One of the first things that I learned when I became a mother was that if I wanted to get anything done, while keeping both myself and baby calm and happy, I was going to need a carrier. I was fortunate enough to have an awesome Dad who decided to purchase a Chicco carrier for me so that we could spend the day walking around the shops of Senoia together. Being a new mommy, I was unaware of the better choices available to me. I wore the heck out of that thing. Baby was on me at least 3 hours a day as I cooked, washed dishes, folded laundry, etc. I loved it.
I didn’t leave her in for long periods of time, because it seemed to me that she could get quite uncomfortable. I didn’t want her to loose circulation in her legs, or make her little hiney sore from being held up by her crotch all day. Since my first child, or perhaps even before then and I just didn’t know about it, some genius came out with a Moby wrap. One long piece of fabric that you wrap around yourself and baby keeping you all snug and warm and cozy. But by golly those things are expensive. My husband and I like to consider ourselves very minimalistic. We work hard for the money we earn, and we don’t like to blow it away on anything other than necessity. Of course we have an occasional splurge, but why spend money on something when I know I can make it myself?
I’m all about a good DIY project. Craftiness is in my blood. But even if you don’t happen to have a knack for creating, this wrap is incredibly simple, and easy to customize.
All you need is 3 t-shirts. I bought mine at Walmart for $4 a piece, making this project come to a total of $12. ($8 if you happen to already own an A&A swaddle, and $0 if you have some old t-shirts laying around.)
Lets get started.
(Please excuse the unprofessional cell phone photography. These pics were originally taken for a facebook group “Paleo Pregnancy and Beyond”. Shout out to my girls!)
First things first, you need to gather your materials.
-3 men’s t-shirts. (I wear a women’s small and used men’s small)
OR 2 t-shirts and one a&a swaddle
Now take a third t-shirt, which you already cut from armpit to armpit, and now cut once more, diagonally from armpit to waste, only through one layer.