Which size Baby Wrap should I choose?
If you are new to wrapping we would suggest you choose your Base Size, which you can find on the chart below. This is the size you can do a Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) in, it is a great carry to begin with and is included in the instructions we will send with your wrap.
Note: If you are tall (5’10″+) or have a baby who is more than 18 months old, we would suggest going one size up. If you are under 5′ we would suggest going down a size.
What if my partner is a different size?
Generally we’d recommend you go with the size needed for the main user. However, if your partner is one size up from you, you could opt for the longer length and have slightly longer tails or you would cross the tails at your back and bring them back around, under baby’s legs, and tie at the front. This is an easy way of using up the extra length. Alternatively, if your partner needs a size smaller than you and you opt for that, you could tie under baby’s bum, instead of at your back.
What do woven wrap sizes mean?
There are lots of different ways of tying a woven wrap (called ‘carries’), these can be achieved with different sizes (lengths) of sling. Woven wraps come in seven sizes, each size is a specific length which can be used for different carries.
Size 2 – 2.7m
Size 3 – 3.2m
Size 4 – 3.7m
Size 5 – 4.2m
Size 6 – 4.7m
Size 7 – 5.2m
Size 8 – 5.7m
Woven wrap sizes are determined by the length of the fabric, the width is always the same. For an Oscha sling, the width will generally be between 61-70cm.
Why would I choose another size than my Base Size?
Whilst we recommend starting out with your Base Size for ease, woven wraps sizes aren’t like clothing sizes, so you can choose virtually any size and find a carry which works for you.
If the sling you love is not available in your Base Size you could try another size – there are always different carries that will work and we have trained Sling Consultant’s on hand to help advise, just email us ([email protected]) or use the Chat box below.
Note: Other carries are usually noted as needing a size + or – your Base, for example, a carry needing a base -1 would be one size down from your Base.
- Wraps smaller than your Base allow you to do ‘shorty’ carries – you don’t have to manage as much fabric.
- Wraps longer than your base may allow you to do carries with more passes for extra support and will let you explore some fancy finishes.
- Shorter wraps can be convenient for keeping in your bag for ‘quick ups’ as your little one grows and becomes more independent.
- Longer wraps might be easier to wrap with as your little one moves towards toddlerhood, but still wants to be carried for long periods.
Why choose a shorty?
A shorty is a great choice for new and experienced wrappers! A shorty wrap is a base -2 or smaller (usually a size 2-4).
- Less fabric to work with
- A big variety of front, hip and back carries to choose from
- Perfect for quick ups and downs as your little one grows
- A cheaper option to experiment with
Top tip: Using a pair of sling rings to finish instead of tying off your wrap saves length and allows you to try even more carries.
Why choose a Base Size?
A base size offers a few more options for wrappers!
- You can comfortably wrap a Front Wrap Cross Carry, which is a great first carry to learn – comfortable, supportive and simple
- Even more carrying options for hip, front and back carries
- More flexibility to add additional supportive passes as your little one grows
- Longer tails give options for decorative finishes
Our favourite Base Size carries:
Double Hammock Back Carry
Why choose a long wrap?
We’d usually suggest going with your Base Size or smaller if you’re a beginner so that you have less fabric to manage. However, if you do choose a long wrap you will be able to do all the carries listed above as well as experimenting with some more decorative finishes and carries with more passes and support.
A longer wrap may also make sharing with your partner easier, however we do usually suggest choosing with the main user in mind.
Oscha’s founder, Zoe, also liked a base +1 as it allowed her to tie the knots at the front to make sitting more comfortable.
Still not sure what to choose?
Going with your Base Size is a great choice – you can learn Front Wrap Cross Carry as your first carry and then take things from there, learning new options if you want to after you’ve mastered it, or just stick with the one carry if you love it.
We have trained consultants on hand to help you. Simply email us on [email protected] or contact us through the messenger button in the corner of the screen.
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