Woven wrap, elastic, mei-tai or ergonomic carrier? Our history

Although we are absolute fans of prams as a means of transport on walks, we always wanted to try scarves, and the colic, sleepless days and nights and very crying evenings meant that when Santa was less than a month old, we decided to make an appointment with a shawl advisor.

The next available date was in about 2 weeks, but in the meantime our community midwife called us with an invitation to her childbirth school, where the counselor taught future mothers babywearing as part of the classes, and we could join and use.

During the classes, first of all, we debunked all the myths about carrying a baby, both those related to bad habits (the famous "don't wear yourself because you get used to it") and the dangers of carrying a child (spine, hips, slipping out of the scarf). Then, after reviewing all possible miracles for babywearing - from hangings in which we absolutely do not carry babies, through woven, elastic, wrap-mei-taie, soft mei-tai carriers, to soft ergonomic carriers and various strange hybrids.

I immediately fell in love with mei-tai, but of course Mikołaj was too small for them, so we started learning how to wear a woven scarf, of course under the guidance of an instructor. Finally, we rented a scarf to take home and that is how our wearing adventure began, which continues to this day.

woven wrap blog

Wojtek liked the woven scarf very much, and under my supervision he tied Santa Claus closely several times a day. Especially at the beginning of the adventure with babywearing, it is important to control each other and verify the binding results, because they can be different.

On the other hand, I couldn't get along with the woven scarf. I had no problems with tying, but when I saw her, I just didn't want to struggle, tie and tighten a five-meter “piece” of material ... so it was mainly Wojtek.

So after 2 weeks, I decided to return the woven wrap and borrow a ring sling. It seemed to me extremely easy to tie and wear, but I couldn't be more wrong! The tying was neither easy nor… comfortable. I used it only a few times and kept looking.

Coming back to the wrapping classes, I remembered tying a scarf, which, although long as a woven scarf, was easier and, above all, faster, and the baby was put into a ready-made tying. After watching the instructional videos, I knew that we would love each other and decided to buy my own elastic scarf. My quick choice without much market analysis fell on the Tula company and in a moment I was waiting for it like on high heels, because Mikołaj was experiencing the apogee of abdominal problems, Wojtek went on a business trip for the first time after his birth, and my hands were dry from wearing, my spine he refused to obey, and when Mikołaj cried, he cried. So we both looked for the courier.

She came. Rachu ciach instruction and binding. It did not take a few minutes, and Santa fell asleep. In a moment I mastered putting it into the bed without waking up. Even if he didn't sleep long, I felt safe knowing that our closeness could soothe him. My hands became free again, and my spine quickly thanked me for this change.

elastic band black tula
elastic band black tula

When Santa began to weigh about 7-8 kilograms, the elastic scarf was no longer so comfortable for us: while it worked at home, it felt noticeably springy during walks. So I borrowed an ergonomic carrier from my friend, which was more convenient for us to put on, not to mention putting the baby down after falling asleep. As soon as Santa started to sit up, I decided to buy a double-sided mei-tai, which was built exactly like a borrowed ergonomic carrier, but instead of short belts fastened with buckles, it had long straps for tying. We decided on such a solution due to the fact that we carry it together, and there is a significant size difference between us - in order to avoid adjusting all buckles to the wearer each time. Mei-tai was made to order for us, and the panel is made of our piece of fabric that alludes to Mikołaj's room.

Mei-tai pathi soft carrier

Wearing allowed us not only to soothe the pain, but also the fear of the Child, and also allowed us to be absolutely close. It turned out to be a great pleasure for our whole family. Confused, cuddled, we felt relieved. Everybody. When Mikołaj grew older and we started using mei-tai, Grandma also wore it. A wonderful sight of an older person (sorry, Mom) believing in your intuition, giving up their habits, breaking down and trying a new one, for the sake of your child.

Today Mikołaj is 9 months old, the baby carrier still helps us to discharge our emotions after the whole day. Usually, he falls asleep literally in a minute, sometimes even before we tie the belts, and sometimes we carry Santa around the room, and after a few minutes he lets us know that he has “hugged” himself, that he is ready to go to his crib, where he falls asleep himself. When he suffers from painful teething, cuddling with one of us allows him to find relief. When it turns out to have too much experience on a long walk, I sometimes take the baby carrier out of the shopping basket and carry it. The carrier also helped us get into the rhythm of the day. But I will write about it later.

For us, being together through wearing seems to be a cure for all evil. And how is it with you? You wear? You have carried? Or maybe you just want to try?

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  • Wave
    Reply
    04.05.2021

    Kinder Hop carriers are amazing. Professionalism and comfort in one!

  • Anna
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    29.03.2021

    We have the one from Kinder Hop - it's very practical. It does not stretch and can be tied without support.

  • Angelika
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    24.01.2021

    Kinder Hop carriers work best with us, especially those with the possibility of age modifications. After all, the baby grows so fast!

