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post #21 of 56
Don't have any experience with the hybrid wraps but I do believe they're on the thinner side, which can be uncomfortable on the shoulders. You will have to tighten up everything super evenly as you're wrapping to make sure on little section isn't tighter than the rest and digging into your shoulder. And I'm not sure about this at all, but you may have more trouble selling it if you find you don't like it whereas the non-hybrid wovens retain their value unless damaged and I've had no trouble selling the 3 I sold.

I use a wrap multiple times every day and feel like the $100 is totally worth it (after getting over my initial sticker shock).
When my boys were little I spent $160 on a double stroller that I used probably a dozen times before I sold it. But my wraps are used a dozen times every 2 days or so.

You could also check out "wrap nap fairy" on Facebook. She sells linen wraps for pretty cheap. Linen should be good for summer and supportive, but you'll also have a harder time reselling one of those if you don't like it.
post #22 of 56

Love this thread! Look at all these happy babies! Lou was a tough sell on carriers at first but we've turned a corner. We bought a Boba because you can use it from birth on (even though I know you can do the towel trick with an Ergo) and I actually kinda regret it because I like the Ergo better. I might sell it and get an Ergo!! It was my favorite carrier for DS2. I just don't find the Boba to be as comfortable and it's slimmer which makes it a little harder to nurse in without flashing the entire boob! We also have a Moby wrap which is just kind of annoying and cumbersome for me. But I'm looking forward to using it when Lou's old enough to face out because this kid wants to see the world 24/7.

post #23 of 56
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Originally Posted by odinsmama View Post

Don't have any experience with the hybrid wraps but I do believe they're on the thinner side, which can be uncomfortable on the shoulders. You will have to tighten up everything super evenly as you're wrapping to make sure on little section isn't tighter than the rest and digging into your shoulder. And I'm not sure about this at all, but you may have more trouble selling it if you find you don't like it whereas the non-hybrid wovens retain their value unless damaged and I've had no trouble selling the 3 I sold.

I use a wrap multiple times every day and feel like the $100 is totally worth it (after getting over my initial sticker shock).
When my boys were little I spent $160 on a double stroller that I used probably a dozen times before I sold it. But my wraps are used a dozen times every 2 days or so.

You could also check out "wrap nap fairy" on Facebook. She sells linen wraps for pretty cheap. Linen should be good for summer and supportive, but you'll also have a harder time reselling one of those if you don't like it.

Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom, mama! Still no time for a real reply (story of my life - our lives?) but wanted to let you know how much that helped.

Wraps are lifesavers, that much needs to be repeated for sure!! I'm going ti use my secret stash of birthday money for a wrap. I need it for back carries so I can actually get things done at work and I'll need it for the family reunion in a week or two. There, my justifications. Now, to face my fear & overwhelm...
post #24 of 56

and so it begins.

 

after MUCH research and deliberation, i've settled (and paid for) a girasol sierra size six, twill weave. found it on the fb babywearing swap.

 

hoping it makes it here before we leave for the family reunion on the third.

 

fearing (kinda) that this is the beginning of a longtime obsession.

 

sooo excited!

 

thanks again, mamas!

post #25 of 56
BW, like EC, was one of those things I was soooo excited about in pregnancy (literally bought 5 potties and 10 carriers-- at least they were at consignment sales!) and then was sooooo intimidated by once babe was actually here. Even having done tons of research and practicing, etc.

But like EC, BW has been awesome, once I got over that hump! I am still a noob, but so far (besides the newborn hug hold we loved in the moby, but no longer use), we are rocking the basic front carry in the mei tai, burp hold and fwcc (regular and ffo) in the woven wrap, and... The high back carry in the mei tai!! Woo hoo! I am totally impressed with myself, LOL. And with the baby, since she's only 12-13 lbs and not yet sitting independently... But this may be her favorite carry yet!
post #26 of 56
Yay, sounds like more of us (and our babes) are getting into the wearing groove. I don't know how I'd do anything or go anywhere without wearing!
post #27 of 56
Odinsmama - I'm already wondering how I lasted so long without a woven! Yes, our Moby saved our lives every day, but especially now that I'm bringing O to work with me, I'm desperate for a little more flexibility. I'm sure she'll *love* hanging out on my back and watching me work from a better perspective - she's always whipping her arms out to look around and grab things, and in a stretchy Moby (and with her size) that's hazardous! It's getting to the point that I have to divide my work around her naps - active stuff while she's sleeping, sedentary stuff in one space while she's awake and playing on the floor. I'm blessed to have a job that so resembles mommyhood, at least - I work in a house with kids and there's always a great variety of work to be done!

