4 Ways To Wear Your Baby Wrap

Are you excited about the possibility of wearing your baby in a woven or stretchy wrap throughout your daily life?

Would you like to learn about some of the most common and beloved methods of baby wrapping that parents just like you have been using with great success?

Do you have questions about the proper way to tie your baby wrap depending on the age and developmental stage of your baby?

Whether you’re just getting started with wearing a baby wrap or you’ve had some experience already, learning how to tie and use a baby wrap safely and effectively for every stage of your child’s life is an important part of the babywearing experience.

In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of tying and wearing a baby wrap in four of the most common and popular styles. Whether you’re looking for a front carry for your newborn, a back carry for your toddler, or something else altogether, we’ve got everything you need to get started or to enhance your babywearing experience using a baby wrap.

So let’s get started!

Baby Wrap On Back

The Baby Wrap On Back carrying method is a popular option for older kids. For this style of wrap, it’s best to use a woven baby wrap and one that has a much longer tail than some of the lightweight models on the market. This is a baby carrying method that’s meant for use on the go for a long period of time, so when you try it out, expect to have your little one with you for most of your day.

Note that with the back carry wrap infant use is not recommended. This method is not safe for use with babies who are under one year of age and it’s often best to wait until your child has very good control over his or her body before you try a back carry.

How-To

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    Place your baby seated in a chair or standing on the ground in front of you depending on his or her developmental stage.
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    Spread out the wrap so that the center of the fabric is across your baby’s back and the long tails are hanging down either side of his or her body.
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    Bend at the waist and, keeping one hand on your baby at all times, pull your child up and onto your back along with the wrap.
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    Pull on each tail of the wrap to adjust it snugly around your baby’s body.
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    Still bend and supporting your baby with one hand, pull one long tail down and under your arm like the strap of a backpack.
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    Pull the same tail under your armpit, over your baby’s closest leg, behind the knee of the same leg, and then under the baby’s second leg so that the tail is now on the opposite side of your body from where it started.
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    Repeat the same steps for the other long tail of the wrap. Make sure you keep the tension tight in the wrap at all times and support your baby with your hand until these steps are both complete.
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    When these steps are done, you should have a cross under your baby’s bottom.
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    Tie the long tails of the wrap into a double knot at your waist and spread the fabric out as needed to support your baby and even out the impact on your shoulders.

Baby Wrap Hip Carry

If your back carry baby wrap options are limited, a hip carry may be just what you need. This option is great for any child who can control his or her head and neck and sit up without assistance. It shouldn’t be used for newborns.

How-To

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    Begin by draping the middle of your wrap over one of your shoulders so that the tail falling dow​​​​n in front of your body is slightly longer than the other tail.
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    Hold your baby in one arm and, using your other arm, reach behind yourself and pull the back tail of the baby wrap down diagonally and around your hip to the front of your body.
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    Pull this same tail up under your arm and adjust your baby so that his or her knees are higher than the bottom. Tuck the wrap under your baby’s bottom and knees, pulling some of it between your body and your child’s to secure it firmly.
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    Pull the top rail of the wrap up to your child’s shoulders to complete the “seat” you’re forming. Continue to support your baby with one hand while you do this.
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    Pull the tail of the wrap that is around your baby over the top of the tail that is hanging down from your other shoulder.
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    Pull the end of the wrap from your shoulder up and over your shoulder on the same side to create a loop.
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    Hold your baby with one arm and use the other arm to reach behind your body and pull on the tail of the wrap to tighten the slack.
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    Bring the wrap forward over the baby’s leg and under your arm to the front of your body.
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    Cross both tails under​ your baby’s bottom and tie into a double knot.
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    Adjust the placement of the “twist” in your wrap as needed.

Baby Wrap Side Carry

The Baby Wrap Side Carry is a comfy way for you to bring your child along with you no matter what the day may bring. This is similar to the Baby Wrap Hip Carry, but it has a few differences that can make a big difference if you’re finding that the other side-carrying method isn’t working well for you and your little one. This is a comfortable carrying style that’s sure to keep you on the go with your baby all day long!

