New to wrapping- where to begin…

As a new wrapper there is a lot to take in. What size should I get? What is the difference between all the weaves? What is the difference between the thread types and blends? What carry should I use? Should it be uncomfortable until I get used to it or get stronger? Does it get easier?

We’ll start with the last point. Yes, it absolutely does get easier. Learning to wrap is a skill. Like all skills they are learned and repeated until experience is gained. The good news is though that it only takes a few repetitions to start to feel a real difference in your abilities.

What wrap size and carry should I try first?

Let’s look at size and what carry together. The first carry many people learn is a front wrap cross carry, FWCC.  To do this a long wrap is required. Many people will start this with a size 6 depending on their body shape, t-shirt size and the size of the baby to be wrapped. A larger frame may use a size 7 and the more petite might do this with a size 5. The numbers 5, 6 and 7 refer to the ‘size’ of the wrap. This translates into metres and centimetres. You can find more information about this at the bottom of the page.

A new wrapper might start with a Front Wrap Cross Carry
A new wrapper might start with a Front Wrap Cross Carry

A new wrapper might start with a Front Wrap Cross Carry The back of a front wrap cross carry. This is an ideal carry for a new wrapper.

The woven wrap shown above is a Didymos Lisca Raspberry in a size 6. The photo shows a 6ft 2inch male of average build. You can see this woven wrap is tied close to the end of the tails.

A shorter wrap can be used when needed. This might be in warmer weather when over heating might be an issue, or when you don’t want long tails in the rain and mud. You might want to increase the range of carries you do and a shorter wrap is more applicable in some cases.

A typical short carry would be a simple hip carry with a slip-knot/traditional short carry or a Kangaroo carry. A Front reinforced torso carry is another great option with smaller babies.

Below is a Woven Wings Kemmingway wrap in a size 2. The carry is a traditional short carry tied with a slip knot.

simple-hip-carry-slip-knot

The table below details approximate sizes for woven wraps:

Size

Length ( meters)

Size 1

2.0 – 2.2 m

Size 2

2.5 – 2.7 m

Size 3

3.1 – 3.3 m

Size 4

3.7 – 3.9 m

Size 5

4.2 – 4.3 m

Size 6

4.6 – 4.9 m

Size 7

5.2 – 5.4 m

Size 8

5.5 – 5.8 m

We will scratch the surface on grip, texture, fibres and blends in the next blog post. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for more info.