- Let your back and torso support the weight to save your arms.
- Wraps hold your toddler the closest so your shoulders don’t feel the weight.
- Leave the stroller at home and give your toddler a mom’s eye view of the world instead of a knee-high view!
3 Woven Wrap Carries for Your Toddler
#1 Toddler Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC)
- Best carry for learning to use your wrap.
- Gives your toddler a quiet, familiar place to nurse on the go.
- Allows your toddler to cuddle in when feeling overwhelmed, sick, or clingy.
#2 Toddler Rucksack Carry (Ruck)
- Simple carry so there are not a lot of steps to remember.
- You don’t have to be able to reach so far behind you to spread the wrap.
- Keeps your toddler from leaning backwards.
- Best with a very supportive wrap brand such as Natibaby.
#3 Toddler Back Wrap Cross Carry (BWCC)
- Can be done with a chestbelt to secure your child after the very first pass.
- Is likely to be comfortable for longer periods than a Rucksack Carry.
- Creates a good seat that a toddler cannot wiggle out of.
New to Back Wrapping?
Practice with a spotter or while sitting on the edge of a bed so you don’t have to worry about dropping your toddler. Expect to practice a few times without getting frustrated if it isn’t perfect; grant yourself the grace to learn.
If the carry seems complicated or difficult to remember, practice over a bulky backpack while you learn the carry. Once you are confident you can switch to wrapping with your toddler.
Rucksack is a good first carry for a lot of people – it has only one pass so you don’t need the flexibility to spread additional passes.
It is important to spread the wrap high up your toddler’s back (to the armpits for arms out, or up to the neck for arms in) with the top rail (edge) tight so your child cannot lean away from you.
Have plenty of fabric at the bottom and scoop it up under your toddler’s bottom to pull toddler’s knees up. Keeping that bottom rail (edge) tight to hold the knees up and forming a straight line from knee to knee, while keeping the seat portion deep (do not over-tighten this part) keeps the seat from sliding out from under your toddler.
If you have trouble getting a good seat in a Rucksack, perhaps because your toddler is too wiggly, a carry with cross passes will secure your little one’s seat for sure. Back Wrap Cross Carry (BWCC) with a chest belt is a popular first carry for this reason.
Which wrap to get for a toddler?
Any woven wrap from a reputable manufacturer should support your toddler safely and comfortably.
Linen or hemp blend wraps are all known for being very supportive and there are several all-cotton wraps that are super supportive as well, including:
Colimacon et Cie
Sizing: Get a long wrap to do multi-layer carries that will be more supportive for longer periods or get a short wrap to do quick carries for a toddler who wants up and down frequently. Once you know your base size, you can figure out which size wrap you will use for each wrap carry.