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HOW TO TIE A
WOVEN WRAP

special circumstances:

newborn carries

tandem wrapping & twins

front wraps:
cradle carry (rebozo)
front wrap cross carry
front cross carry
kangaroo carry
more front carries

back wraps:
rucksack/tibetan
back wrap cross
getting baby on back
more back carries

hip wraps:
hip carry (rebozo)
hip cross carry
more hip carries

Mei Tai carries:
front carry
back carry
Mei Tai tips



 

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Front Wrap Cross Carry for Woven Wraps

Most moms can do FWCC with a size 6 wrap (4.6 meters). 
This is a full length carry and requires your base size: 
Size 5 if petite, size 6 average, and size 7 for plus sized parents.
  More sizing info here.
 

Front Wrap Cross Carry with a woven wrap

On this page:

  • VIDEO: Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) with a Newborn and nursing upright
  • PHOTO TUTORIAL FOR SPREAD PASSES: Instructions for tying this carry using a woven wrap
  • PHOTO: Nursing an older baby in an upright position in the Front Wrap Cross Carry
  • PHOTO TUTORIAL FOR BUNCHED PASSES: Instructions for tying a FWCC variation with bunched cross passes.
  • PHOTO: How a baby can be wrapped with arms in or arms out of the carry.

This is the carry I recommend that new wrappers begin with.  It's a carry that is easy to get tightened around your baby for comfortable carrying, whether newborn, big baby, or toddler. These instructions are for use with a woven--not stretchy--wrap.

Front Wrap Cross Carry with Spread Cross Passes

front wrap cross carry-step 1 front wrap cross carry-step 2

Step 1. Find the middle of the wrap and place it in front of you.

Step 2. Bring the left side of the wrap around your back.

front wrap cross carry-step 3 front wrap cross carry-step 4

Step 3. Bring the fabric over your right shoulder and let hang in front of you. Bring the right side of the wrap across your back to your left shoulder.

Step 4. Now the wrap is crossed in the back, and you have both ends hanging in front.

front wrap cross carry-step 5

Step 5. Slide baby into the center pocket. Baby’s legs should come out of the bottom (newborns may prefer to keep their legs in, folded in front of them in froggy position).

Step 6. Pull on the two ends to tighten this around baby so baby is held tightly against you. The wrap should be all the way under baby’s bottom to the knees, forming a seat.

Step 7. Hold baby with one hand. With your other hand, grab the end of the wrap on your right side, and pull across baby from baby’s left shoulder to right leg, then tuck under baby’s right leg. Pinched under baby’s leg, it should stay tight.

Step 8. Do the same with the fabric hanging over your left shoulder, spreading it from baby's right shoulder, to baby's left knee, making sure the fabric is also spread across baby's entire back and under baby's bottom.

Step 9. Now tighten the whole wrap by grabbing both wrap ends in either hand, jumping slightly to bounce baby’s weight off the wrap, and simultaneously pulling on both ends of the wrap to tighten everything up.

Step 10. And, finally, tie in the back at your waist.

 

 

 

Ready to go!

 

We nurse in this carry all the time. I just untie the knot, hold the two ends, and bounce Ada lower, then retie with Ada a little higher than breast level (she reaches down to nurse as older babies will). When done nursing I untie, bounce and tighten until she is high enough for me to kiss her forehead, then retie.

 

COMMON VARIATION:
Front Wrap Cross Carry with Bunched Passes

This is the same carry as above, but instead of spreading the second and third pass around baby, the passes stay bunched up along baby's side.  It's a cooler variation for hot weather because there's only one pass over your baby.  You can spread or bunch the crosses after tying the carry or from the beginning.
Front Wrap Cross Carry with Bunched Passes, step 1: middle of wrap Front Wrap Cross Carry Tutorial with Bunched Passes step 2: cross over back

Step 1: Find the middle of your wrap and place across your chest.  **David started slightly off center so the globe would be centered over baby's back when the carry is done.

