A quick introduction from a wrap addict

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Stormy Weather's picture
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A quick introduction from a wrap addict

Hi everyone,

I'm on the June 2010 board, and Leigh let me know that this board was going well and said I should pop over to say hello. I am a mama to Ivor, and have been a babywearer since he was born. It's been a bit of a slippery slope and I've tried a lot of carriers. I really mean A LOT!

We live in Scotland, in a small town on the west coast. In the 20 months I've been wearing, I've only seen a handful of other wearers on the odd occasion. I see a few more when I visit Edinburgh, Glasgow or London. But mainly I get very nice comments from everyone as I think Ivor is visibly a happy lad. In particular, old women often stop me with beaming smiles and tell me how nice it is to see a baby being worn. This happens most when Ivor is in a woven wrap. The very old women have told me their mothers carried them this way, in what was called a plaid.

I mainly use wraps to carry Ivor, anything from a size 3 to a size 7, depending on which carry I'm doing. I also have a toddler size full buckle wompat, from Finland, which is made from a Girasol wrap. We have that so DH can carry too, as he never managed to work out wrapping. And I have a wrap conversion mei tai also, made by Opitai baby in England. My first ever carriers were a Moby and a Close (similar to a Moby), but I switched to woven wraps when Ivor was 3 months old, because he was always a heavy baby and already I needed more supportive carriers. I still have one ring sling as I find them really helpful for sitting him on my knee on trains and planes.

He is 27lbs now and we still wear almost every day, sometimes for periods of 2 hours if we're on the move, sometimes just for the odd five minutes here and there. My favourite carries with the wraps nowadays are on my back, due to his weight. My most common carry is the Double Hammock, for which I use a long size 6 or a 7. But for quick up and downs I use a size 3 wrap and do a ruck tied under bum (RUB). I like using a shorter wrap also because it's often wet and there are puddles here, so the short ones don't drag on the ground when I'm tying them.

I have tried out wraps by Didymos, Hoppediz, Ellevill, Oscha (a new company based in Scotland), Natibaby and Girasol. I don't keep them all or I'd be very poor, so I trade them with other mamas or sell them on when I feel I need something different. I've traded and sold or bought second hand carriers from the most far flung places! Mexico, Malaysia, Finland, Norway and Bulgaria spring to mind, and a good few have arrived from or left to Canada or the USA. It's been a bit like penpals.

I have a million wrap and carrier photos from birth to now, and I'll post a few pictures later in the wrap thread and have a browse around today as and when Ivor gives me five minutes! But for now this is a recent picture of us in a double hammock carry. The wrap is a Didymos natural wool Indio (a wool/cotton blend) that has been indigo dyed. It is one of my favourites. So you can see hopefully that although we are a bit bonkers, it is not in a bad way. My DH has been very understanding about it because he is an avid collector of vintage vinyl. Smile

cactuswren's picture
Joined: 10/19/09
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Hi Ellie! Glad to see my pestering worked Smile You are an inspirational baby wearer!

Also, I'm surprised to see that Addy is now BIGGER than Ivor (she's 28 pounds at least)...she started out average, but as all the bigger babies have slowed down in growth as they reach toddlerhood, she's just kept right on trucking.

Love the indigo wrap! Wraps are so pretty...I wish I had more patience for things that take longer than a second to put on/off...

tink9702's picture
Joined: 09/28/08
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Welcome! Ivor is an adorable baby! I love the color of your wrap too!

TiggersMommy's picture
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Hi and welcome! I have a feeling you won't be helping me avoid buying a woven. My LO is about 24-25 lbs and my Ergo is the only carrier I'm comfortable wearing. Perhaps a pretty woven wrap would be fun? I can feel DH's glare from across the room ....

alwayssmile's picture
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Welcome! So glad to have another big time BWer join us! :party:
I've heard wompats are amazing! I'd love to have a wrap conversion SSC one day. Your LO is so adorable too.

You definitely should help me out with the All About Wrapping thread. I only have one woven wrap (Stroch Anna 5) and I keep trying, but ummm....I suck at wrapping. Lol Thankfully a TBW lady is going to help for me an hour or so Sunday when she passes through my city. Double hammock is what we use most, but I know I don't have it going correctly still. It's okay, but not really that comfortable though it is a lot more comfortable than my sad attempts at BWCC.

Erin, you definitely need a woven. It's like the one carrier that works forever. As long as I don't mind long tails, I've been able to do every carry I've tried in a 5 (though for others a 6 or 7 is needed, just depends on your size and the baby size). I've had great luck with front carries in my woven. It's just back carries I suck at for now (I think I'm just too impatient because I'm so used to SSCs). :mrgreen:

cactuswren's picture
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See, I told you Jackie would be thrilled to have another wrapper on here Smile

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"cactuswren" wrote:

See, I told you Jackie would be thrilled to have another wrapper on here Smile

VERY.

I feel awkward trying to give advice on wrapping when I'm such a newbie myself! lol

Stormy Weather's picture
Joined: 10/03/09
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Thanks so much for the warm welcomes! And apologies I didn't check in earlier. I only have a chance in the late evening these days. I'm trying to do a PhD which was a bit of a mad idea really with a one year old :rolleyes:

I am off to have a look at the all about wrapping thread now...

And maybe I should show you the wompat and Opitai? They are very good if you like the idea and 'feel' of wrapping but not the mental gymnastics and seemingly mr tickle length of arms required in learning a new carry. They are both European-made but you can get very similar ones from US mamas who make them. I tried a Kinderpack and also a Babyhawk but sold those as the standard straps were too long for me (even though I'm not petite sized), still, Ivor was leaning back too much in them. But Wompat fits great and there's a real cosiness to it which we like here in chilly Scotland. The Opitai has a buckle waist but has wrap straps, so length obviously isn't an issue with that kind.

Anyway, more than happy to help with wrapping questions if I can Smile

Thanks again and hello!

TiggersMommy's picture
Joined: 02/14/10
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Yay! Another academic! What are you getting your PhD in? I'm perusing mine in Conservation Genetics (think wildlife). I'm a second year and had DD my first semester! How far along are you?

Stormy Weather's picture
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Conservation genetics sounds fascinating. Mine's in Historical Fiction, so a bit different Smile I'm about a year in and just getting a grip on it now, really enjoying it but wish I had more time. I've stayed up till 1:30 the past few nights just because I've gotten very absorbed in my research... and of course I've ended up very tired indeed and have now got a stinking cold, which is my own fault! Gone are the days when I could pour myself into something till 5am and then sleep till 11...