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!