Method and quality of weaving used at the baby wraps manufacturing assures, that the baby wraps could be functional and safe for many years. If you take care of it correctly. The price of wraps in general is not low, so each mum tries to take the best care of it. Sometimes one could make a mistake unconsciously and damage the wrap. So what is the best wrap care? In our article, we would like to advise you how to avoid these mistakes and take care of the wrap correctly.
The most significant difference which will dictate you how to take care of a wrap is its composition. There are different rules for cotton wrap, different rules for silk wrap, etc… The article is therefore divided into sections based on wrap blends.
The following have all the wraps in common:
- Wraps should be washed in a gentle liquid detergent free of optical brighteners or softeners. These could cause fading of the colors.
- Don’t use a fabric softener as it covers the fibers and causes the wrap to lose its specific characteristics and it becomes more slippery.
- We highly recommend washing any new wrap before use. You will receive the wrap unwashed and so the production process is not finished. The fiber needs to get through washing process, so „it sets down” correctly. The weaving is thus finished. If you use the wrap before washing it, you risk the weave could part, weaken and soon even the holes could occur. Such wrap is degraded.
100% cotton wrap does not require any special care. You can wash it in a washing machine with temperature from 30 – 60 ˚C (please follow the manufacturer’s instructions which you can find on a label). You can put it through a spin cycle, up to 1000 spins. But we don’t recommend more. Most cotton wraps could put up with a gentle program in a tumble dryer (please make sure it’s true for each wrap). After washing, the wrap does not require ironing, but if you do iron it, the wrap becomes softer. Use the cotton program; it’s also good to use steam.
Cotton wraps are called carefree, as they don’t require ironing or hand washing. Cotton does not tend to create folds (although you can’t do wrong with ironing!). Pure cotton is therefore an ideal choice for newborns or babies with reflux, as washing and ironing of the wrap is easy when stained.
It’s said about linen wraps they are difficult to take care of and many mums are afraid of it. But linen is a perfect blend. Anyone who tries it, won’t regret it and gladly sacrifice few minutes to ironing. At the beginning, linen wraps tend to be hard, need some breaking in. The linen fibers nicely soften by regular using, wrapping, ironing or braiding. Linen wraps that are broken in are as soft as those made of pure cotton. There is also a different type of linen fibers which do not require breaking in and are soft (such as Diva Milano or some Yaro wraps).
Linen wraps should be washed at 60˚C (unless manufacturer states otherwise). If you wash it at lower temperature, linen weave may loosen and fibers may move (and so called „transparent“ spots occur, which could be easily repaired by moving them back to place with subsequent washing). Some linen wraps could be even tumble dried on a delicate program. Linen is a type of blend that requires more frequent ironing with steam, what helps fibers to straighten up, so there are no folds on our wrap. For the ironing, use cotton program (as the warp contains cotton as well). Ideally, iron the warp immediately after washing, when it’s still a bit damp. If you don’t use a wrap for a longer period of time, it’s good to fold it up from time to time.
Linen wraps are suitable mostly for summer months, as they are airy and have very good thermoregulation characteristics and absorb sweat. The linen warps are suitable also for bigger children, as the linen itself is a very supporting blend.
Hemp wraps are less difficult to take care of than linen ones, especially in terms of ironing. Hemp, similarly as linen, has thermoregulation characteristics and so is suitable for summer months.
Wash the hemp wraps at 40-60˚C (follow instructions on each wrap). Some of them are suitable for tumble drying on delicate program. It’s important to iron the wrap when still a bit damp, the fibers are nicer and straighten up more easily. Iron on cotton program with steam. With regular using, hemp wrap requires ironing once a week, depending on contractility of a given wrap, the best is to see for you. For sure, iron after each washing.
Hemp is a very supporting blend and so a new wrap requires breaking in. Your effort will repay you with perfect characteristics, as in a hemp wrap you can carry even a small elephant without feeling a slightest traction on your shoulders.
Silk is very popular, luxury blend. It has thermoregulation characteristics, is ideal for summer and gives wrap softness. Some silk wraps are very supporting, other are suitable for newborns and smaller children. It’s good to check for each wrap.
