How to Use a Stretchy Wrap

Do you have a stretchy wrap like a Moby Wrap, Boba wrap, or Solly baby wrap that you would like to learn to use?  This blog post includes videos and tutorial links to teach you every thing you need to know to love your stretchy wrap from day one.

The number one secret to using a stretchy wrap is wrap tight.  Before you even put your baby into your wrap, the wrap should be snug against your body like a tight t-shirt.  Stretchy wraps stretch!  If the wrap is snug against your body when you pre-tie it,  there will still be plenty of room for the baby.

There are three main carries that you can do with a stretchy wrap.  Stretchy wraps can be used only for front or hip carries that have three full layers of fabric spread over the baby.

Pocket Wrap Cross Carry, also known as “Hug Hold” 

Pocket wrap cross carry (PWCC) is a carry that you can completely pre-tie and then put in your baby.  This carry is great because you can pre-tie it before you leave your house.  Buckle baby safely in the car seat and drive while wearing the pre-tied wrap.  When you get where you’re going, pop baby into the wrap and off you go!  No need to carry a heavy carseat or unload a stroller from your trunk.  You have your hands free and baby is happy to be close to you.

Pocket Wrap Cross Carry works great from newborn-toddlerhood!  This video shows how to do the carry with your newborn. For captions, press the CC button.

A stretchy wrap can work really well with an older baby if you wrap it snug.  Make sure that you don’t use the wrap if your baby is over the weight limit for your particular wrap.  Check your manufacturer’s instructions to find the weight limit of your wrap.  A stretchy wrap can be really comfortable with an older baby.  If you have an older baby, check out this video:

If photo-tutorials are more your thing, check out the tutorial here:
Stretchy Wrap Pocket Wrap Cross Carry Tutorial
This tutorial is also available in Spanish.

Front Wrap Cross Carry, also known as “Kangaroo Hold”

Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) is another fabulous carry.  FWCC is partially pre-tied and then tightened around the baby.  This carry is really comfortable.  This carry can also be fairly easy to nurse in.

This video shows how to do Front Wrap Cross Carry in a stretchy wrap. The video also demonstrates breastfeeding in the wrap as well as repositioning the baby after breastfeeding.  For captions, press the CC button on the video.

This video shows how to do Front Wrap Cross Carry in a stretchy wrap with an older baby or toddler.  There are tips for comfort as well as tips for precise tightening.  For captions, press the CC button.

Hip Wrap Cross Carry

Hip Wrap Cross Carry is the only hip carry that I would recommend doing with a stretchy wrap.  Depending on the stretch of your particular wrap (if it is a stretch hybrid, for example), you may be able to do other carries.  You can read the manual that accompanies your wrap to see what carries the manufacturer recommends.  Hip Wrap Cross Carry is the hip carry that does work well in any stretchy wrap.  It’s basically the exact same carry as Front Wrap Cross Carry, except baby is shifted to the hip.

Here’s a tutorial.  For captions, press the CC button.

Troubleshooting and Tips

If you find you have any discomfort in this carry (or any other stretchy wrap carry), try spreading out the fabric across your back. This image shows a wrap that is well spread out and not twisted on the back.

Stretchy Wrap Tip_ Make sure the back of the wrap is not twisted and is well spread out.

The secret to Front Wrap Cross Carry and Hip Wrap Cross Carry is tightening precisely. The key to tightening these carries is to tighten each strand of the width of the wrap one at a time (instead of pulling on the whole tail at once). I like to imagine my wrap in fourths and tighten each fourth (the top fourth, a middle fourth, the next middle fourth, the bottom fourth). Tightening like this makes the carry snug evenly across your baby’s body. It can be tricky to tighten the top fourth of the wrap. If you’re finding you have a lot of slack in your wrap near your baby’s upper shoulders, try lifting your elbow while you are wrapping. This allows the fabric to slide under your arm. In this image, you can see that one hand is pulling straight up on the wrap to tighten the top fourth of the width. The other elbow is lifted outward to allow the fabric to slide under my arm and around my back.

FWCCtip

Back Carries
It is not safe or recommended to do back carries in a stretchy wrap. This is because the wrap is stretchy and your baby could lean and fall.

If you want to be able to do back carries, give a woven wrap a try. If you love the feel of your stretchy wrap but want more versatility, woven wrapping is great! With a woven wrap you can do back carries, single layer front and hip carries, as well as all of the carries shown here. To get started with a woven wrap, see this post.

Check your Carry

When you’re finished check your carry using the baby wearer’s TASK.  Can you fit two fingers under baby’s chin?  Can you see baby’s entire face?  Is baby well supported and snug?  Is baby high enough for you to easily kiss baby’s head?

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