November carry of the month-carries for LONG wraps

Carries for sizes 7 and 8 (or 6 if you’re very petite)–lengths would be ~5.2m and ~5.7m (size 6 is 4.7m)

A 5.1 or 5.2 meter woven is called a size 7 wrap.  This is the LARGE full length wrap.  Plus size moms and dads will use this size for all of their full length wrap carries.  It can also be used by someone who normally uses a size 6 but wants more room for tandem babywearing, or doing extra long carries.

A 5.7 meter woven is often called a size 8 woven wrap.  This size is for full length carries for those who wear larger than a size 22 dress size (US) and should work well, for example, for a parent or caregiver who is in the range of 5’10 and 300 lbs. For reference, most popular brands of stretchy wrap are one-size-fits-all, and that size is around 5.5 meters.  Just about a size 8.

[from wrapyourbaby.com]

** If all else fails, you can use it for a conversion.  🙂

Option 1: Chop it for a mei tai, buckle, or half-buckle (reverse half-buckles too)–will likely use all of wrap

Option 2: Chop it in half to get 2 shorty wraps that are ~2.6m (size 2)

Option 3: Chop it for a ring sling and 1 shorty wrap–depending on size of sling, you may have a size 3 wrap (or more)

From Sleeping Baby Productions' page

From Sleeping Baby Productions’ page

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Back to the wrapping!

I’ve found that many people ask what length wrap to use for each carry but like I’ve said previously, the size wrap needed is determined by:

  1. size of wearer
  2. size of wearee
  3. thickness of wrap
  4. any fancy add-on chest belts or flourishes

To get an idea of what a wrap length looks like on a range of bodies, check out wearyourbaby.com’s “Visual Guide to Figuring Out Wrap Sizes”.  Each model shows varying wrap lengths when you click through to their page.

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Coolest Hip Cross Carry (CHCC)

 

Christina’s Ruckless Back Carry

 

Jordan’s Back carry (JBC)

 

Back Wrap Cross Carry (BWCC)

        • Regular (ruck straps)
      • Starting with a half knot
    • Sweetheart neckline

 

Wiggleproof Back Carry

 

Taiwanese Back Carry

 

Double Hammock (DH) with chest belt variationssee July’s CotM

 

Tandem CarriesCheck out the Tandem Wearing group on FB for details.

 

Adding a chest belt or flourish to a back carry also uses up length so if you try a carry with a size 6 and want to add a chest belt, you’ll need to size up usually.

September 2013’s Carry of the Month is the Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC).

September 2013’s Carry of the Month is the Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC).

The FWCC is probably one of the first carries most people learn to do.  It works from birth and is a great option for nursing.  Its cousin, the Pocket Wrap Cross Carry (PWCC), is sometimes known as the Moby carry.  Because of the popularity of stretchy wraps and the ability to pre-tie the carries, FWCC and PWCC are our Carry of the Month for September.

FWCC with a beautiful Ellevil Zara Tri-Pink

 

Starting out with the simplest forms

FWCC with a newborn using a size 6 wrap- BabywearingFaith

FWCC with an older infant using a 4.5m wrap- Meredith Sinclair

FWCC with a toddler or preschooler– WrappingRachel

PWCC using a stretchy wrap like the Moby, Wrapsody Hybrid, or Boba wraps (Moby’s “hug hold”)

You can leave the passes bunched to be cooler or spread them for more support.

  • This video also does a great job explaining the tightening process.- WrappingRachel
  • This video talks about sandwiching the passes.- BabywearingFaith

Nursing in a FWCC or PWCC- Wrapyourbaby.com

Variations

FWCC tied under bum (FWCC-TUB)- WrappingRachel

FWCC tied at shoulder (FWCC-TAS)- WrappingRachel

For extra credit, two mothers of twins show how to use FWCC for twin newborns using a long wrap.

  1. Video 1– WrappingRachel shows a version where each twin is in their own horizontal pass (size 6 wrap)
  2. Video 2– Wearababy.com shows a version where one baby is in the horizontal pass while the second is in one of the cross passes