Adventures in Babywearing: Wanting a Woven

I’m not an extremely avid babywearer, but I sure do think my Sleepy Wrap comes in handy when I need to be holding my baby and using my hands. My little guy is getting quite heavy, so I’ve been wanting to wear him on my back, rather than my chest. However, I’ve been told that it really isn’t safe to use a stretchy wrap for back carries. The best, they say, is to purchase a nice woven wrap.

I like to do my research before deciding on a brand, so I looked at a variety. Many babywearers agree that the Didymos wrap is the best woven. Who can blame them? It’s made of organic hand-picked cotton (or sometimes silk or linen blends), woven on a Jacquard loom, and is known for it’s durability and comfort. But all of this wonderful stuff can run you anywhere between $100 and $180, depending on sizing and patterns. Look for a limited edition weave, and the price goes up from there.

There are other brands too, all with names I cannot spell or pronounce, and many of them seem reputable and of high quality too. You can find a lot of them at Piece of Cloth. Still, I’m having a hard time finding one under $80 or so. I feel like I just can’t justify the cost.

I turn to the next viable option: DIY! I’m semi-crafty, and I know how to use a sewing mahine. However, it seems like buying nice woven fabric won’t be much cheaper than buying a wrap! I’ve read that you can use cotton gauze to make a wrap, but I’m not sure if thats supportive enough for a back carry or not.

Thankfully, my mom is even craftier and thriftier than I am, and she found a 5 yd piece of blue woven cotton fabric for $5 at a thrift store. Awesome! It’s not the same type of woven as those glorious name brand wraps, but I think it will do. Here it is:

 I tested it today, uncut and unhemmed, and got my baby in a secured high back carry. It was a little sloppy since it was my first try, so I kept a hand on him for safety.

The only problem with this fabric is that it seems a bit stiff and tricky to work with. It doesn’t quite have that nice flow that the real wraps have. But I think it will be secure and will get the job done if I can’t find a better cost-efficient option. Before I make the first cut, I’m reviewing all my current possibilities for my own woven:

  1. My blue woven fabric my mom bought to make my own.
  2. A homemade cotton gauze wrap, since it’s much less expensive to buy.
  3. A used name-brand wrap- either bought or found at a swap board.

Any experienced babywearers out there who know what’s best? I really wouldn’t want to spend more than, say, $30, because I’m cheap. But safety comes first. If I can’t meet safety requirements within that cost, I guess we’ll have to forego the woven wrap and I’ll just toughen up my back muscles to continue carrying my boy in the front. 🙂

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Hey Abi, Just read them ALL! How fast my afternoon flew by, haha. I enjoyed reading your posts. You are a great writer and I can’t wait for the day when all of this information applies to my life situation! 🙂 Thanks for your blog.

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  2. Abi …. just a thought but i was thinking that if you contacted some of the more prominent baby wrap companies and asked them if you could advertise their company and product on your blog then maybe they would give one to you and then you could be a reviewer as well ….. maybe this could be a good thing and then it could be a win / win situation for you and them .

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    • Hi! That’s a great idea! The only thing is that WordPress.com blogs don’t allow advertising. WordPress.org does, but you have to pay for a server to support it then. Ah well… too bad I didn’t realize that until I had been blogging for a couple months! 🙂

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  3. I’m going to be blogging my DIY gauze wrap soon… I made two out of 5yrds(cut lengthwise) so I’m sending one to a friend. I don’t want to ruin the surprise so om holding off on the post until she gets it. I spent $30 on two!!! I even made a nifty little pocket at center that you can put stuff in while wearing bb and store the wrap in when not in use. It’s plenty supportive and airy. And you don’t have to hem the edges unless you just want to. I got the fabric at Joanns on sale for 4.19 a yard. It was reg only 6.99 though. Then I got a third of a yard for the center pocket, thread, and zippers. I’m not all that crafty but it was sooo easy. I’m going to get some more fabric this weekend for a rebozo!

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