There’s plenty of benefits to the practise of babywearing: it acts as an instant soother, sleep aid, promotes skin-to-skin bonding, helps regulate a newborn’s body temperature and heartbeat by being in close proximity to your own, and – bonus – it keeps your hands free to do all those things you otherwise never get a chance to do (except take that hot shower, of course).
Who knew a length of material, and not Gina Ford, would be the answer to all your parenting quandaries.
Let’s not forget the undeniable CUTE factor; a freshly baked babe looking like a toasty lil’ pita pocket is just enough to tug at anyone’s ovaries.
With all that said, many a mum finds the idea of trying to giftwrap a writhing, wriggling, and quite possibly wailing infant a tad daunting.
The good news is that you don’t have to be an Origami expert – or a giftwrapping one either, to get the art of babywearing down. Check out this easy tutorial to get you into the swing (or sling) of things…
- Begin with the logo section of the wrap centered at your navel (or simply ensure there’s equal length of material on either side).
- Fold the wrap in half and place across your waist with the stitched edges on top, like a taco.
- Cross the two ends behind your back and bring one end up and over your shoulder.
- Bring the other end over your opposite shoulder creating an “X” on your back.
- Tuck the ends of the wrap under the logo section/ centre point from top to bottom.
- Cross the end pieces in the front making an “X” across your chest.
- Bring the fabric ends behind your back and tie a knot here, or continue to wrap around to the front of your body.
- Tie a double knot on your back, hip or front.
- Tie where knot comfortably lands.
If you find yourself – or babs – getting impatient with the learning process, don’t get yourself in knots; try again when both of you are less cranky, and your cargo is fed and rested.