Ah, baby wearing. Until you have a kid, you don’t really understand the necessity of having a really great go-to baby wearing contraption. Especially when you have a colicky, reflux-y baby who won’t let you put him down. Then baby wearing becomes a way of life.
I have tried all kinds of carriers. One popular type of carrier is the wrap. When my daughter was born, I couldn’t wait to try the Moby wrap. Back then, it was all the rage. During my pregnancy, I found a really cute one at a resale store one day for half the price of a new one and I was so excited. Then Aislin came along and I quickly realized how much I did NOT like the Moby wrap. It was too much work and too complicated to put on quickly. Then when I finally got her in it, the thing stretched out so bad that she was sagging around my hips. And it was HOT. Both of us sweated like pigs. So I gave up on the Moby and moved on to my next carrier, swearing off wraps altogether.
During my pregnancy with Hawkins, I had no intention of trying another wrap. I was perfectly happy sticking with our trusty soft-structured carrier (the BECO is the best, by the way). But then I started reading about this new wrap called the Solly Baby Wrap. I will admit, it initially caught my eye because it came in a super cute striped fabric that I absolutely adored. But that was not enough of a reason for me to try another wrap. But when I started reading about other moms that just raved about this wrap, I started to wonder if I should give it a try. So I ordered one and decided to give it a go.
When it finally came, I was not surprised that I loved the look of it in person as much as I did online. And the fabric is so soft and light. The Solly Baby Wrap is very similar to the Moby in that it is one very long piece of fabric that you wrap around your body and tie around your waist, creating a “seat” in front of your chest where your baby sits snug as a bug. The wrap comes with an instruction booklet and the Solly Baby website has some great video tutorials to show you how to do the various carries with your baby.
The Solly Baby is different from the Moby in a couple of key ways. First, the fabric is about half the width of the Moby so, for whatever reason, it doesn’t nearly feel as cumbersome and awkward putting it on. I was able to wrap it around my body and put Hawkins in within about 45 seconds, which I was never able to do with the Moby. Second, the fabric is not nearly as stretchy as the Moby so baby stays comfortably snug against your body no matter how long he’s in it. I’ve worn Hawkins on several walks and around the house getting stuff done and I never had to re-wrap him because of sagging. Also, the fabric is really light and breathable so neither of us get hot and sweaty.
The Solly Baby wrap has a pouch sewn into one end of it so that when the wrap is not in use, you can fold it into itself and it stays in a nice, neat bundle. I love the fact that I can throw it in my bag without it taking up a ton of space and that it’s very easily accessible. As much as I love my soft-structured carrier, I’ve never liked how bulky it is to carry around in case it’s needed. The Solly Baby solved that problem of me. Also, I was really surprised at how comfortable it is. Most wraps and carriers make my back hurt and I can only wear them for a short period of time. With the Solly Baby, I can very comfortably wear Hawkins for hours at a time while I get stuff done around the house. And he absolutely loves it. He falls asleep within minutes of my putting him in it and stays asleep nearly the whole time (until he gets hungry enough to wake up). And I should be able to wear him in it for a good long while because it will hold babies up to 25 pounds.
The Solly Baby Wrap has quickly become my favorite carrier. I truly never thought I’d say that about anything except my BECO, which I still love, but the Solly Baby has exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds. I highly recommend it to anyone in the market for a wrap. It comes in many different colors and I think they may be launching some new spring colors soon.
And if that weren’t enough to convince you, the Solly Baby Wrap is 100% American made by a mama in California and $1 of every purchase of a wrap is donated to a charity called Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and birth safe for every mother. Awesome, right?