When you fall down the rabbit hole, you can start to realise that there’s a lot more to woven wraps than you first thought! Not only are there different sizes, patterns, and thicknesses, but you can also buy them in many, many combinations of fibres.
New wrappers can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the options out there, and wonder what’s right for them. But even most experienced wrappers haven’t tried every possible fibre and blend, and are still on the hunt for that perfect mix of fibres, weave, and other design features that make up their perfect wrap.
***Warning: Geekery to the MAX in this post!!!***
Over the past few months, I’ve spent some time researching (and trying) a number of different fibres and blends to try and pinpoint the differences, wrapping qualities, and other possible benefits. Rather than keeping all the info to myself, I thought I’d share it here!
Why does the fibre matter?
Wrapping qualities, or the strengths and weaknesses of a wrap, are determined by the weave/pattern, thickness, and the fibres that make up the wrap. As you get into wrapping, you’ll notice a preference for certain wrapping qualities, such as:
Knowing which fibres work well together to produce your favourite wrapping qualities will help you choose the right wrap for you and your baby. Other than wrapping qualities, different fibres also have different care requirements and can result in different aesthetics.
What Are The Main Fibres and Their Qualities?
Quite honestly, there are probably hundreds of different fibres and blends that could be used in a woven wrap, many of which are yet to be explored. It is an exciting time to be a babywearer and wrapper! I’ll list just some of the main ones and their unique wrapping qualities to help you decide which fibres might be a good choice for your next woven.
What Blend Should You Choose?
Now that you have the facts on what each blend wraps like and their different care requirements, you should be able to narrow it down. Or not! Your choice will also depend on a few other factors, including:
A Little Perspective Goes a Long Way…
As always, I like to remind you to just go for it! Don’t agonise over textiles and blends to the point where you don’t end up getting your wrap at all. Yes, all the information can seem overwhelming, but at the end of the day, your wrap is probably going to do the job (help you snuggle your baby!) and that’s all that matters.
It can be fun to geek out over different blends and wrapping qualities, and some of us (guilty!) like to try a bit of everything just because. But that doesn’t mean that you have to.
But on the flip side of things, if you want to and are able to try different blends, go for it! Remember, your babies won’t stay small forever… so if you’re curious about any of the fibres and blends I’ve mentioned above, don’t sit around wondering! Keep an eye out for new releases, bargains in the secondhand market, or even someone (generously) sending their wrap travelling. Whether you have the budget to buy new or not, you can find a way to TRY ALL THE WRAPS (AND BLENDS!).
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