Okay, in our chat thread (aka, What did you do today while babywearing?) we brought up rolling up carriers and storing them when not in use. It is possible to neatly roll up carriers, even SSCs. This is handy when traveling (got to make it fit in a suitcase!) or when you want the carrier on you but may not be using it (I've found myself putting a carrier under a stroller for at the zoo, or attaching a carrier to my purse when out of the house for the whole day).
Neatly rolling a mei tai (MT):
First I fold up the long straps (not the waist straps) nice and neat. This gives you the smallest roll in the end.
I then roll the body of the carrier around the straps towards the waist.
I give a quick tie.
And then flip to tie on the other side, going the opposite way. This way it can't unravel on you.
If you're feeling lazy, you can just throw it all into the middle of the carrier and then roll. This work too, just not as small and tight in the end.
Soft structured carriers (SSCs) are done similarly:
You'll notice I had to hold the carrier in place to take pictures. That's due to the padding. Buckle it in the end. I'd be more careful with this than a MT since there's nothing keeping it from unrolling. You can always undo the webbing and tie the webbing itself, but I'm WAY too lazy to ever do that.
The Ergo rolled up.
See, perfect for throwing over your shoulder and wearing like a purse or you can buckle (or tie with a MT) it around a purse/bag strap.
I've heard people wear the waist with it rolled up. I find this uncomfortable personally. I either do as above or I'll quickly retie/buckle the carrier on me even though there's no kid.
While you can store your carrier at home or in your car rolled up when not in use, it isn't always the best idea to always do this. Why? This creates creases and those creases weakens the fabric. Eventually this can lead to safety issues with the carrier over time at those crease points (think ripping). Not to mention it causes ugly discoloration (and there goes your resell value!). This can be a major issue with wraps and ring slings. It is recommended that if you want to fold those carriers to fold differently each time to prevent issues. While I like being able to roll up my carriers when out of the house and having to hang on to them all day or to fit them in a tighter space, I don't store them like this long term. I keep carriers in my car just thrown in a storage compartment or on the floor. At home I store my carriers on coat hooks making sure to not hang it by the same point every time (expect for SSCs which pretty much has to hang by the shoulder straps). If you've spent really good money on a carrier and want to keep it in the best condition, have a storage container of some type that's away from the sun that the carrier can sit in undisturbed and not folded. That will keep it nice for years.
Excuse any confusing with my wording and pictures. I'm a bit tired, but figured I should jump on the fact that DS went to bed an hour earlier than normal.
Last edited by alwayssmile; 04-10-2012 at 09:27 PM.
This is great! Especially the points about storage...wouldn't have thought of that, but it makes perfect sense. Of course, my Ergo is so old I am not at all worried about looks/resale value, but still good to keep in mind for safety and just general good practices.
I have a great tip for stretchy wraps to add, but I'll need to take pics...but if you ever did a crochet chain, it's like that. Makes the Moby into a fat little braid you can throw in your bag in two seconds.
There are people who braid their woven wraps to help break them in. I haven't figured out how to do that just yet.
great pics thanks!! i hadn't thought of rolling it like that for travel usually just fold it in on itself or wear it. hadn't thought of the crease issue either! i do the waist wear out all the time, it's a little bulky but i find it easier than fighting with another bag and having to roll it, i'm weird that way! lol! the waist wear roll is what i wondered if you wanted pics of, i'll be doing it again tom and dh is home to take pics, let me know.
didn't know about the braid on the moby either i just did half and half and half like a sheet. that braid would be interesting to see.
The braid is really easy. You just make a loop at one end and put the end through once, like you're about to tie a granny knot, but don't pull it tight--leave the loop open. Then you put your hand through that loop from behind, and grab the long piece. Pull it through the loop just enough to make a second loop. Then put your hand through that and repeat until you've gotten to the end of the carrier. Go ahead and pull the end piece all the way through the last loop. Now you should have a fat braid.
Here, I just did it with a scarf at my desk. Obviously this is much thinner than a wrap, but hopefully will help you visualize what I'm talking about!
I always did this starting with the Moby tied in half, since the same someone also showed me how to keep it tied and put it on and off that way--that's a trick for another thread For these purposes, you can just fold the thing in half before starting, which will make a shorter thicker braid, or leave it long but have a thinner, longer braid.