We show so many new parent how to use stretchy wraps when they come in to see us. I love stretchy wraps for those first few months when all baby wants to do is cuddle up on your chest and stay close to you. The Boba wrap is a favourite of ours and we find it is a favourite among our customers too.
I came across this blog post on the Boba website listing the ways to get the most from your stretchy wrap and though it would be useful for you all to read too!
(if you want to read the whole article it is here http://www.boba.com/blog/how-i-use-and-love-a-great-stretchy-baby-wrap)
Key points for wrap success:
1. Start early – Mothers of older babies sometimes report a bigger learning curve for their babies if they aren’t used to being snuggled close in a wrap carrier. These babies usually get the hang of it after a few times and settle in for the the joys of a snug fit, but if you can start early it will help get your baby used to being held this way, in addition to providing the myriad health and bonding benefits of babywearing.
2. Get a nice snug fit – Baby should sit high and tight heart-to-heart so you can kiss the top of their head. The fabric hugs them and harkens to the safety and containment of the womb. The fabric should be spread out across your back for the highest level of comfort.
3. Consider your wrap as wardrobe – As I used the wrap really often throughout the day, I often just got dressed and put it on in the morning as part of my outfit. This gave me a leg-up on sudden babywearing needs, and let me put on the wrap in a relaxed way. A few times, when we were doing a lot of skin-to-skin, I just wore the wrap as my shirt (made nursing extra easy). I also acquired the skill to get the wrap on fast and seamless after just a few times using it. It may seem like a lot of fabric, but once you do it up a couple of times and discover your own tricks, it’s quite easy. Here’s the video on how to tie a stretchy baby wrap (Boba Wrap):
4. Nurse in the wrap – I learned from Boba founder Elizabeth how easy it is to nurse in the wrap. I loosened the tail a little, stuck my hands in to the seat area, pushed the seat down to bring the baby lower, lifted my breast with one hand to help my little get a good latch, and held her head with my other hand. I could stick a rolled up dish towel under my breast to keep it at a good level so I had one hand free to do all sorts of other things.
5. Free-up the legs – Once your baby is big enough, let their legs out (follow the user manual for insights into when it’s best, because every baby is different). Always keep the fabric panels that make up the seat pulled to the back of the knee for full hip and leg support.
6. Tails forward – If no. 3 above (wrap as wardrobe) suits you, or you’re just taking your wee one out long enough for carseat time on the way to somewhere where you’ll slip her back in, etc. it’s helpful to tie your tail in the front so it doesn’t bother you when you sit down and lean back into your own seat. The Boba Wrap is long to accommodate a wide range of body types, so front ties can leave a bit of fabric for moms with thinner middles. I’m not thin, but I do have a little extra fabric left over when I front tie. I don’t mind my tails hanging down a little (it’s not long enough to trip on or anything), but I’ve seen some moms tuck them in, tie them in a bow, or even cut them after they figure out what length they really need (in addition to an extra wrap around for a back tie).
7. Double up if you can – If you happen to be gifted two Boba Wraps at your baby shower, I suggest keeping them both (or exchanging for your fav colors, of course). It’s nice to have an extra to keep in the car and for laundry days. Spills, spit up and hormonal forgetfulness are par for the course in the first months, so it’s nice (but not necessary) to have a back up.
8. Safety first – Last, but never least, always be certain baby’s airway is clear, there is space between chin and chest (insert two fingers to check) and that you can kiss the top of baby’s head. Like with any baby product, please read Boba’s baby wrap safety documentation that is included in the box.