A little while ago I asked on Facebook and Twitter what everyone’s favorite baby carrier was. If you don’t know it yet, I’m a little addicted to babywearing. I love having my hands free to chase my active toddler, to be able to soothe and wear my baby when he needs extra attention, to have him close to me when we are in public. There are so many reasons I love babywearing that when I got a tweet from Erica of Everything Mom and Baby saying that she adored the French company Je Porte Mon Bebe (translated: I carry my baby) hybrid wrap I was very intrigued.
I had not heard of a hybrid wrap before, but given my deep love for my stretchy wrap, I knew this was something that I had to check out. I needed to experience French babywearing for myself! After several conversations with Erica and many YouTube videos later, I knew I had to get my hands on this wrap! I was excited to buy it and have it, but before I knew it Las Vegas had many unexpected warmer than normal days. I love wrapping, but especially with stretchy wraps it can get pretty warm. So my beautiful JPMBB sat waiting to be used for more than cleaning around my house. I even moved it into the car in hopes of reaching for it on windy days.
Thankfully we had many occasions to wear it over the past few months. It was a lifesaver for me when we headed up to the Monster Jam World Finals and discovered that it was VERY cold out with the wind blowing as hard as it was. Baby D loved being cuddled inside my wrap, and I even breastfed for the first time in the wrap while waiting in line with my older son.
It was so cold and windy, I kept Baby D pretty covered. I could see him and still kiss the top of his head.
Every time I’ve wrapped up in this beautiful wrap I felt like I was a bit of a super mom. The color and quality of the wrap was so beautiful people actually stopped and asked me where I got my shirt and were surprised to learn it was a wrap.
So what is the difference between a standard stretchy wrap and a JPMBB?
Most stretchy wraps are 100% cotton, but the JPMBB wrap is 95% cotton and 5% Spandex. This makes the cotton fiber (which isn’t naturally flexible) stretch and avoids sagging, even after an intensive use or when wearing a heavy kid. Most wraps «stretch» only because they’re rib knit (the fabric stretches like an accordion) and not because of the fibers they’re made of. Those fabrics have no «memory» and cannot stretch vertically, horizontally and diagonally.
The fabric is knit only and exclusively for JPMBB. Although there are many other stretchy wraps, JPMBB doesn’t compare with any of them.
The JPMBB wrap is the only one that stretches in every direction: vertically, horizontally and diagonally. This makes Pocket Wrap Cross Carry more flexible than with other fabrics. Even if there are several layers of fabric in this carry, Baby is held evenly with a harmonious tension, while the lower layers of fabric keep their stretch.
Woven, 100% cotton wraps (cross twill) can only stretch a bit diagonally. They are soft and firm at the same time, that’s optimum for Baby’s and wrapper’s comfort in Kangaroo Carries, where there’s only one layer of fabric on Baby’s back. Knit, 100% cotton wraps that only stretch lengthwise aren’t ideal for Cradle Carries that need the fabric to stretch widthwise. This uneven stretch, and the fact that they are often quite narrow, makes them harder to use with a bigger Baby. The fact that the stretch comes from the weaving and not the fiber can lead to sagging when the wrap is used frequently with a heavier child.
The JPMBB wrap is very dense and can be used to wear children from birth up to 30lbs, even on long periods of time.
There is the familiarity of the stretchy wrap, but the security of a bit more support in the 95% cotton 5% spandex blend. I never have had sag in this wrap once. The fabric is denser and holds brilliantly, and it is breathable. All while molding to Baby D while he is in the wrap. You can truly wrap this once and take baby in and out without every having to re-tie it while you are out. I also love the large pocket on the front. Which I have used many times now to carry a few things instead of taking a bag with me at all times.
I have to admit, I was planning on reviewing this a lot sooner, but life happened and I am glad it did. While having the extra time I have really learned a lot about this wrap. I enjoy the pre-tied advanced wrap that allows me to wear baby front, hip, or even back, but I am also loving experimenting with other carries and ties.
I have found the Adjustable Hip Carry or Robin’s Carry to be my favorite with this wrap. What I love even more about that is that it is perfect for the summer months. Baby has support, and I have a little more fresh air on me. I wish I could have purchased the short version of the JPMBB for this reason alone. Who knows, maybe that is what I will purchase next! Either way I am thrilled to include this in my babywearing wardrobe.
Plus, clearly Baby D loves it too!
In case you’re interested – Here is a great tutorial video on how to nurse while wrapped in the JPMBB. This is how I nursed Baby D at Monster Jam!
The JPMBB wrap comes in several vibrant and beautiful colors. You can buy one at Everything Mom and Baby and have it in your stash in a little over a week! There are several tutorial videos on JPMBB’s site to cover the many different ways you can wrap your baby in this hybrid wrap.
What is your favorite thing about babywearing?
Disclosure: I purchased this wrap at a discount with a promise to share my honest thoughts about it.
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