Why do Baby Wraps come in different sizes?
What is the Base Size?
Base size is the size of wrap with which you can comfortably do a Front Wrap Cross Carry. Once you have found your Base Size, you will be able to choose a sling that will give you the flexibility to try a few different types of carries and discover what suits you and your little one.
Why Choose Other Sizes?
You might be thinking – “If you can do most carries with a base then why offer other sizes?” There are a few reasons you might want another size:
- Wraps smaller than your base allow you to do single pass ‘shorty’ carries and not be left with long tails.
- 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.
Note: Wraps smaller than your base are generally referred to as base -1, -2 etc, while wraps longer than your base are referred to as base +1, +2 and so on.
What Can I Do with a Size 2 or 3?
A size 2 or 3 (or base -4 or -3) can be great for ‘quick ups’ or single pass carries with shorter tails. Here are a few carries you could try with these sizes:
Ruck tied under bum
Using a pair of sling rings to finish instead of tying off your wrap
What Can I Do with a Size 4 or 5?
A size 4 or 5 (or base -2 or -1) can be used for carries with single-pass carries with slightly longer tails. Here are a few carries you could try with these sizes:
What Can I Do with a Size 6?
A size 6 (or base size) is a great place to start for new wrappers, most carries listed above can also be done with a 6 but will leave you with longer tails. Here are a few more carries you can do with this size:
What Can I Do with a Size 7 or 8?
A size 7 or 8 (or base +1 or +2) are great for when your little one gets a bit bigger or you want to explore some fancy finishes, such as: