Question: Hi, my name is Liz. I am the lucky mother to a lovely and kind 9 month old named Hayden. Since her birth, in my house, we have been practicing babywearing. She was born in October, so we purchased a Moby Wrap, which we love and use, literally, all of the time.
The issue, however, that we (my husband and I) are having with our Moby is that with it being so hot outside, we are having a hard time staying cool under the wrap. Do you have any product suggestions for wraps that we can try to assist us in these scorching, DC summer months?
-Liz of Falls Church, VA
Answer: Thank you for your question, Liz! As you know from experience, summers in the DC Metropolitan area are very hot and humid, two conditions making babywearing a possible challenge for parents!
It is, however, perhaps, for this reason that many parents, just like you, are looking for alternatives to the thicker cotton jersey knit fabrics offered by some of the wrap/sling making companies out there (i.e., Moby Wrap, Sleepy Baby Wrap, etc.)
When looking for a great summer carrier, today, there are some really great, affordable options to choose from. Since you had been using the Moby Wrap, I am assuming that you would like to find a comparable wrap. If this is the case, you are in luck as there are some really great manufacturers out there, such as GypsyMama, Wallypop, and Wombfruit wrap. These companies all offer wraps that are all made with breathable fabrics (mesh) that are lightweight and are, at the same time, just as sturdy and durable as the more heavier fabric ones.
A favorite of mine, Wombfruit wrap, in particular, offers a variety of colors and sizes to choose from, each costing $37 – $47. The wraps come in a cute wrap bag, making them easy to store and maintain.
Now, in addition to mesh, some other great fabric options for summer babywearing are solarveil, and solarweave. These two fabrics are wonderful because in addition to being very lightweight and cooling, they actually block out some UV rays. These fabrics are most popular in mei tais, pouches, and ring slings used on the beach or at the pool.
As a reminder, in addition to choosing the right carrier, be sure to wear sunscreen (both you and baby) and dress appropriately (both you and baby) for these hot summer months.
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