Monthly Archives: December 2014

Woven Wraps is very exited to be starting a series of articles about the brands we carry – first up, Ellevill! 

As the US distributor for Ellevill, we are thrilled to share more details about this wonderful company and their gorgeous line of unique wraps with you.  🙂

Keeping your baby close while still participating in activities helps to create a long-lasting connection between you and your child.  Wrapping your baby in a woven wrap offers an immense amount of versatility.  Coupled together with a wrap from Ellevill, carrying your baby is both functional and beautiful.  Spreading happiness and building connections in those first very important bonding years are a crucial part of raising a happy and healthy child.  Wrap your baby with Ellevill wraps and carry with pride.  🙂

Paisley Liberty in Bamboo and Linen:

A stunning combination of class and style.

Zara Sun in Organic Cotton:  A bright spring release back by popular demand.

Zara Blossom in purple and blue:

A distinctive combination that appeals to the senses.

 

 Luxurious.

Stylish.

The Most Beautiful in the World.

These are the types of phrases babywearers use to describe Ellevill’s wraps and the photographs that go with them are equally as gorgeous.

About Ellevill 

 

Ellevill is owned and operated by Benedicte Andreassen in Norway.  She started by sewing mei tai’s in 2007 …”and when I could not deliver to the high demand, I tried to focus on what I could do to give the market my products called Ellevill, that means hillarious. I found out that there was not another Norwegian or Scandinavian company that made wraps and I decided to be the first. I contacted an Indian factory and got samples. In May 2008, the first wraps arrived and sold out very fast and from there it has just grown, very fast. In 2010 I decided to go from a registered “oneman” company to the registered stock company, Ellevill AS.”

Benedicte does everything herself, from designing new fabrics/colorways, web design, packing, shipping and customer service – she is a one woman army with a wonderful dream that we are so thankful she has shared with us all!

Benedicte, the Queen of Ellevill.

Much work, much guts and much love for wrapping and baby products helped me to get where I am today.  And Ellevill is still growing,  fast.  (I like to say we, because it is me and Ellevill!).  I always try to be best at what I believe I can be – design, colors, patterns and quality.  The market is harder today, because of all the new brands that have “popped up” in the last couple of years, but I try to focus on my products and what makes Ellevill the best wraps.”  …and, it shows!   Thank you, thank you, Benedicte!!

 

 

 

Ellevill’s tag line is “Carry With Pride.”   

Some popular wraps that Ellevill produces are Zara and its grippier cousin Jade as well as wool options like Norwegian style and the lightweight, strong and stretchy Air Merino.  All these wraps have Ellevill’s signature tapered ends which make for tying a small knot and beautiful draping.

With cotton, organic cotton, cotton/linen blends, bamboo/linen blends, bamboo silk blends, silk/cotton blends, wool and wool blends, Ellevill has a wrap for every baby wearer everywhere, keeping comfort and style in mind.

 

Wrap Release Dates 

Summer 2008: Zara Peach, Zara Sunset, Zara Red and Zara Raccoon.
Fall 2008: Moss, Red, Forest, Nature and Curry.
Spring 2009: Jade in Mauve and Yonder, Zara in Chocco, Infinity, Lemongrass, Lavender and Deli.
Summer 2009, Zara Aubergin and Zara Niike, Jade Mild, Deli LE and Royal.
Fall 2009: Zara Lavender, Infinity, Curry, Forest, Natur, Candy, Ocean, Terracotta, Lemongrass, Fresh, Original, Chocco, Purple.
Summer 2009: Silk Caelum He and She and Karma Delight.
Spring 2010: Tri colors Pink, Purple, Yellow and Green, Zara Caffe, Leaf, Black, Blueberry, Sun, Blue, Mild, Deli LE, Deli, White, Pearl LE and Jades Plum and Brown.
Summer 2010: Zara TriCoral
Winter 2010: Tri Blue and Brown, Paisley Bamboo and Karma Dawn, Teal and Blue.
Spring 2011: Zara Velvet
Summer 2011: Zara Tri-Sugar, Zara Blossom, Paisley Grasshopper and Earth
Fall 2011: Zara Silk in Blue and Nostalgia (Pink), Chocco (new), Paisley Smaragd and Ink, Zaras Sand, Ash, Tri Sandstorm and Spice, Karma Lavender and
Spring 2012: Jade Chili with Linen, Zara with Linen Bluez, Storm, Green, and Cloud, Linen Paisley Linger, Liberty, Ink, Java Silverpink and Ink, Silk Paisley Linger, Zara Green Silk
Spring 2013: 25th Anniversary wraps Anne in Greens, Bay, Pink, Plum, Inka, and Gray, Mai in Soft, Camel, Aqua, Yellow, and Green.
Spring 2014: Gaia Rainbow

 

 

 

Well it’s almost time! Have you finished your holiday shopping or are you still running around for last minute gifts? I know I always forget to get a few things, especially for stockings!  If you are still hunting for something special for the babywearer in your life, even if it’s you, I’ve found some great ideas!

 

Carry Me Close makes some beautiful handmade wooden ornaments, you can even send in a scrap of your favorite wrap to get one to match you!

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Clever Rose makes lovely custom wrap scrap and felt ornaments to celebrate baby’s first holiday or anything else your mind can come up with. I see fun character options and many more!

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Family Tree Glass has some incredible hand blown babywearing ornaments that will make the perfect keepsake of your babywearing years, and we all know those go by too fast. They even offer different ones based on the size of your family! This mama would love one with four littles!

bwf4o-450x450What about the little babywearers in your life? For kids there are some super fun babywearing toys so children can pretend play their future parenting skills! Of course they will wear their babies too, right?

FrejaToys on Etsy makes these babywearing dolls that little AP “parents” will just adore!

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While you’re on Etsy, check out CoolTricks for some plush animals made from wrap scraps! I’m in love with this sweet little bear!

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Whatever you give or get, I wish you a wonderful holiday with lots of love and tiny person snuggles!

In my 6 years of teaching babywearing a lot has changed. New carrier brands and styles have arrived adding much beauty and diversity to the choices in babywearing. What hasn’t changed much is the questions I am asked. People who are knew or just returning to babywearing have very similar questions. So, let’s answer some of them!

 

What age can I start wearing baby on my back?GaiaRainbow4

Most educators will recommend you wait until baby is sitting supported, which is about 4-6 months.
This is a developmental skill, not an age based one. You want baby to have enough torso control to be able to support themselves in an upright position. While you will see experienced babywearers wearing small infants on their back it is not recommended to learn at this age. The parents you see doing this mastered back-wearing with a previous child and feel comfortable in their skill and ability to monitor their little one.  A newborn’s airway is very sensitive and it is difficult to monitor them when you can’t see them. Remember, visible and kissable! And who doesn’t want to see and kiss those sweet tiny faces?

 

 

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What carrier is best for my newborn?

The ideal carrier styles for a newborn are a ring sling or a woven wrap. These two choices both allow themselves to be adjusted to the size of the baby and provide a good solid support for optimal positioning. This isn’t to say you can’t use other carriers and make them work just fine! But if I’m speaking to ideal, those are my recommendations.

 

 

 

 

I was given or already bought a narrow based carrier and I don’t want to or can’t afford a new one. Can I still wear my baby safely?

Absolutely!!! Wearing your baby is always better than not, as long as done safely. The only slings I will absolutely tell you not to use are the so called “bag slings”. In these carriers baby is all the way inside the pouch, not able to sit vertically, and may have their face obscured. As far as narrow base carriers like Snugli or Bjorn, these are completely safe to use. To make them more ergonomic you can use a scarf or other piece of fabric to support baby’s legs and your lower back:

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What size wrap do I need?

The size of the wrap is based on your size not your baby’s. In fact as your baby gets older, and you get more experienced, you will likely need less wrap than when you are starting out! Most women can do most carries in a size 6 or 4.6m. If you are petite you may need a size 5 or 4.2m, if you are plus size you may need a size 7 or 5.2m. Remember, especially when buying used, that wraps can stretch or shrink so ask for measurements if precise length is important to you! Some carries require shorter wraps and some longer, but if you are a beginner this sizing is the simplest way to get something that will work for you.

 

What is the difference between X brand and Y? What do you think is the best wrap?

The differences for the most part are slight. In reality pick something you think is beautiful and don’t overthink it too much. Linen is wonderful for support, bounce, and being breathable. Wool is amazing for softness, bounce, and support. Silk is soft, supportive, and thinner (usually), hemp is known for it’s rock hard support. There are varying percentages of each blend and even wraps made from bamboo, cashmere, and natural (Tussah) silk. In truth, when you start reading reviews online you’ll see people picking apart various qualities of wraps. Unless you have tried dozens of wraps you will probably love whatever one you choose. So choose one that looks good to you and start learning how to use it!

 

As always if you have any questions please find your local babywearing group or educator. There are lots of experienced and knowledgeable people out there ready to help you free of charge!  Good luck and happy wearing!

Every family will choose the best way to feed their baby for their family. For some breastfeeding isn’t an option, for a variety of personal reasons. But most mamas start out desiring to breastfeed. Babywearing is such an amazing tool to help you be successful that it is even taught as something to recommend in lactation educator and consultant programs.

Babies who are kept close to their mothers and the breast feed better. Mothers are nearby to respond to their cues faster and babies don’t have to work as hard to get their attention. This keeps them happier and calmer. When baby starts rooting around looking for the breast you will notice immediately, rather than waiting for them to fuss or cry.

Babies who are close enough to smell the milk will feed more often. The most common reason I hear women say they were not successful at breastfeeding is they didn’t believe they were making enough milk and baby needed more. Milk production is stimulated by the number of times baby nurses in a day. The more often baby nurses, the more milk you will make. When a baby is close to the milk source they will nurse more frequently. This will increase your production and help you reach your breastfeeding goals.

Many mothers are uncomfortable nursing in public. Nursing in a carrier can help overcome this obstacle. Baby snuggled into a ring sling or a wrap and nursing away with the tail of the sling covering your breast is very discrete and comfortable for baby! Nursing in a carrier also allows you to get up and get going while your baby nurses. Some of us can’t stop and sit down every time baby wants to eat! Being able to nurse while you shop in a store, work on the computer, or eat a meal can be a sanity saver for all of us!

For babies with reflux nursing in the tummy to tummy position can really help. The same goes for mamas with overactive letdown. Nursing upright allows baby to control the flow by popping on and off more frequently. Instead of the milk just pouring down their throats, they can pull off and get a break and pop back on. At first this may seem like they are not feeding as well but it’s actually to their benefit!  Being in an upright position during and after feeding will stimulate digestion and help keep baby warm and comfortable which aids in reducing spit ups and discomfort from reflux issues.

However you choose to feed your baby, babywearing will help with bonding and digestion. It can really go the extra mile to helping you be more successfull in reaching your breastfeeding goals. Babywearing and breastfeeding is a perfect match.

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