People claim you need a thick wrap to wear any child over infancy. I’ve seen it over and over in the babywearing world: What’s “toddler-worthy”? Will this wrap work with my bigger baby?
Granted, some people may prefer thick wraps (see the last wrap I reviewed, Vaquero’s Gatsby, which comes in at 360 gsm). Some people may find thick wrap more comfortable. But there’s something we’ve forgotten as a community. As long as you wrap carefully, you can wear your baby in almost anything. It might not be your first choice. But you should be able to wear with minimal digging as long as you carefully take slack out of rails, tighten evenly, and spread you passes out. This is the philosophy of the Canadian Babywearing School, and it’s sound.
This isn’t to attack mamas who prefer thick wraps. Heck, I prefer thick wrap sometimes. It’s not to call them lazy, or bad wrappers – it can be hard to get a good wrap job in a thick wrap. It’s simply to remind everyone that we can use thin fabric to carry our babies.
And my favorite thin fabric is Wrapsody’s Breeze Wrap.
The Breeze is a gauze wrap with a pocket on the end. It comes in S/M (4.6m), M/L (5m) and L/XL (5.5m); it’s thin, lightweight, and fits in its own pocket. Straight out of the box, the gauze will feel rough, but a wash or a wear will soften it up. It’s perfect for the heat. And don’t let inferior gauze fool you: this will feel heftier, and wear more solidly, than knockoff etsy brands.
Because gauze is solid. It doesn’t have any bounce or give; it doesn’t give you any cush on the shoulders. And it’s grippy. If you wrap poorly in a gauze wrap, you’re going to know it. That makes it a great wrap to learn on, since you have to pay attention to technique immediately.
To prove you could use a gauze wrap with a 24 lber, I took the Breeze challenge. For one week, I used nothing but the Breeze. That included Target trips, Mass attendance, and at least four hikes. Because not only is the Breeze awesome, it can work for a larger age range than people generally give it.
I had plenty of length – 5m – which gave me the chance to do a range of carries. Normally, I’m a no-fuss double-hammock girl. However, I found that, while wearing Sunny in the Breeze, I preferred carries without ruck straps – something that included a chest belt or rebozo shoulders worked better.
Charlie’s Cross Carry worked wonderfully. Most of the weight stayed on the waistbelt, though I had to tighten carefully. A secure high back carry felt perfect: no digging, no pressure points. It’s not my fav carry, because of the way it makes my boobs look, so I kept trying. I settled on a bastardized version of Jordan’s Back Carry that involved a chest belt and tied under bum.
I hiked for up to an hour at a time. By the end, in a double hammock, my shoulders were beginning to feel the weight. Not necessarily pressure points, but weight. I found that by sandwiching the straps, I got a cushier wrap job.
I really appreciated the Breeze in the heat. It’s getting up in the 90s here down South, and that makes for a sweaty baby hike. The Breeze kept us from overheating in situations where a thick wrap would have had us sweating like an Alabama swamp mule. I could do multi-layer carries without worrying about overheating. I didn’t like the long time I had to spend in the parking lot pulling and fiddling every time I put it on. Because this is a grippy wrap, you have to place it.
My biggest problem with the Breeze wasn’t pressure points or digginess, actually. I had trouble keeping Sunny up high. Despite tightening carefully, I was leaving slack in the wrap, and Sunny was sinking downward. A double hammock or other easy carry kept him up higher, while the super complicated JBC variation did not. The less steps, the easier I found it to keep him at my neck where he belonged.
The Breeze challenge succeeded. We used it in every capacity, without serious digging and with no misery, for one week. This proves that the Breeze isn’t just a perfect wrap for a new baby. You can wear your Breeze up to the toddler age (Sunny is 18 months), with patience and careful wrapping. This is a serious option for a ‘real’ wrapper, and a great option for the summertime.
I loved this wrap, and so can you! Check Manic Pixie Dream Mama for a chance to win it for yourself!