Defn: A baby sling is a piece of cloth that supports an infant or other small child from a carer’s body. The use of a baby sling is called babywearing
Wraps are lengths of fabric which are wrapped around both the baby and the wearer and then tied. There are different carrying positions possible with a wrap, depending on the length of the fabric. A baby or toddler can be carried on the wearer’s front, back or hip. With shorter wraps it is possible to do a one-shouldered carry, similar to those done with a pouch or a ring sling. However most carries involve the fabric going over both shoulders of the wearer and often around the waist to offer maximum support.
Types of Wrap
There are two main types of wrap – stretchy and woven. Ones generally made of knits such as jersey or interlock are stretchy wraps. It is easy to take babies in and out of a stretchy wrap. This can be easier for the wearer as the sling often remains tied on and the baby is lifted out and put back in as required. Several factors influence stretchiness: carriers with any spandex or lycra content will tend to be very stretchy, carriers which are 100% cotton or other natural fibers will tend to have less lengthwise stretch. Pieces of woven fabric of varying thickness are called woven wraps. Natural fibers are usually chosen, with cotton being the most common, but hemp, linen, silk and wool are also used. A variety of weaves are used. Most common are homespun or handwoven fabrics with simple over-under weaves, twills and jacquards. Most weaves provide some give or stretch diagonally.
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AmaWrap Baby Carrier Reviews
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