Just like the fairy godmother’s spell, the training on this page will disappear at midnight on Monday!
July 2, 2019 at 3:12 pm
Hi, I am a first time wrapper and mom and have just recently bought a wrap. After watching the first video and emailing with you I know I need to break my wrap in a little more so it will be easier for me to use. It is of thicker material. The times I have tried to wrap my little one he has gotten fussy, I feel like I am getting it too tight in some areas but not quite sure where and what is too tight. And because it is still not worn in much it feels thick and bulky. I’m hoping to learn how to maneuver through the wearing in process comfortably through the warm summer in a thicker wrap.
July 3, 2019 at 1:27 pm
Hi, Camille. Your medium weight wrap does take a little more work than a thinner wrap. Using it will break it in great. But you can speed up the softening process by giving your wrap a little abuse whenever you’re not actively wrapping with it. Just sitting on it (on the couch, in the car) or sleeping on it at night will help. Tying it in knots (if you’re ever stuck under a sleeping or feeding baby and have your wrap within reach), then untying and tying again. I’ll email you with some suggestions for carries to wrap with in the hot months!
July 4, 2019 at 2:28 pm
Hi Diana! I am so thankful for all the work you have done to help bring such helpful information to parents! My little girl (second baby) is highly in need of me almost constantly. With an older brother she was not sleeping well because needing to be with me she wouldn’t sleep alone and the noise would always wake her if she was with me. So she was getting so unhappy making our days SO exhausting. I started wrapping her (wrong at first) and she would scream and cry. But once I started reading your site I perfected my Front carry so now she fussed only a few seconds then drifts to sleep! It used to take 30 mins of pacing (and brother getting impatient) to get her to sleep. So. Now our lives are much easier and I am so loving the snuggles and her babyhood as you said. I wish I had wrapped my first born, he was similar but I just sat in a chair with him all day. Now I don’t have that option and this wrapping has been such a relief and blessing! Thank you you for all your help and advice. I am looking forward to the rest of these lessons.
July 5, 2019 at 2:12 pm
Rachel, thank you for this comment. Your story is so familiar and knowing that wrapping has helped like it did for me and my baby makes me so, so happy 🙂 I hope you’ll let me know if and how the next videos are helpful to you even now that you’ve already found wrapping to work for you!
July 4, 2019 at 2:39 pm
I’m here! I appreciate your emails videos tips and the Facebook group so much!
July 5, 2019 at 2:10 pm
Thanks, Amanda – I appreciate that so much! I hope the 2nd video will give you some good wrap technique to chew on and I’ll be doing troubleshooting in the 3rd video in a few days. Let me know as you watch them if I’m covering what you need 🙂
July 4, 2019 at 3:16 pm
I have used wrapping off and on for the last 7 years (4 of my babies) I have a few recurrent problems. Really I think it is one problem but it manifests in a few ways. Problem: Wrap too loose at the top and/or bottom rail, but too tight on baby’s knees/legs. Results: baby is uncomfortable, sore spots on legs, poor circulation to baby’s feet, baby seat pops. I can tighten and adjust, but it seems to loosen again while I am trying to tie or I can’t get the in knot tied with even tension across the whole width of fabric.
July 5, 2019 at 2:09 pm
Okay – even tightening and keeping the tension. I’ll be doing troubleshooting in the 3rd video in a few days so look for that and I hope it will help!
July 4, 2019 at 6:13 pm
Hello there, I am new to wrapping and watched many videos on the ruck sack. I think I have it but my son ends up lower than I need be and it gets loose after awhile. I have several wraps I really like and I use them for more popable carries. I would like the ruck sack carry because it would fast and easy. Thank you
July 5, 2019 at 2:07 pm
Thanks for your comment, Dani. I will be doing some troubleshooting in the 3rd video and I hope that will help with your Rucksack problem because you’re right – it’s a really handy carry to be able to do 🙂
July 5, 2019 at 6:30 pm
My baby is 3.5 months and a little over 12 lbs (but fairly long). He loves to look around and I would like to find easy carries for him to do so. We both tend to over heat so I’d like to use a short wrap, but am concerned with doing single passes since I’m a novice newborn wrapper and my baby likes to straighten his legs. I have a size 2 and a size 4, both leftover from my first child (now age 5). I started wrapping my oldest as a 1-yr-old so these wraps are 100% linen and medium-to-thick thickness. Before the birth of my second a few months ago, I hadn’t wrapped in about two years and feel like I’ve forgotten how to get the slack out of a carry. Any advice on carries for me? (I’m open to getting a new wrap.) Thanks in advance for your help.
July 6, 2019 at 10:42 am
I’m working on the third video now and that will have a lot of tips for making wrapping easier and I think it will help with your little one so definitely keep an eye out for that in the next couple of days! I’ll be giving some tips for making a seat among other things.
