There are many comfortable carries that you can do with a shorter wrap.
Most of the photos on this page are clickable and will take you to wrap instructions for the carry pictured, or a similar one.
Many carries can be done with a shorter wrap, by moms of all sizes:
Natalie (size 16-18) is wearing an Extra-Small wrap (about 3.7 meters, or size 4) in a Rucksack Tied Under Bottom
Oana, US size 20, wearing her baby in a Short Cross Carry with an Extra-Small wrap (about 3.7 meters, or size 4).
Oana again using a Rebozo length wrap (about 2.7 meters, or Size 2) to carry her baby in a Short Back Cross Carry.
Heidi is 5’3 and wears size 16-18, here using a Small homemade gauze wrap (about 4.2 meters, or size 5) probably in a Jordan’s Back Carry variation with 15 month old daughter.
Amanda generally wears size 14 and is 30 weeks pregnant here using an Extra Small wrap (about 3.7 or size 4) to carry her 20 month old (25 lbs) in a rucksack carry.
Sarah (about 200 lbs) using an Extra-Small wrap (about 3.7 meters or size 4) in an abbreviated Front Wrap Cross Carry.
Sarah again, this time with a Rebozo length wrap (about 2.7 meters or size 2) in a traditional Rebozo Front Carry.
A size 6, 7, or 8 wrap can be used for longer carries and gives you more options:
Kristen wears size 20/22 and is using a Medium wrap (about 4.6 meters or size 6) for a Front Wrap Cross Carry tied in the very tips of the tails.
Mandy is about 220 lbs (size 20/22), using a 5.5 meter Miel et Malice wrap for a standard Rucksack Carry.
Sarah (size 16) using a Large wrap (around 5.1 meters, or size 7) for an Unpoppable Double Hammock Carry.
Heidi (size 16/18) in a Front Wrap Cross Carry with a Medium (about 4.6 meters, or size 6) Didymos wrap when her daughter was 15 months.
Heidi again with a Medium Anna Storchenwiege wrap (about 4.6 meters, or size 6) in a Double Hammock Carry with her 20 month old.
And here is Heidi again with the Medium Didymos wrap in a Double Hammock Carry, this time with her 50 lb 5 year old son.
And Heidi tandem wears her 50 lb 5 year old son in a Rucksack Carry on her back, with her 20 lb 22 month old daughter in the Tibetan Cross on the front, with the ends tied behind her daughter’s back, all with the Medium (about 4.6 meter) wrap.
32 weeks pregnant, Amanda (size 14) has her 20 month old, 25 lb toddler in a Double Hammock Carry with Candy Cane Chestbelt with her Medium wrap (about 4.6 meters or size 6) while shopping at Costco.
Sara is 5’3 and 200 lbs with a 38F cup size. She’s using a Medium (about 4.6 meters or size 6) wrap with her baby in a Front Wrap Cross Carry.
Sara again with the same Medium wrap (about 4.6 meters or size 6) wrap with her baby in a Rucksack Carry.
Sara again, using a Medium (about 4.6 meters or size 6) wrap with her baby in a Double Hammock Carry.
Shannon, 230 lbs, uses a Large wrap (around 5.1 meters or size 7) for Front Wrap Cross Carry.
Michelle at about 250 lbs (size 18), looking cute with daughter Emeliah in a Rucksack Carry in a Medium (about 4.6 meters or size 6) Natibaby wrap.
Erin, size 16-18 wearing a Large wrap (about 5.1 meters or size 7) in a Double Hammock Carry.
Angela wears size 16/18 (about 210 lbs) at 5’2, and she is carrying her little one in a Front Wrap Cross Carry using a Large wrap (about 5.1 meters or size 7). It is a Storchenwiege Leo dyed by the amazing mama at the Pink Willow Tree).
This is a sampling of pictures sent to me after one request on Facebook the other day. There are many more parents of all shapes and sizes wrapping their babies, and you can, too! Hopefully this gave you some ideas.
This link will soon be fixed where you can see differently sized and shaped moms modeling different wrap sizes. And if you are a wrapping mama and don’t see a body type similar to yours represented, I’d love to have more volunteers to send me pictures!