Step 2:  Holding just the top edge (rail), Bring the right side of the rap under your arm and across your back to the opposite shoulder

Front Wrap Cross Carry Tutorial with Bunched Passes step 3: repeat with the other end of the wrap Front Wrap Cross Carry Tutorial with Bunched Passes step 4: both wrap ends over shoulders

Step 3: Take the top rail of the other side of the wrap in your hand, letting gravity pull the bottom edge down so the wrap does not get twisted.

Step 4: Bring the second wrap end across your back to your opposite shoulder and then bunch it up over your shoulder to hang down in front.
 

Front Wrap Cross Carry Tutorial with Bunched Passes step 5: cross on your back Front Wrap Cross Carry Tutorial with Bunched Passes step 6: pocket for baby

Step 5: Check that the wrap forms a cross on your back and the fabric lays flat and is spread widely. It should not be twisted.

Step 6: make space in the pouch on your front for your baby!

Front Wrap Cross Carry Tutorial with Bunched Passes step 7: lift baby to shoulder Front Wrap Cross Carry Tutorial with Bunched Passes step 8: lower baby into wrap

Step 7: Lift your baby up to your shoulder in a burping position.

Step 8: Lower baby carefully down into the wrap, aiming his feet and legs out the bottom.  The bottom edge of the wrap should come under his bottom and make a seat that extends to both knees and pulls the knees up.

Front Wrap Cross Carry Tutorial with Bunched Passes step 9: pull up on one of the crosses Front Wrap Cross Carry Tutorial with Bunched Passes step 11: pull on each side until tightened

Step 9: Holding baby with your right arm, pull upwards on the wrap coming over your left shoulder to tighten the pocket around your baby.

Step 10: Now hold the left wrap end AND the baby with your left arm, and use your right hand to pull upwards (not forwards) on the other end of the wrap.

Front Wrap Cross Carry Tutorial with Bunched Passes step 11: pull until tight Front Wrap Cross Carry Tutorial with Bunched Passes step 12: cross between legs

Step 11: Go back and forth, pulling on one side, then the other, until the wrap around your baby is uniformly snug and holds him firmly in place without sinking, sagging or leaning.  If needed, tighten individual strands (for example by pulling on the top or inside edge of the wrap to tighten the top edge around baby).

Step 12: Bring the passes straight down along baby's side without losing any of the slack gathered up in the previous step.  Bring the bunched passes over baby's legs, cross under baby's bottom, and then bring them under baby's legs.  You can leave the crosses bunched like this, or you can spread them as in steps 7 and 8 above, or you can spread after finishing the wrap job.

Front Wrap Cross Carry Tutorial with Bunched Passes step 13: tie behind you Front Wrap Cross Carry Tutorial with Bunched Passes: back view

Step 13: Tie a double knot behind your back and you are done!

Here's how it looks from the back.  If you centered the wrap well at the beginning the knot should be right behind you.  David started this wrap job off center so he could center the part of the design he wanted on baby's back, so that is why his is tied on the side.

Front Wrap Cross Carry can be wrapped with baby's arms and shoulders tucked into the wrap job.  This gives more support to infants and smaller babies and is perfect for sleepy, scared, sick, or cuddly babies or toddlers:

Baby with arms and shoulders tucked into a Front Wrap Cross Carry

Babies with good trunk control can be wrapped with arms and shoulders out of the carry, and older babies will often pull their arms out even if you try to wrap them in.  Arms out gives babies a wider range of view and may be just the tweak to make your baby like wrapping again once they reach a new developmental level.  Arms out is perfect for babies or toddlers who do not want to feel so constrained or bound, or want to be able to see more.  Even small babies without full head control can be wrapped with one arm and shoulder out of the wrap for more of a view as this is more comfortable for both parent and baby than a forward-facing carry.

Baby in a Front Wrap Cross Carry with arms out of the wrap job
What Now?
  1. Get a quality woven wrap, if you don't already have one.
  2. Use the free DVD or the tutorials and videos on this website to get wrapped up.
  3. Find help and support through the Wrap Your Baby community on Facebook, or your local babywearing group.

Email me with any questions!