What Is A Woven Wrap? | How To Use A Woven Wrap

Beth at Love To Be Natural     POSTED BY BETH   |   21.06.18

 

 

Woven wraps are a beautiful way to carry your baby

 

Woven wraps are a beautiful way to carry your baby. They can be tied for front, back and hip carries, and if you've loved using a stretchy wrap for your newborn and young baby, then a woven wrap will allow you to continue wrapping with a larger, heavier baby, toddler and child. In this post I talk about how to use a woven wrap; I talk more about the different blends and sizes available in this post.

There is a ritual to wrapping; the cloth, the movements, the finish. It can seem daunting at the beginning - the long length of fabric, without structure, and yes, there is a learning curve with it, for sure. However, the lack of structure is exactly what makes a woven wrap so versatile. It can be used with even the smallest babies all the way to preschoolers. The very same wrap. Which also means a woven wrap can be the most economical, cost-effective sling to use - from newborn to toddler, and then with other children too.

 

Why Do Woven Wraps Come In Different Lengths?

 

Woven wraps are available in several lengths, most commonly in sizes 2-7 (shortest to longest). The length you choose depends on the types carries you’d like to do (single layer / multi layer), and your dress/shirt size. If you’d like a wrap to last from newborn to toddler onwards, with the most versatility, opt for either a size 5 (4.2m), size 6 (4.6m) or a size 7 (5.2m) (also known as your base size) - use the size guide here to work out which of these is your base size.

 

Woven Wrap Buying Guide

 

There is a learning curve with wraps, however all come with detailed instructions, and we are always super-happy to advise and provide guidance on which wrap is best for you.

 

What Are The Different Types Of Carries?

 

There are dozens of different wrapping techniques. You can learn one, or you can learn few - it’s completely your choice. You know yourself what will work for you and your baby. With wrapping, there is so much versatility - you can have a newborn snuggled on your front, or a toddler sleeping on your back.

 

Carrying Baby On Your Front

 

Woven Wrap Buying Guide

 

Front Wrap Cross Carry

 

The ‘go-to’ position that most parents start with is the Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC). It’s a superb option for carrying newborns or premature babies and even toddlers. Three fully adjustable layers of fabric support your child’s weight, holding their little head and body steadily on all sides. You can provide an additional neck support by rolling a muslin diaper or similar into the top edge of the sling, creating a “collar” that reaches up to the back of your child’s head.

The wide fabric bands distribute the weight very evenly across your shoulders, back, and hips, enabling you to comfortably carry a bigger child, too, while maintaining an upright posture that protects your back.

Baby's position: upright on your chest.

From age: from birth upwards.

Suitable for wraps: size 5 upwards and the for the Didymos Jersey wrap.

Pro Tip - For bigger babies who already have good body control, you can also spread the lateral bands over their bottom. This further eases the load on you and makes it easier for you to carry your child.

 

 

Kangaroo Carry

 

The Kangaroo Carry is a front carry and a lovely option for younger babies. It’s a single layer carry so it’s light and airy. The shoulder flip cups your shoulder, spreading the weight across a greater area. A slightly shorter wrap can be used for this carry.

Baby's position: upright on your chest.

From age: from birth upwards.

Suitable for wraps: size 4 upwards.

Pro Tip - After flipping the shoulder fabric, don’t over tighten the upper rails on the wrap in each hand - this is the fabric that sits under baby’s bottom creating the pouch. Overtightening will cause the seat to narrow.

 

 

Front Cross Carry

 

With the Front Cross Carry position you wrap a flat fabric cross on your back instead of a knot. This gives you the advantage of being able to sit down comfortably on the bus or train, or when playing with their siblings. It also allows you to carry a rucksack on your back if you’re going on a walk or doing some shopping.

Baby's position: upright on your chest.

From age: 12 weeks upwards.

Suitable for wraps: size 5 upwards.

