Woven wrapping may look like something to get hot and bothered about to the casual observer, but there are ways to keep cool when you’re wrapping. Here is our handy list of things to consider when wrapping in warm weather.
Carefully select your carry:
Single layer carries can be a great option:
- Front Wrap Cross carry (base size carry or base -2 if tied under bum) with cross passes bunched
- Kangaroo (base size carry or base -2 tied under bum), or its reverse equivalent,
- the Ruck (tied under bum with a base size-4, with reinforcing rope pass and chest belt from base-2 and reinforced with a knotless finish with a base size wrap)
- Simple hip carry and traditional hip carry are both doable with a base -4
- Robin’s AKA Looped adjustable hip carry (tied under bum with a base-2 or reinforced with a base size wrap).
All of these have just the one layer of fabric over the baby and mostly not too much over you.
Shorter wraps mean less fabric. Browse our woven wraps to hire for our lovely short wraps.
Co-ordinate your colours
Darker colours absorb heat, so choose lighter colours, to reflect it.
We have a whole selection of light coloured wraps. Some of them are featured below.
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Weigh your options
Favour the right fibre
Another thing to consider is the blend or fibres from which the wrap is woven.
Cotton is present in most wrap blends in our library, and it is a breathable fibre, in a light weave this is a lovely warm weather fabric. Here are some of our all-cotton wraps.
Linen often considered a summer clothing fabric, which is often woven in a thinner weave, you can get a very supportive, relatively cool fabric- this is often blended with cotton.
Hemp has similar properties to linen,
Silk can feel light and cool, whilst being very strong.
Bamboo can be a luscious, sleek, cool feeling natural fibre too.
Even wool, which is often considered to be a winter jumper staple, can be a good summer wrap option in a lightweight weave in a light colour, as it wicks moisture away from the skin avoiding you feeling too hot and sweaty.
Tencel, a fibre made from wood pulp, can be very cool and lightweight.
And of course, in addition to all of this, the general warm weather babywearing tips apply too
Place a damp muslin between the two of you.
Dampen your clothes, but not those of the baby as they have less good thermoregulation than adults so are at risk of being cooled too much.
Wear large hats to keep sun off you.
Keep to the shade in hot periods of the day.
Dress appropriately under your wrap keep to a few light layers
Keep you and baby well hydrated.