  • Anna
    Reply
    29.11.2020

    I love these Kinder Hop baby carriers. They are very comfortable for me and my son.

  • oliver
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    10.05.2018

    I don't understand one thing. Why is the carrier only when the baby sits down? Good companies like babybjorn or tula say "from birth" on ... is it a scam? I guess these companies would not go to something like that, especially since it is about children's health ...

  • Marta Skrętowska
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    18.08.2017

    The vision of a woven scarf discourages me terribly. Not wearing any more, I can see that this elastic wrap is it. Maybe I'm stupidly denying or unnecessarily discouraging but somehow I don't see myself wrapped in this scarf. I have to add here that I am extremely short so elastic poofi scarves immediately appealed to me because of their seemingly shapely form. However, I have a few questions about this. Is there a big difference between me and my partner? Are these elastic wraps relatively universal and can we both manage one? Are these poofi scarves good, any experiences or opinions? And when can you wear it in this elastic wrap? Can you move from it to the baby carrier? Do you have to buy a woven scarf along the way? I will be grateful for the hints and answers 🙂

    • 18.08.2017

      We switched from an elastic to a sling - it all depends on when the baby starts sitting up by itself, because only then can we start using the sling.
      Elastic wraps are not comfortable at some point - when the baby is so heavy that it starts to spring back in the wrap. And it's really hard to say when the baby will sit up by itself, what weight it will have and whether it will be before the elastic scarf springs back.
      I don't know Poofi's scarves, we had Tuli's scarves and it was fine, only for colder days - on warmer days it was much too hot for us, so now Lodger's stretchy scarf is waiting for us - 100% hydrophilic cotton - I hope not we will be so hot in it. You need to check the length of the scarf - in our case, the standard scarf was suitable for both my husband and me, although we are different about 20 cm tall and even more kilograms.

    • Marta Skrętowska
      18.08.2017

      Fortunately, I have a fall-winter child so maybe we'll be ready for warmer days for any changes, whether it is a sling or another scarf :) I will check out Lodger's too. Thank you for the answer 🙂

  • Johnny's mum
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    10.03.2017

    We also started with a woven wrap. Around 4mca, we bought a kolick scarf, we successfully use it from 8mcy, after acquiring practice, we are motivated quickly (you can also have it ready, muddy, throw over your shoulder, throw the toddler and voila, a perfect solution for short trips like pick up a senior from kindergarten). To the set we bought a mei-tai carrier from fidelli (promotion for limango), nice because thanks to the adjustable panel it can literally be used for years. Both purchases were the best purchases for a child we've ever made. We love to wear it, it makes life so much easier that I recommend it always, everywhere and to everyone :)

    • 18.08.2017

      Oh and you know that we could not get along with the ring? It was extremely uncomfortable for me, and I just borrowed it because it promised to be an easy and quick solution, throw it on, put Maluszek in the road. Fortunately, I got along with flexible 😉

  • Katie
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    13.02.2017

    does the baby hug in this shawl does not sweat? I will wear it probably from July and I wonder if a woven sling will be better ...?

    • 13.02.2017

      Hmm ... generally I didn't feel the difference between a woven wrap and an elastic wrap, both are warm 🙂
      But it's still nice to be carried around and cuddle up, I have the impression that some mutual thermoregulation works 😉

  • Marzena Mendziak
    Reply
    10.11.2015

    We also wrap. And we love it

  • stop_Mum
    Reply
    16.09.2015

    We have a woven wrap from the beginning and it accompanies us to this day 🙂 and Synek is already 19 months 🙂

  • Natalia
    Reply
    16.09.2015

    I didn't like reeling in a scarf. When I tried unsuccessfully, I and the baby nervous mała When the baby was ready, we began to wear it in the Tula baby carrier. With Tula, we fell in love from the first hug. When we go out for a walk after some 30- 40 minutes the baby begins to cry because she starts to get bored in the wheelchair. then I pull out my tulle and walk until she falls asleep. I put it back in the pram and walk on until it wakes up. So we are going for very long walks 🙂 Personally, I recommend Tulla with all my heart if anyone is wondering, I can say that it is a good investment - she passed the exam in 100%. It is also irreplaceable in places where it is difficult to walk with a pram, e.g. the beach. And where is your Tula from the photo on Facebook? I have the same with the star 🙂

    • 16.09.2015

      Oh, yes - each carrier is also irreplaceable, e.g. in many offices 😉
      Tula from the photo was borrowed from our friend and is now in Texas 😉

  • She
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    16.09.2015

    I have a question my daughter has 3,5 a month, she is already trying to sit down from a reclining position, when to buy a sling and can I ask for a link to your opinion best for a child? Thank you in advance, fresh mother

