Crazy Little Sling Called Love! – woven wrapping for beginners

Crazy Little Sling, Oxford’s social sling meet for wrappers and the woven wrap curious, met for the first time earlier this month.

It was wonderful to have such a good turnout and, as a keen wrapper myself, one of the most exciting things was seeing how many people came along to try woven wraps for the very first time.

Woven wraps can seem daunting to the uninitiated – many worry they won’t know what to do with a long length of fabric; others worry that they’ll miss the pre-tied convenience of a stretchy wrap.

The good news is that the range of woven wrap fabrics, lengths and carries is extensive. With a little practice and experimentation everyone can find an affordable wrap and carries that work for them whether with a newborn, infant or hefty toddler.

A great starting place for new wrappers – and one that lots of Crazy Little Slingers tried this month – is the Front Wrap Cross Carry. It begins in a very similar way to a Pocket Wrap Cross Carry with a stretchy, can be used for newborns through to toddlers and uses a base size wrap (which is a good investment as it leaves lots of options for other carries too).

Google brings up lots of great online video tutorials to help you practise at home – one of my favourites is this one from Wrap You In Love (a newborn variation can be found here):

Come along to the next Crazy Little Sling on Thursday 16th March to try it out with wraps and babywearing dolls from the Oxford Sling Library.

For those who would like to learn how to use a shorter woven wrap, I’ll also be demonstrating a Traditional Sling Carry with a short wrap at our next meet – It’s Shortie Love, Love, Love at the West Oxford Community Centre on Thursday 16th March (10am-12pm). See you there!

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