Carrier: Woven Wrap Baby Carrier
Weight: Up to 35 lbs
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Bottom Line: A little too cumbersome for me in the long term, but the only way I found to get a newborn well-supported on my back.
Pros: When I was pregnant with my second child, I became fascinated with the idea of a woven, non-stretchy wrap that could be used to tie the baby to your body in various ways including on your back (unlike a Moby/stretchy wrap). I thought it would be handy to tie the newborn on my back so that the toddler would not feel so abandoned after the arrival of his new sister. Unbelievably, it worked out the way I planned. As young as 3 weeks, the newborn slept for an hour or more at a time on my back while I played with the toddler. (I used the Double Hammock carry.) However, as the baby got older and the toddler didn’t show any signs of jealousy when I held her, I eventually stopped putting her on my back. (I should point out that I can’t say whether or not the baby would have been sleeping at those times anyway.) Now I really only use the woven wrap when it’s too hot to use the Moby since my woven wrap is a lighter fabric. Also, while it’s not quite as comfortable as a structured carrier like the ERGObaby or Boba 4G, I can carry my toddler with the woven wrap as well. Another advantage is that there are seemingly hundreds of options for tying a woven wrap. Given the overwhelming number of carriers I own, I didn’t want to spend $70 on a woven wrap when I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, so I made my own for about $25. Since I made mine, woven wrap carriers seem to have come down in price a lot. Maybe if I had purchased one, I would be more motivated to use it.
Cons: The main problem with the woven wrap is that most of the carriers are not “pop-able”. That is, you can’t pop the baby in and out all day long. Instead you have to tie the wrap around you with the baby in place. This is fine at home, but basically impossible in a parking lot. Also, even using the “pop-able” carries, it’s not as easy to get the baby in and out as with the stretchy Moby and the fabric tends to eventually fall down around your knees if the baby’s not in it. I also did not really use it enough to master all the different ways of tying the woven wrap and fine-tuning the adjustment of each carry. Using this type of carrier well is something that takes a lot of practice and with the vast number of more convenient carriers I own, I wasn’t motivated to use it all that often.
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