This post will include all of the carries that you can do with your base size plus 1. If your base size is a 6, these carries will work with a size 7. If your base size is a 5, you'll be able to do all of these with a 6. If your base size is a 7, you'll be able to do all of these carries with a size 8.
This video shows a tibetan tie and a sternum strap chestbelt, but you could add any chestbelt that you want to a double hammock.
Any of the ruck strap variations could be added to a double hammock or to any back carry with ruck straps (such as Jordan's back carry, Giselle's back carry, back wrap cross carry with ruck straps, ruck, reinforced ruck, etc).
The Taiwanese carry looks very complicated, but it is actually pretty simple and quite comfortable. It has one short tail coming over the shoulder and all of the passes are made with the other tail. The long tail loops around the short tail for each pass. There are two rebozo passes and a horizontal pass. The carry is very similar to Jordan's back carry with two rebozo passes.
"Wiggleproof" is a ruck variation with cross passes that begin under baby's leg and are spread up and over baby's back.
This extra long variation on back wrap cross carry has wiggle proof passes and a double chest pass that looks like a sweetheart neckline.
Perhaps I should call this "what can you do with your base size?" Your base size is the size needed to do front wrap cross carry or double hammock. For an average sized person, their base size is a 6, which is typically around 4.6 meters long.
What you can do with a size 6 depends on your size, your baby's size, your wrapping skill, and your wrap. Thicker wraps tend to wrap shorter than thin wraps and in general the longer you've been wrapping, the more you'll be able to do because you'll wrap tighter and higher. The carries below are our best guess at what most people can do with a size 6. If you're very petite, you'll probably be able to do all of these and the size 7 carries. If you're fluffier or broad shouldered or chested, you might find you want a size 7 for some of these carries. For a really good idea of what you might be able to do check out this thread from thebabywearer where people have posted zillions of pics of carries they can do with a size 6.
The Full Series of Carries by Size
Front Wrap Cross Carry
Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) is a comfortable front carry. Many people choose this as the first carry to learn because it teaches strand by strand tightening which is the key to successful wrapping. This video gives a great explanation of strand by strand tightening.
Front Cross Carry
Front Cross Carry (FCC) is a poppable front carry. The wrap can be pretied and baby popped in and out as needed. It's easy to adjust and to nurse in.
Front Double Hammock
Front Double Hammock is very similar to front cross carry except it has two rebozo passes rather than two cross passes. This variation is excellent for babies who like to lean and newborns who don't want their legs overspread.
Reinforced Kangaroo is an incredibly comfortable front carry which is especially nice with a sleepy baby because it is easy to lay baby down on the wrap.
Double hammock is one of the most popular (and comfortable) back carries. This carry has a chest pass which supports much of baby's weight and is wonderful with a heavier baby.
Double Rebozo Shoulder to Shoulder (DRS2S)
DRS2S is a comfy back carry which is similar to double hammock in support, but without the chest pass. This carry can be slightly airier in the summer.
You'll also be able to do all of the Size 5 carries and many of the size 4 carries without too much excess tail.
Perhaps I should call this "what can you do with one size shorter than your base size?" All of the carries listed here would be great options if you have a wrap just slightly shorter than your base size. A base size wrap is typically the size needed to do a double hammock or front wrap cross carry.
Size five wraps are typically around 4.2 meters long. What you can do with a size 5 depends on your size, your baby's size, your wrapping skill, and your wrap. Thicker wraps tend to wrap shorter than thin wraps and in general the longer you've been wrapping, the more you'll be able to do because you'll wrap tighter and higher. The carries below are our best guess at what most people can do with a size 5. If you're petite, you'll probably be able to do all of these and the size 6 carries. If you're fluffier or broad shouldered or chested, you might prefer the size 4 carries. For a really good idea of what you might be able to do check out this thread from thebabywearer where people have posted zillions of pics of carries they can do with a size 5.
The Full Series of Carries by Size
Back Wrap Cross Carry with Crossed Straps
Back Wrap Cross Carry is a comfortable carry that works great with babies who
like to leg straighten. It's basically the same steps as Front Wrap Cross Carry, but with baby on your back. It's a naturally lower carry and works best with
toddlers and older babies.
Back Wrap Cross Carry with Ruck Straps
This variation of Back Wrap Cross Carry has Ruck Straps, which some people prefer over crossing the straps in the front. This can also be comfortable tied tibetan, but the tibetan tie takes a tad more length.
Back Wrap Cross Carry with a Chestbelt
This variation on Back Wrap Cross Carry starts with a halfknot chestbelt which can be a nice way to secure baby before starting the next step. Many people first learning back carries like this as a first back carry with an older baby or toddler.
Secure High Back Carry
Secure High Back Carry begins with a half knot chestbelt which allows you to secure baby before starting the next pass. Many people like this as a first back carry.
Jordan's Back Carry
Jordan's Back Carry is a very comfortable back carry that has ruck straps. This carry has a rebozo pass, Cross Pass, and Horizontal Pass.
Jordan's Back Carry with 2 Rebozo Passes
This variation on Jordan's Back Carry has Two rebozo passes and one horizontal pass. Some people prefer this variation because they feel it is more symmetrical.
Giselle's Back Carry
Giselle's Back Carry is very similar to Jordan's Back Carry. It has a rebozo pass, cross pass, and reinforcing cross pass. This carry is great for leg straighteners.
Christina's Ruckless Back Carry
Christina's Ruckless Back Carry is almost the same as Giselle's back carry (Rebozo Pass, Cross Pass, Reinforcing Pass) except it has a very comfortable chestbelt and does not have ruck straps. The chestbelt for this carry could be added to any of the carries that begin with a rebozo pass. This chestbelt works well with SHBC or JBC.
Double Hammock Tied at the Shoulder
This is a short variation on Double Hammock which ties at the shoulder. This can be very comfortable while pregnant because there is no waist belt. It's also an easier carry for tucking a sleeping baby's head because you can untie the knot at the shoulder and use one rebozo pass to secure baby's head.
Double Hammock Tied under the Bum
This is a short variation on Double Hammock where you simply tie under the baby's bum instead of tying in front. The video here is a double hammock video and she ties in front. To tie under the bum, just tie under your baby's bum instead of bringing the tails around to tie in front.
Double Rebozo Shoulder to Shoulder (DRS2S) Tied under the Bum
This is a short variation on DRS2S where you tie under the baby's bum rather than tying in front.
Ruck Tied Tibetan
Ruck Tied Tibetan is a comfortable variation on a rucksack carry where you create a comfortable chestbelt with the tails. There are many ways to tie tibetan.
Reinforced Ruck is a variation on Ruck tied in Front where you create reinforcing cross passes rather than bunched cross passes. This can add extra support for a bigger baby or toddler. With a 5, you may also be able to tie tibetan with a reinforced ruck, but many people need at size 6 to tie tibetan.
You could also do most of the Size 4 Carries without too much tail. You might also find you can do some of the Size 6 Carries.
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