Carries for sizes 7 and 8 (or 6 if you’re very petite)–lengths would be ~5.2m and ~5.7m (size 6 is 4.7m)
A 5.1 or 5.2 meter woven is called a size 7 wrap. This is the LARGE full length wrap. Plus size moms and dads will use this size for all of their full length wrap carries. It can also be used by someone who normally uses a size 6 but wants more room for tandem babywearing, or doing extra long carries.
A 5.7 meter woven is often called a size 8 woven wrap. This size is for full length carries for those who wear larger than a size 22 dress size (US) and should work well, for example, for a parent or caregiver who is in the range of 5’10 and 300 lbs. For reference, most popular brands of stretchy wrap are one-size-fits-all, and that size is around 5.5 meters. Just about a size 8.
** If all else fails, you can use it for a conversion. 🙂
Option 1: Chop it for a mei tai, buckle, or half-buckle (reverse half-buckles too)–will likely use all of wrap
Option 2: Chop it in half to get 2 shorty wraps that are ~2.6m (size 2)
Option 3: Chop it for a ring sling and 1 shorty wrap–depending on size of sling, you may have a size 3 wrap (or more)
Back to the wrapping!
I’ve found that many people ask what length wrap to use for each carry but like I’ve said previously, the size wrap needed is determined by:
- size of wearer
- size of wearee
- thickness of wrap
- any fancy add-on chest belts or flourishes
To get an idea of what a wrap length looks like on a range of bodies, check out wearyourbaby.com’s “Visual Guide to Figuring Out Wrap Sizes”. Each model shows varying wrap lengths when you click through to their page.
Coolest Hip Cross Carry (CHCC)
Christina’s Ruckless Back Carry
Jordan’s Back carry (JBC)
Back Wrap Cross Carry (BWCC)
- Regular (ruck straps)
- Starting with a half knot
- Sweetheart neckline
Wiggleproof Back Carry
Taiwanese Back Carry
Double Hammock (DH) with chest belt variations–see July’s CotM
Tandem Carries–Check out the Tandem Wearing group on FB for details.
Adding a chest belt or flourish to a back carry also uses up length so if you try a carry with a size 6 and want to add a chest belt, you’ll need to size up usually.