Thursday, June 30th, 2005
Review: Maya Wrap Baby Carrier
I hadn’t given much thought to baby transportation before Little Miss was born. We researched and bought a stroller several months in advance â€“ and it was a great choice â€“ but once in service I realized strollers are a major nuisance when store hopping by car.
Gramma gave us a no frills wrap that was merely a looped piece of fabric. Aside from turning a whole load of baby clothes purple, it just wasn’t the right fit for us. Then a friend gave us a more robust padded wrap. Mom fussed with adjusting it for a comfortable and snug fit for several weeks before giving up.
In a bout of homogenous rage I bought a front-style baby pack with a million locking straps. In theory, it was the perfect carrier â€“ a lot like a backpack, so it seemed familiar. In service, we quickly realized the pack had two modes â€“ baby stares at your chin, or baby stares forward like she’s strapped to the hood of a car.
Facing backward, Miss cried because she couldn’t see the world. Facing forward, she cried because she couldn’t see the parent carrying her. Plus, when I put on the pack, I felt like a paratrooper getting ready for my jump, and I was going to die, because, Oh My God, so many straps and buttons! Did I miss something?
One day we discovered a Maya Wrap sling at a local store and it quickly became our personnel carrier of choice. Most of the time we position Miss sideways off the hip so she can look forward or at us.
The major complaint we hear from parents who admire Miss in the wrap is that wraps seem confusing and difficult to use. In our case, the store owner took the time to explain the logistics of use. Plus, the Maya Wrap comes with an instructional DVD (VHS also available) at no extra cost. Smart. Smart. Smart.
The Maya Wrap also rocks for other reasons:
- Easy to nurse from. Has extra fabric for privacy, or playing peek-a-boo.
- No bulky padding. (Try padless before assuming you need it.)
- Tucks away easily, unlike strap-laden baby packs.
- Machine washable
- Weight range up to 100lbs (35lbs is the recommended carrying limit).
- Multiple positions â€“ front, back, left, right, vertical or horizontal.
- Has a simple Velcro pocket.
- Unfolds easily into a makeshift blanket for floor play
- Miss sleeps well in horizontal sling mode.
- Many fabric choices.
The one oddity is that Miss has lost her primal instinct to hold onto Mom or Dad for dear life. Think about primates at the zoo. Baby monkeys clutch their moms as their moms freely move around with babies hanging on like Christmas tree ornaments. But if we hold Miss without using the wrap — freely straddling Mom or Dad with her legs around our side — she doesn’t try clinging or holding onto us for fear of falling. It’s not really an issue, just an observation.