Woven wraps are not only an exceptionally versatile baby carrier but they also come in a range of different blends so there is something perfect for everyone. From 100% cotton which is a great beginner wrap to hemp and linen blends that provide great support for toddlers to your soft fibres like bamboo or tencel or reprieve made from recycled bottles to your animal fibres such as wool, silk and cashmere. Sometimes it can be hard to know where to start or which will be the best blend for you and your family as each have individual washing requirements and wrapping qualities. In order to make it a bit easier, I’ve created this table about the different woven wrap fibres, information about each of them and care instructions. Honestly the world of woven wraps is huge and can be a bit daunting between sizes, blends and a whole new language (or abbreviated language) about different carries!! At the end of the day, each fibre has different qualities but as long as you and your baby are happy with your wrap not much else matters!
PLEASE WASH YOUR WOVEN WRAP BEFORE USE as often it is sold in loom state (and unwashed) and requires washing to shrink to its desired size and its designed weaving density. This shrinking only occurs during the first wash. If you do use it before washing, it increases the risk of the thread shifting which can affect the stability of the wrap.
Check for any flaws before or after you wash it including pulls, thread shifting, weaving flaws, holes or anything that doesn’t look right. If you are not sure what you are looking for or what it all means, please check out this handy hints.
When you are washing your woven wrap, put it in a pillow case or a delicate bag to protect it and make sure that you avoid washing it with anything that might snag a thread such as zippers or Velcro.
Only use laundry liquid (I choose eco-laundry liquid to avoid unnecessary chemicals which can affect the wrap) and never anything that is a powder form, has enzymes, optimal brighteners or fillers. This includes avoiding fabric softeners as these can cause residual buildup which affects the lifespan and wrapping qualities of your wrap.
With all wraps and blends, avoid drying in direct sun to prevent fading.
Whenever you are washing a woven wrap that has a blend of fibres, you always want to wash to the requirements of the most delicate fibre.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions about washing and care.
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