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post #221 of 513

that's great, rainbownurse!  what did you guys do/talk about?  I'm planning on going to a meetup for the first time next Friday.  in the meantime, we've been practicing our back carries, and we've gotten a lot better!  yesterday I got him up there securely by myself for the first time (and got him safely down, too)!  I feel like I need to master a different carry though, as I'd need more wrap length to be able to get this tied a different way so it's off my neck.

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post #222 of 513
Which carry is that, rf? It looks like it's tied Tibetan and could be tied off differently.
post #223 of 513

I didn't make it to the meet up because town days can get long for Griffin (we live on a small island and ferry over and back) but I'll try to meet go to the next one hopefully. Really want to try this wrapping business. Rf, how old when you can back wear with wraps?

post #224 of 513
Good grief I just broke a sweat trying to put my boy in a double hammock. And boy was he pissed. I think my fabric is too wide.
Watching the videos and trying again later.

Actiasluna- here's a link to a back carry for a newborn video. This gal shows a bunch of back carries with her newborn.

Edit. Oh yeah, the link
http://www.wrapyourbaby.com/doublehammockcarry.html
post #225 of 513

it looks like a BWCC, try looking up babywearingfaith's videos on youtube. They are soo well done. 

At the babywearing meet up we talked about different wraps, someone had brought a new tester from a new company called woven wings. SOO NICE!!. We also talked about baby stuff, non baby stuff, etc. 

Wrenmoon I just got Elliott up in a back carry for the first time today too!! I used my wider wrap, thinking it would be better. I got so focused on getting a good seat I didn't realize that the top rail was halfway down his back. oops. 

post #226 of 513
Those gals make it look so easy! Sheesh. I was huffing and puffing hunched over and my arms were all weird and beetled out and awkward and I bet I looked just as ridiculous as I felt.
I could get him on and off though, I guess that's something.
I'm going to take a video of my flailing and post it on you tube to make all the other beginners feel better about their efforts. Or at least provide comic relief. I could dress like a beetle.
post #227 of 513

we felt the same way, wrenmoon!  I had my husband help me the first time so I could understand where my arms should be, how I should pull the fabric around, etc.  it helps to have a spotter.

 

in the photo, I did what I think is a wiggle-proof carry - it starts with a ruck, then each tail goes up between the baby's legs and over his opposite shoulder.  I had enough wrap left to pass each tail underneath the opposite ruck strap and then tie it off in front (or "Tibetan", I think you're right, skycheattraffic).  I don't think I'd have enough to do a candy cane chest belt, and it felt weird to just take the straps back down and tie under his bum (double ruck straps are pretty bulky).  I really like the wiggle-proof passes, though; they seem to help keep him up high and extra secure since they go so high over his back.

 

and actiasluna, I've heard that you can try back carries as soon as you're comfortable putting your baby on your back.  some experienced folks do it with newborns, but others wait until their babies have more head/neck control.  it's hard when they're so floppy.  I feel like I can keep him secure while I'm wrapping him, so I feel comfortable practicing.  and it feels really good once I'm done; he's not going anywhere in that carry!

post #228 of 513
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Originally Posted by wrenmoon View Post

Those gals make it look so easy! Sheesh. I was huffing and puffing hunched over and my arms were all weird and beetled out and awkward and I bet I looked just as ridiculous as I felt.
I could get him on and off though, I guess that's something.
I'm going to take a video of my flailing and post it on you tube to make all the other beginners feel better about their efforts. Or at least provide comic relief. I could dress like a beetle.

I totally agree! haha. Please do that, II'll love you forever

post #229 of 513
Alright, so, is the little frog a really common first time wrap that people get into? I'm curious because I see lots of stuff about it, on the babywearing pages on Facebook etc. also, what kind of difference does fabric have on wraps? The advice coming from the babywearing group I just joined, seems I should start with a size 6 or 7, since I'm new to it. Griffin is 3 months, almost 14lbs and I am 5'3 and 180lbs. What do you gals think? What are your wrap preferences for a newbie?
post #230 of 513
My first and only woven at the moment is a little frog. It's a medium thickness, supportive and all around a good starter. It's not a big investment, comes in a range of bright colours and I think many of their designs have two different coloured rails which is a great help for learning. It's easy to take care of, and pretty easy to wrap with even new (from what I hear). If you get a stain from wrapping in a parking lot in a pinch, you won't be heartbroken. It's nothing special but a good basic, everyday wrap to get spitup on. If you try and love wrapping, then you can get a variety of lovely wraps and sell your little frog and get most of your money back.