Pro Tip - This a cooler option for baby, as there are only 2 layers supporting them. Try using a sling ring to thread through the two passes on your back - it works a treat to help adjust and tighten the fabric.

 

 

Carrying Baby On Your Hip

 

Simple Hip Carry

 

For many parents, carrying their child on their hip is a completely natural and almost automatic thing to do. This is also true for the baby, whose reflex is to clamp on with their legs. It provides even support for your baby’s back, which is particularly important when they can’t yet sit up unsupported.

Baby's position: upright on your hip.

From age: 12 weeks upwards.

Suitable for wraps: size 1 upwards.

Pro Tip - This is another cool, single layer carry, so a great option for warmer weather and baby’s who run warm. With younger babies, be sure to walk enough fabric up baby’s back so they are fully supported, and tighten piece by piece across the width of the wrap.

 

 

Robin's Hip Carry

 

This is a wonderful hip carry - super supportive, so a really great option for toddlers. Particularly good if you already have a longer length wrap this carry will work really well with it. The Robin’s Hip Carry boasts a comfortable fit, as the fabric layers are doubled up over your shoulders. The knot and the cross also support your child’s bottom.

Baby's position: upright on your hip.

From age: 12 weeks upwards.

Suitable for wraps: size 4 upwards.

Pro Tip - The great thing about this hip carrying position is that if it isn’t quite as snug or comfortable as you’d like, then you can adjust it afterwards simply by undoing the knot and feeding the fabric in strands, piece by piece, from one edge of the wrap to the other.

 

 

Poppin's Hip Carry

 

Another great option if you already have a longer length wrap. This variation of the hip carrying position has a second panel over the child’s back and spreads the weight more evenly. A comfortable alternative especially for big and heavy children.

Baby's position: upright on your hip.

From age: 16 weeks upwards.

Suitable for wraps: size 3 upwards.

Pro Tip - Make sure that the second panel is spread smoothly over baby’s back while being adjusted and tightened.

 

Carrying Baby On Your Back

 

Rucksack Carry

 

As your baby’s gradually getting bigger and you find you need a little more freedom when carrying, then why not give the rucksack carrying position a try! It enables you to carry your child in an ergonomically healthy way, whilst they watch everything going on around them, and best of all, they’re still connected to you, as they are parent-facing.

Tying your carrier in the rucksack position takes a bit of practice, as with most things in life. If you have a sling in size 4 or above, you can tie the woven wrap ends around your stomach once your child is sitting securely on your back, for even greater carrying comfort.

Baby's position: upright on your back.

From age: a few weeks onwards (with guidance).

Suitable for wraps: size 4 upwards.

Pro Tip - Rather than tying the wrap off at your waist, cross each end over to the opposite shoulder and hook the fabric behind the shoulder strap, pulling out at the inside of your chest. No need to knot now - although there are lots of fancy fishes that can be achieved using this method.

 

 

Backwrap Cross Carry

 

The back wrap cross carrying (BWCC) position is a good option for active babies who like to leg-straighten and bounce when being wrapped. Three layers of fabric hold your child particularly closely and securely on your back, making the carrying experience more comfortable and secure for both of you.

Baby's position: upright on your back.

From age: 12 weeks onwards.

Suitable for wraps: size 6 upwards.

Pro Tip - Spread the second and third layers of the wrap out on your back as wide as possible in order to support baby as widely as possible.

 

 

Double Hammock

 

In the double hammock position, you carry your baby in a multi-layer carry, in a similar way to the rucksack carrying position. The particular feature of the double hammock position is that you tie your sling with a wide band of fabric across your chest, providing additional support for carrying your child’s weight.

Baby's position: upright on your back.

From age: 6 months onwards.

Suitable for wraps: size 6 upwards.

Pro Tip - The double hammock carry takes a little practice as there are several layers, each needing adjusted through, but the practice is worth it - it's a great option for bigger babies.

 

 

I hope you've enjoyed our little foray into woven wraps. As always, if you have any questions feel free to get in touch any time!

Happy baby carrying!

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