What can you do with a wrap that is your base size minus two?
This can be a really versatile size! A base minus two is long enough to do some two shouldered front carries and back carries, but it’s short enough to do hip carries without too much excess tail. The back carry options with a base minus two wrap are quick and simple to learn. It’s a great size!
Front Wrap Cross Carry Tied under the Bum
Front Wrap Cross Carry Tied under the Bum (FWCC TUB) is a short variation on Front Wrap Cross Carry where you just tie under baby’s bottom rather than tying in back.
Half Front Wrap Cross Carry
This variation on Front Wrap Cross Carry has a horizontal pass and one cross pass. It’s more like two thirds of Front Wrap Cross Carry. This ties off at the shoulder with a slip knot and is great for lowering and raising to nurse.
Short Front Wrap Cross Carry Tied at the Shoulder
This variation of Front wrap cross carry is closely related to the tied under the bum version. The only difference is that rather than tying under baby’s bum, you tie at the shoulder. This one is also excellent for lots of lowering and raising for a baby that wants to nurse frequently.
Short Cross Carry
Short Cross Carry is a short variation on Front Cross Carry. It is a poppable carry, so you can pretie and pop baby in and out as needed.
Kangaroo is a wonderful snuggly carry. This one takes some practice to get the hang of tightening, but is the most comfortable of the shorter front carries and is wonderful for laying down a sleepy baby because it’s easy to untie and just lay baby down on the wrap.
Coolest Hip Cross Carry
Coolest Hip Cross Carry is an awesome poppable carry. You can pretie this carry and then pop your baby in and out as needed. This video shows the inside-out version which is easier to tighten and adjust after tying than the original version.
Hip Cross Carry
Hip Cross Carry is a really quick and easy carry to tie around a baby. Once you’ve tied around baby, it’s also easy to pop baby in and out and just leave the wrap tied. This video is by Greater Atlanta Babywearing:
Robin’s Hip Carry
Robin’s Hip Carry is a very pretty and comfortable hip carry. It has a really cushy shoulder with a double layer of wrap. It can also be semi-poppable because you could leave it mostly tied and pop baby in and out, just adjusting a little with each in and out.
Poppin’s Hip Carry
Poppin’s Hip Carry is another very comfortable hip carry. This one includes a waistbelt which can be nice for adding support when doing a hip carry with a heavier baby or toddler.
Ruck Tied in Front
Ruck tied in front is a quick and simple back carry.
Shepherd’s Back Carry
This is a double hammock variation that uses less wrap than the full length carry and is very comfortable. This video is by Tandem Babywearing:
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This carry has two sling passes and a very comfortable chest belt. You can probably eek this carry out in a base minus three wrap as well as a base minus two. I put it under base minus two, because I find the carry much easier if I have enough length to bring the short tail to my knees to pin it while I wrap the carry. This wonderful video is by Brittany Brown Marsh of the Britt Brown Marsh Blog.
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You can also do most of the Base Size minus 3 Back Carries without too much tail. There are several other back carries that work well with a base size minus 2: Half Jordan’s Back Carry, Double sling, Back reinforced Torso Sling, etc. Those are all in the base size minus 3 carries blog and would work just as well with a base size minus 2.
The Full Series of Carries by Size
Reblogged and edited with permission from Patuxent Babywearing.