Attachment Parenting

Educate me on wraps

Okay. So. I have the wrapping bug.

Also, because we're buying our house, I have no money. LOL. I'm planning on selling my Ergo when I have my 35 posts on TBW. 

Anyway. I made my own muslin wrap, and I made it 18feet long (6 yards). I then bought a tablecloth (as per the DIY Tablecloth wraps on TBW) and made IT into a wrap. LOVE it. It's about 6 yards long as well. 

I bought cotton gauze and a linen cotton blend material (enough to make 3 wraps!) for $35 last week. 

I want to make a "shortie". How long should I make it? (yard wise or inches wise, meters confuse me). 

Also... if I do buy my first wrap...what brand is good (and not $$$$$) to start with? Size to start with?

Thanks enablers!

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Re: Educate me on wraps

  • Most shorties are 2.7 meters so about 3 yards.  Keep in mind that the type of fabric you use is more important with a shortie as you only have one layer (like you wouldn't want to use cotton gauze for example).  Table cloth material is probably best for a DIY shortie - you don't want to piece together two shorter pieces though as it would be really hard to make it a safe seam.

    If you want to buy BB Slen is the cheapest new - they come up for steals used quite often.  They are also great through toddlerhood so a good investment.  Size depends on what carries you want to do of course.  I'd go with whatever size of your DIYs you like most.

    HTH ;-)

  • I use a french seam whenever I have to patch two pieces together...which isn't coming apart ev-ah. Thanks for the info!

    I saw a cotton jacquard print in a tablecloth that would have been PERFECT for a wrap I believe...but it was $35 for one... which isn't bad I realize, but it was just a little pricey for me at the time (and I haaaaaaaaated the color). 

    So does the BB Slen hold up well? 

    I really want to live near someone who has "real" wraps so that I could feel one!

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  • Yes - BB Slens can take a lickin' and keep on tickin' ;-)  I've seen shorties for $35 before on FSOT.  New shorties are $60 and long ones $90ish (which I realize isn't cheap but relative to others...).  Used ones of course go much cheaper.

    Too bad you arent' in my neighborhood ;-)


  • I know M! That would rock!

    We have a local BWing group, but it's a hour and a half away (yes, thats what I consider local, LOL). They only meet once a month & I haven't been able to make a meeting yet. :( I don't know if anyone there has wraps or not, although I would assume so.

    Oh, another question for you. How did you get Callum to like back carries? Just do it from a young age? Keevia HATES them. She'll tolerate it in the Beco for a short amount of time (10-15 minutes) but she won't past that. And whenever I try to put her on my back without a spotter she FREAKS out (grabbing my hair, screaming, panicking, etc). I just don't know what to do! 

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  • Part of it may be an age thing.  How high is she in the beco? Can she see over your shoulder?  I think that makes a big difference.

    As for the getting up there, I guess getting used to it probably has something to do with it.  She's at an age where she's old enough to know if she doesn't like something.  Kiddo was only 2 months when I started back carrying so I guess he can't remember ever not doing it.  I would make sure to try when she's feeling happy and rested.

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    I use a french seam whenever I have to patch two pieces together...which isn't coming apart ev-ah. Thanks for the info!

    I saw a cotton jacquard print in a tablecloth that would have been PERFECT for a wrap I believe...but it was $35 for one... which isn't bad I realize, but it was just a little pricey for me at the time (and I haaaaaaaaated the color). 

    So does the BB Slen hold up well? 

    I really want to live near someone who has "real" wraps so that I could feel one!

    We could meet halfway in Lexington one day and I could bring my stash for you to play with.. Wink

    I agree with ncbelle about BBSlens though. Seriously my favorite wrap, ever. And one of my least expensive to boot. Good for all types of weather, and they have pretty colorways.

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