I’ve written before about how I want to love wrapping my baby. And I’m happy to say, that after a week or two of using my Beco (which I still love! I love, you, Beco!) I’ve gotten back into wrapping. (Apparently I’m going through phases with my carriers just like I do with my diapers. Does this mean I have too much baby gear?) Since I never got into wrapping with Anastasia, I only learned one way to tie a wrap, and I never really used it much. So you can only imagine how exciting it is for me now to discover that there are actually hundreds, maybe thousands, of different ways to tie my woven wrap. Because, you see, every new tie is almost like a whole new wrap. And did I mention how much I love trying different types of baby gear?
And, of course, for me, one of the main considerations in choosing a carrier (or a method of carrying) is how it looks. Especially how super-hippie-mom it looks. Hey, cut me some slack here. I gotta do something to make myself look good until I lose all this baby weight. And awesome looking wraps will distract attention from my hips.
So. Here are a few of the new wrapping techniques I’ve tried–or want to try:
1. Kangaroo carry. Teddy is sleeping in this right now. Aside from the fact that it’s really simple and quick to get him in and out, my favorite feature is the way it looks. The twist on the shoulders just looks…cool. It also can be done with a pretty short wrap, so I’m actually considering getting a shorter wrap that is just long enough for this carry. Shorter = less material = I can keep it in my diaper bag at all times. It’s also very easy to get him in and out of without retying the whole thing every time.
2. Front cross carry. I haven’t used this one yet, but it’s pretty similar to the pocket wrap cross carry which I was using with the stretchy wrap when Teddy was littler. Without the initial wrap, this one is faster to get in and out of with a woven wrap–an important quality for me in any carrier, mostly because of elimination communication. This tie still requires raising the baby up to your shoulder to get him in or out, though, which makes it hard to transfer him while he’s sleeping. I think the cross in the front looks awesome with a striped wrap; it’s not as impressive with a solid-color wrap. Just another reason why I’ll have to get another wrap. Oh darn.
3. Short cross carry. Another one that works with a shorter wrap. I kind of like the fact that the knot can be on your hip in this one. It’s easy to reach for adjustments, and it looks cool. The tail won’t get in your way while walking like it can when the knot is in front, and it won’t be uncomfortable when you lean back like it is when the knot is in back.
4. Tibetan back carry. Can I even put into words how much I want to wear my newborn on my back? Not only because it’s incredibly convenient to have your baby on your back (dishes! cooking! hello!), but also because it looks so cool. There is nothing that screams “super hippie mama” more than wearing your newborn on your back. Unless it’s peeing your newborn in the grass at the park. Whatever.
I tried the rucksack back carry with Teddy at the Atlanta babywearers meeting last month, but it didn’t go well. Of course I was nervous and he was probably tired. I will try it again soon…I have to work up my courage first. Putting a newborn on your back is so incredibly different than putting a toddler on your back. And I’m waiting till he has really good head control.
Those are my priority wraps to learn for now. It’s funny how excited I am about learning different ties–with Anastasia, it was too stressful to learn any ties. I guess since I’ve already learned a lot of the “new mom” stuff, I’m looking for new baby skills to discover.
Or maybe I’m just a super awesome amazing hippie mom with mad babywearing skills.
Yeah, let’s go with the second option.