The absolute number one, most frequent question we hear from customers is this: what size should I buy? I originally developed this sizing system in order to deliver versatility and a personalized fit. But, it can be overwhelming to select from all the options when planning your conversion. Sizing is, without a doubt, the biggest question mark in the custom carrier planning process. In response we have compiled the following information and suggestions.
So, babies, they are ever so adorable, and sooooo full of spit. And now you’ve got spit (or chocolate or lollipop stickiness or peanut butter, or whatever’s your jam <----- see what I did there?) on your ObiMama. Now what? How do you wash it carefully?
The first step would be to consult the washing instructions for the wrap your ObiMama is converted from. For example, mine is Ankalia Icarus Mariana, 100% cotton. According to the wrap instructions, I would wash cold and tumble dry low. The additional ObiMama tags says hand wash cold and dry flat. Because my machine is front loading and has a hand wash cycle, I’m cool with that. If you have top loading machine with an agitator, perhaps you will prefer to handwash. Or another option that keeps the straps from getting into trouble: put your carrier into a mesh laundry bag and throw it in the wash! In regards to soap, try go with a soap that is free from optical brighteners, those brighteners are not kind to your carrier! For SUPER stubborn marks, try a teensy tiny bit of Blue Dawn Dishsoap!
Next step, the one that requires the patience parenthood instills in us all, waiting for your Obi to dry. You could lay it flat if you have the room to leave it for the necessary time. You could also line dry it, which may leave some temporary indentations from the line/clothes pins. Another option, depending on your wrap fabric of course, could be to pop it into the dryer with no or low heat and some dryer balls.
Now, you have a beautiful clean ObiMama, dry as toast. Go ahead and wrap your child again. Repeat the spit/spill cycle.
But wait!! You want to pretend to get your ObiMama brand new again? You can do this! Keep reading and learn how to fold your ObiMama just like it comes brand new. Sounds impossible, but this feat is within reach! Check it out:
Step one: Grab a bevy (Wine? Beer? Cola? Cucumber flavoured water? Kombucha? whatever makes your feel fancy!), pull out that ironing board, and warm your iron up to low/medium (again, consult your wrap for the proper temperatures).
Step two: Iron out your shoulder and waist straps. Watch the pleats! You have two choices here: iron the pleats to get sharp creases like you did with your slacks in the 80s -OR- ease the iron around the pleats so the focus is on making your waist tie smooth. Pro tip, avoid ironing crisp pleats into your linen and hemp blend fabrics to preserve the lifespan of those fibers.
Now that you have a smooth as new ObiMama, we are ready to get to the folding!
Step three: Follow the photos as shown below, and you will have a wonderful ObiMama roll, almost as good as straight from HeadQuarters!
1. Lay out your ObiMama, sit back (maybe toss in a sigh of delight), and admire the handiwork of the conversion queen before you move on
2. Fold the shoulder strap down
3. Take the strap and fold it across
4. Keep folding the strap across the body until you have reached the end of the tail.
5. Repeat 1-4 with the opposite shoulder strap
6. Fold one waist strap across the body in the same way as the shoulder straps
7. Repeat with the opposite waist strap. Now you should have just the body panel and hood laid out.
8. Fold in the waist band with both hands
9. Using both hands, roll the waist band up, smoothing the carrier as you go
10. You should now have rolled all the way through to the hood. Either tuck the hood ties into the roll or tie them in a loose knot.
You now have a beautiful ObiMama roll, *almost* like brand new! NO ONE can do it quite like ObiMama can, though! The process is much the same for welter weight conversions as well. Enjoy!
Still have a burning question? You're probably not alone. Ask in the comments section, the Laundry PhD. will be along shortly.
Team Obi issued a challenge to fellow ObiMama wearers: take a selfie! We opened up a challenge that had 10 categories for your selfies. By participating, you had the chance to win a Stalk Free Pass to an ObiMama custom slot! These mamas featured here followed all the rules for the challenge and were voted best in their category of entry.
