4 Ways To Wear Your Baby Wrap
Are you excited about the possibility of wearing your baby in a woven or stretchy wrap throughout your daily life?
Would you like to learn about some of the most common and beloved methods of baby wrapping that parents just like you have been using with great success?
Do you have questions about the proper way to tie your baby wrap depending on the age and developmental stage of your baby?
Whether you’re just getting started with wearing a baby wrap or you’ve had some experience already, learning how to tie and use a baby wrap safely and effectively for every stage of your child’s life is an important part of the babywearing experience.
In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of tying and wearing a baby wrap in four of the most common and popular styles. Whether you’re looking for a front carry for your newborn, a back carry for your toddler, or something else altogether, we’ve got everything you need to get started or to enhance your babywearing experience using a baby wrap.
So let’s get started!
Baby Wrap On Back
The Baby Wrap On Back carrying method is a popular option for older kids. For this style of wrap, it’s best to use a woven baby wrap and one that has a much longer tail than some of the lightweight models on the market. This is a baby carrying method that’s meant for use on the go for a long period of time, so when you try it out, expect to have your little one with you for most of your day.
Note that with the back carry wrap infant use is not recommended. This method is not safe for use with babies who are under one year of age and it’s often best to wait until your child has very good control over his or her body before you try a back carry.
Baby Wrap Hip Carry
If your back carry baby wrap options are limited, a hip carry may be just what you need. This option is great for any child who can control his or her head and neck and sit up without assistance. It shouldn’t be used for newborns.
Baby Wrap Side Carry
The Baby Wrap Side Carry is a comfy way for you to bring your child along with you no matter what the day may bring. This is similar to the Baby Wrap Hip Carry, but it has a few differences that can make a big difference if you’re finding that the other side-carrying method isn’t working well for you and your little one. This is a comfortable carrying style that’s sure to keep you on the go with your baby all day long!
With this option, you can wear your baby wrap in safety and comfort for longer than you might be able to with other styles. However, this method isn’t meant for use with newborn babies. Just like the previous hip carrying method, your child should be able to sit up without assistance and control his or her head and neck fully before you try this carrying method.
Baby Wrap Front Carry
With the Baby Wrap Front Carry, your child can be part of the action anytime! This is an easy-to-use carrying method that’s great for use with lightweight and stretchy baby wraps. It may be a little more difficult to configure with a woven wrap, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Just note that if you try a woven wrap over something lighter, it may be too hot and uncomfortable for the warmer months.
If you want to try your baby wrap front facing, remember that this is generally an unsafe option for this type of wrap. When you’re carrying a baby on the front of your body using a wrap, you should always plan to hold your baby facing inward. There are other types of carriers that are safer for wearing for a front-facing outward method. The Baby Wrap Front Carry is, however, safe for use with newborn babies as well as with older children as long as they can comfortably fit into the wrap.
5 Additional Steps for Carrying Babies in a Wrap
You’re not alone if you still find yourself wondering more about the right way to carry your little one in a wrap. After all, these four methods have really only scratched the surface of possibilities. Parents just like you often wonder about the process of carrying babies in a wrap, so check out these suggestions for additional steps and hints for safe babywearing using your favorite wrap!
1. Practice getting the right tension for your wrap.
If your wrap is too loose, you’re going to be worried about your baby falling out all the time. On the other hand, if it’s too tight, you and your child are both going to be uncomfortable while you’re wearing your baby. It pays to take some time to practice with a weighted baby doll or even with an older child who may still fit in the wrap but also be able to support himself or herself more than your baby might. Some people have even practiced with their small dogs—but be sure to take care of your furry friend if you try this!
2. It’s easy to nurse your newborn when you carry your baby in a wrap.
Many nursing moms are concerned with easy and discreet nursing, and baby wraps are a great way to provide both. However, they may be very warm when you’re wearing them, so it can pay to wear a nursing tank top and use your baby wrap along with that for the most efficient nursing experience possible. Remember that, depending on the tying method you use, you may be able to spread the fabric of your wrap out or use the tail of the wrap to provide more privacy while you and your baby are having a nursing session, too.
3. Take your time and let your baby adjust to the idea of babywearing.
While it’s true that some babies are never going to completely take to the process, most little ones will eventually get used to it and come to enjoy the time spent close to you. Some babies prefer more skin-to-skin contact, such as with a tank top, while others prefer the texture of clothing between their skin and yours. You’ll want to practice a lot with your child at home before you try to babywear in public, but eventually, you and your baby should be able to figure out something that works perfectly for the both of you.
4. Try putting your baby’s legs in a “frog” position in your wrap until he or she gets bigger.
This is generally considered the safest and most effective method of babywearing with an infant or even a newborn. Your baby’s legs should stay frogged until he or she is able to sit up unassisted, at which time it may be better to try a carrying method that allows your child’s legs to straddle your stomach or hip. However, if you’ll be nursing while babywearing, during the nursing session you may want to reposition so that your child’s feet are on one side of the wrap and his or her head is on the other.
5. When you’re wearing an older child on your back or hip, you may also want to experiment with allowing your toddler to keep his or her hands free.
This, of course, depends largely on where you’ll be going with your baby in tow as well as how well he or she can sit up unassisted. If your baby feels unstable on your back or wriggles around too much with his or her hands free, wait a few weeks before giving it a try again.
Safety Tips for Carrying Babies in a Wrap
Here are some helpful safety tips to keep in mind any time you’ll be wearing your baby, regardless of the type of carrier you choose to use. Although these tips are generally geared more toward the use of wraps, remember them when you’re thinking about other potential baby carriers, too. Your baby’s safety and comfort should always be your number one concern when you’re babywearing in any way, and understanding the right safety principles for wrapping and carrying your child can make a huge difference.
We hope you’ve learned a little bit more about the process of wearing your baby safely using a wrap. Remember to always keep our safety tips in mind, and if anything seems confusing or concerning to you about any wrapping method, don’t be afraid to look up more information and figure out for yourself if it’s the right option for you and your child.
The four wrap methods listed in this article are all great places for you to get started whether you’ve had experience with babywearing in other forms already or you’re looking for suggestions for your first wrapping methods. Just remember to pay close attention to the proper ages and developmental stages for each type of wrap you’re considering trying.
With the right attention to detail and understanding of the correct wrapping methods, you and your baby will be well on your way to proper wrapping and plenty of adventures together in no time!