Have a newborn-6mo? Looking for a super comfy carrier that feels like it's just part of your clothing, fits all sizes of babies and wearers, and can just stay on your body all day while you pop your baby in and out of it?
TM from Phoenix, Arizona says -
Mira from San Jose, CA says -
A perfect fit for you and your baby
Wrap carriers allow for total flexibility in adapting to your baby's age, muscle tone, moods and energy/interest level, as well as to *your* body type.
Once you put your TPB Wrap on, you can pop your baby in and out at lightning speed without any need to readjust in between. Perfect for around the house, running errands and shopping, ideal on planes and in airports.
Or watch the video at the top of this page...you can watch it on YouTube too!
Always take your baby out of The Portable Baby Wrap Carrier before untying.
Diana of Wrapyourbaby.com has some wonderful videos on her website that show how to nurse your baby in a wrap carrier. You can find many other instructional wrap-tying videos on her site as well.
If you pop your baby out for breastfeeding, your TPB Wrap can serve as a privacy cover. No need to untie it, just spread out one of the "straps" of the X of the Cross Carry Tie.
What kind of fabric do you use to make this wrap?
After much experimentation with many different types of fanrics in different weights, weaves and materials (see some of them below), I found the ideal fabric. It's a tightly woven, crisp premium cotton with 4% Spandex that is extremely light and breathable (much like a fine white button-down business dress shirt), and you can fold it down to almost nothing. There's no bulk to it at all. Excellent for warm climates, and easy to wear under a coat in cold climates.
This special fabric has a touch of unidirectional stretch (ONLY on the width, not on the length, so will never bag or stretch too much). It holds and cuddles and wraps around the baby perfectly. Very comfy on the shoulders, and even drapes stylishly when the baby's out of it. The original fabric that I used was sadly discontinued, but I have been able to have it recreated and custom woven especially for you. Hooray!
How does The Portable Baby Wrap compare to the other types of wrap carriers available?
STRETCHY COTTON WRAPS are very common and inexpensive. There are many similar brands made out of T-shirt type cotton jersey fabric.
Unfortunately, they are only really useful with newborns...these types of wraps stretch, but then do not bounce back well. They bag out with an older baby's weight, the baby starts sinking southwards, and you will feel the need to untie your stretchy cotton wrap, tighten it up, and re-tie it every 20 minutes to keep your baby from sinking past your belly button. (For reference: in any baby carrier, for correct ergonomics you want your baby's bottom to be sitting no lower than your navel. This will keep your posture correct.)
You also need to do a more complicated tie with stretchy wraps, because the fabric is so stretchy and baggy, it cannot support the baby's weight without looping around you and the baby several times. You cannot use the simple and quick Easy Cross Carry Tie, as you can with The Portable Baby Wrap Carrier. Stretchy cotton jersey wraps are not secure for the baby unless you have an extra loop in the tie to help secure your baby (visible in the photo as the outer band of fabric coming across horizontally...sometimes called a "pocket" - the version of Cross Carry Tie used with stretchy wraps is often called Pocket Wrap Cross Carry), but the extra loop is a pain in the butt to do when you're tying. The simpler Easy Cross Carry Tie you can do with your TPB Wrap is a breeze by comparison.
Stretchy cotton wraps can be HOT with all those loops of fabric around you and your baby. In the photo shown, I was a new first-time mom out for a hike with my baby and I just didn't know any better. I used a stretchy wrap and you can see it sagging all around my baby instead of supporting him. I should have spread it out a little more (and facing out is tricky for this), but even better would have been to wear him in a more supportive, non-sagging carrier.
WOVEN WRAPS are fantastic in many ways, but didn't meet my ideal. I felt like I had a heavy shawl on. That fabric is cozy in cold weather, but somewhat suffocating in hot climates.
In the photo at left, I'm in Mexico, and wow am I hot with that woven wrap on. Look at my sweaty face, and my sleeping little baby is red as a beet, even though I uncovered him as much as I could. The Portable Baby Wrap is light as a feather by comparison. You can wear it around with no baby inside and it's quite nice, like a lightweight shirt.
The woven wraps that I've used (and I haven't used them all, obviously) don't have a middle marker either, which means that you have to measure out your wrap, dangle and dirty the ends on the floor, then guess where to grab the middle. And I never did get it quite right measuring by eye, which means one long end and one short end when you're tying it in front. The first thing I did when I designed The Portable Baby Wrap Carrier was to add a strip of pretty fabric to mark the middle. The middle marker gives a little semi-hidden flash of color at the small of your back, very chic and elegant.
Woven wraps can be extremely expensive as well, even used. Pricing varies, but they average $125, with a range from about $85 all the way up to $1200 and more.
COTTON GAUZE WRAPS are touted as being breathable and good for hot, sweaty weather, but they are scratchy, baggy, and heavy. They do breathe well, and allow air to flow, but still way too much fabric. Like jersey, gauze stretches out and doesn't bounce back. Your babe will sag. And most of the ones I have tried have been unbearably scratchy because they need to be somewhat stiff for support...can't imagine putting a baby's tender skin next to them. If you go in the other direction and get very soft cotton gauze, then it just sort of puddles around the baby, the edges of the fabric actually roll in towards the middle of the wrap. That's why you don't see soft gauze fabric used for wraps, just the stiff and scratchy kind.
HEMP WRAPS sound good, and maybe if you use them for a loooong time they will soften up enough to be comfy (but by then you will have a school-age child, not a baby anymore). I tried making wraps with many different blends and types of hemp fabric and it was always heavy and very scratchy. The one exception was a hemp-silk blend that was lightweight, but so slippery that it was just not safe for use as a baby carrier. The edges rolled inwards and the baby slipped around inside. It was also one of the most crazy expensive fabrics that I tested. Holy moly. I was really sad when it didn't work out, because I shelled out some serious coin for five yards of it.
TPB WRAP STUFF SACK
I was camping last summer, and as I was putting my sleeping bag away, I thought how easy and practical a stuff sack made that process. You take your voluminous sleeping bag, grab the first corner of it near you, and start stuffing it into the little bag. The elastic opening keeps the sleeping bag contained as you stuff more and more of it into the bag, and within 30 seconds you can have the whole sleeping bag packed away very compactly.
When I was developing The Portable Baby Wrap, I used that same idea, and created a matching TPB Wrap Stuff Sack for compact storage and safekeeping. Your wrap will be a bit wrinkled if you put it away like this, but wrinkles in a wrap are actually a good thing. They enable a better, closer fit for you and your baby. So go ahead and stuff your wrap in the Wrap Sack when you're not using it. It will stay clean, compact, and ready for the next time you need it. I'm including it for free with each TPB Wrap Carrier. Enjoy!
I wanted a wrap that would look sleek, chic, modern and minimalist, something to go with casual OR dressy. Neutral, yet not boring. Comfortable, cool, light, soft, easy to care for, and easy to tie. Middle of the wrap clearly marked. No sagging or bagging. That's the wrap I made. Hope you like it!
Warranty of 1 year from date of purchase. Original owner only, proof of purchase is required. Please contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org for warranty replacement.