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IMG_8884That is what I paid for my favorite wrap.  I love when people stop me at the store to ask where I got “that.”  And I say, “Well, it is just a long piece of cloth!” 

Here is how you can make your own long piece of cloth:

  • Go to the fabric store.
  • Pick out some jersey knit fabric (I found it for 1.00/yd).
  • Buy 5 or 6 yards depending on your size.
  • When you get home, cut it in half vertically.
  • Give one half away as a gift to a pregnant friend. 
  • Now you have a wrap.  The edges of jersey knit roll so don’t bother sewing the edges. 

Seriously, I do not know how moms of newborns function without a wrap.  It is my number 1 ranked mom gear.   I can hold and bounce a fussy Cedar in my arms and she will continue to fuss.  But if I put her in a wrap, she almost always settles immediately into sleep and I can write thank-you notes or wash diapers.  Or blog.  The added perk is that after 15 minutes or so in the wrap, she is in a deep enough sleep that I can usually unwrap her and lay her down.   

Want to learn how to use a wrap?  Come to our next babywearing group or google instructions online.


15 responses »

  1. i have to learn more about these wraps! (i love the instructions on how to make your own out of fabric…i’m gonna check out the tying instructions).

  2. Yay Victoria!! I cannot wait to see your own newborn pics.

    My personal favorite instruction video:

  3. Thanks for the tip you gave me and for the personal instructions! People ask about “making” a wrap like mine a lot. I pass on the love, too.

  4. I wish I had known about making a wrap 25+ years ago. I used the metal framed hoobies for hiking with my boys but that was about it. Maybe you can teach me how to use the simple fabric wrap with grandbabies…. Give Norah a hug from Nanoo!!!!Love you!…..and miss you.:(

  5. I was wondering if you knew of any groups in the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area (eastern VA) for baby wearing? I have two cotton ring slings, one jersey wrap. I only know how to wear my son in one way in the ring sling and one in the wrap. I’m looking for someone who can show me how to do more with it. Also, I was wondering if it’s plausible to make a wrap/sling out of something heavier, like fleece or flannel for winter use.

  6. Sally, oh Sally…

    Krystina, Sally–who often comments here–is in VA. She might point you in the best direction. I know there was a group in Hampton Roads (according to forums for the midatlantic region).

    And yes, here is a link to a no-sew fleece wrap:

  7. I love the wrap, but I have a totally unrelated question for you.

    Headaches. I get them fairly often, and sometimes I get migraines, which are absolutely debilitating for me. Painkillers do NOT work. Do you have any natural tonics you can suggest??? I’ve had two migraines within the last week, and I’m pretty desperate to find something that will alleviate the pain, besides going to bed the minute I get home and sleeping until the next morning…

    Thanks! 🙂

  8. Rachel–“I’m not a doctor and anyone reading this blog should not interpret this information as medical advice…yada, yada”

    Honestly, when I get an awful headache I use caffeine to medicate. If you’re having more chronic episodes, it could be the result of a mineral deficit. Nettles is a great herb to add to your diet to pack in some nutrients. I drink it daily in a tea.

    I haven’t tried them but I’ve heard skullcap and/or valerian tincture recommended for acute headaches.

    I’m sorry. I imagine if I worked with teenagers all day, I’d have headaches too. 😉

  9. Acupuncture or chiroprctic might be good options too

  10. Thanks for the suggestions! Don’t worry, I won’t hold you liable for your advice. 🙂

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  12. This will be my 5th baby never used the wrap before but I’m excited to try it!!! 🙂

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