Monthly Archives: July 2012

Tip Tuesday- Wrap As Support Belt

By KSC

Today’s tip will be about using your wrap as a support belt.  I am using our lending library’s Didymos Rubinrot  3.1m wrap.  You could also wrap this way when not carrying your child if you did not have a place to store the wrap when out and about.
First I find the center of my wrap.
 Lay the wrap over your midsection or baby belly.
 I spread the wrap about around my belly making sure it is not hanging too low.
Bring to the back and cross the tails, one over the other.  I spread the wrap out on my back to get the most support.
Bring the tail back to the front, tighten and tie in center or off to one side.
 Now you have a use for your wrap before baby arrives.
Concert

Concert Wearing- Take 2

By HD

I have written before about wearing babies at concerts, but wanted to revisit this topic since I now have bigger babies. One child is 16 months

and the other is almost four.

We recently attended a show that did not allow strollers.The easiest thing was to load up both boys to carry them in. I typically use a SSC that can be used interchangeably. This time, I  added the Kozy mei tai from our library to my concert gear. Daddy carried one

and I carried the other.

The venue had a very steep hill that was not at all safe for my little guy to walk on. Carrying my older boy made it easy to manuever crowds (and walk faster than a snail). Both had a great time and fell asleep during the second set.

Easy to lay down my sleeping toddler right in the carrier!

Bamberoo Mei Tai Review

By HD

 

Bamberoo Mei Tai

Reviewed with child age: 16 months

The Bamberoo MT from the BWI Peoria library has the regular style body (which is a bit more structured than many other mei tai carriers) with extra long straps. For me, extra long straps are a big bonus since I prefer to be able to tie Tibetan (adding a chest strap).

Long straps give a few more tying options and a little more to your babywearing style! Long straps can also be helpful when parents have different body sizes. 

I wore this carrier to the farmer’s market, grocery shopping and on walks. My 16 month old felt even lighter than he does in a soft structured carrier (my usual carrier) and I could easily carry him long distances. 

Using a mei tai carrier is fairly easy to learn. With my 16 month old, I use a back carry and found that after a couple of uses I had the hip scooting and the tying down pat. The tying takes a bit more time than a buckle, so I would probably use something different for quick in and out trips, but for those mid length trips, the extra time is worth the comfort. Mei tais make it easy to get just the right amount closeness in your carry and are easily adjusted.

Bamberoo carriers come in a variety of colors and patterns. They also make soft structured carriers and wrap conversions. Custom work is available. They are in high demand, so start looking for yours soon!

http://www.bamberoobaby.com/

http://hyenacart.com/stores/Bamberoo/

Tip Tuesday- Carrier Storage

By KSC

Today we will talk about carrier storage.  There are many ways people store their carriers.  This is just a few ways you can try.  I have a small shoe cubby that I keep my longer wraps in.  A basket on top with my shorter wraps.  A child’s coat rack to hang ring slings.  I also keep a larger basket on the floor with a SSC and sometimes a MT in it.  These are all kept near the door so that I can just grab something to bring with me on the go.

Featured Carry- Ruck Tied In Front

By CS

This week’s featured carry carry is the Ruck Tied in Front (RTIF).  This is my go to back carry.  I like it because it is easy to tie and very quick.  It is also a single layer over the child and just the ruck straps for me.  This makes it a good carry for warmer weather.    For this carry I am using our library’s Didymos Sequoia Waves.  This wrap was donated by Birdie’s Room and the pictures don’t quite do it justice.  It is a size 4 and my son in about 10 months in these pictures.  This carry is good for babies with good head and torso control as well as for toddlers.

