I've got a new squish due in January, and I have got it cemented in my head that I am going to be a wrapper. (Not sure realistically how well this will turn out, but for now, I'm feeling confident!). But I am a bit overwhelmed by all the choices. Brands, materials, sizes, types of carry, etc. etc. Not to mention all the abbreviations on other forums and such, it's so much to take in, but I'm doing my best.
I THINK my top choices, judging from what I see most often, are: Didymos, Natibaby, Storchenwiege, Girasol, or Kokadi, with maybes on Hoppediz or Wrapsody.
Any personal experience with any of them, or information on anything else would be appreciated. I know I'm kind of being vague on what I'm asking, but I'd like to get a better feel about what's out there to choose from. Thanks!
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Even better than FB groups is thebabywearer.com (TBW). It is the richest source of archived and current babywearing information and chatter out there. Best of all, because of the username/profiles you can see who is a long-time wearer and perhaps even has an educational cert versus who is pumped up about sharing the babywearing love but is just still really new at it. I enjoy 102 on FB, but I see a lot of well-meaning-but incorrect or incomplete advice and correction.
Also, if the nearest group is just 1 hour away, or even 2, I think it will be worth your while to go at least once. Hands-on help is really a wonderful thing. I get people at my meetings who do come from that far away!
From what you listed above, I think that Girasol are wonderful wraps to start with. The rainbow stripes and contrasting rails (on many) make it easier to see twists, the cost is accessible, and they break in easily. Storch Leo are popular suggestions for "only one wrap ever" users, and they are great, but I'm a bit dreamy over my Giras and Leos just don't hit me the same way. See, so much is about personal preference. But, with the options you listed, we're talking about nuance like Nike sneakers versus Adidas. People can get really into the nuances, but a solid tennis shoe is still a solid tennis shoe. If you feel overwhelmed, just remember that--in general-- a quality 100% cotton wrap is still a 100% cotton wrap. The comfort often comes from skill and not a magical product.
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