Choosing a Wrap; Choosing the size

28th May, 2010 / Baby Wrap Tips / No Comments

I received this question:

“I’m looking for a wrap for my toddler and will keep it later for my 2nd child. She is now 18 months and at the moment I’m using ring sling to carry her. I often experienced pain on one side of my shoulder and that’s why I’m looking for a wrap. I’m quite new to this things and hope you can help me with the following inquiries:
i) What is the different between woven and stretch material? What is the purpose of both?
ii) I would like to carry my daughter in cross cradle, front wrap cross, pocket wrap cross, cross carry, back wrap cross, rusksack carry positions. Based on this position requirement what is the best length of the material should I purchase. I am 5 feet 3 inch (160cm tall). My daughter now is 24lbs.
iii) I’m staying in a hot climate country, what the best material to keep my baby cool.
iv) You have a huge collections, based on my requirement which one will you suggest to me??”
I’ve used many woven wraps, but only rarely used a stretchy wrap, so I am not an expert on stretchy wraps, but here is what I know about it:  Many people consider them easier for people who are new to wrapping.  Many people consider that they can only be used for the first few months of a baby’s life, and then the baby becomes to heavy to use a stretchy wrap comfortably.  Many people also consider stretchy wraps unsafe for back wrapping.
A woven wrap is fantastic for a newborn or a toddler and is the most versatile carrier, and so I would not recommend that you get a stretchy wrap.
A medium wrap (around 4.6 meters long) is perfect for the average person to do all of those carries.  If you are bigger or smaller you might prefer a bigger or smaller wrap.  Here is more information about sizing.
I am in a hot climate myself.  I’ve loved my EllaRoo wrap for years as it is very thin fabric.  The thinnest and airiest are the Bali Baby Breeze wraps which I now carry as well.  They will be even cooler.  Also read my advice for keeping cool while wearing a hot baby.  Either one of them should make you very happy, so shop for the color or pattern you like best.
I think you will be very happy with a woven wrap for carrying your toddler, your newborn, and for keeping the weight distributed across your torso and both shoulders.  Let me know if you have any more questions!
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