Woven Wrap Size Guide

A woven wrap is a wonderfully versatile, ergonomic carrier. Made from a long length of woven fabric
it is infinitely adjustable, moulding to the body to create a comfortable fit for any carer.
When choosing
a size of woven wrap it is most important to consider the types of carry you want to use, rather than focusing
on your clothes size. You will almost always be able to find a suitable carry with any size wrap however some
carries are more suited to new wrappers or newborns.

We suggest starting with a base size and a Front Wrap Cross Carry if you are new to woven wraps.

What is a Base Size?

A base size is the size of wrap with which you can comfortably do a Front Wrap Cross Carry.
This is the carry most new wrappers learn first, and can be used from newborn through to young 
toddlerhood. A size 6 is considered the most common base size.

Wrap Lengths

Woven wraps come in seven sizes, each size is a specific length and can be used for different carries (see below).

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
Ring Sling – about 2m

Please note: The final length of your sling will be +/- 10cm the lengths above.
We cut our slings a little longer to allow for some shrinkage during the first wash, after their bath they should be the correct length (within tolerances).
All measurements are taken on a flat surface, measurements taken ‘soft tape in hand’ will not reflect the true size of your sling. 

Getting Started?

We would suggest going for a size 6. This is generally considered to be the most common base size, and will give you the flexibility to try a few different types of carry and find what suits you and your little one. When using some carries you may be left with long ‘tails’ (lengths of wrap left unused after knotting) but these can be easily hidden by wrapping them around your body again before tying off

Note: If you are around a UK dress size 6 or smaller then you might consider a size 5 as a base so as not to be left with long lengths of wrap after tying a FWCC. If you are around a UK dress size 18 or larger then you might consider a size 7 as a base in order to be able to comfortably double knot your wrap.

If you are buying a wrap to share and are unsure which size to buy, it is generally recommended to buy with the main user in mind.

Using Other Carries and 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 (generally 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:

Slipknot carry
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 (generally 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:

Short Cross Carry
Robin’s Hip Carry
Ruck Back Carry

What Can I Do with a Size 6?

A size 6 (generally base) 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:

Front Wrap Cross Carry
Reinforced Kangaroo Carry
Double Hammock Back Carry

What can I do with a size 7 or 8?

A size 7 or 8 (generally 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:

Freshwater Finish
Saltwater Finish

Looking for information on our Carriers?

These are available in Baby and Toddler sizes, a baby size will last you until about 2 ½ years, while a toddler size can be used from around 2-4 years. You will find more information regarding their designs and sizing here:

Cairis Half Buckle Carrier
Coorie Ring Waist Carrier
Nook Full Buckle Carrier