All About Wraps

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All About Wraps

This is one of several "All About" posts where each is about a particular type of commonly used baby carriers. I WANT HELP with pictures, comments and tricks to each brand you have experience with, how to use it properly, different carry options, and more! So please offer input to help supplement my information.

Wrapping involves taking one piece of cloth and using it to go around you and the baby. There are two main types of wraps, stretchy wraps and woven wraps.

Stretchy wraps (Sleepy wrap, Moby, etc) are very forgiving wraps due to the stretch. You don't have to do a great wrapping job for it to be comfortable on you and to it have it work well for a small baby. There are a few ways of using it for front carries and hip carries. With practice, you can even nurse in one. The downsides are that they are very long (it's a "one size fits all") and they can be warm (due to the nature of the fabric used). These types of wraps are great for newborns and small babies. Most people find them to be not as supportive (due to the stretch) starting at about 15 pounds. While they say they're good for up to 35 pounds I've never personally known someone who has used it past 20 pounds. One final note about stretchy wraps: NEVER EVER DO A BACK CARRY IN ONE. No stretchy wrap is currently recommend to be worn for a back carry by any company.

Woven wraps are a single long piece of fabric, but they do not have the same kind of stretchiness to them (there is usually just a very slight stretch on a diagonal). They can be worn in a variety of ways (UNDERSTATEMENT :lol:) for front carries, hip carries, and back carries. Since there is no vertical or horizontal stretch, woven wraps are much more supportive for older babies and can be used for a very long time from newborn through toddlerhood. There is a higher learning curve for woven wraps since a better wrap job will be more comfortable. Usually a bit of patience and video watching will have you feeling like a pro soon. Woven wraps also come in a variety of lengths. The carries you can do depend on your size and the length of the wrap.

Stretchy Wrap Brands
DIY
Moby
Sleepy Wrap
Boba Wrap (Boba is the same as Sleepy Wrap, just changed over to Boba recently)

Stretchy Wrap Help

Woven Wrap Brands
BBSlen
Didymos
Ellaroo
Girasol
Storchenwiege
Vatanai
(and like a dozen more that I can't remember off the top of my head right now :lol:)

Woven Wrap FRONT Carries
Front Wrap Cross Carry - videos and pictures
Front Cross Carry - videos and tutorials (includes Short Cross Carry)

Woven Wrap BACK Carries (in no particular order lol)
Back Wrap Cross Carry - video links
Back Cross Carry

Reinforced Rear Rebozo Rucksack back carry with a baby (but works for toddlers too)
Rucksack back carry tied in front and tied under bum
Double Rebozo Shoulder to Shoulder (DRS2S)
Giselle's Back Carry (GBC)
Secure High Back Carry

Woven Wrap Help
Getting a good seat in a rucksack carry
Wraparound Instruction Links and Info from TBW

(This is a post most definitely in progress. :lol:)

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The Moby was one of my "must-haves" when I was preggo. I tried it with DD at 3 days old and she HATED it. I ferreted it away and bought a ring sling. I tried it a few weeks later after getting some advice on easy wrapping and fell in love with it again. It has a steep learning curve but it can be really useful. I found it somewhat difficult to nurse in but I know some women are able to do it easily.

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Erin, I think you remember me posting about being a Moby failure last winter. Lol You're the one who sent me the youtube video links that allowed me to finally get some use out of it!
Wrapping definitely has a learning curve to it, even the Moby. I'm still keeping the Moby around to use with #2 whenever that happens to be. It's a forgiving wrap that's nice and snuggly for newborns.

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I think my post with Moby videos may have incited your BWing obsession, actually.

YouTube saved my Moby. The instructions that came with it were no help at all. The instructions also neglect to show you how to easily put the thing on. Its SOOO much easier than they make it out to be. I also found that DD hated all the sling-like newborn carries. She only wanted to be upright. Once I figured that out, we were golden.

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If I remember correctly all I had was the completely useless Seven Sling and the Moby. Though I had bought my Mei Tai Baby, it hadn't come in yet. And yes the videos certainly did help with my BWing obsession. Lol

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Ooh, and here's a pic of a very unhappy 3 day old Teagan in the Moby.

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I love that picture Erin! Smile

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Beautiful!

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I was just dusting off my Moby to send to my SIL and I noticed the case (yes, I keep such things) says its good up to 35 lbs. Yeah RIGHT! Haha! I'd like to meet the person who's able to carry a 35 lb toddler in a Moby.

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

I was just dusting off my Moby to send to my SIL and I noticed the case (yes, I keep such things) says its good up to 35 lbs. Yeah RIGHT! Haha! I'd like to meet the person who's able to carry a 35 lb toddler in a Moby.

I know! They make it sound like it'll be a great supportive carrier for years and it's all you'll ever need. NOT. 15 pounds it goes downhill. By 20 no one wants to use it! 35 is laughable. Wink

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Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) and variations

Links to videos:
With baby in arms
In German, but shows how to tighten the carry really well!
Real time video (not a slowly done demo)
Carry with two different variations
Carry with a headrest for newborns
With wrap folded/sandwiched

Pictures I've taken of this carry:

Front crosses spread, folded straps on shoulder to keep material from riding up my neck


Front crosses not spread


Toddler asleep with crosses spread, can easily use one of the spread crosses to support the head in younger babies

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Front Cross Carry (FCC) and variations

Videos:
FCC, including careful wrapping and how to sandwich shoulder straps (useful for several different carries)
FCC in real time, no words

Picture Tutorials:
In German, but great pictures!

Similar to the FCC, is the Short Cross Carry (SCC). This is basically how to do a FCC with a shorter wrap.
Video: SCC

With shoulder flipped (I get irritated with the wrap always being against my neck).

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Back Wrap Cross Carry (BWCC) and variations
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Back Cross Carry (BCC)

This is the back version of the FCC. This back carry is NOT good for those babies who like to lean!

Video:
BCC (sometimes knows as carry a la mei tai)


Not a great picture, because I have a leaner as seen below!

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I used the FWCC loads for about a year, and still use it now to get Ivor asleep if he is grouching. It's a great carry. Another one I really loved when he was just a bit smaller was the kangaroo carry with a size 4. He went to sleep every night in a kangaroo for about 6 months. I will try and post a video tomorrow. I learnt to do it semi-pre tied, which I think made it much easier. It's a particularly lovely carry for a newborn I think Smile

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Tried to do a kangaroo this morning and Ivor must have enjoyed it again because within five minutes:

There's some sleepy magic about this carry I'm sure of it.

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So precious!

Man, you guys are making me want a wrap. Cut it out! Smile

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Absolutely beautiful picture!
I have yet to try a Kangaroo carry in my woven, though I did it a couple of times in my DIY gauze wrap last year.

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:bump:

(And reminder to myself to find more videos for the different carries....Care to help me Beccasweet? ;))

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BUMP!

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The "Ultimate Baby Wrap" (like a moby) no longer in business:

Daniel about 3 weeks old

Daniel about 4 months old and 15 lbs.

Daniel 6 months and close to 20lbs. I think this was the last time I wore him.

Evie 2 weeks old

K'tan:

Wasn't a big fan, but I didn't buy it until Evie was 13 months old. Bought it for more cuddly wearing than the Ergo after her surgery. I wore it 3 times in 2 days and now it's for sale at the consignment store.

Homemade.. just 5.25 yards of Osnaburg fabric tapered on the ends and hemmed. Nothing special.

Evie 13 months, 20lbs-ish

FCC (wrapped then put her in)

FCC (wrapped while holding her)

back ruck carry (I think that's what it's called?)

And for kicks.... Daniel 2 years 9.5 months, 40+ lbs... FCC (wrapped while holding him).

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New Pics for you! Biggrin

20 month old sickly in Front Cross Carry using 100% cotton denim DIY

Swinging with 18 month old in Ruck Sack on Back (Osnaburg DIY)

Ruck Sack on Back 18 month old 100% Cotton Denim DIY

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You've had quite the BWing journey! Smile

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And I'm very proud of it. I'm going to become a certified baby wearing instructor so I can share my knowledge safely with others in my area. Smile Super proud. Wink

Last weekend, Evie (now 20.5 months old) brought one of her many baby dolls to me (that she had managed to get in piggy back location) and said "on?" (our word for baby wearing). So, I went and found a clean crib sheet and promptly tied her baby onto her back. Biggrin She was sooo happy, she wore her around for a good 10 minutes, then asked to put her on the front!

I'm happy that we have this bonding activity. Biggrin

Ignore the scrappy hair my daughter has.. we were having a lazy day. Smile

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Try using a muslin wrap for that as well. My DS gets around with his favourite monkey on his back that way, I tie it kind of like a ring sling