When I was pregnant, I heard a lot about the importance and benefits of baby wearing. To be honest, it was a term I wasn’t familiar with until I was pregnant haha. Babywearing means carrying your baby with a wrap or a device (such as a baby carrier) that leaves your hands and arms free.
The advantages of baby wearing is what really piqued my interest.
- Prevents flat head sydrome
- Soothes Baby (reduces crying / calms a fussy baby)
- Helps fight Colic
- Mama is hands-free
- Great way to bond with baby
The Solly Wrap (by Solly Baby) is a type of baby wearing gear. What’s great about this wrap is that you can use it right from womb to wrap. There’s no waiting period like other baby wearing brands (e.g. waiting for baby to be at a specific weight or age). I decided to try it out when I discovered Solly Baby on Instagram. I was instantly drawn to their beautiful fabrics and loved the idea that I can be hands free.
When it comes to baby gear it is so important to choose the right gear for baby wearing. There are several things to consider i.e. your lifestyle, pros & cons, etc. So I am dedicating a post on the Solly Baby Wrap and what I think about it.
Solly Baby Wrap Review
The Solly Wrap is made of high-quality knit fabric that is custom-made and dyed. Hence, why the colors and designs are so unique and so beautiful (in my opinion). There’s no other attachments but the long piece of fabric.
Being hands-free is the key benefit of the Solly Baby Wrap. There’s always so much to do and then add a baby and there’s even more things to do.
It really does help reduce the crying. When the baby is close to your chest, it helps soothe them. And in my experience, it has helped Carter fall asleep. Carter is one of those babies who fights their naps even though they look extremely tired.
Colors & Patterns
I was drawn to the Solly wrap because of the color and pattern. I know this should not be the main factor when it comes to choosing the right baby gear, but for once I found an aesthetically pleasing baby gear haha. A lot of the color choices are gender neutral too. Which worked great for us because we were waiting for the gender and Tre wouldn’t mind using it.
Wow is the fabric soft. It feels so good on the skin and is breathable and lightweight. You don’t have to worry about you or the baby getting hot and sweaty. Carrying a baby is like carrying around a personal heater. They generate so much heat when they’re so close to you. So I was so grateful for the breathable fabric.
What’s also great about the fabric is that they’re sustainable. They’re made from 100% certified Lenzing Modal which is sourced from the pulp of Austrian Beechwood Trees then made in Los Angeles.
Out of all the baby carriers I’ve tried, this one is the most comfortable. It feels so natural on. You can wear this for hours!
The fabric has the perfect amount of stretch, yet is durable so the baby doesn’t fall, that adjusting the wrap to suit the baby’s needs and size is so easy to do. However, it may take some practice to learn how to put it on before it becomes second nature. But once you get the hang of it, you can do it with your eyes closed. It takes me less than a minute to put it on.
Because it’s just one piece of fabric and it’s a lightweight fabric, it takes up very little space. I know for me, that was one major selling point because city living means not a lot of square footage and babies have so much stuff! Which means it is easy to carry around and bring it with you (like going to the airport).
One end of the wrap has a pocket. So all of you have to do is fold it up and place it inside the pocket. The compact storage means it’s great to bring along in a diaper bag.
The wrap has only one size (5.5 yards in length) and is designed to hold up to 25 lbs. So keep that in mind as your baby grows. Once your baby reaches 25 pounds, Solly Baby has The Loop. It’s great way to do baby wearing for older babies.
Anything related to babies has to be machine washable, am I right? A fabric that feels this nice usually has stricter washing instructions. All the Solly Baby Wraps are machine washable. With the amount of baby spit ups, I’m glad I can easily clean it.
How To Use The Solly Baby Wrap
Using and putting on the solly wrap is super easy to do. However, it does take practice. When I was pregnant, I practiced on a stuffed animal. So I was ready to use it when Carter was born, and it felt natural to me how to put it on and place Carter inside.
Carter did put up a fight with me and cried when I would put him in the wrap. Once he was already placed properly in the wrap, he was completely happy. And I was happy that I was hands-free while having my baby close to me.
Use it for Skin to Skin
Skin to skin is SO important during the first three months. You can use the Solly wrap for skin to skin time so you can keep the baby close to you.
Witching is known as the hour (or hours) the baby is the fussiest. It’s typically around early evening. I used my wrap during the witching hour and it was lifesaving. Carter would calm down. This is another reason why I love Solly baby wraps.
When there are things that have to be done around the house, I just put this wrap on and place Carter in it. So Carter has been helping me with washing the dishes (especially his bottles), doing the laundry, and cleaning the floors.
It’s Great For Dads Too!
Dads can use the Solly wrap too! It’s a great way for dad to bond with baby.
Since it does take practice, here is a step-by-step guide.
How To Put On The Wrap
- Find the tag. It should be in the center of the fabric. This is your starting point. Place the tag right above your midsection. Where you place the tag determines height position. The higher the tag, the higher the baby will be. Newborns will definitely need to be higher.
- Criss cross the wrap behind your back and over the shoulder. It should make an ‘X’ on your back.
- Gather the ends (the ones that went over your shoulder) and push through the tag section. Then pull down the straps until almost taut. This determines how secure the baby will be.
- Cross the straps in the front to the back. It will create an ‘X’ in the front.
- Create another cross in the back and bring it to the front around your waist.
- Then make a double knot to secure it into place.
How To Carry The Baby
- Pull the strap closest to you out first. Slide the baby’s leg through the strap and leave the strap at the back of the baby’s knees.
- Slide the baby’s other leg through the other strap and leave it at the back of the baby’s knees. Let the baby’s hip settle into a spread squat or position your baby into a seated position.
- Spread the strap closest to you (and baby). Spread it as wide as you can. It should go from knee to knee while covering the baby’s bum. Repeat the same thing with the other strap.
- Pull the baby’s legs through the fabric in the midsection (not the fabric that has the ‘X’). Spread it upwards all the way to the baby’s shoulder.
- For additional neck support for the baby, have the baby’s head face one direction. Use one of the shoulder straps over the head and neck without covering the face.
- You’ll know the baby is at the proper height when you are able to tilt your chin and kiss the baby’s head.
I think the Solly Baby Wrap is worth the hype. Which is why I recommend this as one of my must-have newborn products. I used it frequently especially the first few months and it makes sense why it is constantly voted as the best baby wrap. Plus, they’re beautiful. Who doesn’t love that! Haha!
My only negative thing to say about the wrap is that once the baby starts wiggling a lot more and knows how to wiggle out of your arms, then the Solly wrap is no longer functional. When Carter started figuring out he could force himself into the position he wants in my arms, he basically got himself out of the wrap. So keep that in mind.
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