I’ve heard of people making hammocks or swings with their woven wraps in the babywearing communities online, but there doesn’t seem to be much “authority” about how to do it the right way. I can’t find a tutorial for how to make a swing, but I’m planning on trying something out and posting if it works.(SOON. I’m getting “ingredients” for it today.)
But for now, this is what we’ll be doing!
All you have to do is smooth out your wrap so there are no twists in it, and tie it around your dining room table using a square knot. I’m sure most toddlers could climb in on their own. Anneliese is a bit hesitant about gross motor things, so she asked for help, but she had no trouble getting out when she wanted to. (She asked for help but I just told her, “Put your feet on the floor.” And she did it fine.)
Anneliese LOVED this! She called it her “Babar Hammock” because on the first page of the original Babar book, the elephant’s mother is rocking him in a hammock. I love that she made that connection to literature!
She also told me she was going to go “ninight” in it, and asked if I would nurse her in it. I told her I couldn’t nurse her in the hammock, and she was a little bit sad. It WOULD be comfy to just snuggle and nurse in a hammock though. She’s got the right idea!
More great resources for How to Make a Woven Babywearing Wrap Hammock
- Baby Carriers Downunder also has a variation for smaller kids who need a deeper pouch for their hammocks, tying a knot at each side before tying the center square knot. Great idea!
- BW of Peoria includes woven wrap hammocks in their post about how to break in your woven wrap. Their blog is full of really pretty pictures too!
- Sling hammocks are also mentioned in The Mommy Dialogues in their “break in your wrap” post. Check out their cute picture over there too!
- All Things Maverick also has some GREAT outdoor-wrap-hammock photos. So beautiful. If we had more trees, we could do that! They also have a How to Break in a Woven Wrap post which includes the hammock tip too.
- Leslie on Flicker has a really cute wrap hammock photo too. It looks like she set it up in a playpen somehow!
- You can see more woven wrap hammocks here on Slingmeet.