The DIY baby wrap is recommended for younger babies because it wouldn’t be able to withstand the weight of a 40lb toddler, and your shoulders and back would never survive the pull and weight placed upon them. It is perfect for the smaller baby!
This is the baby wearer method that has the oldest known and recorded history. There are actual depictions from ancient times of women working with the baby sling. You and your baby can have great adventures with your homemade baby sling.
Since this particular baby wear requires the least amount of strength of all the other styles, you can make one yourself.
You won’t need to worry about reinforcements, padding, or snaps since a younger baby such as a newborn will use your DIY sling pouch carrier.
The best one to create will be the simple sling, also known as the pouch sling. If you try to make the ring sling, things can get more complicated. You will want to wear the completed DIY baby wrap high in order to prevent back or shoulder discomfort.
The pouch sling is made of a soft and durable fabric, which is worn over one shoulder.
They are streamlined, simple to make, simple to use, and a great way to keep baby close to you. They are also inexpensive to make and the fun.
One reason is that you can coordinate fabrics and colors of the pouch sling wrap to match your clothes for special events such as weddings or birthday parties.
There are basically two steps: picking and buying the fabric and thread and making the sling.
When you go to the cloth store, keep in mind that most babies have sensitive skin. You may be drawn to heavier fabrics such as duck cloth or burlap. While those types of fabrics are very sturdy they are also too rough for baby’s delicate skin and very difficult to manipulate to create the pouch.
The cloth should be smooth and have a bit of stretch such as some form of jersey or a smooth polyester and jersey mix. There will be many colors and designs from which to chose your piece from for the pouch sling.
You will need about four yards to five of the fabric. Fabrics also have widths. Don’t get a piece that is less than 25” wide because that will be too small. 25”-30” is a good size. Do keep in mind that if the piece of material is especially wide, such as 50 or 60 inches, you won’t have to purchase as many yards.
Fabric is priced by yard, so tallying up the total cost will be easy to do. You may end up spending around $10.00 to $ 15.00 total. It is always better to buy a little extra rather than to run short. You can also tell how much you will need by the size of your child. The clerk at the fabric store can assist you with getting the correct size. Once you have the cloth you can begin to create your masterpiece.
The DIY Baby Wrap Steps
Now you are ready to create and sew your DIY Baby Sling masterpiece.
- Step One – take a measurement of your body from shoulder to opposite hip. For example, measure the right hip to the left shoulder. When I measured my length, it was 24”. Then I doubled that number and added about six inches of baby room. That was the exact amount I needed for the pouch sling cloth.
- Step Two – cut your cloth lengthwise in the dead center. Then fold that piece in half lengthwise.
- Step Three – begin at the folded longer side and pin the ends. Then cut a gradual curve to the end, 2 to three inches is good. This curve will make the pouch that holds your baby.
- Step Four – Now unfold the lengthwise fold. Then you should sew the new curved edges together. It is best to stay about ¼” from your edge. You want to put the wrong side of the material together. This places the seam inside of the pouch, not outside where the world can see your stitches. You will sew the wrong side to about ½” from your first seam.
- Step Five – hem the raw edges together for a polished look. When you flip your material, you will have a smooth ouch with a nice finish. The baby’s bottom is placed where the curve creates the pouch.
With your baby facing you in the sling pouch, the two of you can go places and do great things. Make sure the bottom of the sling goes no further down than you hip. It should fall between your hip and belly area. If you are incredibly visual and need to watch someone make a sling pouch there are hundreds of how-to videos on YouTube. You will know when you need to graduate to a bigger pouch sling size, but just in case, if the pouch begins to show wear or baby’s bottom no longer fits comfortably in the curved pouch area, then it is time for a new carrier.
If all of this sounds like too much work, then check out the ready made baby slings and wraps on Amazon. You can find something that suits at an affordable price point for minimal hassle.
Not sure which one to go for? Check out our baby sling vs wraps comparison.