Have you got a new wrap? Is it stiffer than you thought? Wrapping an unbroken wrap can be harder. To make them into squishy, mouldable wraps all you need to do is to break it.
Breaking in your wrap means to soften it. Breaking happens by friction and heat. Not all fabrics require breaking. Fabrics like cotton, linen, and hemp require breaking and fabrics like silk, bamboo, and wool can be used out of the box.
Factors that affect wraps that need breaking
- Density: Higher GSM wraps require more breaking than the lighter ones. GSM means grams per square meter; higher the GSM, thicker and heavier the fabric.
- Weave Type: Weaving is a pattern of manufacturing the fabric. Thick weaving requires breaking in.
- Blend: Blending is a combination of 2 or more fabrics. Linen and hemp blends require breaking in.
12 ways to break-in the fabric
Please refer the wash and care instructions before washing the fabric. Ideally, Soul wraps are recommended to be washed before use. Washing can either be hand wash or be washed in the gentle cycle in the machine. Use liquid detergents and avoid using optical brighteners or bleach. Repeat washing twice or thrice if the fabric is thick
Line drying the wraps in the shade is recommended to avoid the color from fading.
Steam ironing the fabrics will soften it.
Braiding creates friction and helps to soften the fabric. To braid, make a loop, pull the fabric through it and tighten it. Make another loop by putting your hand in the previous loop and pull the fabric creating another loop. Repeat until the entire wrap is tightly braided. After the braiding is done, pull from both the ends.
If you have a crib, weave the wrap through the rails of the crib. You can also do this on the rails of the staircase.
Use it as a blanket
Replace your blanket and use the new wrap as the blanket. This also creates friction when the fabric is rubbed along.
Tie the ends of the wrap as a hammock. Pulling and stretching creates friction.
Sit on the new wrap until it gets softer. You can also pop it over your baby in the car seat or pram.
This is ideal with shorter wraps; use the wrap as a shawl or a scarf.
Pull the wrap through the rings. Repeat this a few times to make the fabric softer.
Make a pillow
Create a loop according to the length of the wrap. Pass the fabric starting at the end of the loop and pull it outwards, repeat doing this until you reach the end of the fabric and it looks like a pillow or donut.
The more you wrap your baby, the softer it gets on use. Nothing like babywearing to soften the wrap, ain’ it?
Do you know any other methods to break the woven wrap, if yes, please comment below 🙂
Until next time, stay hooked!