New wrapper--Choosing my first woven? - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 3 Old 09-20-2013, 10:29 AM - Thread Starter
 
kitteh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Santa Monica
Posts: 1,540
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

OK, I've been wrapping with a loaner Didymos for about a week and I'm really liking it. I love all of the different wrap tutorials you can find on youtube, and how the fit is totally customizable. I felt like I was drowning in a sea of fabric when I wore the Moby, but for some reason the woven wraps don't feel that way to me. We haven't gotten out of the house a ton in the wrap, because at this point Amelia is still nursing frequently and I don't feel confident unwrapping to nurse and then having to re-wrap on the go, so I've been sticking to my Mei Tai for outtings. But I've gotten the wrapping bug and really want to buy one. So I have a few Qs for the wrapping mamas here:

 

I'm 5'2" and a size xs/s shirt, but I have a big 16lb 3mo old squish. The Didy I have on loan is about 157 inches long, or just under 4 meters? I'm not sure exactly what "size" wrap that is. The woman who loaned it to me said that the smaller/younger your baby is the longer the wrap you want, and I think that for now this length is alright because I'm learning and my passes are still a bit sloppy and loose, relatively. But I think that once I get the hang of it more I might want a little less fabric.

 

Anyhow, I've got my eye on a few different wraps. I really like the look of girasols, (especially LaChicaBonita) but I've heard that Gira isn't a great choice for a bigger/heavier baby. I've also been looking at a Storch Inka, which I've heard is a total workhorse wrap, but which definitely needs a good deal of breaking in when bought new. The one I'm looking at is secondhand and nicely broken in. I can get the storch for $100, but the giras are all $15-40 more than that.

 

Any experienced mamas have any advice for me on size and brand of wrap?


Married 12/08 to Chilean DH and mama to DD 2/2/10. We're a bilingual home and we familybed1.gif and toddler.gif

 

Expecting #2 in late June!

kitteh is offline  
#2 of 3 Old 09-20-2013, 11:28 AM
 
rainbowasylum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Boreal Handbasket
Posts: 566
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)

Girasols are pretty, but they are (apart from the very old ones that were made differently) very saggy- comparatively.  They are worlds more supportive than a Moby, but can't hold a candle to some of the other wrap manufacturers out there.  I love Didymos.  I have used others, but there is something about the magical Didymos indio weave that makes me fall in love all over again whenever I reach for them. 

Natibaby has some good options as well, and there is a store- Marsupial Mamas that will often have great sales on them.  She also carries Didy and a couple other options. 

As for length- you are using a long 4/short 5.   Check out tutorials by Babywearing Faith on youtube- she is also very small and will always say which size wrap she is using in any given carry.  You might want to order a 5, so you have the extra length as that would be your likely base size- if you are quite petite.  Baby will grow though, and a toddler tends to use a lot of wrap in multipass carries.  Extra length can always be tied around your waist an extra time. 
You can pretie some carries before you leave the house- I like a front cross carry for this, then you don't have to worry about putting the carrier on and off while out and about.  As baby gets bigger, you may want a shorty as well for a simple rick, or even now for a rebozo or kangaroo carry.  However, for versatility, it is always nice to have one long wrap.  Later, you can invest in a shorter wrap, trade the longer wrap for a shorter one, or even chop to a shorter length. 

kitteh likes this.
rainbowasylum is offline  
#3 of 3 Old 09-21-2013, 06:21 PM
 
bouncymummy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 62
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

If you're not already a member, I would totally suggest signing up on Thebabywearer.com forums.  There are a ton of experienced wrappers on there as well as countless threads on different wrap weaves/manufacturers/lengths etc that will give you more than enough info to help you choose the right wrap for you, and can also help you start using it properly when you do decide :) It's a fantastic community of babywearers, and they also have a great swap forum for wrap and carrier shopping.

bouncymummy is offline  
Reply

Tags
Babywearing

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off