Humans have been carrying their babies in slings throughout history.
And that's because, simply, our babies expect to be carried, and we are made to carry them. Carrying our babies in a baby carrier is normal. For the first months, nothing will ever equal the baby wrap and the skin to skin it allows. This promotes heat regulation, lactation, oxytocin ... You will have your hands free! For babies, the wrap allows you to make a transition with the mother's womb by prolonging the feeling of security. The physiological position leads to better digestion and therefore less reflux, colic.
Carrying your baby helps develop a secure mutual attachment.
It allows both parents, or indeed any caregiver, to develop a deep bond with baby.
It increases parental sensitivity to a baby's needs - you learn to interpret their noises and expressions so much quicker.
It simulates the sensations of pressure, motion, warmth and security of the womb.
Carrying your baby in a sling reduces their level of stress.
It can greatly reduce crying and fussiness, and also helps your tired baby fall asleep.
So you know why carrying your baby in a baby carrier or sling is best. But how do you wear a newborn in a wrap? Well here we're going to find out!
There are wrap options for newborns including stretchy wraps and woven wraps. Both are used in a similar way; they differ from ring slings for example, in that they comprise just one piece of material with no rings or buckles.
A stretchy wrap can be tied at the start of the day and left on, with no need to readjust. This can be very reassuring in the early days, particularly as you’re adjusting to being a new parent. You know where the sling is, at all times, and it’s for baby and you - comfy, close and connected. There are lots of different types, most comprise a length of fabric.
Ultimately, stretchy wraps allow you to tie a knot before welcoming in your baby. This then allows you to put on and take out your baby without undoing it. So you'll never have fabric lying around on the floor. Perfect for beginners and new parents!
Our ‘Top Stretchy Wraps For Newborns’ include the Coracor Baby Wrap, Love & Carry Stretchy Wrap and the Love Radius Basic Wrap.
A woven wrap sling can work for all sizes and ages, from one-week old until your child grows out of being carried. You can adjust the sling to carry your baby in different ways as they grow and develop. Once you wrap it around, the sling holds your baby safely and securely in a way that promotes their development, is respectful to the baby's physiology and is healthy for their hips. Woven wraps can be tied for front, back and hip carries. If you've loved using a stretchy wrap for your baby, then a woven wrap will allow you to continue wrapping with a larger, heavier baby, toddler and child.
Woven baby wraps are a beautiful way to carry your little one. There is a sort of ritual to wrapping a baby; the cloth, the movements, the finish. It can seem daunting - the long length of fabric, without structure, and yes, there is a learning curve with it, for sure. However, the lack of structure is exactly what makes a woven wrap so versatile. It can be used with even the smallest babies all the way to preschoolers. The very same wrap. Which also means a woven wrap can be the most economical, cost-effective sling to use.
Woven wraps are usually not pre-tied for a newborn. You will have the wrap around your body, then the baby will be welcomed in and you’ll finish wrapping.
Our ‘Top Woven Wrap For Newborns’ include Didymos Woven Wraps, Little Frog Woven Wraps and Nahui Coconi Woven Wraps.
Wrapping newborns in either a stretchy wrap or woven wrap is one of our specialties. If you’d like one-to-one advice on either of these options, just get in touch.