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« on: May 10, 2012 11:53:52 AM »

This baby carrier is sooo easy to make and is soooo comfortable to wear!  About 5 years ago, I made a baby sling for my 2nd child.  It worked just fine but was absolutely horrible to wear!  It made my neck and back ache like crazy the first time so I never wore it again.  :/  Fail on that project. 

We are headed on vacation in 3 weeks with a 6 week old baby in tow and a 7, 4, and 2 year old as well Smiley  I really thought a baby carrier would be beneficial to us in keeping hands free while we're out and about.  This also frees up the sit n stand stroller for the 4 and 2 year olds. (ahh, the REAL method to my madness!)  Please note, this is NOT my original tutorial or directions for this type of carrier.  Google the moby wrap and you can find a tute without any problem.  In a nutshell however, you buy 5-6yds of KNIT (stretches BOTH ways) fabric.  If you aren't picky about the print/color, i would highly suggest hitting up Joanns during their 50% off the clearance section sale and purchase a knit fabric from there.  Normally, knit fabric runs $10 at my local Joanns and I purchased this navy blue for $3 a yard.  6x3 is $18 BUT you can get at least 2 wraps out of the one cut of fabric.  So, $9 for my wrap and I gifted the other one to my SIL who had a little boy last October.  Score one for me Smiley

Cut the fabric down the length at 25" wide. That is all I did and it is perfectly safe and usable.  It's helpful to somehow mark the center of the wrap.  When you tie it onto your body you need to know where the middle is so I added a sew in label of mine at the center mark.

This carrier does NOT hurt my neck or back.  It's wonderful!

I've worn it for 2+ hours at a time with still NO pain!

I love it!

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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2012 12:49:19 PM »

I love it. babywearing FTW. my little one is 6 now and I still miss our "mummyhugs".
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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2012 01:03:07 PM »

I got a Moby as a gift when I was pregnant (also loved it), and I just looked up the price! Your $18 fabric (for TWO wraps) is way cheaper. Great work!  Grin

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2012 01:19:10 PM »

It's awesome!  I wish I had known more about these when my babies were born Sad  I had a sling for travel when my son was a bit older and it was horrible!  Whomever made it used a plain old cotton that had NO stretch to it what-so-ever.  I may have to make a few of these for some of my preggo friends. 

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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2012 01:48:49 PM »

I made my sister one of these when she was pregnant with her second and I used the other half of the fabric to make one for a friend who was also pregnant. They loved it.  I think it cost me something stupid like 12 dollars for the fabric, as it was on clearance. I made it for her, because someone had given one to me, and at that point I still used it occasionally.  They are absolutely the most comfortable way to wear your little one.  Yay Baby wearing!  And Happy Vacationing!

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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2012 05:16:17 PM »

i just made one for myself for $9, although i used 3 yds cut in half lengthwise with a seam in the middle (which also marks the center) i also found the tut on google. so far i've only been able to test it with a stuffed animal, but it seems comfy so i'm glad to hear how yours worked.
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2012 04:13:11 PM »

This is fabulous!  I have 3 mommies to be to buy/create for, and this will be perfect for the 2 first timers!

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