For a while, now, I’ve been a big fan of babywearing. For while the baby is small, there’s nothing better! You can keep your little one close, safe from creepy strangers, and still do everything you need to do.
So, in my third trimester, I made a moby wrap, using a tutorial from A Load of Craft.
Since it was 100% cotton, and the right measurements, I used a bandanna for the fabric panel she suggests. I also used 5.5 yards of turquoise jersey (the thick kind).
Simply cut the fabric 20″ from the edge, in order to have a 5.5 yards by 20″ strip. Then launder it, fold in half lengthwise to find the center, and sew your fabric square directly in the center of the strip. For directions on how to wear it, go here. (Since this is basically a moby wrap, the same directions apply.)
I must say, it came out pretty nice.
Then, a little bit ago, I stumbled upon a video about how to make an x-back wrap using 3 t-shirts. The lady who made the video made it abundantly clear that after she’d made it, she realized that you need to use t-shirts that fit you, not ones that are too big, like she said in the video.
3 t-shirts, huh? I can do that! So, I got out a few extra tees, lopped and tied, and I had a new carrier in about ten minutes.
The only issue with the original was that the two load-supporting tubes were of different stretchiness-es. (So not a word.) The point being that the weight of my daughter was unevenly distributed on my back, and can certainly say that it made me paranoid and sore the whole time I was testing it out. And as for how my back fared– I’m still feeling it.
If you do try out the t-shirt method, (which I recommend) here’s some tips:
- use t-shirts that are thick, stretchy, and (preferably) without side seams.
- Find 2 tees that have almost identical fit, fabric thickness, and color. This will ensure good weight distribution and safety.
- Try to use at least 1 long-sleeved shirt; the sleeves are good for tying the two loops together in the back, and if you use the sleeves of the front panel’s shirt, it’ll color-coordinate with the front panel.
- If you do use long sleeves to tie the X in the back, use both the sleeves to make the tied portion of the loops even longer. This creates even better weight distribution. (Save your back the pain, eh?)
- The same lady who made the first video also made a follow-up video on how to use it safely, and I would recommend watching it, as well.
- For your baby’s safety, as with all homemade baby gear, pay close attention and use common sense. If the fabric doesn’t seem stretchy enough, or you don’t feel comfortable using tees with side seams, or you think you ought to buy new shirts to use–adapt this to meet what you need. The most important thing about babywearing is that both you and your little one feel safe with the situation.