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Woven wraps, all the sizes, which carry is best for which, which will work best for me?
These are questions we often hear around the babywearing community. So I'm hoping to help by giving you some answers to these ever popular questions when you begin your journey in this babywearing world. If after all of this, you are still puzzled please just send us an email at MM and we will be happy to help guide you in the right direction. 

Woven wraps are simple pieces of cloth (SPOC) that help and aid you to carry your child from infant to toddlerhood. These pieces of cloth range in blends (Cotton, Wool, Hemp, Linen, Silk, Cashmere, etc.) and sizes (size 1 thru size 8). Below, I will post a size chart to give you an idea of what you are looking for. Woven wraps are measured in meters. This is due to most of the manufactures being out of Europe or the surrounding areas where the metric system is used. So please make a note when talking in the babywearing community, it is more common to discuss wraps being in meters, not inches. Google has many good site to help with conversion, so you get an idea if you're better with inches rather then meters. 

Here are the sizes of all the wraps in meters:
Size 1 = 2.2m 
Size 2 = 2.7m
Size 3 = 3.2m
Size 4 = 3.6m
Size 5 = 4.2m
Size 6 = 4.6m
Size 7 = 5.2m
Size 8 = 5.6m
Note that with the different manufactures that these sizes can vary by brand. Also, another good piece to know is that manufactures will also account for shrinkage from that first wash and cut longer. This is very normal to receive a wrap size 6 that is measuring in at 4.73 meters. So upon receiving any wrap, new or used, it is best to measure it with a soft tape measure and in hand.

What size is best for me?
This is the most popular question we hear around the community. Its also one that has a short and long answer to it. Most people will recommend a size 6 or 4.6m to be a starter size, in which we agree. You will come to find out the more wraps you try and the different sizes you will find what works best for you and baby. But to start, look into a size 6 for most. This will alter depending on weight and height, if your petite, larger breasted, what carry your aiming to do (front, back, hip), wrapping a infant, a toddler or a combination of these things. Below, I will post a great chart from Didymos that will help guide you in what carry's work best for your size carrier. Remember there are many, MANY more carry's out there that are not listed on the chart. This will give you a place to start. 

What Carries can I do in this size and that size?

You can find this chart at http://www.didymos.de/en/DIDYMagazine/Baby-Carriers/Sizes/

You can find a wonderful size chart for ring slings here:  http://www.sleepingbaby.net/size.php

Safety
Remember the TICKS rule of Safe Babywearing. When using your wrap be sensible of you and your babies ability and use common sense when trying something new.

When learning how to wrap you may want to check out whether there is a local babywearing consultant or group close to you. Its also a great way to meet new friends who share the same passion and well, you get to touch and see more fluff!!!! Who doesn't want to touch all the fluff???  Practicing with a teddy or doll can help you figure out where the material is supposed to go without upsetting your baby. Also, check out some of the youtube video from the many educator around. Again, if you find yourself needing help in any way please reach out to Marsupial-Mamas, LLC so we can put you on the right track.



Written by Jilliane - February 3, 2014

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