There are people who want to be able to comfortably hold children close at all times and still be able to be hands free to get daily responsibilities finished. This idea seems like an aspiration to most caretakers of children when it is first mentioned. Many men and women do not realize though that this aspiration is completely obtainable with something commonly referred to as baby wearing.
Baby wearing is practiced in several different cultures and countries. There are many differing practices among cultures as to how they babywear. It is all the same basic principle; keep your child close while still being able to have hands free to deal with daily responsibilities and pleasures.
Woven wraps are the most versatile carriers used in all cultures and regions. Woven wraps come in an array of fabric blends and sizes. The vast fabric choices of woven wraps are limitless. The 100% cotton is sturdy and comfortable for all weather; linen/cotton blend is lightweight and breathable with a touch of sophistication; hemp/cotton is an eco friendly blend and provides lots of support and comfort; silk/cotton blend is decadent and elegant; cashmere/cotton blend is luxurious and buttery soft; and wool/cotton blend is warm, versatile, and ideal for cold weather climates.
Not only are there different fabric blends but there are different patterns and designs as well. Mexican style wraps tend to have bright colored stripes woven into black fabric, as well as fringed ends. German-based wraps lean more towards rainbow stripes or neutral color blends with subtle pieces of artwork woven into the fabric. Many Americans are fond of brightly colored flower or cartoon like animal prints as well as bold or soften rainbow patterns.
Woven wraps of all blends also come in various sizes to accommodate the many different carries that woven wraps allow you to work with. Woven wraps allow front, back, and hip carries. There are many different finishes you can choose from for different wrap carries. There are so many ways to wrap, finish, and wear the baby that there have been people who were able to wear the child in a different carry with a different finish for an entire year.
When using a woven wrap the child and caretaker are always in an ergonomic supported position. For the child this means that his or her legs and bottom are in an “m” shape. An “m” shape means that the child is seated in the woven wraps makeshift seat and his or her knees are higher than his or her bottom. For the caretaker, because the child is in an ergonomic position, it makes it easier to carry the child and more comfortable than if the child wasn't supported or sitting properly. The weight distribution of the child is equal throughout the wrap when ergonomically correct.
Babywearing may seem odd to many people, but for others it is a way of life. Some families could not function without baby wearing. Baby wearing allows the caretaker to keep their child close while getting important day to day interactions and chores done in an efficient manner. A baby that is able to stay close and secure to their mother or caretaker, helps with their overall mental heath and happiness.