How to Use a Baby Wrap
Welcome to the wonderful world of wrapping! There are many ways to tie your woven baby wrap and an exciting variety of carries you can do with each wrap size.
Choose one carry to begin with and practice that until you have mastered it. This way you will learn about how to work with the fabric to tighten and tie it properly.
We suggest beginning with Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC). Scroll down for a variety of tutorials.
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Practice with a teddy or doll and use the mirror - get comfortable before you try with your baby.
Wrap snuggly to hold baby securely and for your comfort, it should feel like a bandage.
Ensure baby's bottom is below their knees and fabric is knee-to-knee.
Close Enough to Kiss
Ensure little one's chin is not on their chest and that their face is clear of fabric.
Consider Your Comfort
Ensure the fabric is spread across your back without being twisted.
Ensure the carry is snug enough to prevent baby slumping down, while still allowing a gentle curve of the spine.
Take Care Bending
Bend with your knees and support baby.
Be Mindful of Temperature
Be aware of baby's temperature when in the sling and avoid overheating. They may need less layers of clothing.
The Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) is a good first woven wrap carry as it's comfortable and relatively easy to learn. A FWCC is usually wrapped using your 'Base Size', a versatile size which allows you to tie many front, hip and back carries. You can visit our size guide to learn more about choosing the right size for you and your little one.
Top tip: The passes of this carry can be spread for extra support for bigger kids, or for warmth.
For this newborn version of the woven wrap Front Wrap Cross Carry you will follow the steps for regular FWCC but you will twist the tails under baby’s bum before tying. This will avoid overspreading baby’s hips and having too much fabric beneath the legs.
You can roll up a muslin and tuck it under the top edge of the fabric for extra cushioning for baby’s head.
A great carry for newborn babies as there are no twists, knots etc and also for toddlers who need to settle down to sleep and for a nap, this is a quick and easy wrap carry where you can pre-tie and then easily transfer baby to their bed.
Here Laurna is demonstrating with a Base -2 (a size 4 for her), you can also use a longer wrap by crossing the tails under bum, bring them under the legs and tie at your back.
This clever tutorial guides you step by step through how to use a short wrap to create your own ring sling, all you need are a set of sling rings. This is a handy hip carry to learn and one of the many things you can achieve with a shorty sling. Laurna is demonstrating with her Base Size -4, which is a size 2 wrap. You can do this carry with your base size -2 to -4 depending on how long you like the tail of your sling to be.
This is a very popular carry with babywearers and is a comfortable, one shoulder carry. You can do this carry with your base size -1, -2 or possibly even -3. If you have a longer wrap you can cross the tails under baby's bum and bring them round to your back to tie in a double knot. Here Laurna is using a size 5.
This variation of the standard Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) creates a one shoulder carry with a 'fancy finish' as you twist the tails together to create a beautiful rope effect. Here it is demonstrated using a size 6 Oscha Starry Night Ocean Baby Wrap. You can use your Base Size or Base+1.
Starting Back Carries
If you are trying back carrying we suggest you seek assistance from a Babywearing Consultant and practice over a bed or another soft surface while someone is there to help you. Read more about getting started with back carries here.
One of the simplest back carries and a good choice to begin with, a Ruck can be tied in front with your Base -2 (here a size 4 wrap), or tied under bum with your Base -3 or -4.
More complex and requiring a longer wrap (Base or Base +1 - here a size 7 is being used), Double Hammock is a very comfortable carry that also looks incredibly elegant.