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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!

Tip Tuesday- Buleria Finish

By KSC

Our tip this week will be a tie off known as the Knotless finish or Buleria finish.  I am using our lending library’s Didymos Sequoia Waves donated by Birdies’ Room, it is a size 4(3.6m).  This type of tie off or finish is another way to have a chest belt variation other than Tibetian or tying at the shoulder.  It also can be utilized when using a shorter wrap for some carriers.
For this tie off you will have one tail end coming over your shoulder and one tail end coming under that same arm.
Take the tail end that is coming from under your arm and cross it over the other tail.
We will be working with this one tail for now
 Now you will bring that tail to the back of the tail coming over your shoulder.
 I reach from above and behind and pull that same tail up and over itself, as if you were tying a single knot.
 Now you can lay it down over the front.
 Now we will use the other tail that is coming over your shoulder.  You will now take that tail and bring it across to your opposite shoulder.
 Pull this tail through the ruck strap.
I now put my hand up and underneath the chest belt.
Pull that same tail down and through the chest pass.
Now you are done and have a nice Buleria finish.