Home » Home and Family » Parenting

Baby Slings - A Look at Wraps

Aug 19, 2008
There are many different kinds of baby slings on the market. One kind of sling is called a wrap or wraparound. These baby slings are exactly as they sound, a long piece of material, usually around three to seven yards in length, which are then wrapped around the wearer and the baby and then tied. These slings are popular with people that want the most basic type of sling to carry their child, but still have something fashionable. These slings offer a wide variety of material to choose from, so that the wearer can have most any color, pattern or design for their wrap.

Types of Wraps

Basically, there are two types of wraparound type baby slings - stretchy and woven. These come in a variety of materials and have different functions for different weight children.

Stretchy Wraps

The stretchy wrap is generally made from a material like jersey knit. This is used because it's lightweight, cool in warmer weather and it's easy to place the baby in and out of the wrap without taking it off. Because these wraps are stretchy, as the baby starts getting bigger and putting on weight, the wrap isn't very supportive to the wearer and it can place a strain on the wearer's lower back and shoulders. Ideally, stretchy baby slings are for newborns and very young babies.

Woven Wraps

Woven wrap baby slings are generally made out of cotton, but can also be constructed from silk, hemp or linen. Also, handspun materials are popular for this type of wrap. While the woven wrap has some give, it's not nearly as stretchy as a "stretchy" wrap due to the difference in material. Because of this, heavier babies and small toddlers can be transported with a woven wrap much easier than with its stretch counterpart. The key to look for with a woven wrap is strong stitching and fairly thick fabric. A thinner fabric, while cooler, will also produce pressure points on the wearer over a period of carrying time. Also, if the wearer has not perfected the art of wrapping, a thinner material is less than forgiving, making it harder to learn the art.

Material Length

The length of the material determines what positions the baby can be carried. Smaller children, such as a baby or toddler, can be carried on the parent's front, hip or back. It is possible to carry the child via a one-shoulder carry - similar to the ring sling, but a shorter amount of material is needed for this type of carry. While the pouch sling is probably the easiest of the baby slings to learn to use, the wrap or wraparound is more difficult.

Wraparound baby slings are not as popular as some of the other baby slings on the market, mainly due to the learning curve of how to properly wrap one and safely secure your child. However, once you have learned this art, it opens up a new alternative for the wearer to transport their baby or toddler while remaining somewhat hands free.
About the Author
Pure and Honest Kids offers a great selection of baby slings. Visit us today on the web for baby slings as well as Serena and Lily bedding.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 123
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources