A woven wrap is the most traditional of all baby carriers and it never fails to evoke images of women throughout the ages with babies tied to backs while hands are busy fulfilling daily duties of life. Strangely, it's the only carrier I've used that draws strangers to comment on how "those things" didn't exist when their babies were small. Um, okay. I'm pretty sure long strips of fabric have always been around. Just saying.
This was the only carrier I had when Henry was a baby and I certainly thought it was the best thing ever created. Now that I have more options for babywearing with Liza, the wrap is simply not my go to carrier. However, it seems that mamas who like woven wraps really really like woven wraps and feel they are far superior to all other carriers. I certainly do appreciate the traditional and simplistic design and the fact that this one woven wrap is all I really need to wear my baby from the newborn stage to the toddler years.
Introducing a woven wrap:
Can you tell it's long? Different lengths are available depending on your body type and length needed for different holds. My wrap is about 9 feel long and 18 inches wide. The fabric is strong 100% cotton that is strong and durable, yet surprisingly lightweight. It's long but it folds up tightly. This particular wrap is a Girasol brand although I'm not sure of the weight. It's pretty. Right? I love the contrast of the beautifully gender-neutral pink and yellow on the different sides.
There is a definite learning curve in wrapping your baby but no more than any other carrier. Watch a few youtube tutorials over and over again, practice with and without your baby and you will quickly be a hands-free mama in the most traditional sense.
Have you ever wrapped your baby?