First time babywearing (DIY)
1.) Too expensive
2.) Didn't appear convenient
3.) Looked uncomfortable for my back
Granted I did not buy the wrap, I read a lot of reviews from people who have and even if number 3 was not a factor, I knew number 2 would be a real issue. I could not imagine being outside, then nursing the baby and having to unwrap a lot of fabric and then needing help to redo it.
On the TMH facebook page (www.facebook.com/traditionalmuslimah) a wonderful friend and sister in Islam Umm Haya of Fulltime Muslim Mommies and Wives suggested using a bed sheet. I thought that was interesting so I looked it up online and found a video on how to do it with a bed sheet.
Even though it is black it works perfectly for babywearing mashaAllah. So after cleaning it and measuring it out...I tried it on the baby and he was comfortable, close to my heart and happy
We just saved a little more than 40.00 dollars and it feels comfy, and good for me and Tahleel. Simply by draping it over my shoulder and tying a slip knot (that helps you adjust the tightness) I had my very own baby carrier mashaAllah (see video: http://magiccityslingers.wordpress.com/2007/06/24/how-to-carry-a-baby-in-a-bed-sheet-or-shawl-or-rebozo-or-shorty/)
Now with my first time officially babywearing... I already ran into so do's and don't's in regards to summer time babywearing. One if you can help it... Do not use black, in my case, this fabric is breathable, stretchy, and very good for now! Do wear light colors and put light colors on the baby, especially if you are using a black carrier. Do dress in cool outfits, light fabric, nothing too bulky. I have a habit of wearing over coats even in the summer so I had to not do that (obviously right ;) and do enjoy it!