When my second son was born, I flirted with sewing in order to create this Moby-style baby wrap (AKA “the Fauxby”) to keep little Milo super close. So I went on an adventure to create a DIY Baby Wraps. It is the snuggliest baby carrier that I’ve ever had.
Before we get into the DIY baby wrap tutorial let’s talk a little bit about why babywearing is so important. First off as moms we are always multi-tasking so while the baby needs to be in your arms, like ALL DAY LONG, you also have everyday life things that need to be done like grocery shopping, laundry, and chasing after other kids too. This is where babywearing becomes a huge help. It is like growing an extra set of arms. You can now soothe your baby AND get your stuff done all at the same time! Voila!
What is great is that babywearing also serves a much deeper purpose as well. Did you know that babywearing is good for your baby’s cognitive and social development? It’s true they get to hear you speak and interact with others which helps develop their language skills and they feel all of your movement which they find stimulating too! (source) Baby wraps also prevent your baby from developing a flat head or plagiocephaly as it is called (source).
Most babies find baby wraps to be extremely comforting too as it mimics the motions they felt while they were inside your body. So, it may help your baby cry less too! And, babies that are worn in carriers are also known to regulate their heart rate and temperature better (source). Not to mention wearing a baby in a baby wrap can also help them with more consistent weight gain (source).
So, you see babywearing is fantastic for moms and babies alike. But, they can also cost you an arm & a leg. So, here is another option. You can try our DIY Moby Baby Wrap. This affordable option means you can make multiple baby wraps to match your different styles and looks too!!
How to create your own DIY Baby Wraps
Heather says, “My mom helped me to hem the edges. Once I saw how legitimately simple it was, I made another two on my own.”
Babywearing Wrap Tutorial
- Muslin fabric, 5 yards- one long piece will usually yield two wraps. *Pro Tip: get the lady in the store to cut it for you!
- A patch made from another material.
- Thread in your sewing machine.
- Cut the fabric in half lengthwise so it is 20 inches wide and 5 yards long
- Iron, pin, then hem the edges.
- Adhere your patch to the middle of the wrap so you can easily find it by feel.
Not a big fan of sewing? Try this DIY No-Sew Baby Wrap Trick.
Buy a knit fabric that has some stretch. The ends will look raw, but they will not unravel. This is sort of a Flashdance-style wrap. Look for 5% spandex or lycra and 95% cotton like this adorable print. You’ll need 5 yards, and the width will be 42 inches. Fold it in half and cut along the fold.
This is what the material will look like all spread out.
How to wear it?
I experimented a bit before I asked the woman at our local baby gear shop to fit me properly. It was a relief to have a pro install Milo for me. Maybe this video will help you.
Wanna just buy one?
The moby wrap on amazon comes in many colors and you know it works.
Does your baby enjoy being worn in baby wraps?
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