A stretchy wrap, such as a Moby, is a great way to get used to learning how to manage the huge amount of fabric in a wrap. With a stretchy wrap, you can easily wrap yourself before putting the baby in; with most non-stretchy wrap carries, you need to wrap the baby in with you.
As with all the other types of carriers, there are pros and cons with a stretchy wrap. Here is a quick break-down.
- Less expensive than most non-stretchy wraps. If you’re unsure if you want to make the investment, they’re a good place to start.
- Good for learning how to wrap yourself up. You wrap yourself before putting baby in, so your hands can be focused on the fabric, not on holding a baby at the same time.
- Easy to make one for yourself (or for a gift.) I’ll tell you how I made mine later in the post.
- Great for cuddly newborns, who need to feel tight and secure.
- You can breastfeed while baby is in the wrap in a cradle carry. (You can do this in a non-stretchy wrap as well.)
- Limited number of different carries. It is not recommended to do back carries with a stretchy wrap. Watch this video to see why.
- Babies outgrow them quickly. After baby reaches 15 or so pounds, they stretch the wrap too much, causing it to sag. This can get pretty uncomfortable because baby ends up riding too low.
How to make your own No-Sew Stretchy Wrap
I easily made my own stretchy wrap when Josiah was tiny by first ordering 5.5 yards of jersey knit fabric online. I made sure that it was 60″ wide fabric. Jersey knit will not fray when cut. I ended up cutting a few inches off the end of the wrap, but I figured it was better to start with a bit too much fabric than not enough.
Then I just cut my fabric down the whole length into 3 pieces about 20″ wide. This made 3 wraps. Some people like them to be a bit wider, but since I only used the wrap for a tiny baby, I felt that 20″ wide was enough for me.
I then ironed on a little flower from some scrap fabric using iron-on fusible web to the center of the wrap so that I can easily find the middle for wrapping.
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