if you spend any time talking to wrap geeks you will eventually hear about ironing your wraps. why, oh why, would you iron something that your baby is going to be tied up in, that will be drooled on and spit up on and dragged around the lawn like a cape by your toddler? when a woven wrap is brand new it is not that soft or flexible. this condition is often called “crunchy.” no one loves a crunchy wrap. if you are brand new to wrapping and you get a brand new wrap and pull it out of the box and try it once or twice and then go over to thebabywearer.com forums and listen to ladies going on and on about how soft their “iris” is or their “lars” you might think they have cracked. and the truth is, there are a lot of cracked people when it comes to woven wraps because there is just something magical about them once you are hooked. but the other truth is that wraps soften a lot as they get broken in and one way to do this is by ironing. washing, wearing, sleeping with, braiding, ironing, and otherwise abusing a wrap is a great way to break it in. then, you have an entirely different beast. something strong but soft and supple. this is a state we like to call “buttery soft.”
my dear friend mellowmama does not live near me but we stay in touch very well. she is well versed in my wrap love. at one point, maybe two years ago, she decided she had listened to me rattle on about how much i loved my woven’s long enough and she wanted to try a wrap. until then she had been mainly using mai tai’s (or asian inspired baby carriers). she bought a didymos simon and tried it for a little bit but she kept telling me, “i just don’t get it. i don’t love it.” so she sold it on to a new home. about a year later she came up for a visit and while she was here she was, of course, hanging out with my wrap stash. it was a lightbulb moment for her. she tried my wraps. she loved my wraps. she told me “my simon didn’t feel anything like this. these are so soft!” then she decided that she wanted a simon again but only if i would break him in for her. poor me, having to use a simon! i happily agreed. in fact, i ended up breaking in two didymos wraps for mellowmama and i loved every second of it.
so that is a little geekery about woven wraps. they are lovely lovely things. they can be used in a million ways and can carry anything from a newborn through your three year old and up (i still occasionally wrap the bean on my back while i cook if he needs some extra snuggles). they can be used for a front carry, a hip carry, or a back carry and there are a million versions of all of three to try. they can also be a picnic blanket, a swing, a hammock, a nursing cover up, a shawl, and on and on. let your imagination run wild. the more you use your wrap the more you will love it and the softer and more like butter, or flannely, or whatever descriptive you come up with, it will get.
one other note, most woven wraps have a name. all my woven wraps are made by a company called didymos. didymos gives each wrap (distinguishable by colorway and weave type) a name. the wraps are then commonly called simply by there name. so, among wrap users or on thebabywearer forums or for sale or trade boards you will see the wraps called by their name and size usually (the size is the length – different lengths are better for different types of carries or different sized people). right now i am wearing the pea in eva. when i talk about this wrap i will just call her eva as in “flash, can you throw eva in the bag?” or “do you want to try eva or jorinde?” sometimes the name is long and so it gets shortened to initials, such as my lavendel silk ellipsen which you will seen called “lse” or my old aqua silk waves “asw.”
ok, i think i have now inundated you with way more than enough useless information. time to iron out the details of this woowoo woven wrap loan plan.
- i will be choosing two of my woven wraps to send out to two separate people on loan.
- i will ask for the people who “win” the opportunity to loan them to cover the shipping cost both ways including delivery confirmation. *
- the wraps loan time will be two weeks starting when it arrives until the time i ask you to ship it back to me.
- if for some reason you fall in love with the wrap and feel you do not want to ship it back i will sell it to you for a fair price based on current selling prices of used woven wraps.
- while you are loaning the wrap you will do your best to take care of it while also enjoying learning to use it.
- i will send a copy of the didymos instruction booklet with the wrap and i will also be available by email, and possible phone or chat to help you learn how to use the wrap, suggest carries, trouble shoot, etc.
- you will take a picture of yourself (or spouse) wearing your child in the wrap that i can put up on this blog (unless you really don’t want me to).
- wraps will be washed by me before i ship them out, but you do understand they are used and i do have a cat (although i don’t wrap her).
*if paying the cost of shipping would prohibit you from being able to enter please just enter and contact me to let me know you cannot cover the shipping and we will see if we can work some thing out.
ok to enter this “loan away” (since it is not really a give away) please leave a comment in which you tell me three things:
- are you a “regular” reader or did you come by for the loan?
- do you have a favorite post?
- what is your favorite baby carrier? (doesn’t have to be cloth. you can say your arms, or your spouse, or the dog…)
“winners” will be chosen at random so this isn’t like a test or anything i am just asking for fun! i will leave this open until monday at 7pm EST. “winners” will be announced (and contacted) on tuesday june 16.
ok, boogie on reggae women (and men)
until tomorrow when a regular/non woowoo woven wrap loan post will return.
peace peace and more peace (thank you) ~woowoo mama