Do you have a wrap or see baby wearing mamas with wraps and wonder how that would work on the trail? Are you new to baby carriers and wondering how you’ll be able to monitor baby’s temperature on a hike? Or trying to figure out what will work for carrying your newborn? Wrapsody recently provided Hike it Baby an Alyssa stretch-hybrid wrap to try and here’s how it worked:
First of all, a wrap is great because it works from (full-term) birth, without requiring any accessories, all the way to toddlerhood (35 pounds). We started the Washington, DC branch of Hike it Baby when I was six months pregnant; having a wrap meant that we didn’t miss a beat when little bitty made his grand entrance in September. It also meant that one week when daddy was carrying little bitty in a soft structured carrier, mama could carry big sis with the wrap. Talk about not gradually increasing your pack load, woof!
A wrap makes it easy to monitor baby’s temp on the trail because you are sharing the extra layers. Depending on the carry that you choose, the wrap will provide an additional 2-3 layers for both baby and mama. Compare this to soft structured carriers or hiking pack carriers where the material is holding body heat for baby or mama, but generally not both of you. While the cotton breathes well, you’ll likely want to bring a change of clothes for baby at the end of a hike because there’s no getting around some sweat and baby wants to be comfy for the car ride home!
There is some pre-planning and skill required to keep the tails off the ground; I found that I prefer to loosely tie the wrap around just myself, at home or in the car, for a front X carry. Then, at the trail head, just tighten it up a bit, pop baby in, and finish tightening until baby is nice and secure. There are a few “poppable” carries that would work with this method. When the wrap does get dirty, it’s easy to machine wash and dry, though I always needed to allow some time to let it air dry completely.
Overall, I found the Alyssa stretch-hybrid wrap from Wrapsody to be easy to use with a little practice. It helped to use our reflection in the side of the car or accept the help of other mamas to really tighten all the rails while supporting little bitty. Bonus points: Less bulk on the shoulders when carrying baby and a hydration pack. Also, you could easily use a wrap as a picnic blanket or changing pad (on dry ground), if you’re the kind of person who would otherwise use your own jacket for this to keep your trail load light. Finally, a wrap like this is so soft and colorful! Why not give it a try?!?
Wrapsody is giving one Hike it Baby mama and baby the opportunity to win your choice of wrap from the selection on their website if you go on a hike this month! So get out there and get hiking. All you have to do to enter is enter your info here and tell us what hike you went on and you’ll be entered!