So, you have a baby. After months of prepping your home, and baby-proofing everything, you wonder what else you’re missing. You look around and realize, “How am I supposed to carry the baby around?!”. Luckily, this tutorial will show you how you can make your own baby carrier wrap, and the best part is, you don’t need any training. After taking all those baby preparation classes, you realize you need to learn how to make a baby carrier wrap. This tutorial will give you step by step instructions, allowing you to spend more time with your precious bundle of joy
If you’ve heard of a Moby wrap, or seen the product, this tutorial will teach you how to make your own. Of course, making the baby wrap is half the battle, so we’ll show you how you should wear it when it’s done. Here is how you can make your own Moby wrap. These are the items you’ll need to get started.
Considering your baby is going to be wrapped up in your homemade wrap, you should find some material that is comfortable to wrap them up in. Using knit fabric is an excellent choice, and the best part is that you can choose whatever images and colors you want. Nothing gives a baby style than a fabric that can cheer anyone up.
You will need some scissors to cut the fabric. You can use safety scissors, or a normal pair, depending on your preference and experience. If you don’t have scissors, you can use a knife to cut the fabric.
While it’s assumed you’re going to use your own baby, maybe someone wants to make one for their niece or nephew.
You will need yourself to make sure the carrier will fit just right. You can measure it out on yourself, and adjust the baby carrier wrap for the most comfortable position for you and the baby.
While making the baby wrap is a cinch, the most difficult part is figuring out how the wrap works, and putting it on right. We’ll show you how to make and cut the wrap, and then follow it up with the steps you should take to make sure the wrap will fit perfectly.
After you’ve gotten your 5.5 yards of fabric, you want to lay it out flat. You can use your living room, or hallway to lay it out. If your hallway is too narrow, you can clear out some room in the living room. Make sure the whole fabric is completely flat
You will want to take the scissors and cut it right down the middle. Make sure you cut it long ways, otherwise your wrap will be too thick to use. Since you’ve laid it flat, you can guess what the middle is. Just take the scissors and try and cut it as straight as you can.
So, after cutting the wrap, you’re left with two pieces. This is great because now you have a backup for when it’s time to change out the wrap. You can keep the wrap in a closet, or use it as a wash rag. Whatever you want to do with the other half of it, I’m sure you’ll find a use for it.
Okay, so you’ve made the wrap, and you’re looking at the fabric, wondering how this is going to work. This part will focus on what you need to do to make sure the wrap fits properly.
Once again, we’re looking for the middle of the fabric. You can make it easy to find later on by sewing a little piece of fabric that comes out of the middle. It’s easy to do and won’t take long, but if you don’t want to do it, it’s okay, as well. The important thing is to find the middle of the fabric, and bunch it up. Make sure the fabric is fit snugly around the middle of your body.
After the wrap is fit snugly around the middle of your body, take one hand and hold one side of the wrap on your back. Take the other side of the fabric, and wrap it across your shoulder. Keep going, and go through the waist area. The back straps should crisis cross each other, which will provide support when you’re carrying the baby
The front of the wrap should look like curtains coming over your shoulders, and held against your body in the middle. The wrap should fit snugly the whole time you’re wearing it, and you can adjust it to make it more comfortable. You should make sure you can breathe while you’re wearing it, but don’t make it too loose. We don’t want any babies to fall out and get away from the carrier.
After you’ve looked over the front of the carrier, you want to make sure the parts that are hanging down are even with each other. Using a full-length mirror will give you a better glimpse of how the carrier works. There is a good chance that it will be off the first time you do it, so don’t feel discouraged. You’ll just have to readjust it and make it fit better.
The parts that hang down to your feet will need to be crossed over one another. After you’ve done the front, put them behind your back, and wrap them up, and make a loose knot with them. You should have only a small amount of fabric left over to create the knot. If you have too much fabric, you can take it and wrap it around the front of you again. It could be a personal preference as well, so do what makes you most comfortable.
While you’ve been messing with the fabric, you’re probably been wondering what your baby has been up to. Well, hopefully not too much, and now you can bring the baby into the mix. You’ll want to put one leg inside one of the front pouches. Take the other leg in the other pouch while cradling them. Depending on their age, you may need to position them in the carrier differently. It they’re younger than four months, you want their legs to be in a frog position. If they’re older than four months, you want their hips to be in a “W” position.
Take each side, one at a time, and snugly tuck the baby into the carrier. The front pouch will then need to come up over their whole back. This provides support to their necks and back. Make sure the whole carrier is snug, and fits tightly around them. You want to make sure nothing is blocking their air way, otherwise, it’s going to be a bad time. One thing to note is that this type of carrier is only good for keeping the baby in front of your body. Do not try and fit them on your back, otherwise they will fall out, and nobody needs that.
After reading this tutorial, we hope you enjoyed it. A lot of new parents wonder how they can make a comfortable carrier for their baby, and instead of spending money on something you can do yourself, we figured we could show you how to make it yourself. Having a baby is expensive enough, so why spend money on something you can create for only a few dollars, and an hour or two of your free time? While some new parents may have trouble figuring out the exact technique for creating a baby carrier, the truth is that it’s not that difficult once you know how to do it.
Feel free to leave any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this tutorial. We would love to hear what you have to say, and whether you have any trips or tricks to share. Until next time, enjoy your new homemade baby carrier!