When I was pregnant with Mr D I ordered a moby wrap from Amazon – it seemed like an easy way to get around with a newborn and certainly easier than wrestling with a pram.
Fast forward to now and Mr H and I am firmly in the ‘baby wearing’ camp. With Mr D and Miss E in tow too I really need to have my hands free and be able to chase after them if needed. I was thrilled to receive a KangaWrap to review with Mr H and for the past two weeks we have been using it a lot.
The KangaWrap is a stretchy wrap which means it is a long length (5 metres) of stretchy fabric. It feels like a soft brushed cotton jersey fabric and it comes in a charcoal grey/black colour. Stretchy wraps are ideal for newborns and the KangaWrap can be used from birth up to 15kg. I’ve used wraps with all three of my children and am enthusiastic about their use.
Wraps can be a little daunting to use the first couple of times but the instructions with the KangaWrap are the clearest I have seen for a stretchy and there are photographs at each step to help you check you’ve got it right. When I first used my Moby wrap with Mr D I used to practice wrapping in front of a mirror to make sure I had it right. Once you’ve mastered it it takes a few minutes to get on.
What I liked about the KangWrap is that it is quite lightweight – the fabric is a little thinner than that on my Moby so it’s a bit more suited to a summer time baby (although the weather has been far from summery so far!).
The wrap comes rolled up in a bag – I personally don’t use the bag apart from to store when the wrap is no longer used – I find them a bit of a faff to roll up and get the wrap back into. I simply fold the wrap up and pop into the change bag or back of the car. It takes up very little space and is easy to pop on when needed. You can also pop it on ready for when you get to your destination – so all you need to do is get the baby out of the car seat and into the wrap. I find that Mr H stays asleep when I do this.
KangaWrap also work as part of Trade4Life and the profits support a range of causes – you can read more about it here.
The KangaWrap is priced at £44.99 and you can even get a Joey wrap for your little ones – something I know my two would love and Mr D has even had me wrap his monkey toy on a trip out (utilising a scarf of mine!).
Mr H is very comfortable in the wrap and using it has enabled me to get out and about with Mr D and Miss E – popping to the midwife clinic to get H weighed as well as a trip to a local cafe and park – the thought of navigating a cafe with a pram and Mr D and Miss E is a headache to me – it’s much much easier to have Mr H in the wrap – I have my hands free for Mr D and Miss E as well as being able to sit anywhere without worrying where I am leaving the pram. The added benefit too is that newborns love to snuggle into mum and fall asleep – feeling nice and secure. Each time H is in the wrap he falls fast asleep!
I really like this wrap and it will be a staple in the changing bag for the next few months I am sure. Whilst the wrap is suitable to around 15kg I personally like to move to a more structured carrier once my children become more active and wriggly. That said I expect we will be using this until Christmas / New Year time.
I was sent a KangaWrap in exchange for a fair and honest review. All words and images are my own