From newborn to big kid, a woven wrap is the only baby wrap carrier you’ll ever need. Woven wraps are beautiful, fun to wear, and can make your life easier.
I was like Goldilocks when it came to babywearing carriers. The knit wrap was too stretchy. The soft-structured wrap was too much like a backpack (granted, I do like these for quick back carries). But the woven wrap was just right.
Little Bear was a year old before I carried him in a woven wrap for the first time; we both loved it and still do. I only wish that I had learned about the benefits of woven wraps sooner. They have been especially helpful, since Wilder Baby was born. I try to keep a woven wrap within reach when I’m home on the mountain, and I try not to leave home without one.
All the fabric and various tying methods (or carries) seemed daunting and complicated at first. Although you can get fancy with the techniques, the basics become pretty simple after a little practice. (The front wrap cross carry, often abbreviated as FWCC, is still my go-to carry.) There is a learning curve, but it’s worthwhile to learn this skill.
Personally, I appreciate that I can use the same wrap to cradle my infant and toddler. Also, as someone who’s usually in comfy clothes and an apron, I feel more put together when wearing a pretty wrap. Most importantly, I love being able to bond with my babies while homemaking; it makes life easier and more enjoyable.
What is a Woven Wrap?
A woven wrap is a long piece of fabric with diagonal stretch that can be used to carry your baby kissably close. The material, which is shaped like a large parallelogram, can be safely and securely tied around you and your baby in various ways. There are different lengths, and they are made of different materials such as organic cotton, linen, hemp, wool, and silk.
Are Woven Wraps Comfortable?
A woven wrap is like a big, soft, moldable blanket that can be adjusted for a custom fit. It should be comfortable for both you and your child.
Are Woven Wraps Expensive?
Brand new and used woven wraps can be expensive. Since one wrap can be used through all stages of your babywearing journey, it is ultimately a cost-effective choice. The handwoven wraps typically cost more.
Why Choose a Woven Wrap
A woven wrap is a minimalist baby carrier option. There are no bells and whistles — or buckles and rings. It is aesthetically pleasing, and the basic design is simple. It’s more versatile than other styles because it lacks structure and stretch.
Woven Wraps Are Supportive
When used properly, woven wraps are ergonomic and support baby’s natural posture, which is important for healthy hip and spine development. They are strong enough to support a preschooler. Plus, they are supportive for mom (or dad), since they evenly distribute the child’s weight.
With all the different materials, colors, weaves, and patterns, you’re sure to find at least one that fits your style. Even though only one would suffice, in my experience, it’s tough not to get more. These days, I’m more about comfort than style, but with a woven wrap, you get both.
The Most Versatile Baby Wrap Carrier
You can safely use the same wrap for a tiny newborn and a heavy toddler. That same wrap can be used for front, back, and hip carries. You can nurse while wearing them and wear them while pregnant. They can be combined with other baby carriers for tandem babywearing, and I’ve also seen twins snuggled close to mom in a single wrap.
Additional Ways to Use Your Woven Wrap
Speaking of versatility, a woven wrap that’s not being worn can be used as a blanket or pillow for your little one. Although I haven’t tried it, some expecting mothers use woven wraps for belly support, and short wraps can be used like a rebozo during labor. They also make great nursing covers.
Do Your Research
Be gentle with yourself when you’re learning how to use a woven wrap. If you’re feeling frustrated or baby is fussy, it might be wise to wait and try again another time. Some people start by practicing with plush toys. I like practicing over a bed or couch, and sometimes the man of the place helps as a spotter.
Safety is a priority, so whether baby is sleeping or nursing in the wrap, make sure you can see that he/she is breathing at all times. Although there are DIY tutorials on how to sew your own woven wraps, I don’t recommend them because the fabric store material has not been safety tested like the woven wraps from reputable brands. (Didymos is my absolute favorite.) Additionally. I look for wraps made with non-toxic dyes and materials.
Please note that I’m a babywearing enthusiast, not a certified babywearing educator. From different tying techniques to trying to keep my little one from straightening his legs, there’s still a lot I hope to learn when it comes to wrapping. If you’re new to wrapping, you can attend local babywearing classes or learn from experts online.
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