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Old 06-21-2012, 01:16 PM   #1
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I really want a woven but...

..I just feel so overwhelmed by all the options available. I researched it and have been on different forums but I just don't know what to start with. There are so many lenghts and weaves and materials available it makes my head spin.

I had a moby which I liked but my dd is getting too big at 6 months old. I'm using a boba 3G and love it but my lo gets hot while in it. I know asking "what's the best woven to learn with?" will get me a dozen different answers. Can anyone recommend something based on my requirements?

I need something:

Cool for summer
Easy to learn with
Pretty pattern with Maybe some purple ( I'm not too picky since the color won't effect ease of use)
Easy to wash
Long enough to experiment all holds with (I read I can chop it down if I decide to )

Price is of some concern but I will pay for quality.

Tia!

Eta: I'm barely 5" tall and heavier than usual at 150lbs. I hope to slim down soon.

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Old 06-21-2012, 02:00 PM   #2
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Re: I really want a woven but...

I had the same requirements, and a friend who is a wrap guru, who once owned 45 wraps at one time, recommended the Ellevill Zara. I found a used one on TBW and it is nice and soft! It's light enough for a Sept baby in Alabama, but it's woven so it's still supportive. The tri-colored ones are expensive, but they have other colors that are around $100 new, so you can usually find them for $70-$80 used.
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:12 PM   #3
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Re: I really want a woven but...

A guaze wrap (I suggest a Wrapsody or BabyEtte) or Didymos waves will probably be your most airy wrap. My Ellevill Zara tri-green is fairly cool, too. There are different carries that are cooler than others, too. For example, kangaroo carry will be cooler than FCC. But no matter what carrier or carry you use, you still have another human being strapped to you. It's never going to be super cool.
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Re: I really want a woven but...

Is there a babywearing international group in your area? If so it would be a good place to start because many times they have wraps you can try out and they'll teach you how to use them!
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Great advice. Thanks.

I'll look into the wraps recommends and search for a group in my area.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:16 AM   #6
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Re: I really want a woven but...

I second the Wrapsody gauze wrap or one of their hybrid ones if you want just a bit of stretch.
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Re: I really want a woven but...

You can rent a wrap from Paxbaby.com to see if you like it first.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:06 PM   #8
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Re: I really want a woven but...

If you really just want to experiment with a wrap before investing $$$ just get yourself a piece of cotton gauze from a fabric store. Lots of options, esp right now, and it's fairly inexpensive. 5 yards of fabric, cut down the middle = 2 wraps. I didn't even hem mine but they worked just fine and I wasn't worried about, oh what if something happens to it. Technically you could then turn the fabric into something else like a skirt or something.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:12 PM   #9
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Look at Hopps, Dolcinos and Storch. Those are all great for a starter woven. They are reasonably priced and generally forgiving of sloppy wrap jobs.

Buy a size six, or a 4.5m wrap. That's the most common length, and you will be able to do basic carries with that to get an idea of whether you would like to go shorter or longer.

Giras a hot to me, I can't use those because it's like wrapping myself in a thick blanket. Everything will be hot in the summer with a baby tied to you, but those, to me, are extremely so.

I have a Vantani that is the lightest and thinnest of the Wovens and it's a nice wrap, but a little more expensive than the others I listed.

Basically, find one you like the looks of that is in your price range and buy it. Wraps always re sell for what you paid as long as you don't bleach them, so all you will be out is shipping if you don't like it.
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Old 06-26-2012, 11:42 AM   #10
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Re: I really want a woven but...

i second the idea of DIYing a piece of qauze for a wrap. this fabric (also made into lovely wraps by Gypsy Mama) is very cool for summer. you could at least get a feel for what wrapping is like, without a huge investment. you can start with 5 yards, cut in half, then cut the second half down if you wanted to try a different size. if you find you like wrapping even a little, you'll probably have a better idea of what you might like to invest in. you've gotta start somewhere!
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