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:
- My blue woven fabric my mom bought to make my own.
- A homemade cotton gauze wrap, since it’s much less expensive to buy.
- 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. 🙂