Meet the Selfie-Pros:
The wrap is called Oscha Paradise Erraid and I bought it very recently from a super sweet mama. The picture was taken in Barcelona, in front of a graffiti which the city is well known by. I just loved the colours and love my baby! - Clara Esobar
This was taken with the gorgeous visiting Meeyoo Koru Bleu weft ObiMama, courtesy of the owners/weavers of Meeyoo: Cameo and Angel. -Crystalyn Vana
Jen converted Oscha's Victoria Rei for my squish's SS1 and was ready for him before he was born. We've used it as early as when he was about a month old! My daughter and I modeled this wrap with Jax in our belly and was delighted to be able to make it into an Obi for him. As for the task in that picture, a mama's gotta eat and sometimes baby can't eat THAT! That was my fave spicy chewy noodles from a Korean restaurant. I would have had him on my back, but I was so hungry that I just ate, lol! Come to think of it that picture came out looking like I was eating brains, which I'm cool with! I'm a huge zombie fan! I may need to use them for my costume this year! -Yun Yi
It's a "vintage" custom Obimama from 2012. Made from a bamboo blend Natibaby Rivea, and has a custom embroidery design on the hood inspired by The Great Wave. I ordered it for my Baby #2, used it for occasional uppies for Baby #1, Baby #3 is pictured in the photo, and it's still a well loved part of my stash for 7 month old Baby #4!
- Christina Esler Pitts
The wrap in the photo is Meeyoo Tomo. The wrap has special meaning to me because I won the right to name the wrap and its partner, Ami, in a naming contest that Meeyoo ran. Tomo is short for Tomodachi, which means Friendship in Japanese. Ami is short for Amicizia, which means Friendship in Italian. Tomo + Ami were names submitted by an East Coast mama of Italian/Irish/English descent and a West Coast mama of Japanese descent, whose paths would likely never have crossed if it weren’t for babywearing, but who now share a friendship that will last through it all. I own full length wraps of both Tomo + Ami, now that my friend is done babywearing, but this particular Tomo was sent traveling to me as a visitor from another sweet friend!
- Tracie Larson
The one that won is an Argus Pyrite conversion that was made by Jen. My 4 yr old loves to wrap & I'm happy my babywearing interest wore off on her. I only started babywearing when her little sister came along and she was more interested in walking than being up. She just returned from her overseas trip, to which she brought her babywearing gears along (her mini Obi was one of them).
- Ana Ad IvoRee
This selfie caught a funny moment at a babywearing meet up. Libby, and her younger son, Abel Gray, were trying out a special ObiMama made out of Kokoro Coco Lipstick. Find Libby on Instagram at www.instagram.com/libbyhenderson and www.instagram.com/carriedkisses for lots of babywearing photos and reviews, and of course to find out what special ObiMama she will choose to make with her SFP win.
- Libby Henderson
This is a quick image I snapped of my daughter and I after a long week! I had been unexpectedly working all day. I was still in my nightgown in the middle of the afternoon and we were both under the weather. A new Obi had just arrived in the mail and I was excited to try it, but my little was not feeling it! I offered her a treat if we could have ups together and she accepted. Once she was up, it was less about that lollipop and all about sweet hugs, kisses, and snuggles. Babywearing brought us peace in that hectic day, as it often does, and this selfie is a very real moment of motherhood for me! So thankful for the connection that Babywearing (and ObiMama!) has helped facilitate with my girl! - Katie Ocampos
So the wrap used in my photo was a OOAK custom from West4th, their "green teaching wrap" called "guide" but woven with a blue flax weft. My kiddos and I spend tons of time outside- it's how I keep myself (somewhat) sane. We are so lucky we have lived in so many beautiful places- having access to the outdoors is a huge priority for our family. So whenever possible, we get out into the woods or hills or riverside trails and explore and share in mother natures glory. My daughter of course still loves any opportunity for a ride on mamas back- and this crazy comfy and supportive TS2 is perfect for our adventures around Vermont. - Rebecca Snow
The wrap used for the conversion was Uppymama Celestial, blue cotton weft. It's amazing! This is my favorite carry because the Lexi Twist gives extra support when wearing toddlers and bigger babies. Besides it also looks really cool! This photo was taken in Washington DC at the tidal basin -- which is surrounded by cherry blossoms. When they're in peak bloom it is craaaazy crowded, and our ObiMama allowed us both to enjoy the blossoms and people watching without worrying if my very adventurous toddler was going to run off exploring! - Amy Elledge
We received such great feedback from both our Facebook group and Instagram following and Team Obi absolutely adored each and every one of the photos you dared to share with us. From all of us here at Team Obi- thank you and we love you so much for carrying your babes in these carriers crafted with so much love.
With all our hearts,