With this option, you can wear your baby wrap in safety and comfort for longer than you might be able to with other styles. However, this method isn’t meant for use with newborn babies. Just like the previous hip carrying method, your child should be able to sit up without assistance and control his or her head and neck fully before you try this carrying method.

How-To

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    Start with the center of your wrap at your belly button, then fold in half so that the open edges are facing upward.
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    Cross both tails behind your back and pull one up and over your shoulder to the front of your body. During this stage, make sure you place the shoulder strap closer to your body on the same side you’ll be carrying your baby.
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    Repeat the same with the other tail to form a cross on your back. Spread out the fabric at this stage.
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    Pull both tails of the wrap under the “waistband” at your belly button.
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    Cross these tails over your chest and bring them behind your back to tie into a knot.
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    Pull to the front of your body and tie into a knot again. If necessary, pull to your back or hip and tie into a knot once more.
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    Adjust so that the cross on your chest is sitting sideways on your body instead of directly on the front. Tighten knots as needed.
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    Put one of your baby’s legs through the cross on the front of your body so that he or she is straddling your hip.
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    Adjust the fabric over your baby’s bottom and spread it over your baby’s back and beneath both knees to make a secure seat.
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    Tuck both of your baby’s legs through the main section of the wrap. Spread the fabric over your baby’s shoulders and back to further secure this carrying method.
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    Your baby’s ar​​​​ms should not be free in this carrying method.

Baby Wrap Front Carry

With the Baby Wrap Front Carry, your child can be part of the action anytime! This is an easy-to-use carrying method that’s great for use with lightweight and stretchy baby wraps. It may be a little more difficult to configure with a woven wrap, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Just note that if you try a woven wrap over something lighter, it may be too hot and uncomfortable for the warmer months.

If you want to try your baby wrap front facing, remember that this is generally an unsafe option for this type of wrap. When you’re carrying a baby on the front of your body using a wrap, you should always plan to hold your baby facing inward. There are other types of carriers that are safer for wearing for a front-facing outward method. The Baby Wrap Front Carry is, however, safe for use with newborn babies as well as with older children as long as they can comfortably fit into the wrap.

How-To

  • Place the center of the wrap at your belly button and cross the two long tails behind your back to form a waistband.
  • Pull the right tail up and over your left shoulder, and then repeat with the other side so that there is an X across your back. Spread the fabric out evenly.
  • Hold your baby high on your chest in a “burping” position and then slide him or her down into the waistband portion of the wrap. Make sure to support your baby with your hand while doing this.
  • Spread the fabric fro​m your baby’s thighs up to his or her shoulders.
  • Pull the tail of the wrap from your right shoulder tight and then pull it around your baby’s back and under his or her left leg.
  • Repeat with the other side and bring both tails behind your back, crossing them over each other.
  • Adjust as needed and tie securely into a double knot in the back.
  • If you have enough fabric left, pull the tails to the front and tie into a knot under your baby’s bottom for extra support.

5 Additional Steps for Carrying Babies in a Wrap

You’re not alone if you still find yourself wondering more about the right way to carry your little one in a wrap. After all, these four methods have really only scratched the surface of possibilities. Parents just like you often wonder about the process of carrying babies in a wrap, so check out these suggestions for additional steps and hints for safe babywearing using your favorite wrap!

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1. Practice getting the right tension for your wrap.

If your wrap is too loose, you’re going to be worried about your baby falling out all the time. On the other hand, if it’s too tight, you and your child are both going to be uncomfortable while you’re wearing your baby. It pays to take some time to practice with a weighted baby doll or even with an older child who may still fit in the wrap but also be able to support himself or herself more than your baby might. Some people have even practiced with their small dogs—but be sure to take care of your furry friend if you try this!

2. It’s easy to nurse your newborn when you carry your baby in a wrap.

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Many nursing moms are concerned with easy and discreet nursing, and baby wraps are a great way to provide both. However, they may be very warm when you’re wearing them, so it can pay to wear a nursing tank top and use your baby wrap along with that for the most efficient nursing experience possible. Remember that, depending on the tying method you use, you may be able to spread the fabric of your wrap out or use the tail of the wrap to provide more privacy while you and your baby are having a nursing session, too.

