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I recently fell into the black hole of babywearing wraps/carriers. It makes a lot of sense for those able to do so, but it is an expensive endeavor, this babywearing! Typical woven wraps range from $80 to $300 (for a safe, tested, quality wrap made by professionals). We were lucky to be gifted an Ergo (thank you Lauren!) and a Moby (thank you Ame!) so I'm holding off on any woven wraps for now, in part because of the pricing! Even if you peruse used woven wrap forums, they're reselling them at new or close-to-new prices. While this may seem reasonable given the cost of strollers (also a form of expensive baby-carrier) I think the sticker shock is worse with the wraps because it's a piece of woven cloth. Granted, it's woven cloth that's designed to hold a baby's weight, not just a swath cut down from Jo-Ann's necessarily, but it's still a relatively high bar of participation, especially if you have other more urgent expenses. For me, this is no big deal -- it's an item I want, but for others, there might be more of a need, and yet, there's that ugly cost barrier.
But now, there's a solution for those who could use a wrap and may have those other more important expenses on the line. The Maiden Metallurgist and her husband have started a non-profit called 3.21 Carry. Their goal is to provide babywearing carriers to parents and caregivers of children with Down Syndrome and other special needs at no cost. They take woven wrap donations, in addition to monetary donations.
When I first dove into the babywearing stuff online, I used The Maiden Metallurgist's Babywearing on a Budget post as a guideline. I've followed her blog for a few years now and have always enjoyed it, so she was my natural go-to for that information. Seeing that she's working to make babywearing accessible to more people brightened my day a little, so I wanted to share in case others would want to know and pass the information along too.