Stretchy wraps – info & tips

Two way strechy wrap (Hana) in a
Front wrap cross carry

Another day and another common query from a parent. This one wants to share all the positive effects of carrying with her pregnant friend & gift her a stretchy wrap.

My friend is having a baby in Nov and I want to gift her a stretchy for those first weeks and months! Any brand you recommend?

A caring friend, 2019

I could give a one line answer & a link to my personal favorite brand BUT not only is that not my style, it doesn’t fit with my desire to empower parents.

So wether you are wanting to buy a wrap for a friend, or looking for yourself, I hope this information will help.

Stretchy Wrap (Video)

Stretchy Wrap intro

What is a stretchy wrap?

Let’s start at the beginning.

  • A stretchy wrap is a long, stretchy length of t shirt like fabric
  • They usually come in one size fits most length.
  • They are often a cotton blended with something stretchy.
  • Most often used between newborn and around 3 months, although many use longer.
  • Two main sub types, stretching in two ways, or one.

One way & two way

The most common type seen on market, is the two way stretchy wrap.

Two way stretchy

  • This means it has stretch in the fabric horizontally and vertically.
  • It is very easy for someone learning to get the baby in and snug.
  • As the baby grows, the strechyness means the baby will sink from where you first had them in the wrap.
  • This will happen eventually in either type, although oftern later in a one way stretchy wrap.

Link – two stretchy wrap tutorial

Few hours old, very hungry baby.
Two way strechy wrap (Hana) in a Pocket wrap front carry

One way stretchy

  • Same as above except –
  • Fabric stretches most in one direction only.
  • Requires tightening more like a woven wrap (not stretchy).
  • Some parents find they can carry their baby longer before needing a new type of sling

Link – Tighen one way stretchy wrap

Two way strechy wrap (Hana) in a
Kangaroo Carry

Buying options

  • In short, you get what you pay for with stretchy wraps.
  • You can pick one up for £6 BUT honestly, it’s worth the investment in a bigger brand.
  • There are free hire schemes for newborns around the county, is there one near you?
  • Look around your online market places, second hand slings are an affordable option for many !
  • The colours and patterns do not affect their function, but choosing one you like might make you smile on a tough day.
  • Investing in a higher quality stretchy wrap, often means they can last thought multiple children, and be lent to friends with bumps.
  • I personally, I have 6 types in my teaching bag but I love most, an organic bamboo Hana baby wrap 😉

Want to know more about these types of slings? You can read more in the links and book to work with me 1:1 online and in person in Buckinghamshire.

Read more

find a local sling library and skilled helpers

Everything you’d ever need to know about stretchy slings (inc how to videos)

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