babywearing, review

Review: Natibaby Monarchs 

One of the first brands that I ever tried when wrapping was Natibaby, so when Marsupial Mamas asked me to try out their exclusive Natibaby Monarchs wrap, I was thrilled!! This wrap caught my eye because of the beautiful monarch butterflies all over the wrap. Maxine constantly asked for uppies in “butterfwies mommy!!” over the two weeks we borrowed this wrap.

The Monarchs wrap that I tried out was a base -2ish for me. It wrapped like a long 6 (which makes sense because in my experience, natibaby wraps run a little long). This 100 % cotton beauty was solid. It is a dense weave that is so very toddlerworthy! It held Maxine’s 30ish lbs no problem! Maxine is a tall 2.5 year old as well and the width of the wrap handled that no problem!

This wrap felt flat on my shoulders. It was not diggy at all! I wore it in many single layer front carries, but I preferred it in a multilayered back carry. Maxine’s Back Carry was my favorite carry to do with this wrap. Monarchs is not soft but it is still very comfortable. It has basically zero stretch and it was not super moldable, but it still was easy to get the passes in place thanks to the glide.

I would compare this to other Natibaby cotton wraps. I was so surprised to enjoy the wrap so much because it is basically opposite in what I prefer for wearing Maxine. It definitely had the most important quality for me though–SUPPORT. Since I am now 24 weeks pregnant, I need something that will lock into place and not budge. THIS IS THAT WRAP. Once tied off, it did not move an inch! We also wore this to the Zoo for an hour in 80 degree weather. The wrap is not airy, but we didn’t melt in the multilayered carry for the hour she was up.

I recommend this wrap to experienced wearers and those who are wearing toddlers! It will take some breaking in for sure. The pattern is absolutely beautiful, and I bet if you love the pattern, you will want the wrap as well.

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babywearing, Tutorials

Woven Wrap Tutorial: Maxine’s Back Carry

Maxine’s back carry was a mistake. I started to do a ruck but Max was so upset and sleepy that the carry was way off centered. I was so flustered at that point that I just wrapped the L O N G tail around me a couple times and Maxine instantly fell asleep. The carry kept her in place so well! I use MBC all the time now.

This carry requires base minus one (-1) or longer.

Here is how to do it!

You will start the wrap way off center so that the short tail hangs about to the middle of your hip and shoulders. Basically enough to make a candy cane chest belt.

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Get baby on your back. Give them a distraction too…Maxine has a remote here.

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Pin the wrap under your chin (or with your teeth if that’s your thing).

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Make a seat that is spread knee to knee. Hammock for kiddo to sit in.

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Working with the long side now, tighten then bring the bunched pass over both legs.

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Bring the bunched pass in front of you to make a waist belt.

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Now spread that pass over your back

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Pull it tight. Be sure to pull all the slack out through the waist belt.

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Carefully bring that pass under your arm

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Give it one last tug to tighten.

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Now do a candy cane chest belt!

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I finish mine by bringing one tail through the ruck strap then I tie a single knot.
You can also finish with a sling ring or however else you finish a CCCB.

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And that’s it! You did it!

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Here is a video tutorial!

Tag your pictures of this carry with #maxsbackcarry so I can see you all rock it out!

Happy Babywearing!