Thank you for inspiring us FTMs with the courage to try wrapping - you make it look amazing! I'm sad for those that look at even the Moby and say, "Oh, we tried that - I couldn't figure it out/didn't have the patience for it/LO didn't like it." It takes a little practice, but so does anything worth doing!
post #28 of 56
Aww, thanks! I'm so excited for you that you've got your first wrap on the way. And hope it arrives in time.
It can still be pretty overwhelming when you're first practicing, and I found that many people would recommend trying a certain back carry that was "easy" and it totally was not easy for me. So I found one that looked easy to me and perfected that one, then branched out to other carries.
post #29 of 56
Good advice. I've been YouTubeing like mad, but I'll keep in mind that some carries might just work better for us than others. I'm planning on spending a good hour practicing the instant it comes, if Olive lets me! I'm so excited. DH was staring at me after the thrill of buying it yesterday, and he said he'd never seen me this enthused about anything before. Not totally sure that's a good thing... ha.
post #30 of 56
We've had our new wrap for four days now and I've used it every day. However, yesterday was our first day of going it solo at work - not even my employer is around to help me straighten it out. So we've had mixed successes... she falls asleep almost immediately as soon as I've got it all the way on, which is a blessing, but the process is painful! Today I was kneeling near the only available mirror with a YouTube video playing on a horrible connection on my phone because I couldn't remember any back wraps, and she was sobbing and so was I. Now it's on, and she seems fairly comfortable (she's asleep!) but it hurts me. I'm trying to figure out how to adjust it while she's sleeping so I can stop worrying and actually get some work done, but - uuuggh. I just really needed someone to hear me. I'm sure we'll get through this in no time. Thanks for letting me vent.
post #31 of 56
Oh no! Bummer deal.
Yeah it definitely shouldn't hurt. If my babe is sleeping and I need to adjust things I'll bend over and try to do it while she's sleeping still. Sometimes that works.

I most often do a ruck tied at shoulder with a candy cane chest belt. I'm fast at it now and since it's tied at shoulder, I can just tighten up one side, with the shorter tail, without unwrapping all of it. Of course if it's wonky on the other shoulder that doesn't help much.
post #32 of 56
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Originally Posted by odinsmama View Post

Oh no! Bummer deal.
Yeah it definitely shouldn't hurt. If my babe is sleeping and I need to adjust things I'll bend over and try to do it while she's sleeping still. Sometimes that works.

I most often do a ruck tied at shoulder with a candy cane chest belt. I'm fast at it now and since it's tied at shoulder, I can just tighten up one side, with the shorter tail, without unwrapping all of it. Of course if it's wonky on the other shoulder that doesn't help much.

Is that the carry you're using with the lovely purple wrap? You look adorable! And babe looks (looked) super happy, too.

As I'd expected - and hoped - I've gotten much better with practice. I use the new wrap at least as often as I used the Moby (1 - 2 times daily) and usually throw her on my back if I'm working, front if I'm walking/grocery shopping/chasing kids. It was a blessing in TN! I hiked a bunch of parts of the Appalachian Trail with her on my back, and kept nosy aunts at bay by covering the back of her head while she slept.



Here we are working today. No idea what carry I did - but it worked beautifully for us both! Lots to learn, but loving it. Thanks again for the support!
post #33 of 56

I wish DD would be cool with being on my back

 

 

Our Ergo has three different panels that you can switch out (or it's just black without them), which is fantastic because I never get bored of the look of it. I also stocked up on really pretty pacifier clips while I was pregnant but since she won't take a pacifier we use them to clip teething rings/toys to the carrier. We rely heavily on the Ergo, but it's quite hot in the summer.

 

 

The Moby was fantastic when she was a new little pistachio who would just curl up in the winter months and sleep, but now that she's big and wiggly we hardly ever use it.

 

We also have a raw linen ring sling and a pippalilly sling, but I have yet to use the Pippalilly (not sure if I even want to). I'm starting to come around to the ring sling a bit but holy crap it is trying when the baby is upset and I have to fuss with the damn thing. Proper pictures will follow once I actually take them, but for now:

 

 

I have been thinking about getting a woven wrap but they're quite expensive and don't really seem to go on sale. I'm also debating whether it would be worth it to buy some kind of summery carrier, since the Ergo is quite hot and the ring sling doesn't work for long distances. Any recommendations?

post #34 of 56
Yay! So glad the wrap is working well for you, sgsnyder! Yep, the purple wrap pic is a ruck with candy cane chest belt. I've been branching out and trying others but that one always supports her head best for me.

Teles, I don't use my ergo (baby hates it and I love wrapping so I haven't even tried in a while) so I can't compare wraps to the ergo for warm weather advice. But if you do end up getting a wrap, I think you have a couple options.

