Babywearing FAQs: What Size Wrap Should I Get?
When I first started to attend my local babywearing meetings, I was firmly in the soft structured carrier and meh dai camp. I saw the wrap table from across the room, and completely dismissed that it could be anything I would be interested in. It looked too complicated. When I finally got curious about wrapping, I was afraid of all the fabric, and started with a very short wrap, a base -4 (don’t worry, we’ll get into what that means.) I abandoned wrapping pretty quickly after maybe a month of playing with that, it was just too hard to get right. Little did I know that a longer wrap likely would have been easier! By choosing a very short wrap, I was giving myself very little wiggle room if I didn’t tie the carry perfectly. Then I went to a wrapping workshop and tried a base size wrap, and everything made more sense! I have tried a lot of different wraps since then, and have come to love wrapping as a very supportive, customizable, and beautiful form of babywearing. This all brings me to one of the most common babywearing questions I hear: What size wrap should I get?
There are a couple factors to consider: 1. What’s your base size? Your base size wrap, is the length wrap that you can do a front wrap cross carry with. If you watch any of my wrapping videos, you’ll see I refer to “our” base size, because it will change as your child grows, so it’s really my son and my collective size. My base size with my toddler is a size larger than my base size with the infant I care for. If you don’t have a wrap to try this out with, you can vaguely guess based on shirt size, as illustrated by this graphic from Babywearing International:
I do really enjoy having a variety of lengths of wrap! Here are examples of me wearing: Base -2, Base -1, Base, and Base +2: