Learn to Use Your Baby Wrap
There are many ways to use your woven wrap and an exciting variety of carries you can do with each wrap length. Choose one carry to begin with, we suggest the Front Wrap Cross Carry, and practice that until you have mastered it. This way you will learn about how to work with the fabric to spread and tighten it properly.
Learn how to tie a Front Wrap Cross Carry below.
Before Getting Started …
When you receive your woven wrap we suggest you practice with a teddy or doll, while checking your carry in the mirror, before trying with your baby. This is great for getting familiar with how to tie and tighten a woven carrier.
A top tip for using a woven wrap:
Remember to wrap snuggly!
Your woven wrap should feel snug, like a bandage; too loose and the material will sag and baby will not remain close to your centre of gravity. This means baby will not be held securely and it will be uncomfortable for you both. If you find your baby is pushing away from you, this may be because the wrap is too loose and they are not feeling secure – trying tightening the wrap little by little until they settle.
Learn to Tie a Front Wrap Cross Carry
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.
Adapting a Front Wrap Cross Carry for a Newborn
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.
Moving on from a Front Wrap Cross Carry
There are many different carries you can move on to once you have mastered the FWCC, these may provide a more comfortable carry as your little one grows. Learn more about the different carries, and why woven wraps come in different sizes.
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.
Remember Your Safety Checks
When you have finished tying your wrap or sling the most important steps are to check your little one’s airways are clear, that your sling is tight and secure and that you are comfortable taking your hands away from baby. If you are not comfortable doing so then your sling will need to be tightened and adjusted.