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!
This week we will talk about getting a good seat. Whether you use a wrap, a ringsling, a Mei Tai or a soft structured carrier we often use the term getting a good seat in the carrier. It means making sure that your child has the bum lower than knees position and ideally has the carrier covering and supporting knee to knee. I will be using our lending library’s SBP’s wrap conversion ringsling, our Wrapsoday hybrid stretch wrap and our Action Baby Carrier soft structured carrier.
With the ring sling I make sure the bottom half of the material is knee to knee and well tucked up between me and my child’s body. You can see that the top half of the fabric is flat and not bunched around his back.
You can see the bum lower than knee position here again.
Here shows how the fabric is tucked up between his legs and my stomach/side.
In a wrap I will pull the bottom of the wrap straight down and then pull from between his legs and up between us.
I make sure that I pull that material up along my back and knee to knee on his body.
Here you can see the bum lower than knee position that I end up with when I use this method.
In a soft structured carrier I make sure the waist band is flat against my back without any gaps. I then bring the fabric up and over this bottom so that he sits about half way over the waist band.
I would do the same with a Mei Tai as I do with a soft structured carrier. As a final check with any carrier that I am using is to make sure his position is correct by lifting up on his heels which pushed his bottom into that nice deep seat.