I Hate Wrapping!

Imagine this…my best’s friend’s brother’s girlfriend’s little sister convinced me I needed a woven wrap and my parenting abilities would vastly improve once I had said wrap. “You’ll be hands free! You can nurse in it! Everyone has them!” So I made an impulse buy and splurged on a gorgeous woven wrap. It was some name I couldn’t pronounce since it was made in Germany…or Guatemala. It arrived and I eagerly opened in. It was the most beautiful piece of cloth I had ever laid my eyes on. So I washed it per the instructions AND I even ironed it. Then I grabbed (well, not literally) my little one and went to wrap him up just like those VBEs do it at the meetings. But I failed. I failed big time. So I tried again…and again…and again. After multiple attempts I came to the realization that I hate wrapping. I love babywearing but I just do not enjoy wrapping. So now what?

Beautiful wrap that looks pretty on my shelf.

Beautiful wrap that looks pretty on my shelf.

You could sell your wrap locally on Central Iowa Babywearing Swap, The Babywearing Swap, or TheBabyWearer.

If you don’t want to sell, you could create a wrap hammock with your woven wrap. This is a common way that is used to’break in’ the wrap. You simply secure it around a table or in a crib and allow your little one to enjoy the hammock goodness. Please exercise appropriate supervision during this.

Woven wraps can be used as a hammock.

Woven wraps can be used as a hammock.

If you like babywearing but just don’t like wrapping, you can look into getting your wrap converted into a wrap conversion ring sling, mei tai, or onbu. You can communicate with local converter, Sarah, with Wallypop to see if she could help you convert your wrap into a different style carrier. Other options include Sleeping Baby Productions for ring slings and Two Mommas Designs for mei tais and buckle carriers. You can also communicate with ObiMama, Madame Googoo and Hipababy. Please note that some of these converters may not be accepting used wraps or be willing or able to make a conversion for you.

Zanytoes Wrap Conversion Mei Tai

Zanytoes Wrap Conversion Mei Tai

Wallypop Wrap Conversion Ring Sling

Wallypop Wrap Conversion Ring Sling

You can also get items made from your wrap. There are several local seamstresses in the Des Moines area that make wrap scrap headbands, scarves, suck/drool pads, purses, and diaper bags. Both Midnight Oil Marvels and Finnabug Bags, Etc. are in the Des Moines area.

Midnight Oil Marvels

Midnight Oil Marvels


Wrap scrap headbands by Finnabug Bags. Etc.

Wrap scrap headbands by Finnabug Bags. Etc.

There’s also tons of different options to turn your wrap into taggies or books. Beautiful Mess is a local Des Moines work at home mom (WAHM) who turns wraps into beautiful wrap scrap color books.

Wrap scrap color book by Beautiful Mess

Wrap scrap color book by Beautiful Mess

If you’d prefer to have a lovey made your wrap, you can contact Starbright Baby and have your wrap turned into a baby teether, rhino, or giraffe.

Starbright Baby toddler giraffe

Starbright Baby toddler giraffe

The owner of Starbright Baby also recently started Starbright Legacy Quilts, where she turns wraps into beautiful handmade quilts.

Starbright Legacy Quilts

Starbright Legacy Quilts

Not everyone enjoys wrapping and that’s OK! If you happen to not like it, hopefully you can enjoy your wrap in other ways–even if that means selling it to fund something else, converting in into another baby carrier, or even an accessory.

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