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Woven Wraps – Need help with sizes?

Woven Wraps – Need help with sizes?
Are you new to using woven wraps and don’t know where to start? This page will give you a basic idea on how to choose the correct woven wrap size for your needs. It can also be useful if you are looking to use a woven wrap for hip carries or back carries once you have mastered front carries.

It is advisable to begin with front carries if you aren’t familiar to woven wraps. The ‘front wrap cross carry’ is a 3 pass carry and the one usually taught first. Being a 3 pass carry, it takes up the most material and so you should base your decision on this. Your ‘base size’ is the size you will need for this (the size of woven wrap needed for you to be able to do most carries in). The average sized person (height and build) will have the base size of 4.6m (size 6). If you’re petite or short, you will manage with a size 5 (4.2m) woven wrap. If you’re very tall or ‘fluffier’, you will need a size 7 (5.2m) woven wrap.

If you are looking for a woven wrap to use mainly for hip carries, size 4 is the ideal size woven wrap. Once again, you can go up a size to a size 5, if you are taller/fluffier. I generally don’t suggest you go down a size for smaller, just incase it becomes slightly too short for all carries.

If you are wanting to back carry, you are able to do so in the longer lengths. A basic ‘ruck’ back carry is the most common ‘first’ back carry as it’s the simplest one to do. There are so many variations of tying once you have mastered a ruck, that you can use these to use up excess length. Moving on from a ruck, there are back carries which have 2 or 3 passes, where you would prefer a longer length, such as a size 5 or size 6.

When deciding on a size for your woven wrap purchase, you may want to consider that there is ofter a variation to a carry, where you can use a shorter length than you’d normally expect, for example, a fwcc (front wrap cross carry) is generally carried out using a size 6 woven wrap, but a short fwcc tas (short front wrap cross carry tied at the shoulder can be dont using a woven wrap at least one size smaller than your base size.

If I have completely confused you, message me, I’m happy to help

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About Us

How was Carry My Baby born? Read our story here, why we sell ring slings, baby carriers and woven wraps in Australia

After having 2 settled babies, we had another. This baby wasn’t quite the same…smaller and unsettled. She had an infection and wasn’t growing. She wouldn’t settle and so baby wearing became a neccesity. We’d carried our older babies too, but not as much. Not while carrying out house work, in the shower…almost everywhere. It took 2 months before our baby’s infection was under control and she gained weight. Without a baby carrier, we would have been lost, especially with two toddlers to care for too. Baby wearing from that moment became the ‘norm’ for us. We didn’t use a pram like we did with the older ones, we carried her…on our fronts, on our backs, she loved her carriers. We initially bought a ‘stretchy’. This is similar to a woven wrap, but has a stretch. We found it to be the perfect solution to our baby’s needs initially…but it wasn’t long lasting. Although these types of carriers hold many positives, such as they can be pre-tied (before you put your baby in), once a baby reaches a certain weight, they are no longer supportive. This is why woven wraps are so fantastic! They can be used straight from birth, but the baby won’t outgrow it like a ‘stretchy’ wrap. Woven wraps are also much more versatile as there are more ways to wear your baby (a stretchy wrap must never be worn on your back. It is not safe).

Fast forward to baby number 4. She was an emergency delivery and small too. She had no suck reflex and had terrible reflux. She failed to gain weight and needed to be held. We needed something comfortable and secure and so we found slings. We bought a ring sling this time, knowing that it would last (they’re ideal for quick up and downs for toddlers too) and a soft structured carrier (ssc (buckled carrier with a wide base for optimal positioning)). Our baby wasn’t the 3.5kg recommended weight lacked muscle tone, so we didn’t feel comfortable using the ssc. I did however use the ring sling. I knew how to use one, I knew how to position my baby safely and I knew that just because she was close, didn’t mean she was safe if she wasn’t carried correctly (If your baby doesn’t weight at least 3.5kg, you should speak to a doctor or health care professional with experience of baby wearing before trying*). Baby number 4 took 4 months to start growing, but she showed a fighting spirit. She is now a healthy, very determined little baby, which we are very grateful to have, every day. We now carry her in lots of different carriers. Baby number 3 is now a toddler and very rarely gets carried, only in extreme tiredness, in a mei tai or ssc. Baby number 4 is a cuddly baby and is carried a lot, mainly in a woven wrap, high up on my back.

