Tuesday, January 22, 2008
That's A Wrap! (For Your Baby)
Do any of you use baby wraps with your little ones? If so, what kind do you use?

I’ve always seen the benefits of wearing your baby to promote attachment. Now, I’m becoming a fan of baby wraps, thanks to the loan of one from a friend.

With Snuggle Bug, I used a Baby Bjorn. It was “okay” but the contraption was so bulky that I often bumped into things and knocked things over around the house when I was carrying Snuggle Bug and he seemed to fit in it rather precariously. It got to the point where I stopped using it.

Shortly after Baby Bug arrived, a friend lent me her baby wrap (that she had made herself) and gave me an in-person demonstration on how to use it for what’s considered a Hug Hold. It took me a while to get used to the awkwardness of getting the wrap on right but the more I used it, the quicker I got at it. Baby Bug seemed to enjoy being in it “most” of the time.

After about three weeks of having Baby Bug in our home, another friend gave me a Moby Wrap. She’d had it given to her as a gift for her daughter but the wrap was too short in length for her so she never used it.

I have to say I really love this Moby Wrap. It's comfortable and convenient. It came with a wonderful instruction booklet that gives you step-by-step picture instructions for 7 different ways to wear your baby (including how to wear twins and how to nurse your baby while wearing the wrap)!

I’ve found that although the Hug Hold works on Baby Bug when she’s tired, the Cradle Hold works even better. She likes to be held facing out and this method allows that, with great support for her head. I couldn’t wear Snuggle Bug facing out like that in the Baby Bjorn when he was this age.

Last night I had Baby Bug in the wrap and my hands were free to fold laundry while she slept. Wonderful! I intend to use this wrap to hold Baby Bug in the airport when she travels with us back to the Midwest for family visit in February.

If you haven’t looked into a wrap for your baby yet, I’d recommend the Moby Wrap! By the way, this was not a solicited product review. I’m writing this because I love this wrap and want to share the details with other moms.

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At 7:37 AM, Blogger Crissybug said...

Wraps are wonderful things! It is good that you found one that works for you. I will have to keep it in mind for when my baby comes in about a month.

At 8:33 AM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

I am not sure what kind of wrap Tara had but she sure liked it.

I had a "kangaroo pouch" and loved it. I could do all sorts of things, hands free and nurse the babies as well. I also recall it wasn't hard on my back.

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Heidi @ GGIP said...

With my son, he was always too big or awkward for my Baby Bjorn. I'm going to try that again and also think about getting one of those wraps or slings. They are so expensive though and it is hard to choose. Thanks for recommending some.

At 12:20 PM, Blogger Jenn @ Munchkin Land said...

Love wraps! Love, love, love them! If we have a third, I'm especially interested in the Maya sling. My friend, Mandy, swears by them! =)

At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Jennifer said...

I used a maya wrap with my first. HE LOVED it. It came with a DVD that shows all the different ways to use it and how to nurse with it.

I also bought five yards of interlocking knit fabric (like T-shirts are made from) and followed the directions in Babygami to wear him when he was older. We rode this way until I was too pregnant for it. Babygami is a book about swaddles and wraps from fabric.

Finally, I made us a Mei Tai carrier (like a Babyhawk) from a free pattern I found on the web. We've used that in airports as recently as Thanksgiving, when the toddler was 16 months old. IT was nice to not have to take a stroller! I can send you the link to the pattern if you leave a comment on my blog.

At 2:36 PM, Blogger ChristiS said...

My book arrived today! Thank you so much!!

At 8:32 PM, Blogger Michelle B. said...

I love love love the Moby Wrap. I have had front carriers for my other kids and a wrap that i bought at the store. That wrap was too small, too bulky, and didn't feel secure. The front carriers I could never use because they would hurt my back or where too complicated. The moby wrap doesn't hurt my back, has a great instruction book and has all kinds of different positions. I love it.

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Happy Momma said...

We had a baby bjorn with Claire but I really didn't like it at all. With baby we purchased a Snugli and I have been really happy with it, as she gets older I can convert it to a back carrier. I would like to try a wrap with our next baby as I have heard so many wonderful things about it. My friend uses hers still with her 18 month while they are at the grocery store....thanks for the tip!

At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you like this better than a Mei Tei? Thanks for the post. I am a new babywearer and need all the info I can get. I have a ring sling and a Hot Sling. My 1 mo old doesn't like the cradle hold so I'm wearing him on my chest in the ring sling.

At 4:27 PM, Anonymous becca said...

I just got one of these...had never even heard of them previously. They seem to be quite popular although my baby cries when I put her in it initially, she always goes immediately to sleep in it!
I love your names for the babies


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