ETA: a 6 should be a good starter size for you
post #231 of 513
100% cotton is most common and are best to start with. they are reasonably ready to wrap right out of the box but do break in to be softer. They are soft enough for newborns but supportive enough for most toddlers. Linen and hemp blends are more supportive so great for heavier kids but take more work to break in so they wrap well. Bamboo and silk are wonderfully soft but I'm not sure how well they do for toddlers. Hope that helps
post #232 of 513

Thats extremely helpful, Skycheat, thank you. Ive decided (i think) that will will order a little frog from Poland. It seems to be pretty much the same price as the ones ive seen on the swaps, maybe a little more expensive. ANd then I will get the one I want. I think. pffffff! THere are so many pretty wraps out there, its hard to make up my mind. 

post #233 of 513
You can't go wrong with a little frog, Actiasluna. There are definitely softer/nicer/glidier wraps out there but for the price point they are hard to beat. I just got my first new wrap yesterday (a kokadi in a size 4) and it definitely feels richer and more plush (it's also 100% cotton) but it's double the price and a shorter wrap. I still love my little frog but now I have a little variety in size and colour. I'm glad I didn't get my kokadi in a 7 as a first wrap; I'd hate to wrap with it on the street and drag it on the ground.
post #234 of 513
There is a little frog size 5 on the swap and im tempted because a 6 seems like a lot of material...is it necessary as a beginner to have such a long wrap? ( thank you for answering all my questions!!)
post #235 of 513
Next baby I'm going to try wrapping earlier!

Quick question: I now have the beco soliel, which is pretty comfy for me (the belt is 60 inches!), but Iris really wants to stand on the belt. At 14 lbs and at least 26 inches, she's far too big for the insert, but it seems too wide for her to frog leg out. Any ideas for me? I'm flying with her in 2 weeks and really want her to be comfy by then!!
post #236 of 513
There are lots of carries you can do with a 5 too but it may be too short for a front wrap cross carry - often the first carry recommended for beginners but it eats up a ton of fabric. The beauty of the swap is that you can usually get most of your money back by reselling a wrap that doesn't work for you - essentially renting the wrap for the price of postage wink1.gif
post #237 of 513

was someone looking for the beco solieil? there's a bunch up here

http://shop.paxbaby.com/previously-loved-carriers/

post #238 of 513
Actiasluna- what size do you wear? I can do a FWCC in a 4 so I 5 is plenty long enough for me. Usually people's base size is a 5 or 6.

Little frogs are so great, especially for the price! I have a cotton linen blend that I love! It was super stiff at first (like wrapping with a screen door) but its much better now!

Skycheat- what KKD did you get! I have a size four erna and I LOVE it!!

Ruheling- ruby is still too small to go legs out really well too. I put one foot out and one foot in. It sounds weird but it works well!
post #239 of 513
Rainbow nurse--I got a beco soliel! Just need to get my kiddo comfortable in it.
post #240 of 513
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Originally Posted by heyitskalista View Post

Actiasluna- what size do you wear? I can do a FWCC in a 4 so I 5 is plenty long enough for me. Usually people's base size is a 5 or 6.

Little frogs are so great, especially for the price! I have a cotton linen blend that I love! It was super stiff at first (like wrapping with a screen door) but its much better now!

Skycheat- what KKD did you get! I have a size four erna and I LOVE it!!

Ruheling- ruby is still too small to go legs out really well too. I put one foot out and one foot in. It sounds weird but it works well!

I got Ela im Sonnenland in a 4. I'm pretty fluffy so I think it'll be my shorty wink1.gif. I was going to get the Erna but saw this and I'm a sucker for orange. Here we are rockin' the 'roo:
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