So, What Size Woven Wrap DO You Need?
I’m going to say something controversial here.
You don’t have to worry too much about wrap size.
Let me explain.
When I had my first baby, I found out the ring sling and Snugli I had weren’t that easy for me.
So I started reading about different kinds of carriers.
I found out that a woven wrap (not stretchy wrap) was the most comfortable, and the most versatile and adjustable.
So I ordered my first wrap, a size 6 EllaRoo wrap.
I was 5’3 and around 120 lbs.
At about 6 ft and 175 lbs, my husband could use it for the same carries.
Unlike clothing sizes, there is a wide variation in who can use one wrap size.
Even though my first choice, a size 6 wrap, worked fine, I soon learned that other sizes worked for me, too.
I didn’t really need a size 6 wrap.
A size 5 wrap was plenty long enough for me to do the same two carries . . .
. . . and all the other full length carries.
Let me take a moment here to post a graphic that will help you make an educated guess as to what size woven wrap will be your base size – the woven wrap size that will allow you to comfortably do a Front Wrap Cross Carry tied behind your back.
Comfortably means you’re not tying on the tippy tails. You have a few inches hanging down from the knot.
I say an educated guess, because no list of sizes is ever going to give the full picture.
The amazing diversity in our shapes and sizes means this is not an exact science.
Which is why it’s a lucky thing that you don’t have to worry too much about what size woven wrap!
Find What Size Woven Wrap is Your Base Size
Anyway, back to my story.
My stats (height, weight, shirt size) showed that a size 5 wrap was perfect for me.
But I eventually learned that I could often do those full length carries with a size 4 wrap.
So what was going on?
One reason is that as you become more experienced, you often need less fabric.
Another is that I am NOT busty.
Broad shoulders or a larger bra size can greatly affect how long a wrap you need.
Babies are wrapped on your chest or (usually) high on your back.
Not around your belly.
That means your chest size is more important to what size woven wrap you need than your waist or belly measurement.
Over the years, I enjoyed having a variety of sizes. That way I could pick which I felt like using each day.
Knowing what I know now, I can say that just one wrap would have been fine for all my babywearing years.
I would be happy with just one size 3, 4, 5, or 6 woven wrap.
The extra length of a size 7 would not be as convenient for me to use every day in every situation.
The short length of a size 2 would limit the number of carries I could do more than I would want.
So that’s why I say that you don’t have to worry TOO MUCH about what size woven wrap!
So What Size Woven Wrap Do You Need?
That depends on your base size and what carries you want to do.
So take your best guess at your base size using the chart above and don’t worry too much about it.
Then look at some different carries to see which interest you most.
There are 3 kinds of carriers:
- Full Length Carries (most popular)
- Shorty Carries (faster, cooler)
- Long Carries (fancy finishes)
Once you find your base size, go here to find a list of carries you can do with each size:
Pro Tips For Choosing the Best Woven Wrap Size
- If you have a broad chest or shoulders, you may want to size up one size.
- If you have a large bra size, you may want to size up one.
- If you have a big toddler, you may want to size up one.
- If you want to share your wrap with another caregiver, pick the size that best fits the person who will be using it most often. The other person will be able to find different carries to do with whichever size you get.
- If you expect a toddler to go up for short stints or want to go up and down frequently, consider a shorter wrap for faster carries.
- If you expect to do a lot of hours long wrapping, such as for hikes, consider a long wrap for supportive, multi-layer carries.
So does this help?
Does it take some of the anxiety off?
Did I convince you to just pick a size and take the plunge so you don’t have to put off wrapping any longer?
You’re going to freaking love wrapping your baby.
So don’t wait.
Please comment to let me know if you have any questions or share your experiences with wrap sizing. Your contribution will make this data so much more valuable for someone trying to figure out this crazy subject of woven wrap sizing!