What are they?
A woven wrap is a long piece of woven fabric. They come in a huge range of colours and patterns and in various lengths or sizes and are woven with various materials such as cotton, hemp, linen, wool, silk, bamboo, to name only a small few. You choose the length depending on what size you are and what carries you would like to use. A great starter size is a 6 or a 7 (size 6 is approx 4.6m and size 7 is approx 5.2m).
For more information on woven wraps have a look here. And for a list of what size wrap to choose for different types of carries, look here.
For beginners a Front Wrap Cross Carry is the best way to start learning how to wrap.
What age are they suitable from?
Suitable from newborn right through to toddlerhood, usually 15kg.
Woven wraps are suitable from birth to toddlerhood,
They are the most versatile type of sling and can be used for front carries, hip carries and back carries.
You can breastfeed/bottle feed in this sling.
You'll find a pattern and material you love and just have to have!
You can get the perfect fit with a woven wrap, no matter what size your child is.
Once you've found the wrapping love, you'll never stop.
You can find many reasonably priced woven wraps. There are also very expensive high end wraps available too!
For front and hip carries, you can partially prepare the wrap in advance, tie it on you and tie away any long tails while you're, say, driving and then open it up to pop baby in once you've arrived.
There's a slight learning curve to using your woven wrap.
You have to re-tie the wrap each time you take your baby out.
Long tails can fall in mud/puddles while you're tying it (I tuck long tails into my pockets to keep them off the ground, but it takes a bit of practice).
You might fall in love with wraps and lust over new releases and realise that you now have to have all the wraps and never have any spare cash (but you have amazing wraps).
Some blends take a bit of "breaking in" to become soft and fluffy (you can break in a wrap by knotting, washing, ironing, running it through sling rings, using it as a hammock etc)
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