How to do Front Carries in a Woven Wrap

Woven wraps are beautiful and versatile! You can do a ton of different carries with woven wraps! Here are resources for learning front carries in your woven wrap. They are organized by the size wrap that they need. If you are a wrap beginner, start with this post.

Base Size Carries
These carries all use a base size wrap. If you aren’t sure what size is your base size, see my Woven Wraps for Beginners Post

Front Wrap Cross Carry
Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) is a wonderful beginner carry. This carry works well newborn to toddler. If you are just starting wrapping, this carry is a great one to start with.

Front Cross Carry
Front Cross Carry (FCC) is a quick and easy poppable carry. You can pre-tie this carry before you leave the house and then pop your baby in and out of the carry as needed.

Front Wrap Cross Carry Tied at the Shoulder
Front Wrap Cross Carry Tied at the Shoulder (FWCC TAS) is a variation on Front Wrap Cross carry that (as the name says) ties at the shoulder. This variation takes a bit more time, but has a few benefits. For one, the carry lays flat in the back. This makes it a good carry if you are planning to sit down with the wrap on. For two, it ties with a slipknot. This makes the carry easy to adjust for feeding.

Front Double Hammock
Front double hammock (FDH) is actually quite similar to Front Cross Carry. The difference in these two carries is that Front Cross Carry has two cross passes and front double hammock has two sling passes. (See this “Pass Glossary” if you are interested in learning about the types of passes). This carry can be either tied around the baby or pre-tied. The carry lays flat in back and is lovely for times when you need to sit down while wearing the baby. It’s also incredibly supportive and comfortable when well tightened.

Front Double Hammock, Pre-tied
Front Double hammock can be pre-tied with almost exactly the same steps as Front Cross Carry!

Base Minus One Carries
These carries require a wrap that is your base size minus one. So for example, if your base size is a seven, then you would use a size six wrap for these carries. You could also use a base size wrap! You would just have a bit of extra tail.

Reinforced Kangaroo Carry
Reinforced Kangaroo Carry is a wonderfully comfortable and snuggly carry! It might help to learn kangaroo carry (see the Base minus two section) before learning the reinforced version.

Short Cross Carry, Tied at the Shoulder
Short Cross Carry Tied at the shoulder (SCC TAS) is a shorter variation on Front Cross Carry. Like FCC, SCC can be pre-tied and the baby can be popped in and out easily. Also, because this carry ties at the shoulder, you can easily adjust the carry for feeding.

Half Front Wrap Cross Carry, Tied at the Shoulder
Half Front Wrap Cross Carry, Tied at the shoulder (Half-FWCC) is a variation on FWCC that uses slightly less wrap length. This variation lays flat in the back, which can be nice for sitting down. It also ties at the shoulder with a slipknot, which can be lovely for easily adjusting the carry to feed or for taking baby in and out.

Base Minus Two Carries
These carries require a wrap that is your base size minus two. So for example, if your base size is a seven, then you would be able to do these carries with a size five wrap. You could also use a longer wrap! You would just have a bit of extra tail.

Front Wrap Cross Carry, Tied under the Bum
This variation of Front Wrap Cross Carry ties under the baby’s bottom and is a wonderful variation of FWCC for a shorter wrap. The secret to Front Wrap Cross Carry Tied under the Bum (FWCC TUB) is in how you tie the knot. Focus on getting the first half knot slightly between you and baby so that it stays secure. Then tie the other half of the knot below baby’s bottom.

Kangaroo Carry
Kangaroo Carry is a wonderfully cozy and snuggly carry. This carry is easy to wrap around the baby and can be a great one if you are holding a sleeping baby that you would rather wrap than lay down. It can also be nice if you don’t have a place to set baby while you are preparing the wrap. The secret to Kangaroo Carry is in the shoulder shrug while tightening.

Short Front Wrap Cross Carry, Tied at the Shoulder
Short Front Wrap Cross Carry, Tied at the Shoulder (SFWCC TAS) is a short front wrap cross carry variation that is easily adjusted (because it ties at the shoulder). This variation is nice for hotter weather because there is only one pass over the baby.

Base Minus Three Carries
These carries require a wrap that is your base size minus three. These can also be done with a longer wrap (such as base minus two) with a bit of extra tail. All of these carries are one shouldered front carries. For more front carry options, visit the hip carries page. Most hip carries can also be tied as front carries by simply placing baby on the front rather than on the hip.

Semi-Front Wrap Cross Carry
Semi-Front Wrap Cross Carry (Semi-FWCC) is a wonderfully comfortable front carry with a shorter wrap. This one shouldered carry has an extra pass around the back which can make it quite comfortable for a one shouldered carry. It also lays flat in the back and is easily adjusted through the slipknot.

Hip Cross Carry
Hip Cross Carry (HCC) is a quick and easy to tie carry. This carry can be done as a slightly off center front carry or a hip carry. It is poppable, which means that you can tie the carry before you leave the house and then pop the baby in and out of the carry as needed.

This video is by Greater Atlanta Babywearing:

Front Reinforced Torso Sling
Front Reinforced Torso Sling (FRTS) is quite similar to Semi-FWCC. The only difference is that the wrap does not come between the baby’s legs. This carry is quite comfortable for a one shouldered carry.

Base Minus Four Carries
These carries require a base wrap minus four. You may find you can eek out some of the base minus three carries with your base minus four wrap. You can also do base minus five carries with a base minus four wrap.

Traditional Sling Carry
Traditional sling carry (TSC) is a wonderfully simple carry. This carry is almost like wearing a ring sling. The only difference between sling carry and a ring sling is in the direction that you feed fabric for tightening. In a ring sling, you feed fabric around to the front toward the rings to tighten. In TSC, you feed the fabric around behind you toward the knot to tighten.

Slip Knots
The key to doing many of the shorter wrap carries is learning to tie a slipknot. Learning to tie a slipknot can take a bit of time, but is SO WORTH IT! It opens up a lot of carry options, particularly for shorter wraps.

Base Minus Five Carries
This carry requires a wrap that is your base size minus five. You can also do this carry in a wrap that is a base size minus four with a bit of extra tail.

Simple Hip Carry
Simple hip carry is quick and easy! It essentially turns your short wrap into a pouch sling. The secret to a comfortable simple hip carry is in learning a flat reef knot.

This video is by Tandem Trouble and gives a wonderful demonstration of the carry:

Flat Reef Knot
A flat reef knot is the secret to really loving Simple Hip Carry. This knot lies flat on your back, making it more comfortable. It also does not slowly loosen over time. A double knot can loosen slightly over time, but a flat reef knot only tightens as you put tension on it.

This video by Babywearing with Kathy gives excellent instructions for tying a flat reef knot:

No Sew Ring Sling
Another way to use your base minus 5 wrap is to make a no sew ring sling with a pair of sling rings. This is quite comfortable and secure!

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