Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Baby Slings – A Look at Wraps

There are many different kinds of baby slings on the market. One
kind of sling is called a wrap or wraparound. These baby slings
are exactly as they sound, a long piece of material, usually
around three to seven yards in length, which are then wrapped
around the wearer and the baby and then tied. These slings are
popular with people that want the most basic type of sling to
carry their child, but still have something fashionable. These
slings offer a wide variety of material to choose from, so that
the wearer can have most any color, pattern or design for their
Types of Wraps 
Basically, there are two types of wraparound type baby slings -
stretchy and woven. These come in a variety of materials and
have different functions for different weight children. 
Stretchy Wraps 
The stretchy wrap is generally made from a material like jersey
knit. This is used because it’s lightweight, cool in warmer
weather and it’s easy to place the baby in and out of the wrap
without taking it off. Because these wraps are stretchy, as the
baby starts getting bigger and putting on weight, the wrap isn’t
very supportive to the wearer and it can place a strain on the
wearer’s lower back and shoulders. Ideally, stretchy baby slings
are for newborns and very young babies. 
Woven Wraps 
Woven wrap baby slings are generally made out of cotton, but can
also be constructed from silk, hemp or linen. Also, handspun
materials are popular for this type of wrap. While the woven
wrap has some give, it’s not nearly as stretchy as a “stretchy”
wrap due to the difference in material. Because of this, heavier
babies and small toddlers can be transported with a woven wrap
much easier than with its stretch counterpart. The key to look
for with a woven wrap is strong stitching and fairly thick
fabric. A thinner fabric, while cooler, will also produce
pressure points on the wearer over a period of carrying time.
Also, if the wearer has not perfected the art of wrapping, a
thinner material is less than forgiving, making it harder to
learn the art. 
Material Length 
The length of the material determines what positions the baby
can be carried. Smaller children, such as a baby or toddler, can
be carried on the parent’s front, hip or back. It is possible to
carry the child via a one-shoulder carry – similar to the ring
sling, but a shorter amount of material is needed for this type
of carry. While the pouch sling is probably the easiest of the
baby slings to learn to use, the wrap or wraparound is more
Wraparound baby slings are not as popular as some of the other
baby slings on the market, mainly due to the learning curve of
how to properly wrap one and safely secure your child. However,
once you have learned this art, it opens up a new alternative
for the wearer to transport their baby or toddler while
remaining somewhat hands free.

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