But what if you don't have that kind of patience? What if it is just too darn stiff and you wanted it to soften up RIGHT NOW? Well there are many things you can do to speed up the breaking in process.
Wash it. Be sure to follow care instructions for the fiber content of your wrap, but if its safe to do so, wash it and tumble dry on low.
Dryer Balls. Add a bunch of bouncing wool balls to the drying portion of above or throw the wrap in dry and toss in a damp towel. The more dryer balls the better they work.
New to braiding? Check out this you tube vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuXlCdLiTpU
Never made a wrap donut? Never fear, you can get help here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHpu0JnezDY
Sit on it. Just fold it up and sit on it. Or sit on it braided. Or sit on it as a donut. If folded, unfold and refold often.
Sleep with it. For reals.
Knot Pulling. Also called knot dragging. See how here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs2IYwzoQfY
Let the baby play with it. They know it's important to you so they will want to drag it around and play with it if you let them. Or sleep on it or roll around in it or use it as a blanket.
Run it through crib rails. Or chair slats. Run it back and forth through multiple if you can. Make sure they are smooth and unlikely to snag your wrap.
Iron it. As long as it is ok for your fiber content, ironing will help break in your wrap and have the added bonus of making it look pretty.
Somer Johnson is a Babywearing enthusiast and Momma to E, a bundle of energy. She is a Babywearing Institue Scholar working towards her certification. She is also addicted to cloth diapers and makes and sells wool dryer balls as SomerKnits. Occasionally she also carves out some time to knit, spin or weave - her main pre-baby passions.