--A thin 100% linen (wrap nap fairy on Facebook is pretty inexpensive). They're supposed to be relatively thin, breathable and cooler than other materials. However, because they're thinner, you may need to do a carry that has multiple passes over baby to get the support you'd need for it to be comfy. So you'd go with a long wrap, like a size 6, depending on your body size. 100% linen is not going to be very soft at first, so it'll take some breaking in unless you buy used.

--A short wrap, maybe a linen blend (many say it's cooler, I don't have experience with it). All cotton is great too as well as hemp blends. This will be more expensive, but you still should be able to find one for under $100 (maybe not the hemp). With a short wrap you can carry on both front and back (and hip!) and if you do single layer carries, baby is cooler than in a multiple pass carry. I wouldn't go with a wrap that is too thin for a short wrap or it's just not going to be comfy at all, especially as baby gets older.

Even tho I am in a tropical climate, I go for comfort on my shoulders and (for me) that means wraps that are on the thicker side.
I use my short wraps (100% cotton) exclusively right now and don't feel like we are much hotter than if I were just carrying her. If it's really hot she's only wearing a diaper while she's wrapped.

And if you're planning to buy something, just ask lots of questions and compare different ones, wraps vary a LOT within brands, blends, weaves, etc.
post #35 of 56

i would consider donating a toe for this carrier.

why are carriers so expensive? oh it's beautiful though.

anyway. i bought an ergo carrier that should be here soon.i'm pretty excited, but the boba wrap is still the best thing ever. i scored the ergo for under 70$ on zulily. 

post #36 of 56
Yay, hope you love the Ergo!
That carrier is beautiful! Those type are converted to carriers by only a handful of seamstresses. So you start with a woven wrap that is already over $100 and then add the design and labor of a seamstress who only has time to make so many (I think they actually do a random draw for conversion slots if you want your own wrap converted).
post #37 of 56
Oh, that is beautiful! You and Naomi would rock it so hard! We can all dream. wink1.gif

You're handy with a sewing machine, right KellyBeth? I saw this on FB earlier...

I'm not interested in SSCs (yet) but that one could change my mind! (It's a converted tablecloth!)

On another note, I'm getting to be much more comfy with wrapping our Gira! I practiced getting a really deep seat all day today. I went to toss Olive into a rucksack before we went hiking with our babysitting charge, and DH spotted me (no touching!) and was really impressed. He said I look like I'm getting pretty good at it - which feels so good, since I *feel* like I've come a long way! So far I feel comfy with the FWCC, BWCC, and ruck. I watch videos whenever I can. This is already an obsession! I'm already dreaming of my shorty! Help!!
post #38 of 56
No help here on telling you not to get a shorty. I originally had 3 size 6 wraps, because that was the size recommended to me. I used them a lot in the early weeks with fwcc but once I got her on my back I knew I needed a shorty. I chopped one of my 6s to a 3 and it was looooove.

I recently sold a 3 and bought a 2, even. But I'm very petite, 5'2" and under 100lbs, so a 2 is still very versatile for me.

Now I have 2 size 6s, which sit folded waiting for me to need them someday, a 4, a 3 and a 2 which are used multiple times every day.

So glad you are getting more comfy and confident with wrapping sgsnyder! It's a great feeling when you can just wrap baby up and go about your business wherever you are.

And I saw that tablecloth conversion on fb, too! So super cool! I'd totally rock that if I felt like I could make the time to sew it. I made a MT when ds2 was little and it was a job and a half, just took me a long time since I made the panel like a frame that takes interchangeable snap-in panels. My little sewing pile is already too big, and being too ignored, to add another project.
post #39 of 56
Yep. The short wraps totally seem like the way to go for quick, cool, easy wearing. I got the six as I was advised I'd be able to use it for learning pretty much any carry. It IS great for that, and I don't see myself selling it anytime soon (or buying the shorty, to be honest - it just isn't in the cards right now) but it'd be fun to whip her up in a really simple wrap, really quickly, and not have to bother with all of the extra tail fabric. Oh well! Extra opportunities for learning pretty finishes, right? smile.gif I can feel myself being tempted by the DIY route. So dangerous! How can I funnel this passion into my home life, or my work, or my creative pursuits?! If only all of life could be as much fun, and as pretty...

Nice work on your MT, Odinsmama! That sounds beautiful and intense! I hope you got a lot of great wearing out of it. Don't even get me started on my sewing pile!
post #40 of 56
Seriously, it can be addicting!
If you go the DIY route at some point, I've heard truly great things about the 100% cotton jacquard tablecloth shorties. And you'd get 2 out of one cloth so you could sell one. Or maybe find someone who has already bought and buy their other half. wink1.gif You know, someday. Not trying to encourage you to whip out a credit card!

I keep meaning to post new pics here. I can only do it from the computer and the office has the worst chair ever so I'm rarely there. iPad while sitting and nursing = 30% of my life.
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