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 or as your needs change. Learn more about the different carries, and why woven wraps come in different sizes.
Take a look at our other tutorials below
A great carry for newborn babies as there are no twists, knots etc and also for toddlers who need to settle down to sleep and for a nap, this is a quick and easy wrap carry where you can pre-tie and then easily transfer baby to their bed.
Here Laurna is demonstrating with a Base -2 (a size 4 for her), you can also use a longer wrap by crossing the tails under bum, bring them under the legs and tie at your back.
No Sew Ring Sling
This clever tutorial guides you step by step through how to use a short wrap to create your own ring sling, all you need are a set of sling rings. This is a handy hip carry to learn and one of the many things you can achieve with a shorty sling. Laurna is demonstrating with her Base Size -4, which is a size 2 wrap. You can do this carry with your base size -2 to -4 depending on how long you like the tail of your sling to be.
Traditional Carry with Slip Knot
Another shorty hip carry, a slipknot allows you to slide the knot up and down the tail of the wrap for easy adjustments. Once you have tied the knot you can leave it in place so the sling is set up for re-use.
No No No Carry
This carry is usually done with a shorty or size 2 wrap (or your Base Size minus 4) and has no rings, no sewing and no tying. It is a knotless woven baby wrap carry that mimics the ring sling by creating a loop to feed the tails through to create a pouch for your baby. The wrap is then secured under baby’s leg and tucked up into the pass of fabric that goes across your back. This carry is usually recommended for older babies and toddlers as their weight anchors the fabric in place.
Robins Hip Carry
This is a very popular carry with babywearers and is a comfortable, one shoulder carry. You can do this carry with your base size -1, -2 or possibly even -3. If you have a longer wrap you can cross the tails under baby’s bum and bring them round to your back to tie in a double knot. Here Laurna is using a size 5.
FWCC Tied Under Bum
Front Wrap Cross Carry Tied Under Bum (FWCC TUB) is a simple alteration to the regular FWCC that allows you to do the carry with a slightly shorter wrap. You can do this with your Base Size -1 or -2, here it is shown with a size 5.
Front Cross Carry (with Shoulder Flips)
Front Cross Carry (FCC) is a comfy one that can also be pre-tied so you can pop your baby in and tighten. In this video Laurna also demonstrates shoulder flips, which help to bring your baby in a bit closer, keeps the fabric away from your neck and allows your little one to look around more.
You can do this carry with your Base size -1 or possibly -2. If you have a longer wrap you can cross the tails under baby’s bum and bring them round to your back to tie in a double knot. Here it is shown with a size 5.
FWCC Tied at Shoulder
In this Front Wrap Cross Carry variation it is tied at the shoulder with a slip knot. You can do this carry with your Base Size or Base + or -1 depending on how long you want the tails to be. Here a size 6 wrap is being used.
Semi-FWCC with a Pond Finish
This variation of the standard Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) creates a one shoulder carry with a ‘fancy finish’ as you twist the tails together to create a beautiful rope effect. Here it is demonstrated using a size 6 Oscha Starry Night Ocean Baby Wrap. You can use your Base Size or Base+1.
Semi-FWCC with a Poppin’s Finish
This is a lovely carry for showing the reverse of the fabric. It is a one shouldered variation of the Front Wrap Cross Carry with a fancy finish. You can use your Base Size +1. Here Laurna is using a size 7.
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.
Ruck Tied in Front
One of the simplest back carries and a good choice to begin with, a Ruck can be tied in front with your Base -2 (here a size 4 wrap), or tied under bum with your Base -3 or -4.
More complex and requiring a longer wrap (Base or Base +1 – here a size 7 is being used), Double Hammock is a very comfortable carry that also looks incredibly elegant.
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.