You may be able to use your size 4 wrap for two layer carries with your newborn, or a single layer carry with a reinforcing pass to prevent seat popping when he straightens his legs. It could work for a Hip Cross Carry that you wear centered high on your chest, for example. Definitely keep watching and please do keep commenting to let me know if what I cover solves your problem or if there’s something else that you need, okay? 🙂
July 9, 2019 at 5:34 pm
Will do. Thanks!
July 6, 2019 at 6:44 am
I’m on my third baby born about 6 weeks ago. I have a two year old and a seven year old as well to care for. My older one loves wrapping but we didn’t have a good wrap. My middle one hated it not sure why. We could never keep a good seat and she just always fussed. My new baby so far likes it and we’ve even tried some back carries. I have a pretty soft wrap that was handed down to me from another mom. I would love to learn some back carries without making a seat and also some carries that are easy to nurse in. I love your page and always get so much information from it. Thanks.
July 7, 2019 at 2:23 pm
Thanks for your comment, Diana! You’ll find some answers to your questions in the 3rd video that’s about to come out. Then, please email me if you still have questions so I can point you to some good resources 🙂 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 6, 2019 at 12:58 pm
I loved hearing your story Diana; thank you for all you’ve done as an invaluable babywearing resource, educator, and advocate! While I understood and appreciated the benefits of Kangaroo Care and snuggles during the “4th Trimester” as a doctor and wore my first baby in a Baby K’tan and SSC a bit, I dove into the world of wrapping with my 2nd child last year, and it’s been an amazingly empowering and enjoyable parenting tool. Now I love spreading the knowledge and introducing others to the world of babywearing too 🙂
July 7, 2019 at 2:21 pm
Thanks for watching and contributing to the conversation, Christy! I am so much in agreement with you about wrapping being empowering and enjoyable. Yes, yes, yes! I’m glad to be in your good company spreading the joy 🙂
July 9, 2019 at 4:56 pm
Thank you so much for making these videos they are a Godsend! I am so excited to wrap after learning your tips. Your hard work on these videos and this website are very appreciated! One more question: I worry sometimes that the circulation to baby’s legs is cut off, any tips on that? Thanks again.
July 9, 2019 at 10:46 pm
Great question, Deb! First, marks on the legs aren’t necessarily a problem if it’s similar to the marks left on your baby’s ankles by socks. But if legs become discolored, then that is not what you want.
While you want all slack out of the carry, tightening evenly will allow you to get it comfortable without having it be too tight. And when you lay any straps or bunched wrap over baby’s legs, do so lightly and do not feel the need to pull that tight . . . as long as there is no slack, laying it there comfortably will work fine.
If you feel that the bottom edge of the wrap that is at baby’s knee-pits is too tight on baby’s legs, you can fold that bottom edge for a thicker, softer edge against baby’s skin. Or bunch more fabric at the bottom, at baby’s knees, so it’s a big bunch rather than a thin edge that might dig in.
And finally, if you have a good seat and baby is supported under the thighs and around the bottom and up the back, then you won’t have baby’s weight resting on that bottom edge. So aim for the knees being higher than the bottom but the weight resting on the thighs and bottom. I hope this helps!
July 10, 2019 at 3:15 am
LOVE this quick guide to which one! Also this guide to tightening was amazing, as well as the part about the seat. I’m excited to try more back carries again!
July 10, 2019 at 12:30 pm
Yes! I’m so glad I nailed it with what you needed on those topics 🙂 Have fun and you can always email me if you need help or want to share your picture of a success! Thanks so much for your feedback, Erika.
July 11, 2019 at 5:07 am
Thank you so much for these new videos, it is great to hear all these details that we all come across.
Anything in particular you van recommend for someone with chronic back pain? I have a ‘high needs’ and pretty heavy 8 mo. I feel I have to choose between shoulder pain in a rucksack, middle back pain in a BWCC or neck pain with hip carries… Front carries I try to avoid since he passed the 8 kg threshold . Avoiding wrapping alltogether is not an option because baby is too fussy and my back hurts even more otherwise 🙂 we also both love it!
Thank you and good luck with the amazing work!
July 11, 2019 at 4:53 pm
Hi, Cornelia – everyone with back pain has slightly different needs and discovers something else that works best for them I would suggest trying several different carries that distribute weight differently. Have you tried Double Hammock Carry, with the chest pass? Christina’s Ruckless and Double Sling Shoulder 2 Shoulder both have unique chestbelts that are worth trying. Or a high carry like Rucksack but without rucksack straps, in case it’s just those straps that give you the neck pain? I could suggest trying a Tibetan finish to Rucksack Carry, or try crossing the straps over your chest instead of bringing straight down under your arms, or try something like Lola’s Back Carry. And you could try something like Ellevill’s Jordan’s Back Carry which is a low back carry but may distribute more weight to the hips than Back Wrap Cross Carry.
Since you already know Rucksack, try tying Tibetan or crossing over your chest with a Rucksack first, to see if that helps!
July 14, 2019 at 2:26 am
will practice all these! Thank you!!!