Baby Carriers – for expecting parents

I have had a lot of friends recently ask me what carrier would be best for them, to use when their baby arrives. (I LOVE being asked this, as it means more babies being up close with their parents, where they want to be – it isn’t nicknamed the 4th trimester for no reason hehe) Sometimes, this can be a hard question to answer, as everyone is different, and everyone wants different things from their carriers.

Firstly, I recommend getting along to a baby wearing meet if you can. This will allow you to touch and feel different carriers and see what you like best. You can learn what other people found to be good and bad about each carrier, and sometimes even test one out.

For those of you who cannot make it to a meet, or want some more information before you go, I will talk about the three “main” talked about options (Hug-a-Bub, Ergo and BabyBjorn), and then talk about benefits of some other options. But the first thing to learn and become familiar with is the TICKS guidelines for baby wearing. This ensures baby is kept safe while being carried.
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Didymos Hemp Woven Wraps

I recently received a second hand PHI (Petrol Hemp Indio by Didymos), and before that a Didymos Berry Hemp Lilies WCRS (wrap converted ring sling). They are so soft and lush, and supportive! I’m almost ready to sell all the rest of my stash (which is a huge deal!), I’ve even stopped using my SSCs.

The PHI came recommended as a great wrap for toddlers and warm weather. It hasn’t been too hot, but it sure is comfy! (And filled with sleepy dust, apparently)

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The Berry Lilies was a purchase for Ballina Girl to have a legacy wrap (Or ring sling rather). So pretty and soft, and only ring sling she will go in to. Only thing I’m not sure about is that because I wear the rings on my left shoulder, and I can’t deal with light colours (the “wrong side”), the lilies end up being under and on the bum.

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How to use a Woven Wrap

So, you’ve got a woven wrap in your hot little hands, now what?

When you get a brand new wrap, you will need to wash it to remove some of the stiffness, but also to help set the fibres. Finely Woven has a great list of care instructions for the different woven materials, but ensure you read the care instructions that came with your wrap.

Some wraps require “breaking in”, which is a term used to describe the process of turning your stiff wrap in to a “floppy” one, easier and more comfortable to wrap with. Finely Woven has also listed commonly used processes for doing this. A lot of people prefer to buy second hand to skip this stage, or loan out their new wrap to friends who are “good” at breaking in wraps.

Now on to the more exciting stuff, actually wrapping with it!

There are many different carries you can do, and there is a basic list here, created by TheBabyWearer, including the length of wrap you will need.

Here are my lists of what I think works for different reasons. I have categorised them in to Front Carries, Back Carries (including how to get baby on to your back), Hip Carries and Torso carries (meaning no passes going over your shoulder, so only your torso is keeping it up).

Wrapsody Bali Breeze

My Wrapsody Bali Breeze arrived from Karri Tree Lane last weekend as we left to go camping, so I have only just had the chance to wash it and start the “breaking in” process. This design is called ‘Lily’ and I purchased it in the smallest size I could, size B (apparently A isn’t being produced any more) and is roughly 4.6m long (which would be a size 6 in other woven wrap size terms). It arrived in a cute little bag, with a small booklet of carry instructions and a DVD.
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I’m loving the double hammock carry at the moment (and its different variations), especially as I seem to be constantly busy of late! So when BabyBoy started being unsettled, on to the back he went.
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The Bali Breeze is a woven wrap made from a gauze type cotton and hand dyed in Bali. I bought this to use through summer, as it gets quite hot and humid here, and the gauze makes it understandably airy. As it is gauze, I have heard it can become quite diggy, which I had noticed when I had tried it out while camping using a Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC), but this was unwashed, and possibly not the best wrap job I have done. Today, while using a double hammock carry, although a little bit “scratchy” due to the gauze, I didn’t find it any more diggy than some of the attempts I have tried with other wraps. I am still a novice wrapper, so some carries I attempt still can become a bit diggy after a while, especially as BabyBoy is around 9kg.

The Bali Breeze features a pocket at the end of one end of the wrap (the wrap is sewn together to form a pocket), where you could store a phone, wallet and/or keys, if you were able to tie it in to a good position. You could also use it as a way to store your wrap within itself.
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The carry I did today was called a double hammock, where I tied it at the shoulder (DH-TAS) and tied it using a slip knot. Slip knots are handy to use when you may need to retighten and/or loosen. Being a bit of a noob wrapper still, this comes in handy, as you can start to feel your wrap job becoming uncomfortable, and allows for easy adjustment.
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While looking for a information on tying at the shoulder, I found a video that shows pretty much what I did to use this carry. It is called Double Hammock Tied at Shoulder or Knotless.