    • 16.09.2015

      Elu, we started using the carrier only when Miki finished the good 7 months (although we bought them much earlier) and sat nicely. The 3,5 of the month is unfortunately not enough for a baby carrier, in which your daughter will simply have an incorrectly placed spine (in the sling it will be in the shape of a beautiful, rounded letter C corresponding to her age, and in the baby carrier it will be almost straight).
      However, if you want to wear it, which in my opinion is very helpful at this age - I suggest a flexible scarf, it is very easy to use, but you must consult someone after tying it, ideally with a wrap adviser, but there are also many groups on fb, in which you can throw in a photo of the tied scarf and get advice. There is also a group that sells used scarves - always worth a look.
      As for the carrier at a good price I recommend http://pathi.pl/pl/, and also TulÄ, which, however, due to the high price is not achievable for everyone http://www.babytula.pl/ and I personally miss the headboard (there is a hood, but I often forgot it), so I would buy the Pathi again, but probably with buckles like Tula.
      PS in the photo below you can see how the baby is arranged and the spine in the sling and as in a baby carrier. You can compare it with the drawing.

    • She
      16.09.2015

      Thank you, I have to look for a headscarf for now đ I am green in this matter and I would like to be able to carry my daughter always close and have a free recèđ

    • She
      22.09.2015

      Thank you with the advice, baby carriers, I will wait for them for now, and now try a headscarf

  • 06.07.2015

    Hugging has never convinced me, but you look pretty together :) Maybe someday I will throw Kuba into the headscarf, how will he be with whom;)

  • 29.06.2015

    We didn't have a scarf and I regret it very much. Why? When my Bąbel was 4 months old, I bought the Tula ergonomic carrier and half of the problems with caring for a baby, running a house and living outside of children suddenly resolved. We could go where it is impossible with a pram, we could go shopping, we could cook a dinner and cuddle when our gums hurt. Thanks to Tuli, we can go on vacation and spend the whole day exploring. If we had a scarf - we could do it all from birth :) Unfortunately, reeling scared me, but maybe it is not such a scary wolf?

  • 28.06.2015

    I saw once a certain lady tied this scarf, I was terrified how much a man had to bathe in order to be perfect. Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to try it

  • 28.06.2015

    For me, the story of wearing my daughter was such that I was afraid of a scarf from the very beginning. I could not find time to go to a neighboring city for a babywearing workshop (in general, the first weeks I was afraid to leave the house with my baby, let alone such a trip!), And I did not want to reeling myself - I did not have so much confidence that I would do that's good. That's why I was looking for a baby carrier from the very beginning. I opted for an ergonomic bondolino and we continue to use it when the little one gets bored of the stroller or when she pops up for a quick shopping trip. Every time I am surprised that she falls asleep after 10 minutes in a sling 🙂
    What scares me? Missed gifts. We were given a "pendant" as a gift. It's good that before I put my baby in it, I read on the net what it is.
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    • 31.08.2015

      Oh yes! In my opinion, they should prohibit the sale of hangers. Something like alcohol for minors. The worst thing is that people want well and buy APPROVED ... hung for a lot of money. They don't think to check it out! Because how is it? Why produce it?

  • Kasia
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    26.06.2015

    I am jealous, because my son after a few minutes of wearing is very nervous.

    • Basia
      27.10.2017

      It is true that the post from two years ago but maybe someone will still be useful đ my son also never liked wearing it and we started as he had 2 a month, the last attempt was last summer (he was 1,5 at the time), he just did not like being pressed and then he was very nervous (it concerned both the scarves and later, he carried a sling, and I tried several :)), I asked for advice from a handkerchief and experienced friends, but unfortunately no advice helped, so despite my enthusiasm you had to let go of the topic. Just not all children like it :))

    • 06.06.2019

      I will leave this comment for posterity. If your baby is nervous about being carried in a sling or a sling, it is essential to have the hips checked. My Johnny didn't like wearing it, but we went to the orthopedist and it turned out that the left hip was poorly developed. We got exercises for frequent use and I am already waiting for my first mei tai 🙂 Such a curiosity - when fully unfolded it is not suitable for newborns, but it is enough to fold the bottom panel in half and carry the straps diagonally on the baby's back to support the spine and you can 🙂

  • Kama
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    26.06.2015

    I am thinking about wearing a sling, but the slings are much more appealing to me, so I would prefer to wait and buy the sling straight away. Can you tell me when this is a good time? Why don't you write people post on this topic? I'd love to read đ

    • 31.08.2015

      For children who do not sit just a sling. So either wait and buy a sling or a used headscarf right away?

  • 26.06.2015

    We wear quality since 2 week of life đ We started with a woven scarf, then I bought a cowhide scarf, which works great with us đ Now, waiting for Piotr to sit stably, lurking for a Tula carrier or Bob. I also like Mei-Tai, but I want my husband to wear too and he trusts the buckles more than the supe cell, and wearing is in itself reliable for serrations, strenuous days and cramps đ

  • Basia
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    26.06.2015

    Thank you very much for this post! I just wanted to order a Tula baby carrier, which has 3 weeks, but thanks to you, I started looking for more and really, small children should not be carried! So buy a wrap like you and only then buy a baby carrier. Thanks!