The first step is getting your baby on your back.  There are lots of ways to do this.  I am using a superman toss method, but any method is fine.  Personally, I like the superman toss because it is easy to get your baby as high as you would like.
The wrap needs to end up centered on your baby.
After your child is on your back and the wrap is going around his body, bring each end of the wrap over your shoulder.
Make sure your child has a good seat and the wrap is going from knee to knee.  Also make sure the wrap extends up to your baby’s armpits. Then you are going to take the wrap and gather it over each shoulder.
Next you are going to take the gathered wrap and bring it under your arms and over your baby’s legs.
Cross it under your baby’s butt and bring it back around to the front by going under your baby’s legs.
Tie in front with a double knot.  If you prefer to tie Tibetan, you could do that as well.
This is a very easy carry and if you have never tied on your back before his is a good one to start learning.

Wrapsody Water Wrap Review

By CS

I was very excited to try the BWI of Peoria’s new water wrap.  I have a mesh ring sling I use when swimming, but I am a ring sling weakling and don’t like them for very long.  I was spending all day on the water and needed something more comfortable.  

The water wrap is made from a swimsuit like material and is solid black.  It is made by Wrapsody.  Wrapsody also makes a lightweight gauze wrap and a hybrid stretchy wrap which I really like. The water wrap is like a special version of a stretchy wrap. It is only for front and some hip carriers, but not for back carries.  I wouldn’t recommend any back carries in the water anyway.  This wrap is rated for 25 lbs on dry land and 35 lbs in the water because of the buoyancy the water provides.

I used this with my 11 month old son.  I was trying to use a hip wrap cross carry which was my first attempt at this carry.  The wrap was narrower than I expected and it was also slippery as well.  I do not have a lot of experience wrapping and probably should have chosen an easier carry to start with, but I managed to get him secure.  Once he was secure and we were in the water, we were both very comfortable.  We played in the water for a while and he was content the entire time.  My son weighed closed to 20 lbs, but, when we were in the water, I didn’t notice much sag in the wrap.

My 2 year old daughter is close to 30 lbs, but scared of the water.  I wanted to see if having her in a wrap would make her more accepting of the water.  I used a front wrap cross carry with her and had a lot more success in actually tying the wrap.  She loved it.  Being held so securely against me relieved her fears and she was able to enjoy the water.  I did notice more sag with her but it was totally worth it to get her out into the water.

I would recommend a water wrap for both 1 and 2 years old.  It was great with my daughter and worked even better than just holding her in my arms.  I wasn’t able to do much with her on my front, but having her securely wrapped did allow me to acclimate her to the water.  It was also great for my son because he needs a lot of supervision near the water.  I could use the water wrap with him and play with my daughter in the shallow water.

Tip Tuesday- Breaking in Your Wrap

By KSC

This week we will talk about some of the ways to break in a new wrap.  Sometimes when we purchase a wrap new from a retailer the fabric is a bit stiff and more difficult to wrap with.  These are some tips to help soften the wrap more quickly.
The first thing you can do is wash your wrap according to the directions on the label.  For cotton wraps I usually wash on cold, for hemp or linen blends I will wash on warm or hot.  Silk and wool I hand wash.  I like to line dry my wraps to avoid any shrinkage but you can put your cotton in the dryer.  If you do line dry you can put your wrap in the dryer for some air dry time with some tennis balls, wool balls or I have even heard of people putting in their Crocs with the wrap.  I have never tried that last one.
After a wash the next best thing to do is to steam iron your wrap(do not steam iron your wool or silk wraps).  You may want to do this a few times to soften it up.
You can also try the “butt method”.  This is when you take the wrap with you and sit on it throughout the day, in the car, on the couch or even snuggle in bed with it.  Use it as blanket on the couch and let your little ones snuggle with it too.
An other method to get the kids involved is to make a hammock out of the wrap.
You can use the braiding method, where you braid and unbraid the wrap many times.
Or the pull through ring slings method, if you have a pair of those around.  You just place the fabric through the rings, hold onto one end of the fabric and pull it through the rings.  You must hold the two rings in your other hand while pulling the fabric through from one end to the other.
And finally the best method for breaking in your new wrap is to actually wrap with it, then steam iron it again!