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HOW TO TIE A
WOVEN WRAP

special circumstances:

newborn carries

tandem wrapping & twins

front wraps:
cradle carry (rebozo)
front wrap cross carry
front cross carry
kangaroo carry
more front carries

back wraps:
rucksack/tibetan
back wrap cross
getting baby on back
more back carries

hip wraps:
hip carry (rebozo)
hip cross carry
more hip carries

Mei Tai carries:
front carry
back carry
Mei Tai tips



 

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Carrying Guide for Each Size of Woven Wrap

woven wrap carries in different wrap lengths and sizes

size 2 wrap (rebozo) 2.6 or 2.7 meters super short carries
size 3 wrap (xxs) 3.1 or 3.2 meters shorty carries
size 4 wrap (xs) 3.6 or 3.7 meters petite base size
size 5 wrap (small) 4.1 or 4.2 meters small base size
size 6 wrap (medium) 4.6 or 4.7 meters average base size
size 7 wrap (large) 5.1 or 5.2 meters plus size base
size 8 wrap (extra large) 5.5 - 6.0 meters longer carries/fancy finishes

Woven wrap sizing depends mainly on two things:

  1. the size of the adult using the wrap
  2. which carries you want to be able to do

Your BASE SIZE is the wrap length that will allow you to do all of the full length carries.  We determine it by which is the smallest size that you can use for a Front Wrap Cross Carry.  No two mama bodies are alike, but in general:

  • most moms use a size 6 wrap for full length carries
  • parents under 130 lbs can often use a size 5 wrap for full length carries
  • parents over 180 lbs may need a size 7 wrap for full length carries (although there are many moms between 180 and 220 lbs who do fine with a size 6--more experienced wrappers can usually do more with a shorter wrap so a new wrapper may want to error on the longer side to be safe)
  • very petite moms can sometimes use a size 4 wrap for full length carries.

For a look at how different wrap lengths fit different size mamas, click here.

Size 2 wrap (rebozo):  A Rebozo is very portable, folds
up small in a diaperbag, can be tied around your waist, or used as a scarf.  It's great for wet/dirty weather because you can put it on without dragging the ends in the mud.  It's great for Summer because there is so little fabric around you and your baby. Because most of these shortest carries do not wrap entirely around the wearer's torso, the same carries can be done by people of very different sizes.

  1. Rebozo carry -- front (tummy to tummy) -see video below
  2. Rebozo carry -- hip -see video below
  3. Rebozo carry -- back -see video below
  4. Rucksack TUB (tied under bottom)
  5. Rucksack TAS (tied at shoulder)
  6. Reinforced Rear Rebozo Rucksack
  7. Double Rebozo Back Carry
  8. Torso Carry
  9. Short Back Cross Carry
  10. Half Jordan's Back Carry (Half JBC)
  11. Shepherd's Carry (plus size parents may need a larger wrap for this carry)
  12. Double Hammock Rebozo  (plus size parents may need a larger wrap for this carry)


Base -3 (size 3 wrap for most parents): It is short enough to do all of the rebozo-length carries, as well as several more.

  1. Rebozo carry -- front (tummy to tummy) -see video below
  2. Rebozo carry -- hip -see video below
  3. Rebozo carry -- back -see video below
  4. Kangaroo Carry
  5. Abbreviated Front Wrap Cross Carry (TUB)
  6. Semi Front Wrap Cross Carry (one shoulder)
  7. Reinforced Rear Rebozo Rucksack
  8. Double Rebozo Back Carry
  9. Half Jordan's Back Carry
  10. Double Hammock Rebozo -see video below
  11. Double Hammock Torso Carry
  12. Double Hammock with Rings
  13. Rucksack TUB (tied under bottom)
  14. Rucksack TAS (tied at shoulder)
  15. Knotless Rucksack Carry
  16. Short Back Cross Carry
  17. Shepherds Carry
  18. Torso Carry
  19. Hip Cross Carry
  20. Coolest Hip Cross Carry

