I don’t really know why I didn’t have a wrap with K. Seems like something I should have gotten, but I don’t think I really knew about them until she was bigger. At any rate, with a busy three year old on my hands I KNEW I had to have a wrap with baby #2 — after all, I need my hands.
So, I have no experience with a wrap of any kind, and right out of the box I have to tell you I was completely overwhelmed. There is a LOT of fabric! But I have to compliment the little booklet that comes with the Sleepy Wrap. After taking a deep breath and reading the booklet, I was able to attempt the “basic tie.” Not too bad first time out, considering my 7 month belly (doh, this thing was designed to be worn post baby not pre!). No really, it actually wasn’t too bad to tie, once I practiced a couple of times. (Oh and after reviewing the booklet like 10 times, I discovered the “how-to” videos on the Sleepy Wrap site. I recommend starting there, then keeping the booklet as a reference.)
Of course, the next step was to use one of K’s baby dolls to substitute for the real thing… It doesn’t really work like that. Part of the magic of the Sleepy Wrap is its stretchy material that stretches around the weight of your baby, and I can totally see how it is going to work. To really put this thing to the test, I decided I must enlist my husband and daughter’s assistance.
Oh yes, I decided to see how well this thing really worked I would need to strap my 34-pound, three-year-old daughter to my hubby. (Aren’t they so good to me to be willing participants?!!?) I decided it would be easier for me to wrap my husband than to teach him how for this test run. The first attempt wasn’t perfect, I think K’s wiggly leg went in the wrong hole. But the second attempt was pretty darn great. Look how cute they look.
I asked my husband how secure she felt, and other than her bouncing up and down he said she felt very secure. Now, I have no intention of wearing my big girl, but it was a great test. (The website says there is no age limit, and it has be tested up to 45 pounds. There is even picture of a woman carrying a five year old, her daughter must be less wiggly than my mine.) If this thing can hold K, the new baby will be secure.
The original Sleepy Wrap comes in nine color choices, and the organic version comes in three others. My only complaint about my Sleepy Wrap is probably that the dark green makes me think I am strapping up for battle… I think beige, brown or one of the organics would have been better for me. But in reality, that’s not much of a complaint – just a preference.
Since the baby is due in October, I expect to get a LOT of use out of the Sleepy Wrap. Although I imagine wearing it in the summer might be very hot, I will be curious to see how that goes next summer.
The Sleepy Wrap is available on Amazon for $45 (with free shipping).
Disclosure – I received a Sleepy Wrap to facilitate this review and one is being provided for the winner, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.