Monday, May 5, 2014

The Wrap Hunt

Baby wearing. Because how else are you supposed to clean house and spend time with your kid? Just kidding.  I love it, I really do, but when it comes to woven wraps, apparently you've got to be baby wearing elite. Who knew? 

I have an ergo, and I use it all the time, but it's just not quite right for me. My back always aches in weird places after I use it.  Perhaps because it's ancient (like ten years old). Perhaps because it's just not the right carrier for us. Whatever, we have it so we use it anyway. 

If you really want a backache, buy a cheap Infantino, front facing carrier. Ouch. We got rid of that one months ago. It just wasn't fat-baby friendly, and ain't nobody got time for that. ;) 

I loved the moby wrap, but let's face it, it's just not practical-- or safe- past about 15lbs. All that stretchy material gets too stretchy. Another one of those things taking up closet space while waiting for baby number 2. Which means it's a dust collector because that's not happening anytime soon. 

Note: as much as I used the Moby when L was little, I don't have a single picture. Sad. You'll just have to take my word for it: we wore it everyday, every time we had to take the dog out. :)

So I am coveting and lusting over a woven wrap. They're so beautiful. There is so many ways you can use them. They're so expensive! Hundreds of dollars expensive!! And like I've learned in the past week, there is a following for these things. I have joined group after group on Facebook and the internet just trying to find one I can afford. Baby wearers on a budget. Yeah, right! Who has $100 to drop on a piece of cloth? So I figured I'd just make one. Well, I went to JoAnn's fabric and not only is osnaburg cotton UGLY, it's still going to cost AT least $30. By the time I dyed it, sewed it, etc it was still going to be more than I could afford. Dang it. 

Can you believe people have wrap "stashes" (aka expensive collections)?! Those lucky, rich women. 

So off to the thrift store I went. I bought a $3 tapestry made from Indian woven cotton. I measured it, and cut it in half to get the 30 inches I need. And that, my friends, is how I created my first "shorty." 
Okay, let's face it. It's pretty heinous and probably not very safe. I don't trust it. But it's a wrap. The very first for my "stash." 

And thus, my woven wrap hunt continues. I'm searching for a didy, preferably a size four or bigger. But I'd take anything. I just want to learn while my baby is still somewhat a baby. I want in on this baby wearing eliteness. I want to be rich! Haha! If only I got paid for my ideas... Sigh. 

That's a wrap, y'all. ;)

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