Using A Sling - Woven Wraps
Woven Wraps are a brilliantly versatile option for carrying your baby and child. Top image shows a Neobulle Framboise, next picture is a Colimacon Turquoise Organic wrap, then a Natibaby Namib.
Woven wraps are one long piece of fabric with no buckles, fasteners or rings. Woven wraps can be tied in different ways for different positioning. Woven wraps differ from stretchy wraps in that woven fabric is far more supportive. They have a slight diagonal stretch, making it supportive enough to hold a heavy toddler or child.
Woven wraps can be tied for front, back and hip carries. If you've loved using your stretchy wrap for your smaller baby, then a woven wrap will allow you to continue wrapping with a larger, heavier baby.
Woven wraps are incredibly versatile - depending on the length of the wrap, they can be used for many different carrying positions on the front, hip, and back and from newborn through to toddlers. On average, a 4.5-4.7m wrap will allow for most carrying positions. There is a learning curve with wraps, however all come with detailed instructions, and I am always able to advise and provide guidance on which wrap is best for you.
There are 6 different wrap lengths:
• 2.6m (Size 2)
• 3.2m (Size 3)
• 3.6m (Size 4)
• 4.2m (Size 5)
• 4.6m (Size 6)
• 5.2m (Size 7)
The length of wrap you need will depend on your dress size/height and the tying method you wish to use.
Size 6 (4.6/4.7m) is the most popular size as it allows most people to achieve the majority of different tying methods. If you are above UK Size 14 or particulary tall, then a Size 7 (5.2m) wrap may be more suitable, if you wish to achieve most tying methods. You can see from the WRAP SIZE GUIDE on the left, the different tying methods that can be achieved with each length.
The world of Woven wraps can seem very complex at first - they are available in all the colours of the rainbow, in different lengths, different weaves and different fibre combinations and different prices.
If you're looking for your first woven wrap, or have just started your babywearing journey, here are some steps to keep it simple for you and your baby.
Firstly, the wrap doesn't have to be fancy, expensive or hard to find. Some of the best beginner wraps are easy to find, well priced and there are a huge selection of colours and patterns. So pick something you like! Woven wraps made from 100% cotton with a cross-weave twill make superb starter wraps.
Great Beginner Wraps:
Here are some woven wrap brands that are great for beginners (and experienced wrappers!):
Colimacon et Cie - these wraps are on the thinner side of medium and are made from 100% organic cotton. Easily broken in, the solid colours are mum and dad friendly.
Hoppediz - these wraps are medium thick and are made from 100% cotton. Available in a fab selection of solid colours and stripes - a great work-horse wrap.
Storchenwiege - these wraps are available in two different weaves, a robust cross-weave twill and a diamond-weave. The cross-weave twill wraps are made from 100% cotton and are medium thick and available in a gorgeous selection of stripes. The diamond-weave wraps are made from 100% cototn and are on the thinner side of medium and are available in many colours.
Didymos - these woven wraps are made from 100% organic cotton. The standard cross-weave twill wraps are the most user-friendly and hard-wearing of the Didymos wraps. Of medium thickness, the wraps are available in a gorgeous selection of colours and stripes.
There are lots of other great wrap brands too - Neobulle, Girasol, Natibaby, Kokadi, Lana and Vatanai to name a few! All these wraps can be used from newborn to toddler (and even older!) and are fab for the novice or experienced wrapper.