Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Baby Wrap DIY Behind the Scenes

Shortly before Monster was born I scored a sweet deal: a Moby baby wrap for $5! The joys of Mom 2 Mom sales are endless for this thrifty mom. I studied hard, watching YouTube videos from other moms demonstrating different baby wrap carrying positions. When he was born I wore him in the Moby wrap. It was much more comfortable than the other baby carriers I owned.

Brad and I both love to wear our babies, but when Engineer was born I started seriously rethinking the stretchy fabric the Moby offered. The Jersey Knit fabric of the Moby offers a comfortable carry, but does not keep the snug fit needed for a safe back carry position. I wanted to carry my squishers on my back to allow more freedom with my housework. I considered time and time again buying fabric to make my own wrap, but kept putting it off. Last month I was asked if I ever got around to making a wrap myself. I was proud to say that I recently had!

Researching is kind of my thing. Since I had been thinking about making my own wrap I had watched my fair share of YouTube videos for back carrying. I thought I was good to go. I finished sewing the wrap and thought I would pop Bean in and be on my merry way to making lunch with a happy baby.

Boy oh boy was I wrong! I tried a good five times with her, several times with a baby doll and even once with each of my boys. I could not get any of them secure enough to walk away from the bed I was sitting on, just in case they fell out. I was beyond discouraged. My hard work and grand plans were smashed. I folded the wrap and put it away, completely defeated, and went to make lunch with a fussy baby near by.

A few weeks later we were headed to stay with friends for a long weekend. I thought I would pack the wrap just in case I had some free time to try wearing my babe one more time. The second day we were there Bean was super fussy right before dinner. I really didn't want to eat holding her, but I knew she would just scream if we put her down. I grabbed the wrap, pulled up a YouTube video, and hesitantly tried once more. After only the second attempt she was securely wrapped and mostly happy!

I was pumped. I made this wrap AND I won the wrapping battle!


My simple instructions for making your own woven wrap:

I chose a linen blend for the wrap to ensure a secure back carry for Bean. I brought the fabric home and got right to work. Making your own wrap only requires basic sewing skills and several yards of your choice of fabric. Be sure to choose fabric that doesn't have much stretch, such as linen or Rayon. I planned to purchase 3 yards, but the fabric I liked best had 2 1/2 yards left on the bolt. I wouldn't recommend less than this. If you make your own wrap leave me a comment. I would love to see a picture of you and your squisher!







"Behind the Scenes" is a fun link up where we show these photos - but tell the real story behind them. The sneak peek behind the scenes, a look past the edges of the photo to the real life behind it. Join Crystal and read more here!

Andi and Brad have been married since 2002. They have five squishers who keep them on their toes. She is a second generation home educator. In her spare time Andi creates and sells handmade goodies in her shop, Andi Gould Designs.

6 comments:

  1. I so wish I had one of those when my two were little. I would have love to have been able to have them that close to me more often.

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  2. I love the expression on both your faces! The things we do to get things done! Visited from Behind the Scenes :)

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  3. Love, love, love back carries! But I've never been able to find the wrap love. Maybe if we have a baby 5, I'll give that a try!

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  4. Amy, it is such a life saver and a special bonding time all in one!

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  5. It makes life so much easier! Thanks for visiting. Have a super duper fun day! :)

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  6. I just said to my husband the other day how crazy it is the things we do differently with Bean than we did with Bookworm! I think I've tried something new with each of them. Love how they grow us as parents. Have an awesome day! :)

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