These rules are just tentative. It depends a lot on a specific admixture (fabrics) and also on specific manufacturer. For more information or help please do not hesitate to contact us.
For new parents it will be better to choose a wrap without admixture – cotton wrap (100% cotton) because silk or bamboo are little slippery and hemp and linen are more tough and you have to make them softer by wrapping.
When choosing a wrap it depends if you want to babywear a newborn or a toddler.
For a baby (e.g. 7-9 kg) it is best to choose a wrap with jacquard weave or thinner twill weave wrap (weight till 230 g/m2). Babies are very comfortable with bamboo/bamboo viscose and silk wraps but beginners can feel them to be more slippery to tighten.
For toddlers (above 7-9kg) it is better to choose jacquard weave. Twill-weave for heavier toddlers are thicker and they are less floppy (it is harder to make them soft by wrapping and it is more difficult to tighten them). That is why they are not so good for beginners (we don't recommend them for beginers).
As affordable ones from this category we recommend cotton wraps by Diva Milano Essenza.
As a universal wrap (for babies but also toddlers) you can choose from cotton jacquard wraps by LennyLamb, Wraps by Yaro, Fidella, Pollora, Oscha or limited edition Lisca by Didymos (Pastell, Karibik, Himbeer, Natur, Grigio, Jeans, Stendal, Achat, Obsidian). All of these wraps are soft enough but also supportive for whole babywearing period.
Please, do not think that universal wraps as a compromise but as the ones which are completely suitable for both categories.
When you learn to wrap you can start trying wraps with admixtures – wool, hemp, linen. Hemp and linen are very supportive but more tough at the beginning, they need more time (wrapping) to make them soft. Read more about properties of admixtures.
The size of wraps is determined in numbers which means the length of a wrap. The most universal size is number 6 (4,6 – 4,7 m), most people can wrap with this size. If you are small-sized then a shorter wrap is better, it is easier to wrap with them. You can choose the size of a wrap according to your size by the table below.
For beginners it is ideal to use the front wrap carry cross.
|Type of carry||Size 2|
(approx. 270 cm)
(approx. 320 cm)
(approx. 370 cm)
(approx. 420 cm)
(approx. 470 cm)
(approx. 520 cm)
(approx. 570 cm)
|Cradle (Lying in front)||L||XL||XL||XL||XL||XL||XL|
|Hip carry (Sideways)||L||XL||XL||XL||XL||XL||XL|
|Hip cross carry (Sideways)||S||M||L||XL||XL||XL|
|Front wrap cross carry||S||M||L||XL|
|Wrap cross carry in front||S||M||L||XL|
|Wrap cross carry on the back (Rucksack/Backpack)||S||M||L||XL|
|S||size max 36|
|M||size max 42|
|L||size max 50|
|XL||size max 56|