We adore Wrapsody here. We have used and loved each of the three wrap styles available. A Wrapsody Stretch Hybrid was the first wrap that both of my youngest children were snuggled in. They are amazingly soft like your favorite t-shirt. They are thin enough to not overwhelm a tiny newborn and to make them breathable, and the stretch gives them nice moldability. This is not even taking into consideration their beauty, with their hand made batiks and vibrant colors!
But my baby is no longer a newborn, how are they for bigger kids?
This is one of two questions I hear frequently about the Stretch Hybrids. The other question is “Are they really safe for back carries”?
Let’s tackle the size question first. I have carried my own children in a Wrapsody Stretch Hybrid up to about 40 lbs successfully. With most wraps, the biggest factor in the outcome is the technique. Here is my youngest son on the day he came home from the hospital, at about 7 lbs, and again shortly after his second birthday at around 29 lbs in our beloved “Rowan”.
Birth to toddler, still happily snuggled in.
Exhibit number two is our friend Rachel over at Quirky Baby. She wore three year old Jane in “Orcas” at Sea World. How perfect is that?
Rachel and Jane visiting Shamu in Orcas.
Now on to the second question. If this question hasn’t occurred to you, let me offer a bit of background first. Some stretchy wraps on the market offer stretch both directions along the fabric, both lengthwise and width wise. They also have serged edges. This combination makes it quite difficult to get a snug carry that won’t stretch out under the child’s weight.
The Stretch Hybrid on the other hand, offers give width wise, with minimal stretch length wise. They also feature hemmed edges (or rails in babywearing speak) which offers stability. While I don’t recommend a back carry with the fore mentioned style of stretchy wraps, I am very confident in the safety of a well wrapped Wrapsody Stretch Hybrid.
We wanted to offer more than just my opinion on this, so our family conducted an experiment of sorts. The major players in our experiment were myself (gave my body for pseudo science), my 13 year old son acting as camera man, and my 42 lb 5 year old as my willing model. I put him up in a double hammock carry, making sure to tighten carefully. Here are the results of our test.
So there you have it. The Wrapsody Stretch Hybrid is perfectly suitable for toddlers and preschoolers, and works fine for back carries. And did I mention they are pretty?
Sling With Me stocks Stretch Hybrids, as well as Breeze and Wrap DuO’s.