There are different types of woven wraps on the market, each of them with different fabric, aesthetic and texture characteristics. If you are looking for your first wrap, this world could seem very complex. n order to help guide you on your journey into the world of woven wraps, here you are this prime, to choose in the best possible way your woven wrap.
- The fabric of a good wrap is realized by a manual or mechanical loom and is characterized by a double twilled texture ( for example cross twill and jacquard) with natural fibers.
- Certifications – fundamental condition for its safety. The fabric of a woven wrap is constantly in touch with the skin (and mouth) of your babies. You must be sure it does not contain any harmful substances, as for example formaldehyde, slack wax, heavy metals, chemical compound.
- COMPOSITION is the most difficult field. The fabric used gives its own characteristic to the wrap. Generally 100% cotton are the most versatile. Easy to maintain, easy to break in, affordable, soft, supportive enough for whatever baby you want to wrap. If you are wondering what to buy, buy a cotton wrap.
Wraps with higher linen or hemp percentage in addiction to cotton are not suitable for first users because harder to work and to break in. Linen is incredibly supportive, so it a solid choice for a heavy toddler, while hemp tends to be a little thicker and warmer than cotton.
Wool is thought to be a winter fabric, on the contrary it offers exceptional ability to regulate temperature and can be used in any season. It is too stinking hard to take care of. It is easy to felt, requires hand washing, and horizontal drying.
Silk as wool, requires much care in washing, it can be found in two different types giving different characteristic to the wrap.
- THE TICKNESS is measured by its weight – Grams per meter squared, but do not get mad on it! In general we can say that lower thickness wraps are suitable for newborns, higher thickness wraps are more supportive but also more awkward and difficult to handle and break in. how to know if a wrap has a low or high thickness? Here you are a general categorization:
- Low thickness 160-210 gr/m²
- Medium thickness 215-240 gr/m²
- High thickness 240-270 gr/m²
- Very high thickness over 270 gr/m²
Generally having the same thickness, linen and hemp wraps are more supportive than cotton.
It is very important. Too often a long woven wrap is considered “too long”. To tie in the most perfect and safest way we do need this length. Once we have learned how to work the wrap, it will no longer seem so long, but perfect to grant a safe and comfortable tiding. For the majority of average sized wearers, a Size 6 is considered “Base” while a petite wearer could use a 5, and a Plus-size wearer would go with a 7. Are you curious to discover your right size? You can estimate it by calculating: [(waistline+ shoulder width+ shoulder belly distance)*2,4] after this calculation you can choose your wraps among the different sizes. If you children walk and are often in and out your arms and from the wrap, you could also think about a short size or a different carrier, quicker to use and combine it with the long wrap.
Please pay attention to all these “acrobatic” tiding you can find surfing the net using very short wraps, very often these tidings do not respect any security standard.
- THE IMPORTANCE OF A CONSULTANCY
We do insist on the importance of asking to your consultant information about the wrap to use. The choice is very large and a professional opinion based on testing and verifying different fabrics can be very useful to make the right choice to your needs.
From Gessica Catalano’s Certification Work.