Thursday, November 13, 2008
Since so many people enjoyed yesterday's post, I thought I would continue with the International Babywearing Week theme today. After putting up my post yesterday, I realized it had been a while since I had little Miss Independent ("WALK!!") in my wrap, so I decided to hoist all 19 months and 25 pounds of her up onto my back for a bit after dinner. That is when my 4 year old and almost 50 pound son decided that he would like to go on Mommy's back too.
My daughter didn't cooperate for long enough to take a picture, but here is one of my son last night on my back in my Storchenwiege wrap. I was amazed at how light he felt. I did get him to hold on as much as possible so that it wasn't dead weight, but the quality of the wrap also helped to distribute the weight well across my body so that I didn't feel it in any one place. Essentially it was like a piggy back ride with some extra support and safety built in.
I wanted to post this to demonstrate the long lasting value that a good quality woven wrap can provide. These wraps are not cheap (around $100 plus, depending on length and where you buy it), but well worth the money when you consider that you could use it through several children and several years each and then even pass it down to your children to use with their children later. There are so many different ways that you can use the wrap too, making it an extremely flexible and adaptable carrier.
There are lots of brands of wraps out there and the Germans really are the best at making quality woven wraps. Some of the brands I would recomend include Storchenwiege, Hoppediz and Didymos. If you want to pick one up second hand, so that it is nicely broken in (they can be stiff to begin with) and to save a little bit off of the price, you can check out the For Sale or Trade section of The Babywearer Forums.
Included in the "How do you wear?" Mr. Linky over at Adventures in Babywearing.