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We all know that wraparound slings are a wonderful and versatile way to carry your baby. But did you know that there are many other fun, creative ways that people have used wraps?

First up the wrap swing! This is a fun and easy way to make an indoor swing for your little ones. I did one of these in my home and my kids loved it! I went to a hardware store and purchased a pair of porch swing screws that were rated to something like 500 pounds and a pair of caribiner clips that were rated over 300 pounds. We screwed the screws into a support beam in our ceiling (pretty important step there) and the attached the caribiner clips. Next just knot your wrap through the caribiner and you have a swing!

Left: Wrap tied to clip. Middle: My own sweet baby Reilly having his very first nap in his wrap swing turned hammock at just a few hours old. Right: Check out some great DIY instructions on Modern Made Mama

A swing style may serve as a hammock for a newborn, but what if your older child wants to get in on the action? Simply tie your wrap lengthwise on your dining table and ta-da! you have a hammock for a big kid!

Ring slings and wraps can be used as baby leashes, and to secure baby to a high chair if they are not quite sitting or the straps on a restaurant high chair are broken. Either tie a slip knot in your wrap or thread your ring sling as you would to wear it. Place baby in the chair and secure the wrap or sling around both baby and the chair and tighten. You can have a wide spread of fabric holding baby up and attached to the chair. The same concept can be used to fashion a leash in a pinch if you are concerned about a toddler running away in a busy place! Tie a slip knot or thread your ring sling and put the fabric around baby’s torso and snug it down securely.

This mama even has a video on how to use a woven wrap as a high chair on a regular kitchen chair! Wraps and ring slings are so very versatile! Do you have any fun or unusual ways you use yours? Comment here or on our Facebook Page and let us know!

Beltway Babywearers is a chapter of Babywearing International that offers meetings and support to families in District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. They have several meeting locations and times to help serve the area.

They have many experienced leaders and Volunteer Babywearing Educators to help you find the perfect carrier for you! Meetings are free, and they offer an optional membership with a fee of $30 a year to help support them. This also give you access to their lending library so you can try out carriers at home, without having to buy! They offer a thorough offering of wraps, ring slings, mei tais, and buckle carriers so you are sure to find one that suit your needs.

Gwen (left) and Pamm (right) are two of the certified VBEs with BWI of DC-MD-VA

If you live in this area, I highly recommend you reach out to them! Local babywearing communities and groups are a wonderful way to get hands on instruction, find the best carrier(s) for you, and meet like-minded mothers for guidance and support.

You can find them on Facebook, Instagram, Yahoo Groups, and they run a blog as well! Check out their meeting calendar so you can join them soon!

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