A woven wrap is simply a piece of woven fabric that you wrap around yourself to carry your baby. Woven wraps come in different lengths suitable for different sized people and different tying methods.
Woven wraps are on of the most versatile carriers there are as you wrap the fabric around your body and your baby and ensure it fits perfectly, whereas any other carrier will have a fixed element such as a minimum waistband setting, or panel width, which may not suit your and your child. The same wrap can be used for hundreds of different carries and can carry a newborn, or a preschooler by changing the way you wrap them. They are also the carrier with the greatest learning curve as you need to master some skills to use them well, but with a little practice these can be mastered and the skills last a lifetime.
Woven wraps come not only in different lengths, but also brands, fibres, widths, thicknesses, weaving styles, and of course colours and designs. Because of these many different options available, hiring woven wraps before buying makes a lot of sense.
Woven wrap sizes refers to the length of the piece of fabric.
Size Length (metres)
Size 1 2.0 – 2.2 m
Size 2 2.5 – 2.7 m
Size 3 3.1 – 3.3 m
Size 4 3.7 – 3.9 m
Size 5 4.2 – 4.3 m
Size 6 4.6 – 4.9 m
Size 7 5.2 – 5.4 m
Size 8 5.5 – 5.8 m
Your base size is the size, or length, of wrap you need to do a Front Wrap Cross Carry tied at the back. The factors influencing this will be your size both in terms of height and clothes size, with large people needing a longer wrap than more petite people, your skill at tightening with beginners often needing more length than more experienced wrappers, and the size of the child.
A 6 is a common base size, but it may be worth going longer when first trying out wrapping as there is nothing worse than not having enough wrap left to tie off, but you can always tie up long ends.
Carries are often called size 6 carries, but these would more correctly be termed base sized carries, as not everyone will be able to do a Front Wrap Cross Carry with a size 6. Base + 1 would be a carry using a wrap one size larger than your base size and Base – 2 a carry two sizes smaller than your base size.
Tips for Getting Started with Woven Wraps
There are many wraps in our rental and retail sections that are ideal for beginners, both striped wraps and our teaching wraps, which usually have distinct sections along the length. Having recognisably different sections helps to identify which part of the wrap you need to tighten to ease the slack out and make the carry comfortable and supportive.
choose your carry well both for your child’s size and developmental stage, and your skill level. It is likely that you will find the skills easier to master in a front carry before trying back carries. Front Wrap Cross Carry is a versatile carry that can be used for many ages and helps you to learn many of the techniques involved in wrapping.
Check out our article All About the Physiological Position to help identify the shape you are trying to achieve to support your child in a position suited to their age and developmental stage.
Woven Wrap Blends:
Woven wrap blends refers to the fibres from which the wraps are woven. Most wraps contain some cotton, but the different fibres, as well as the patterns used to weave the wrap, gives the wrap different qualities. Check out our Woven Wrap Blends Explained for more information.
Coming Soon – Woven Wrap Passes and terminology
Coming Soon – Check out our list of some Woven Wrap carries by size