A few baby wearing tips
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It’s funny, I almost never wore David when he was a baby. When we flew together, I’d throw him in the Ergo Performance, but he never seemed to really settle into the Solly Wrap that I had when he was born. I’m sure, now, that it was because I was uncomfortable and wasn’t confident in my tying ability. I didn’t really give it a decent try. And, too, I didn’t really need to wear him. It was just the two of us, so carrying him around worked fine!
My experience with Luke has been entirely different. I wear him in the Solly wrap multiple times a day. He loves it, I love it, everyone loves it. David will even hands me the “tails” when he tries to help me. Wearing Luke has not only been wonderful because it allows my hands to be free while also keeping him happy and content, but I find that I really love the physical touch from him as well. It makes me want to go back and wear David just for the sake of having him close.
I’ve received a few questions about baby wearing and specifically about the Solly wrap through Instagram, so I thought I’d round them up here and provide my answers!
Ultimately, a baby wearing pro like Kacia or even Elle would be much better fit for this post, but I thought I’d share my perspective as kind of a new baby wear-er with two boys rather close in age. Kacia actually is a fan of the woven wraps (no stretch) so if you have questions about that, I’d recommend looking toward her blog.
1. Why the Solly Baby wrap? — Well, at this point I think it’s my favorite just because I’m so used to it. Like I said, Kacia loves her woven wraps, but I couldn’t ever get the hang of it. Since I started and learned how to work the Solly, I’m sure I’ll stay loyal to that wrap because it’s so easy now.
2. Is the wrapping super complicated? I cannot figure it out! — I totally understand that feeling. I just watched Elle’s video over and over and stood in front of a mirror to practice a few times. Then, it took about a week of trying different tightness levels with Luke to determine how he fits best. And then every time has just been easy from there on out. I always focus on the first part that wraps about my stomach being the most tight, and sometimes leave a little give in the shoulders so I can slip his head in.
3. Is it hot when you wear Luke in the wrap? — Yes. It’s hot because you have your baby so close to you, and it’s hot because there’s extra fabric on you! The Solly wrap is made from a breathable fabric, but it’ll still kick your body temperature up a bit. I find it much cooler to wear than the Ergo Performance.
4. Do you feel like he’s secure? — Yes, I do. At his age he still needs a fair amount of neck support, so anytime I know I’m going to be bending over forward, or if Luke falls asleep, I’ll make sure his head is tucked in one of the straps (like the top left photo).
5. Does it hurt your back? — I remember my back hurting when I tried it with David but I think it was because I tied it too loose and he was hanging a little bit. So with Luke, I always err on the side of slightly more snug so the weight is more evenly displaced. And the more spread out the shoulder straps are, the better!
A few other random tips from my few months of experience:
-Since the baby will be warm and snug against you in the wrap, make sure you don’t over-dress him or her. I do always make sure to put socks on Luke (but he usually doesn’t wear pants) because inevitably I’ll be doing dishes with him in the wrap and his toes will touch the cold countertop!
-Think for a second about what you are wearing that day. It’s so hot where I live right now that it’s just soft cotton t-shirts pretty much every day. Prior to summer, I learned that zip up hoodies weren’t great for wearing Luke. His head would rest right against the zipper, so I stopped wearing those if I knew I was going to wear him in the wrap.
-Put the wrap on before you leave the house if you know you are going to wear it out. The wrap is long, and the tails will drag on the ground AS you are tying it, but not after it’s tied. So, in order to avoid dragging the tails on the parking lot, pre-tie that thing so you are ready to go when you get to the store (or wherever you are going).
-If you think you tied to too loose, start over from the very beginning. For some reason making little adjustments to tightness once it’s already tied is hard.
I hope this answers some questions and if you have any more just leave them in the comments below!
The Solly Baby Wrap was gifted to me awhile ago under zero obligation to write a post or anything. I simply wrote this to provide some tips and be a resource to new baby-wearers. I wasn’t paid for this post.