I’ve been wanting to write a review about my experience with the Solly Baby Wrap for a while now and I’m excited to finally get to it! If you’ve never heard of the Solly Baby wrap, I recommend checking out their website first to learn a little more about them.
The Solly Baby wrap is basically a long piece of a fabric that allows you to wear your baby and have both of your hands free. It’s designed for the first year of the baby’s life, or up to 25 pounds, and is made with extremely lightweight fabric that is still durable enough to hold your baby. My son lived in the Solly wrap for the first 4 – 5 months of his life and it was an absolute saving grace for me. I’ll admit it was a little difficult at first learning how to wrap it around myself + get Finn to fit correctly in it, but after a week of practice I could get the wrap on and Finn inside in less than two minutes.
Material – Long, stretchy, lightweight. I know there are other wraps out there, specifically the Moby wrap, that other moms seem to like as well. I haven’t tried the Moby wrap for myself, but from the reviews I’ve read it seems to be made with a pretty thick fabric. Unless you’re going to be outside during the winter months with your baby, I wouldn’t want any sort of thick fabric. I’d actually prefer the opposite. The baby is worn tight up against your chest so you’re already producing body heat between the two of you. The more lightweight, the better.
Design –I went with a grey and white thin striped pattern, but they are always coming out with new colors and patterns. I like that the patterns are neutral and nothing flashy. I have an infant carrier as well, and I hated how bulky it was when I would wear it in public. The Solly wrap for me was almost like putting Finn in my shirt. He was so close and tight on me that I didn’t even realize I was wearing him sometimes. Way different experience than the bulky carriers.
Benefits of Baby Wearing –
Convenience – You don’t need to worry about loading up a stroller or hauling the infant car seat to wherever you are going. Win win.
Keeps Germs Away – Believe me when I say strangers will LOVE to touch your baby at the grocery store. If they are snuggled on your chest fast asleep, no one will be touching your baby. As they shouldn’t be. #backoff
Hands Free – Clean your house, play with your other children, drink a glass of wine (or 3). Really, you can do anything wearing a baby.
Can Help Fight Colic – When the baby is wrapped up tightly on you, they feel like they did inside of your belly. They can hear your heartbeat, feel you breathing, and feel safe and secure on you. Finn could be screaming bloody murder and the second I put him in his wrap he would fall asleep. Literally in seconds. Newborns are still learning that they are a separate being from their mom, and they crave that close contact after they are born. Baby wearing is a perfect way to transition a newborn from mama’s belly to the big bad real world.
Can Be Good for Reflux Babies – I think Finn loved being in the wrap so much because he had severe reflux. When he laid down flat, he would puke or be in pain. Wearing him allowed him to be upright and get some peaceful sleep.
Other Benefits of Babywearing:
- Great for physical and cognitive development
- Can increase milk supply if breastfeeding
- Can reduce postpartum depression
- Reduces risk of SIDS
There are numerous wraps, slings, and carriers on the market but the Solly wrap for me is what worked best. My one complaint is that you can’t wear your baby facing outward in it. Once Finn was out of the newborn stage, he became really nosy and had to see what was going on. I transitioned to a carrier that allowed me to wear him facing outward at that point but I’m thankful for the Solly wrap for the first 5 months of his life. I can say confidently that it reduced his crying dramatically and gave me so much freedom that I wouldn’t have normally had.
If you’re willing to spend around $60 and put in the time to watch the tutorials and spend a few days practicing how to properly tie it, the Solly wrap is well worth the investment. If it’s any testament to how much my son liked being in it, my husband even learned how to tie it for the times he was alone with him. Worth every penny!