Sometimes I over-plan. Do you ever do that? Recently I decided I needed a new wrap. Not the kind you eat, the kind you wear!
I have one baby wrap (not pictured in this post) that I absolutely love and have used to tie on my babies for year. But this wrap has 2 limitations that were going to make it difficult to use for traveling, which was why I needed a new baby wrap. My old, very expensive, very well used wrap was too hot for a summer trip and too long for easy use in airplanes and airports. So I spent a very long time researching how to make my own baby wrap. I read many DIY baby wrap tutorials, dug through my stash for a lightweight fabric, and cut and sewed, shaped, fit, made french seams, measured, wrapped, unwrapped, and so on until I had what I thought was the perfect baby wrap! (I also felt great solidarity by sewing with linen along with the Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition Linen ladies!)
But…I just wasn’t happy with it! The brown floral linen fabric I used for the baby wrap ended up being scratchy as well as lightweight, so not great for all day on and airplane and in airports. And in my effort to make the wrap short, I made it almost too short, and wasn’t certain this was the perfect wrap for traveling. So the day before I left on my trip, I raced down to the fabric store, bought 2 yards of black gauze fabric, washed it, zig-zagged the edges, and that was it!
Guess which wrap I like better? Guess which wrap I wear all the time: the linen one I took over 2 hours to make, or the gauze one that took 5 minutes? The gauze one, of course! Now both baby and I love a baby wrap.
It’s our favorite way to travel, both across the country, and around the house!
He usually falls asleep after a few minutes in the baby wrap.
It’s handy to have my hands free, and baby gets to be close to me. So now I have 3 baby wraps: 1 for winter when the extra length and weight are perfect! One for hot summer days and short trips around town. One for all day whether hiking, gardening, or just hanging out!
As one of my friends said recently, “You can never have too many wraps!” I think I’ll make a knit baby wrap next!