Our Top Tips will help you fall in love with your first wrapping experience!
1. Notice how you hold your baby
When we wrap our babies we’re wrapping around their natural spread squat position which is beneficial for their hips, comfort and development.
2. Prepare Beforehand
Find a video of a carry that you like and watch it a few times beforehand, notice whether they put the wrap on first, or start with their baby in their arms, notice the size of wrap they use and how they tighten each strand.
3. Learn the Lingo!
You’ll sometimes find videos sound like they’re speaking another language! Here are some commonly used terms and what they mean.
Passes: Layers. When you put a wrap on you’ll often create layers. A layer going straight across your body is called a horizontal pass. A layer going from under your arm, to over your shoulder is called a cross pass.
A Carry: The way you put the wrap on yourself. This consists of a combination of passes as mentioned above, and the order and combination is what gives the ‘carry’ it’s name. For example a Front Cross Carry is a front carry with two cross passes. A Front Wrap Carry is a front carry with a horizontal pass, and two cross passes.
Rails: Rails describe the sections of a wrap. The top rail is the top section, the bottom rail the bottom section. Rails are more than just the hems, so it’s important when tightening to ensure, for example, that if it says to tighten the top rail that you tighten the top section of the wrap, being cautious not to over tighten the hemming itself.
Blends: Wraps are composed of various fibres, and the combination of these fibres is called a blend.
Tails: The ends of the wrap.
M Position: The natural, spread squat position of babies, so called because the bottom being lower than the knees creates the appearance of an ‘m’
Deep Seat: Another reference to the position above, for tips on how to create a good seat read here.