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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:
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How to Wrap a Newborn Baby
simple instructions for using woven wraps with infants

Easy Instructions for using a woven wrap with your newborn baby.

The Basics:

  • Make sure your newborn baby can breath easily:  position your baby with his or her chin up (never curled down to the chest) so that your baby's airway remains open and ensure that no fabric is covering your baby's face. 
  • Baby's legs should be in a comfortable position for baby. Generally that is a tucked position (like a deep squat) and not spread wider than baby's pelvis.   Baby's bottom should be lower than his or her knees, which helps keep the healthy "C" shaped curve of baby's spine. 
  • Wrap your newborn high on your chest, tucked right under your chin. Use the top edge of the wrap to support your baby's head without covering that sweet face.

Also see pictures of newborns in wraps and newborn wrapping info on the blog.

Click here for some different ways to nurse a baby or toddler in your wrap. 


Begin with a Front Wrap Cross Carry (often called FWCC) I like this one for beginning because you can get the wrap partially on before inserting baby, or you can wrap around your baby if there is nowhere to put your baby down. I like it because it is a fairly easy one to tighten around baby, as long as you are patient with this step. And I like it because it is a fantastic, versatile, and supportive carry for newborns, bigger babies, or toddlers, and can be used for nursing, napping, or exploring the world. If you want to learn just one carry, make it this one!

Shown below with a 2 week old baby in a size 6 wrap:


If you want to have a carry that you can pop your newborn in and out of all day (so that you can wear him through the day, removing him for changing diapers or getting in and out of a carseat while you do errands), then the Front Cross Carry (often called FCC) is the perfect choice. This carry can be tied on without baby, and baby is then inserted. You will want to adjust after you put your baby into the carry so that it is perfectly tight and secure around baby, but after the initial adjustment, you can pop that baby in and out of the carry without retying throughout the day. In babywearing lingo, this is a "poppable" carry.


If your baby is difficult to sooth, and likes to be high on your shoulder where he or she can look over your shoulder, then a Burp Hold may be perfect for your newborn. This carry is really a Front Cross Carry (just like above). The difference is that you will position it to hold your baby high up on one shoulder. Make sure the each pass of the wrap holds your baby tightly so baby doesn't sink down lower once you are done wrapping.

 

 


Kangaroo Carry is a wonderful carry for supporting a newborn, and uses much less wrap than a Front Wrap Cross Carry or Front Cross Carry. If you have a shorter wrap, this may be your carry of choice.

 

 


Back Wrapping a Tiny Baby:

Newborns are not too young for back carries, but you may be too inexperienced. Because you cannot see your baby as well on your back, and because your arms are not made to cradle or catch a baby on your back, do not begin working with back carries until you know yourself to be competent. Then begin over a soft surface (like your bed) or with help from another adult as spotter.

The Double Hammock Carry is my personal favorite for newborn and toddler alike. Once you have the two passes over your newborn, you are at a nice stable place to spend as many seconds or minutes as you need tightening to get the wrap perfectly positioned. Then you can finish up the wrap job and secure it with a knot.


newborn baby in a Rucksack carry in a wrap

 

A Rucksack is a simple high back carry for an infant that can be done with a shorter wrap. If you have trouble getting crosses over your newborn on your back, you can do a simple Rucksack which has only the initial pass across baby's back. This video shows a simple rucksack, and also several other variations that can be done:

 

 


 

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