We choose our products carefully, seeking baby carriers that will last until your child no longer wants or needs to be carried. They are all made with comfort in mind, both your and your baby’s. They make for good positioning of babies hips (where a baby sits with knees above bum in an ‘m’ shape) and for optimal weight distribution for the baby wearer. All brands of baby carriers, ring slings and woven wraps that we sell have been tested by us for comfort and optimal positioning.

*According to the ASTM International Safety Standards, wrap and sling style baby carriers are required to be labelled with a minimum starting weight of 8lbs (or 3.5kg). For babies under that weight, please check with your healthcare provider to get the ok before using a baby carrier of any type. Many hospitals use baby slings in their NICUs and baby slings are beneficial for practicing skin-to-skin contact with premature babies. For low birthweight babies and preemies it is especially important to be vigilant about checking baby’s positioning and paying close attention to baby’s breathing and sounds. No matter baby’s size, make sure baby is always visible and kissable with no fabric covering baby’s face.

 

Always remember safe babywearing – TICKS

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Babywearing Slingmeets around Australia

ACT

Canberra Babywearers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CanberraBW 

New South Wales

Coffs harbour: http://www.facebook.com/pages/BabyWearing-Mummas-dads-also-welcome/186335688141160  

Port Macquarie: http://www.facebook.com/groups/299313943441809/ 

South West Sydney: https://www.facebook.com/groups/376248939121088/ 

Sydney: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sydneybabywearers 

Central Coast Babywearers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/centralcoastbabywearers 

Central Coast Peninsula: https://www.facebook.com/groups 

Northern Territory

Darwin: https://www.facebook.com/groups/277691288918364/ 

Queensland

Brisbane: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BabywearingBrisbane 

             http://www.facebook.com/groups/379098322169054/ 

Cairns: http://www.facebook.com/groups/236327609734243/ 

Central QLD Babywearers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/483560325001213/ 

Sunshine Coast: http://www.facebook.com/groups/188808851151396/ 

Mackay Region Babywearing: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mackaybw/ 

Mt Isa Babywearers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/756664334357984/ 

Northern Rivers Babywearers: http://www.facebook.com/group 

Sunshine Coast: http://www.facebook.com/groups/188808851151396/ 

South Australia

Adelaide:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/214328851949669/ 

Mt Gambier: https://www.facebook.com/getcarriedawayse 

Tasmania

Launceston: http://launcestonbabywearers.webs.com/ 

Southern Tasmanian: http://www.facebook.com/STasBW  

 

Victoria

Central Vic Babywearers: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Vic-Babywearers/218352208222350 

Gippsland Baby Wearers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/312792942103607/ 

Melbourne: https://www.facebook.com/melb.babywearers 

Mornington peninsula baby wearing group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/mpbabywear/ 

Western Australia

BWWA Inc. (encompassing Western Australia): http://www.facebook.com/groups/216611775057866/ 

Albany: https://www.facebook.com/groups/albanybabywearers/ 

Belmont: http://www.facebook.com/groups/365832703516230/ 

Joondalup: https://www.facebook.com/groups/342226662580823/ 

Kalgoorlie & Boulder: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Kalgoorliebabywearers/ 

Midwest (based in Geraldton): http://www.facebook.com/groups/137245389734854/ 

Perth: http://www.facebook.com/groups/216611775057866/  

Rockingham: https://www.facebook.com/groups/435078643252204/ 

Southern Hills: http://www.facebook.com/groups/293406990781593/ 

Wheatbelt (based in Merredin): https://www.facebook.com/groups/554758801221861/ 

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