It's by no means rocket science and so you WILL be fine! Learning to tie a woven wrap is no different and is a learning curve, but the benefits are wonderful! All woven wraps come with an instruction manual (of varying detail, brand dependent) to help the wearer. There are oodles of very helpful online tutorials also. Along with this, you may like to attend a local sling meet or join an online babywearing group, to receive greater support. A session with a babywearing consultant can be an invaluable tool to a wonderful babywearing journey. If you are a located in Central Victoria, we offer one on one babywearing consultations.
What are the different types of lengths?
Woven wraps come in various lengths ranging from shorties (2.7m) right through the long lengths (5.2m). The length you choose depends on a few things.
- Which carries you would like to do (the WAY you want to use the wrap eg front wrap cross carry, ruck, hip cross carry)
- The size of your baby
- The size of the wearer
- Whether you would like to wear the wrap in one or two shouldered positions.
It is generally recommended that for a new wrappers or to successfully wrap most carries a wrap size 5 (4.2 m) or 6 (4.6m) or 7 (5.2m) is sufficient. If you are of a petite frame, a size 5 (4.2m) should suit. If you are of average build, then a size 6 (4.6m) should suit you or if you are on the fluffier side you most likely will do better with a size 7 (5.2m).
HELP!! How do I choose the right wrap for me?
To narrow it down we recommend:
- A woven wrap in a simple blend (like 100% cotton) for two reasons, it will launder easily and break in quickly.
- In a colour or design you LOVE! This way you will just want to wear it and you will be sure to know the joy of being close
- At a price you can afford
It's really that simple! Need more help, still not sure and require some further hand-holding and reassurance? We love nothing more than to help you find the perfect wrap to meet your needs. Be sure to contact us now!