3. Take your time and let your baby adjust to the idea of babywearing.

While it’s true that some babies are never going to completely take to the process, most little ones will eventually get used to it and come to enjoy the time spent close to you. Some babies prefer more skin-to-skin contact, such as with a tank top, while others prefer the texture of clothing between their skin and yours. You’ll want to practice a lot with your child at home before you try to babywear in public, but eventually, you and your baby should be able to figure out something that works perfectly for the both of you.

4. Try putting your baby’s legs in a “frog” position in your wrap until he or she gets bigger.

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This is generally considered the safest and most effective method of babywearing with an infant or even a newborn. Your baby’s legs should stay frogged until he or she is able to sit up unassisted, at which time it may be better to try a carrying method that allows your child’s legs to straddle your stomach or hip. However, if you’ll be nursing while babywearing, during the nursing session you may want to reposition so that your child’s feet are on one side of the wrap and his or her head is on the other.

5. When you’re wearing an older child on your back or hip, you may also want to experiment with allowing your toddler to keep his or her hands free.

This, of course, depends largely on where you’ll be going with your baby in tow as well as how well he or she can sit up unassisted. If your baby feels unstable on your back or wriggles around too much with his or her hands free, wait a few weeks before giving it a try again.

Safety Tips for Carrying Babies in a Wrap

Here are some helpful safety tips to keep in mind any time you’ll be wearing your baby, regardless of the type of carrier you choose to use. Although these tips are generally geared more toward the use of wraps, remember them when you’re thinking about other potential baby carriers, too. Your baby’s safety and comfort should always be your number one concern when you’re babywearing in any way, and understanding the right safety principles for wrapping and carrying your child can make a huge difference.

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    Always choose a lightweight wrap if the weather is too hot for a heavy woven one. A​​​​lthough a woven wrap is sturdier and better for many wrapping methods, it just isn’t going to get the job done right if it’s too hot. You never want to run the risk of overheating your baby, and it’s better if you don’t overheat yourself as well!
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    Always allow your baby’s airway to be completely free and clear of any obstructions while babywearing. As your child gets older, this will be as simple as making sure the wrap isn’t draped around his or her neck, mouth, or nose. When your baby is a newborn and a younger infant, however, you should use only wrapping methods that keep your baby’s chin off of his or her chest and allow your child’s head to rest high on your own chest for easy breathing and simple monitoring by you, too.
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    Practice all of your carrying methods in the presence of another capable adult and while standing over a bed until you feel completely comfortable with them. Once again, try picking up a weighted doll for practicing, too.
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    Always keep your baby’s knees higher than his or her bottom until your child reaches a toddler age. Choose wrapping methods that support your baby’s neck and spine, especially if you’ll be babywearing more often than just for nursing sessions. Ensuring your baby’s bones develop properly is an important and sometimes overlooked part of the baby wrapping experience.
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    Check your wrap or any other type of baby carrier you may be using for damage, tears, strains, or any other issues every time you’re going to use it. Although this may seem like a time-consuming process, a little pre-babywearing maintenance goes a long way toward ensuring that your baby won’t be harmed while you’re carrying him or her with you throughout your day.

Conclusion

We​ hope you’ve learned a little bit more about the process of wearing your baby safely using a wrap. Remember to always keep our safety tips in mind, and if anything seems confusing or concerning to you about any wrapping method, don’t be afraid to look up more information and figure out for yourself if it’s the right option for you and your child.

The four wrap methods listed in this article are all great places for you to get started whether you’ve had experience with babywearing in other forms already or you’re looking for suggestions for your first wrapping methods. Just remember to pay close attention to the proper ages and developmental stages for each type of wrap you’re considering trying.

With the right attention to detail and understanding of the correct wrapping methods, y​ou and your baby will be well on your way to proper wrapping and plenty of adventures together in no time!

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