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After having Marvel I was really excited to learn about geeky babywearing. Before I really only knew the basic carriers found in big box stores like Ergo and Baby Bjorn. I was happy to find out that there’s a whole other side to it that fits along great with my style and interests.
The first geeky carrier I bought was one based on Harry Potter called Indivisibility Cloak in violet by Natibaby, a European woven wrap maker. I would have loved to have bought the colorway called carmin (it’s like Gryffindor colors), which is the first one that the wrap came out in. But I’ve learned that with many woven carriers, that once a colorway is woven, they don’t repeat it. You can buy them second hand, but unlike other used products, used wraps and carriers tend to go up in value rather than depreciate. (I have since bought a scrap of a wrap in the carmin color to make Marvel a stuffed lion with).
Trying out Indivisibility Cloak from Natibaby
Sean loves babywearing too! Wearing Marvel during the 4th of July
As you can tell, Marvel loves it too!
The scrap of carmin that I bought
I also learned about how you can make carriers yourself and found a great pattern online by Sew Toot. Because of national regulations and needing to get licensed and insured, you’re not allowed to sell carriers that you’ve made unless you become compliant. I don’t plan to do that, as it’s not cheap, but I do love making them!
I’ve made one carrier so far (and am in the process of making another). It’s using Doctor Who fabric and It’s very comfortable! This type of carrier is a buckle carrier and the hood is removable. The next one I’m making is going to be a Marvel one of course!
The carrier I made from the Sew Toot pattern
Sean wearing the homemade carrier at the Zoo
You can even babywear while wearing a sweater to keep little ones warm!
Sometimes that sweater is also a geeky wizard type sweater
I’ve since also bought a ring sling that is based on Star Wars called TK-421, also made by Natibaby. Unfortunately, we don’t use it as often, but it’s such a beautiful wrap and ring slings are great for little babies! We wore it to Salt Lake Comic Con on one of our days and Sean found it comfortable.
I fell in love with a wrap from Cari Slings called Mithril. I’ll be reviewing that one in a separate post though, as I love it that much! But here’s a picture as a sneak peek:
There are so many options for all kinds of geeks. I’m always seeing new designs. Sometimes the designs aren’t so obvious though, because the have to watch out for copyright issues (My doctor who carrier is using licensed fabric and I’m not selling so I’m good there!) A popular thing, especially among handwoven wraps, is to take the colors from an image and turn it into a wrap. While I’d love to own one of those, handwoven wraps run quite high in price because of the labor. Hopefully someday I’d love to learn to how to weave so I can make my own.
If you’re not into geeky things (which if you’re not and you’re reading this far, I’d wonder why you’re still here), there are also beautiful wraps that will fit your style and taste! There really is something for everyone! We’ve also used a Moby Wrap and an Ergo Carrier and we’ve loved them both!
The Moby Wrap (or stretchy wrap). Great for newborns!
Marvel in the Ergo
The number one thing, no matter the carrier you have, is to remember to keep your baby safe! Buy from reputable sellers only. I love that Ergo has specialists that you can write in to see if a carrier is a fake or not (believe it or not there are lots of fakes out there!). A good deal is not more important than your baby’s safety! You also want to follow instructions by not doing back carries before they are ready too.
The second thing, when doing front carries, is to make sure your baby’s head is close enough to kiss. What that means is you don’t have to strain your neck down to kiss the top of your head. It makes it a great position for baby snuggles and allows them to sleep comfortably (because carriers come with sleepy dust!)
I love babywearing and being able to show my geeky side with it. It’s something that I love to share with others, but I also know that everyone is different and may not like it. If you haven’t tried it, is it something you wish you’d done or could do? Tell me your babywearing stories in the comments and if there’s a carrier you wish you had!