Tuesday, 21 May 2013

How to break-in a wrap....

A lot of my reviews talk about when a wrap is 'broken-in', so I thought I'd share a few of the things I do to break-in a wrap.
After receiving my Didymos Flamenco Hemp Indio yesterday, I set to work on taming it, as it was almost as stiff as cardboard when it arrived!

  • Wash the wrap, following the washing instructions on the label carefully.
  • Steam iron the wrap.  Again, check the ironing instructions for your particular wrap.
  • Braid the wrap and un-braid for a while.  If you're not sure how to braid a wrap, search for a clip on YouTube.  Its really simple, and just get the fibres moving over each over, and starts to soften them up.
  • Pull the wrap through sling rings.  Thread them up on one end of the wrap as if you were threading a ring sling.  Then pull your fabric through.  This can be quite hard work for your arms, and if your wrap is particularly beastly, you may need someone else to hold the rings, so that you can pull the wrap through with two hands.
  • Make a hammock by tying your wrap around a table, and let your bigger children play in it.
  • Pull the wrap through the bannisters of your stairs, or through table/chair legs.
  • Twist the wrap.
  • Put the wrap under your sheets in bed for a few nights, so that your warmth and weight will soften it up.
  • Wrap with it!!  Using your wrap lots is a great way to soften it up!  Some people send their wrap to a few friends for a little holiday, with the agreement that the friend uses it a lot during it's stay.  By the time it arrives back, it should be a lot softer.
  • Put your wrap in a pillow case and let your children jump on it and play with it.
  • Anything else you can think of which gets the wrap moving around, and that is what loosens the fibres!

I've found braiding and running through sling rings the most effective so far with my FHI, which is actually already softening up beautifully.  I'm now going to use it as much as I can, and it should be buttery soft pretty soon!

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