Diving Into Wovens
Posted on March 17 2015
Ok, so you want to take the plunge into woven wraps are you aren't sure where to start. Sound about right?
It can be hard to focus with so many pretties distracting you, right? Now you know how I feel! It's impossible to get anything done around here... heehehehehee
There are a few things I will touch on that will hopefully make this a little easier for you and anyone else you know that's interested in getting started with woven wraps:
Woven Wrap Sizes
Not all people like all fibers. Some love cushy woolies, some find them prickly; some love linen, some find it hard; some think hemp is the most supportive fiber, and some think silk is. You will get different answers from everyone you ask because, well, we are all different. And let's not forget that wrapping changes as your baby changes and grows. I generally recommend an all-cotton wrap for your first wrap for this reason. Cotton is pretty easy to like, and the easiest to care for. And it's the most affordable. And I am not psychic. Well, I am a little, but it helps to have a picture or have something of yours in my hands.
Ok, so now that you have your size sorted out and your fiber/blend you are ready to start. But wait, there are a million all-cotton wraps! Which one should I get?
Honestly, it's really up to you. I'd get the one you think is the most beautiful and I'm sure you will rock it. Wraps are amazing, and they are all different, which can make things hard when it comes to choosing, but that's also the fun part. And let's not forget that most important part of the equation: your baby. No matter what, this first wrap will be amazing, cause it will be helping you hold your baby. Let's try not to over-think it, and take a simpler approach. I do usually recommend a thinner wrap for beginners, nothing too beastly, as that can be really frustrating for a beginner. You will be sweaty enough trying to wrangle your baby and this wild fabric, you don't need any added heft. Getting a nice, snug wrap-job is really the best. You will feel better with the baby wrapped up closer to your body. A loose top rail can make your shoulders and neck very sore. And because I know you will ask, here is a list of wraps that I generally recommend for first-time wrappers:
Recommended Wraps for First-Time Wrappers
We just partnered up with Tekhni and released our very first collaboration Saffron Chloris, but we have another one headed to us soon: Chloris. These all cotton wraps are very easy to use and soften up quickly. We are loving the way these wrap and think you will too.
Washing Your First Wrap
Before you even consider washing your new wrap, take a close look and make sure it's the one you meant to order! You cannot wash and wear your wrap and then return it. It's important to check first to make sure you received the item you ordered, as well as whether there are any major flaws in the wrap. Only after you are sure that you received the right wrap, it has no problems and you intend to keep it should you wash your wrap. Please keep in mind that many woven (and especially handwoven) wraps have tiny "imperfections" that do not indicate any problems with the wrap's structural integrity. Those in the know refer to them as "slubs" and "nubs." But it's obviously important to distinguish those from true broken threads, severe pulls, etc. follow the washing directions. More answers to questions about handwoven imperfections, washing your wrap and more can be found on our FAQ page.