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<p>Somehow between DD and this baby I have lost my moby wrap. I lent it out to someone and I can't remember who. I had been considering getting a woven (I loved wrapping), and DH would rather I just buy one wrap rather than another stretchy wrap AND a woven wrap, any recomendations? Will a woven be just as cozy with a newborn?</p>
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<p>I have a ring sling and a mei tai as well, but again I just really loved my wrap.</p>
 

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<p>well for around $15 just grab some jersey cotton from your local fabric store, cut in in half lengthwise, taper the ends if you like and give one away to a friend keeping that stretchy for yourself. voila a cozy stretchy wrap. no hemming or sewing required since jersey cotton will curl on the ends....</p>
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<p><strong>then</strong> invest in a lovely woven wrap. you will see you can get a LOT of use from it. I love a stretchy wrap for a newborn but I find that babies over 15 lbs do a LOT better in a woven, they are so versatile too you can wrap so many more ways than I would dare to do with a stretchy (I really only like those for FWCC only).</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>echospiritwarrior</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283262/baby-wearing#post_16090308"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>well for around $15 just grab some jersey cotton from your local fabric store, cut in in half lengthwise, taper the ends if you like and give one away to a friend keeping that stretchy for yourself. voila a cozy stretchy wrap. no hemming or sewing required since jersey cotton will curl on the ends....</p>
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<p><strong>then</strong> invest in a lovely woven wrap. you will see you can get a LOT of use from it. I love a stretchy wrap for a newborn but I find that babies over 15 lbs do a LOT better in a woven, they are so versatile too you can wrap so many more ways than I would dare to do with a stretchy (I really only like those for FWCC only).</p>
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  Thanks! That's a fantastic idea, I can still have my stretchy wrap and then get my woven. I think I might be off to the fabric store this weekend, I hadn't even considered making my own...</p>
 

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<p>Yeah, great suggestion over here!<br>
Because if I had to choose, I'd absolutely get a woven, but I love the elastic ones in the start.</p>
 

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<p>how long should the fabric be? This is going to be my first baby that I am going to try to wear! So should I buy a Moby Wrap?</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>trekkingirl</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283262/baby-wearing#post_16090973"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>how long should the fabric be? This is going to be my first baby that I am going to try to wear! So should I buy a Moby Wrap?</p>
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 Maybe someone else can chime in to verify, but I think it needs to be somewhere around 5 <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">years</span> yards worth of knit jersey fabric.</p>
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<p>I LOVED my Moby, I think that making a wrap will work just fine though and be considerably less expensive. :) Especially because I really want to get a woven wrap in the near future. We were only able to use the Moby for the first 2-3 months, DD ended up gaining quickly and the moby was simply to stretchy for me to be comfortable.</p>
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<p>The Moby is amazing--my daughter is kind of a peanut so I used it for well over a year with her, and will  use it with this one. Jersey material is not super cheap though, it may be cheaper to buy one second hand if cost is a concern? I have an ergo too, which I LOVE. Nothing beats the moby for a newborn though!</p>
 

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<p>my dd lived in a moby the first 4 months of her life <span><img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif"> after that she was too interested in the world to be contained. my sil made her own stretchy wrap a few years ago and it seemed to work pretty well for her.</span></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block"><br><p> Maybe someone else can chime in to verify, but I think it needs to be somewhere around 5 <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">years</span> yards worth of knit jersey fabric.</p>
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<p>I LOVED my Moby, I think that making a wrap will work just fine though and be considerably less expensive. :) Especially because I really want to get a woven wrap in the near future. We were only able to use the Moby for the first 2-3 months, DD ended up gaining quickly and the moby was simply to stretchy for me to be comfortable.</p>
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<p>5 yards, cut in half lengthwise, and you'll have a spare for the wash or a friend!</p>
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<p>I didn't use my mei tai much, but I lived in the jersey wrap for 3-4 months and then lived in my ring sling after that.  Granted, a BIG factor into why I loved my ring sling is the speed of putting it on.  When it's raining outside and I've got to get a 2 month old in the store NOW, nothing beat wearing the ring sling while driving and then popping the kidlet in.  :)<br>
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<p>I tried using a ring sling with DS and he hated it. I hope this baby likes to be worn because everyone here raves about it and it does seem much easier on mommy and daddy.  Any suggestions if this little one doesn't go for it either.</p>
 

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<p>most will suggest about five yards, I would probably go for 4.5 myself because I'm a rather small mama and I don't like having long tails. <a href="http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/catalog_itemdetail.aspx?ItmID=HHH964" target="_blank">Here's</a> a site that has some jersey for $3.00 a yard. Of course there would be shipping on top of that, but still that's two homemade "mobys" for just over $15. Go crazy, tye dye it, do whatever you want for that price!</p>
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<p>So now you can invest in a lovely woven that you just adore. Storchenweige's are real workhorses. Didymos has the best variety, Vatanai is nice for hotter climates (they are rather thin and breathable) etc. etc. etc. Even though I sold a LOT of my babywearing stash to make room for my spinning/knitting/fiber/hobby (or would that be obsession LOL) I still have enough to wear a different wrap for each day of the week <img alt="redface.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/redface.gif"></p>
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<p>ETA oopsie, pregnant brain made me forget to actually link to the fabric store DOH! </p>
 

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<p>trekkingirl, I never really gave DS a choice.  He was prone to the evening crankies and I had a choice.  He could cry in my arms, or he could cry on my back.  I usually chose to put him on my back and get stuff done.  He would cry for a bit but would eventually settle after arching and stretching and screaming.</p>
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<p>DISCLAIMER: obviously this was after checking diapers offering boob and all the rest.</p>
 

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<p>With DD I got two lengths of jersey, but in half the long way, and then sewed the two colors together.  This way the middle was a cinch to find and it looked cool  I'll see if I can find a pic.</p>
 

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<p>Let's see if this works:</p>
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<p><a href="http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p278/eleanorisgreat/fplace.jpg" target="_blank">http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p278/eleanorisgreat/fplace.jpg</a></p>
 

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<p>My first I didn't discover the joy of babywearing until around 5 1/2 months when I was totally exhausted and willing to try anything to get her to calm down (she went through a screaming phase around that time).. I got a ring sling from a place going out of business, it was great! I could walk the dog, clean, cook, just not have a screaming kid for a minute.. I later bought a mai tei from a at home mom who made them than a soft structured carried later. With my second I got a wrap. I loved the wrap for the first three months then the moby didn't support her to well and she prefered the beco DH had gotten me.. Personally if theres a wrap better than the Moby I would get that. I did replace mine (got torn pretty bad) since I found it at the local thrift store for like 3.00.</p>
 

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<p>I just got a storchenwiege - it's a german woven wrap. My little man was getting too big for the moby (it wasn't supportive enough anymore). It's remarkably supportive and comfortable! They come in beautiful colors and patterns, and the quality is outstanding.</p>
 

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<p>I love love love my storch!</p>
 

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<p>I too adore storchs but they are thicker than most Didys which makes it difficult to use in such a hot climate. </p>
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<p>I love your wrap Eleanor, I am making one for a friend's shower this weekend and I'm using the panel center idea... and of course I'll have one for myself too. I spend $35 yesterday at Hobby lobby with all materials being full cost. 5 yards of jersey at 5.99/yd and one yard of cotton flannel for the panel at three something a yard. So, it's still a wrap for just over $15, and a gift for $15, can't buy a moby for that little!</p>
 
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