Cheng made this gorgeous video when her little one was still being worn.  She demonstrates 7 wrap styles for a 3.1 meter woven wrap:

Base -2 (size 4 for most parents): 

  1. Abbreviated Front Wrap Cross Carry (TUB)
  2. Semi Front Wrap Cross Carry (one shoulder)
  3. Half Front Wrap Cross Carry
  4. Kangaroo Carry
  5. Short Cross Carry
  6. Knotless Front Cross Carry
  7. Jordan's Back Carry
  8. Ellevill Jordan's Back Carry
  9. Rucksack Carry
  10. Reinforced Rucksack
  11. RRRR with Candy Cane Chestbelt
  12. Back Wrap Cross Carry with rucksack straps
  13. Hip Cross Carry
  14. Coolest Hip Cross Carry
  15. Robbins Hip Carry
  16. Poppins Hip Carry

Base -1 (size 5 for most parents):

  1. Rucksack Carry Tied Tibetan
  2. Reinforced Kangaroo Carry
  3. Back Wrap Cross Carry with Ruck Straps
  4. Secure High Back Carry
  5. Giselle's Back Carry
  6. Double Rebozo Shoulder to Shoulder (DRS2S) TUB (tied under bottom)
  7. Double Hammock TAS (tied at shoulder)
  8. Double Hammock TUB (tied under bottom)

Base size carries (full length wraps):

  1. Front Wrap Cross Carry
  2. Pocket Wrap Cross Carry
  3. Front Cross Carry
  4. Front Double Hammock Carry
  5. Reinforced Kangaroo Carry
  6. Secure High Back Carry 
  7. Back Wrap Cross Carry
  8. Double Hammock (or Chunei Back Carry)
  9. Giselle's Back Carry
  10. Christina's Ruckless Back Carry
  11. Double Rebozo Shoulder to Shoulder (DRS2S)
  12. Rucksack Carry TT (tied Tibetan)
  13. Reinforced Rucksack Carry

Base +1 (size 7 for most parents):

  1. Taiwanese Carry
  2. Wiggleproof Back Carry
  3. Norwegian Wiggleproof Back Carry
  4. Saltwater or Freshwater finish to a base size carry
  5. Tibetan Finish to a base size carry

A 4.1 or 4.2 meter woven wrap is often called a size 5.  This is the SMALL full length wrap, the best size for petite mamas who are wanting to do the full range of wrapping. You don't have to be petite to enjoy this size.  If you find yourself preferring shorter carries that are still to long to use a shorty, this may be perfect for you.  If your tails are too long when you use a 4.6 meter wrap to do your favorite carries, you will probably be happy with a 4.1 meter length.

A 4.6 or 4.7 meter woven is known as a size 6.  This is the MEDIUM full length wrap (also called Standard) and is the most popular woven wrap size.  It is the size that fits most moms for doing most of the popular wrap carries.  If you want a wrap that allows a petite mom and a larger pop to both have several options, this may be the perfect compromise that will neither drag too long for the mom, nor come up too short for the dad to have some options.

A 5.1 or 5.2 meter woven is called a size 7 wrap.  This is the LARGE full length wrap.  Plus size moms and dads will use this size for all of their full length wrap carries.  It can also be used by someone who normally uses a size 6 but wants more room for tandem babywearing, or doing extra long carries.

A 5.7 meter woven is often called a size 8 woven wrap.  This size is for full length carries for those who wear larger than a size 24 dress size (US) and should work well, for example, for a parent or caregiver who is in the range of 5'10 and 300 lbs. For reference, most popular brands of stretchy wrap are one-size-fits-all, and that size is around 5.5 meters.  Just about a size 8.

A 6.0 meter wrap is available in some of the wrap brands, and is a great option for parents who find a size 8 to be not quite enough.  You may need a larger wrap if you don't have enough tail to loosen your carry down for nursing, for example.

 Once you have figured out which size you want
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