Silk wraps need to be hand washed in water with temperature of 30˚C. It’s important to wash but also rinse a wrap in water of similar temperature, as silk doesn’t like rapid temperature changes. Use a special washing liquid suitable for silk (free of optical brighteners or softeners). After washing, just slightly wring it, it’s good to place it between two towels and remove excess water. Definitely do not use tumble dryer but spread it evenly on a dryer, out of direct sunlight (sun can cause the colors to fade over time). The last step is ironing, iron the wrap when still a little damp, use the silk program (cool ironing), without steam and spray (or follow the manufacturer’s instructions).
Wool is a searched for blend, especially in winter days. It’s great for warming up and it absorbs humidity. There are various wraps with wool blend; in some of them you can feel the wool more intensely, in some of them not at all. Before purchase, make sure wool will not cause allergy reaction to you or your baby. Wool wraps are soft but become more pleasant in the course of baby wearing, it’s said they tend to „release fine hairs“ and become smoother. Wool is delightful for its support and softness on your shoulders.
Wash the wool wraps in hand with temperature of 30˚C. Use only suitable liquid detergents (free of optical brighteners or softeners). It’s good to wring the water out of the wrap lightly. Dry the wrap spread on a dryer. It’s not necessary and appropriate to iron wool wraps (unless the manufacturer states otherwise).
If you love wool blends, don’t worry that you can wear the wrap only in autumn or winter season. If it’s not too thick, it’s perfect also for summer days, thanks to thermoregulation and sweat absorption.
Merino wool has all the characteristics of wool wraps but it’s softer, suitable also for people sensitive to wool. It has thermoregulation characteristics, sweats absorption and is very supportive. Washing process is the same as for wool wraps. But if you have a wrap with „supermmerino wash“ blend, you can wash it even in the washing machine.
Wraps with wool and merino blends (apart from those with „supermerino wash” blends) are difficult to wash, but on the other side, no ironing is needed.
Repreve is a very interesting but also popular blend. Repreve fibers are made of recycled plastic, are very bearable and resistant. Wrap with repreve blend is very soft, supportive, also known as „maintenance free“.
It’s good to wash the wraps with repreve blend at 40˚C, they can be tumble dried on delicate program (unless manufacturer states otherwise). You don’t need to iron the wrap, if so, only on a lowest temperature. These wraps don’t have a tendency to create creases, do not require any special attention and are the best choice for heavier children.
Cashmere is very expensive and luxurious blend. It offers you thermoregulation characteristics, warms you up in winter and cools down in summer. Same as wool, it’s very supportive and comfortable when carrying heavier children.
Wash and dry cashmere wraps similar to wool wraps. It’s not necessary to iron them.
Bamboo wraps are perfect for summer season. They are perfect for sweat absorption and have thermoregulation characteristics. But we need to differentiate between wraps with bamboo viscose and those with natural bamboo. While bamboo viscose is suitable even for newborns and is very soft even when brand new, wraps with natural bamboo require some breaking in. Bamboo viscose is not as supportive as natural bamboo. So if you are looking for a supportive wrap, go for bamboo, not bamboo viscose blend.
It’s good to take care of bamboo wraps carefully and in compliance with manufacturer’s instructions. In general, the wraps should be washed at low temperature in a washing machine, no longer than 40 minutes (hand wash program) or by hand. Dry they spread freely. Bamboo wraps do not require ironing, if you decide to iron it from time to time, use so called cool ironing, no steam.
These wraps are perfect for summer, as tencel could absorb up to 50% of humidity without being left noticeably damp. It’s cool and similar to silk to the touch. Unlike silk, tencel tolerates washing in a washing machine on higher temperatures.
Wraps with tencel blend should be washed at 30-60˚C, again, refer to manufacturer’s instructions. Wraps could be ironed, but it’s not obviously necessary, tencel fibers are quite resistant, such as repreve.
You could buy a wrap with more than just one blend, for example with linen and silk blend, wool and cashmere blend, wool and silk blend, etc. You could be confused, how to take a correct care of it, as linen needs to be ironed, unlike the silk… well?
First of all, strictly follow the manufacturer’s instructions, stated on the labels or fliers. And one more golden rule. Take care of a wrap with taking into consideration its most delicate blend. So if you have a wrap with silk and linen, wash it in compliance with silk care instructions.