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First, I should say that this is just my best guess at what MOST people can do with a size 3. What you can actually do with this size wrap depends on your size, the size of your wrappee, and your wrap. Thicker wraps tend to wrap shorter and thinner wraps tend to wrap longer. You also tend to need less length the longer you've been wrapping. If you're a smaller person or wrapping a newborn, you can probably do all of these carries plus many of the size 4 carries. If you're wrapping a preschooler or you're a bigger person you might prefer a 4 for these carries and try some of the size 2 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 3.
The Full Series of Carries by Size
The key to loving a size 3 is learning to tie a slipknot. So we'll start off with a slip knot tutorial!
Rebozo is an awesome front or hip carry that can be done with a size 2 or 3. With a 3 you'll have longer tails, but this carry is great to pretie and just pop baby in and out of. This video shows it with a newborn, but it's an awesome carry from birth-toddlerhood.
Semi-Front Wrap Cross Carry (Semi-FWCC)
This one is a tad more comfy than rebozo because it has a nice waistbelt. It can be done as a hip or front carry and is really easy to nurse in.
Front (or hip) Reinforced Torso Rebozo (FRTR/HRTR)
This one is very similar to Semi-FWCC, except that it has two rebozo passes. This can be done as front carry or a hip carry.
Short Cross Carry with a Sling ring (SCC)
This is a nice poppable front carry if you have a sling ring handy. You can do short cross carry without a sling ring too, but it tends to take up a little more length than a 3 for most people.
Hip Kangaroo is a comfy hip carry that is tied around baby.
Ruck tied under the bum (RUB)
This is a fairly advanced back carry. If you have enough length, you can tie in front. Ruck tied in front will be on our "What can you do with a size 4" post, since most people need a 4 to tie in front.
Short Ruck Tied at the Shoulder (short RTAS)
This carry is just like Ruck tied under the bum, but tied at the shoulder.
This is just like short ruck TAS, except with a knotless finish aka buleria finish.
Reinforced Rear Rebozo Ruck (RRRR)
This ruck variation is just like short ruck tied at the shoulder, but with a spread horizontal pass instead of a bunched pass. This carry should really be called reinforced rear horizontal pass ruck. The name is confusing, because there isn't a reinforcing rebozo pass. But, RRRR makes a nice abbreviation!
This back carry has two rebozo passes. The video explains how to do the shoulder flip, which is a little tricky and is used in the next few carries.
Half Jordan's Back Carry (Half-JBC)
Half JBC is just like double rebozo except instead of two rebozo passes, there's one rebozo pass and then a cross pass. This is a nice one for babies who are squirmy because the rebozo pass protects against leaning and the cross pass protects against leg straightening.
Short Back Cross Carry (SBCC)
Short back cross carry is awesome with babies who like to leg straighten. It's just like double rebozo, except with two cross passes instead of rebozo passes. It's not a great carry with babies who like to lean, but it's excellent for leg straighteners.
Double Hammock Rebozo (DH rebozo)
This is a short one shouldered variation on double hammock. Sometimes it's also called back reinforced torso rebozo or rear reinforced torso rebozo. I find it works best with bigger babies and toddlers, but is really comfy and pretty.
Double Hammock Torso Carry
This one is very similar to DH rebozo, but ties at the chest and leaves your shoulders free. In this video, she uses a longer wrap and adds cross passes to use up the extra length, but if you're working with a 3, you can stop after tying at the chest if you don't have any more length to work with.
Knotless Double Rebozo Shoulder to Shoulder (DRS2S)
This carry is a short variation on Double Rebozo Shoulder to Shoulder (DRS2S). The video below shows a few variations, but the short one is the one that can be done with a size 3.
Have Fun Wrapping!