With the price of cotton increasing 150% since early 2010, the price of cotton based products is creeping up. (read more about the cotton crisis) We have already seen several price increases in the babywearing community and that was just the beginning.
Effective July 1st, Wrapsody will have to implement faze two of their price increase. Last December we saw the first price increase with their products. Unfortunately, they knew there would probably need to be another if cotton prices didn't fall, so we will now see prices increase another $5 per wrap. They are still hopeful that they will be able to lower prices if cotton prices fall, but as time continues and the cotton shortage grows, that looks less and less likely.
Sleepy Wrap has also announced a $5 price increase starting July 1st. They join Maya Wrap, Wrapsody, Hoppediz, and many smaller WAHM based companies that have had to charge more for their products. It is very likely that we will see more price increases later this year from other brands.
The good new is that maintaining the quality we have come to expect seems to be top priority. No one wants to cut corners and make inferior products just to keep the price low. So at least you can feel confident when you buy your next carrier that it's a few extra dollars well spent.