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I have a houdini on my hands...advice needed!
Which wrap to use?

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#1 littleboysmum

Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:55 PM

Hi all,

I am sure this is an often asked question, but I am after some advice on wraps. DD is 13 weeks old and somewhat of a Houdini! She loves to be wrapped quite snugly with her arms down. I am using Lil' Fraser wraps but after many washes (they have now been through 2 babies) they seem to be too loose for her and she wakes overnight because she has her arms out.

When she sleeps during the day we don't always have the problem, I think because the sleeps are shorter (though she does still often escape from the wrap!). I have tried Love To Dream Wrap me Up which she doesn't mind and a Woombie which was way too lose and she woke up every hour on the hour overnight with her hands out the neck hole!

Does anyone have any suggestions for a wrap that is similar to a Lil' Fraser but a bit stronger? We used the Lil' Fraser ones with great success for DS, BUT DD is just so strong! Have tried leaving her unwrapped but she sleeps for 20 minutes and wakes up. When wrapped well, she will sleep for longer stretches.


#2 Future-self

Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:01 PM

ergocacoon http://ergopouch.com.au/portfolio-view/ergococoon/
Love, love these. They also have clips on the shoulders so that when the time comes, you can release their arms but leave the rest so they still feel snug

ETA DS was a little houdini. Always managed to get an arm or two out of the strongest wrapped wrap. He cannot, just can't, get out of these, it's impossible. He's even given up trying and sucks his fist through the fabric atm!

Edited by futureself, 14 November 2012 - 05:04 PM.

#3 sakura73

Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:02 PM

Another vote for the Ergo Coccoon, but the Miracle Blanket is even better -  worked wonders for us.


#4 littleboysmum

Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:04 PM

Thanks futureself and sakura73, they both look great! My question is...are they loose around the neck? Is there room for little hands to make a run for it?

#5 baxlaika

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:13 PM

I used an ergo cocoon for both my kids and loved it. No chance of arms escaping out the top but I did find that there was lots of movement within the cocoon (e.g. DD could still knock her dummy out by stretching the fabric)... so I wrapped on top of the cocoon until they got used to it. HTH

#6 Kay1

Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:26 AM

DS is the same. I use a flannelette wrap and wrap him up like a spring roll, then I put a swaddle me velcro fastening wrap over the top or put him inside the ergo cocoon or love to dream swaddle. I have to figure out something else for hot weather though.

Mine won't settle if he can move at all, or get his hands anywhere near his head so he needs something with no stretch which is why I like the flannelette wraps. The zip up wraps on their own are useless for us.

The miracle blankets look great but too hot for summer.

Edited by Kay1, 15 November 2012 - 11:27 AM.

#7 littleboysmum

Posted 15 November 2012 - 02:48 PM

Thanks for the replies ladies. Much appreciated. Might have to try the wrap and then something else over the top. Can't wait until our wrapping days are behind us!

#8 deejie

Posted 15 November 2012 - 02:58 PM

DS1 was a wrap addict and a houdini to boot.

I stumbled across this "Uber-Swaddle" made from just using a cot sheet and an additional strip of material (muslin, another sheet, whatever you have lying around).


Do it nice and snug, it is unbreakable. Seriously, DS1 never even came close to escaping. And it's cheap free! biggrin.gif


Edited by deejie, 15 November 2012 - 02:59 PM.

#9 Ice Queen

Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:07 PM

So just to clarify OP, I have had 2 wrap addicted babies and am slightly ashamed to admit that DD was wrapped until 7mo and DS until 10mo  ohmy.gif .....well past rolling!  I only just weaned him to a sleeping bag a few weeks ago.  Both bubs were big and strong babies especially DS.  So I consider myself the wrapping queen!

Before you go spending more money on new wraps, look at your technique.  I got told to get a Woombie and an Ergo with DS and sorry, but I thought they were rubbish.  Like your bub, DS would bring his hands up but he would suck them, he couldnt get them through the collar but he would still suck them with the wrap over it.  Wrapping his arms next to his body was the only thing that worked.

My favourite wrap......my big Lil Fraser one!  They are the best because they are the stretchy cotton so they have give.  You can wrap super super tight but they can move their arms slightly and the fabric shouldnt slip like muslin fabric does.  In the end with both babies my Lil Fraser one was the only one I used and I had to wash it and dry it before naps.  It was finally threadbare and it finally ripped so I was forced to wean!

Anyway I have this great technique where you straitjacket the arms next to them.  PM if you want me to describe it.  I cant be bothered typing it out for no reason (sorry too tired!)  wink.gif .  Both my babies were amazing sleepers, 8-10hrs as newborns if they didnt escape from their wraps.

Edited by Ehill, 15 November 2012 - 08:09 PM.

#10 antigen

Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:27 PM

QUOTE (deejie @ 15/11/2012, 03:58 PM)
DS1 was a wrap addict and a houdini to boot.

I stumbled across this "Uber-Swaddle" made from just using a cot sheet and an additional strip of material (muslin, another sheet, whatever you have lying around).


Do it nice and snug, it is unbreakable. Seriously, DS1 never even came close to escaping. And it's cheap free! biggrin.gif


Snap deejie! I was just going to post the exact same link! Using this technique my DD went from catnapping all day to napping for 2 hours or more at a time.

#11 amesv

Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:34 PM

All my kids have been houdini's, my first son we ended up wrapping in a homemade wrap, just a huge piece of stretchy material from Spotlight. With second and third bub I ditched the wrap at 3 months, both times took a day of being unsettled then no problems.

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