Woven wraps can be down right intimidating! I was 7 months pregnant with my second child when I got my first wrap. It was a Wrapsody Bali Breeze and I had no clue how to use it plus I had this huge pregnant belly and a toddler with zero interest in being worn. It was gorgeous though and all I knew was, I wasn’t giving up.
I decided I would spend the rest of my pregnancy practicing wrapping so I could get the hang of it before my youngest daughter arrived. Lucky for me I got the opportunity to take a babywearing class provided by Babywearing Institute when my daughter was just 2 months old! I received tons of knowledge on front carries and I felt very confident wearing my newborn, however, I didn’t have the same confidence when it came to back carries. My little squish and I were traveling alone and she was too young to be worn on my back at the time so I didn’t get the same practice as some of my other new mom friends with bigger kids. Not to worry, they had weighed dolls so I wasn’t completely left out. They just weren’t the same as a real baby.
Once I got home my focus was front carries. I wanted to practice as much as possible until I mastered the basics of the woven wrap. After my daughter turned 4 months old I started to experiment with back carries. Most back carries if not all are based off the rucksack so it’s a great launching point when starting out. Little did I know about how difficult and frustrating wrapping a baby on my back would be. I had a leg straightener on my hands so getting her to bend her knees and keep her spread, squat position in the wrap was a major challenge! I wasn’t sure what to do except practice and take breaks. it wasn’t until Harper was a little over 5 months old before she was content being on my back and seeing the world as I see it. Even though she may have been ready to backpack, it didn’t take away the fact that she liked to straighten her legs. I talked to some friends from my babywearing class and read a ton of Facebook posts from moms discussing the same exact thing. A solution that seemed to work for us was tucking the bottom rail of the wrap in my kid’s pants. Sounds weird I know but it works and it allows me to interact with my toddler and get stuff done around the house that I wouldn’t have been able to easily do if she was on my front. Also, working with one tail at a time seemed to make a difference. I’m short and with that comes short arms. Bringing the tails behind my back and under my baby’s bum one at a time allowed me to reach for the tail with the other hand.
As I said earlier, woven wraps can be very intimidating but don’t let that scare you away. They are amazing once you get the hang of it and with a little practice you will become a pro. If I can do it, anyone can do it! Happy babywearing!