Love at First Wrap

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I never thought I’d like to be a wrapper. Too much fabric. Too much time. Too confusing. Why would I bother when I could get my kid up easily in a soft structured carrier, like an Ergo, or ring sling? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

I had my first up close and personal encounter with wraps when I met Xza and Alyssa a couple years ago at the lake in Michigan. Alyssa taught her wrap class While others were chatting away, I moved to the front and listened intensely. Afterwards I still didn’t have a clue. That statement is not a testiment to her teaching, it’s just overwhelming at first. I really wanted to try out some of her wraps but it was uber intimidating. Plus my kid was crawling around like a mad man. Next time I said.

Fast forward a year later. I connected with some local baby wearers at the library. Xza had let me borrow a DidyTai plus I had my Ergo and trusty Mei Tai. Other girls at the meeting  had woven wraps and I attempted to put my 18 month old on my back for the first time. That was also a fail. Within 2 seconds of trying I said f^&k this sh*( and put back on my Ergo. It was confirmed, wrapping was not for me.

During my pregnancy with LJ I told myself I was getting a wrap no matter what. Since becoming more involved  in the natural parenting world I noticed everyone was wrapping. Well, not “everyone” but yeah, pretty much everyone.  I felt like I already know so much about wraps and baby wearing just by being so involved in the natural parenting industry, yet I had no personal experience.

My friend Chelsea offered to come over to my house shortly after LJ’s birth and help me with a few basic wraps.  I had no idea what size I needed. 2,3,4,5,6,7?! Cotton, Hemp, Linen, Wool, Silk, blends?! Too. Many. Choices. I was determined to learn. That’s when it happened. Love at first wrap. How had I never wrapped before? This sh&* was easy. I had a basic front cross carry down basically on the first try. (Okay, slight exaggeration) Chelsea brought over her Didymos Natural Hemp Indio, Acqua Pfau and Rosalinde. I immediately fell in love with the Pfau. It wraps like a dream. I was pretty much giddy with excitment and knew it would only be a matter of days before I purchased my very own wrap. At a price tag of usually $125 and up, this isn’t a light purchase for most people.

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I had been stalking the swap for a month. I had it down to a couple wraps but knew the Kokadi Ahoi was the wrap for me. I love nautical and preppy style. I just HAD to have it.  After a few days of searching and coming up empty handed I told my friend Danielle which  wrap I was looking for. Bless her heart, later that night she tagged me in a post from a shop in California that had extras from the latest pre-sale. They would be up for sale on the website at 10am PST the very next day. Eeeekkkkkkkk! I could hardly sleep that night.

There was no need to set the alarm on my phone, there was no way I was missing out on buying my first woven. I sat in front of my computer and navigated the site so I could be prepared to get it in my cart and checked out in seconds. 10am happened. Then 10:01… Was I missing something? Finally at 10:02 PST my dearly coveted Kokadi Ahoi was up for sale. I added that wrap to my cart and started to check out through Pay Pal with intense focus and precision. As I hit the submit button and a little warning popped up I thought my life was over.

“Size 6 is no long in stock.”

WHAT???!!! Where did I go wrong? Who are those hateful women who bought up all the size 6s before I had a chance?! But then an idea hit. I could get a size 5 and pray to god it would fit. With the same intense focus and precision as before, I snagged up a size 5 with, I’m sure, seconds to spare. My life was now complete.

After the longest weekend in my life I received the wrap. It was everything I dreamed of. I lovingly braided it over and over trying to break it in. Lola loves it just as much as I do. I honestly have no idea how I didn’t wrap Brody. She will go from screaming her little head off to passed the crap out in under a minute. Sometimes it’s the only way I can get things done.

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Long story short and the point of this whole post is don’t be afraid or intimated about wraps. It’s really not that hard. Sure, there are tougher carries and I will need to practice tons but this is a life saver. We wrap every single day. It’s amazing. This has also turned me into a wrap addict. Since I pump breast milk I am on my phone a lot. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I spent a lot of that time on the baby wearing swaps. As someone once posted the swap is like the Hotel California; You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. I now must have all the wraps. I may or may not have started a list.

Buy all the wraps

amanda

 

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