Wouldn’t it be great if you could hold your newborn and have an extra set of hands to take care of all those other tasks that need to get done? Learning to wrap my baby was one of the most amazing parenting hacks I ever learned. It saved my sanity during those early months! A wrap is a long piece of fabric that can be tied in a way that allows you to secure your baby to your body. You can have your hands free at the same time. There’s certainly a learning curve but if I could figure it out in my sleep-deprived state, so can you!
I’m a big fan of wraps because you can tie them in different ways for different situations. When my daughter was a newborn, I did a lot of front-carries (where the baby is strapped to your chest). I soon learned how to do a “poppable” carry. I was able to get my daughter in the wrap, secure her and then remove her from the wrap. After all that, I could then put her back in it without having to re-tie! This was a game changer for me as a parent! Not only was I able to get my daughter in comfortably, but I was also able to take her out of wrap for things like diaper changes. We could
I could take her out of the wrap and leave the wrap on to put her back in later. This was my go-to when we would go places. I would tie the wrap in the morning before we left on our adventure. Once that was done, I would make sure the wrap was all set. Then I would take her out, put her in a car seat. Once we got to the parking lot, I would put her back in. I was able to do this any place that we needed to go know and it was an amazing thing for me. We were able to go on amazing adventures and we were both very comfortable.
Eventually, my daughter grew too big for the front-carry so I perfected the back-carry. At this point, my daughter has enough patience that I can get her wrapped on my back so that we’re able to do awesome things. We went to the beach recently where I was able to get her wrapped up on my back, something I couldn’t have done with a stroller. She was safe and she was comfortable. What more can any parent ask for? We were both living our best lives that day!
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When it comes to wraps, you want to purchase something that is safe for your child. It’s a piece of fabric so it seems easy to just DIY it, but
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The Boba Wrap: I don’t have this wrap but I’ve heard amazing things. This wrap is soft and stretchy, perfect for newborn snuggles. It’s on the longer size so it works for different body types. The fabric has some stretch. Stretch is more forgiving for beginners. Reviews report that this wrap can be warm in the summer months so if you plan on wearing your baby a lot during the summer, you may want to look elsewhere.
The Moby Wrap: This is another one I’ve heard awesome things about! Like the Boba, it’s soft and stretchy. You can use many different types of ties with it. Once you learn how to use the wrap (YouTube.com is your best bet with this), it’s perfect for newborn snuggles. The downside to this wrap include that it’s almost a bit too stretchy (so there is a lack of support with larger babies), and it can sag over time.
Solly Baby Wrap: I’ve heard great things about the Solly brand. The fabric is lighter and softer making it perfect for warmer climates. It’s shorter so a bit easier to tie (but maybe not as great for larger baby-wearers). The weight limit is also on the lighter side so you may not get as much use out of this as some of the other wraps.
K’tan: This is the “wrap” I started with. All of the other wraps on this list are long pieces of fabric that you learn to tie yourself. The K’tan is set up differently. Essentially, it’s two loops of fabric that mimic a full wrap without the learning curve. It’s sized specifically for you, so it’s not a friendly wrap for families that want to share in the baby-wearing duties. I found it was great for when my daughter was tiny, but as she got older I wanted the flexibility of a full wrap.
Wrapsody: After I decided I wanted a more traditional wrap, I ended up with the lesser known Wrapsody. I have three at this point (The Hybrid, The Breeze, and the Ring Sling). My favorite is the Hybrid, but my breeze has been getting the most use these days. I love everything about these wraps. The Hybrid was amazing for carrying my daughter those early months. The Ring Sling is great for quick up and downs (plus the patterns are beautiful!). The Breeze is perfect for summer and really supportive. I also love that it has a pocket so when we go out for an adventure, I have some place to put my phone and key.
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