Here you’ll find everything you need to know to get started with woven wraps! Follow the links for more in-depth explanations. THIS PAGE IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION SO SOME SECTIONS ARE MISSING. PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON FOR EVEN MORE INFORMATION
What Are Woven Wraps?
Woven wraps are long pieces of hemmed cloth that you quite literally wrap around you and your baby then knot to secure. They can be used from birth right up to pre-school (or for as long as you need to or choose to carry your child) You can tie your wrap in lots of different ways to carry your child fully supported on your front, back or hip. You can choose to learn one or two basic ways of tying the wrap and stick with those, or you can get creative and try multiple different carries just for the fun and flexibility of it!
Firespiral wraps are woven in Lancashire, using ethically sourced, natural fibres.
Why Choose To Carry My Child In A Woven Wrap?
There are lots of benefits to using woven wraps.
How Do I Choose The Right Wrap For Me?
Read more about choosing the right wrap for me
Why Are There So Many Different Lengths?
Wraps come in numbered sizes. The most commonly used are size 2 up to size 7, but size 1 exists, and there is no official upper limit to sizes. We make up to size 9, with larger sizes by special request.
A size 2 wraps will measure around 2.7m (8’9″) and a size 7 will be 5.2m (17′) long. Each size in the scale is 50cm longer than the one before it.
Unlike clothing, the different sizes are more linked with the type of carrying that you need them for, rather than the physical size of the wearer and child. Short wraps can be tied in one way, long wraps in another, and each will have its own particular benefits depending on your needs and personal situation.
We roughly split wraps into 3 categories- ‘long‘, ‘mid-length’ and ‘short‘.
Body size, the size of the child and a few other factors will obviously play a part in determining what kinds of carries you will have enough length to tie with any particular size.
One person may require a size 6 to perform a certain carry, whereas another may need a size larger or smaller to tie the same carry. One person’s ‘long’ wrap may be another’s ‘mid-length’ wrap
To allow for this variance, many carrying tutorials refer to ‘base’ sizing. Your personal base length is determined by the size of wrap you require to complete a Front Wrap Cross Carry. The most common average base wrap is a size 6. Carries will then be described as requiring a wrap that is base+1, or base-2 etc as a rough idea of how much length you will need to perform it, so that you can personalise the instructions. As your technique improves you may find that you need less length than before to perform each carry.
As an example, if you decide that your base size is a 6, then sizes 6 & 7 would be your ‘long’ wraps, sizes 4 and 5 would be your ‘mid length’, and sizes 2& 3 would be your short wraps.
Some people like to have different wraps in a variety of sizes, some people find that all their carrying needs are met with one single wrap. It is a matter of personal choice!
Firespiral woven wraps are machine washable and generally easy to care for. Their simplicity of construction means that there are no arts to break or replace. We provide a laundry bag for your wrap so that it can go into the wash with other items and not get tangled up. Some wraps can be tumble dried, others can be line dried.
You baby can safely sleep in the wrap, and often the movement and security of being carried will send them to sleep, so wrapping can be a great tool at nap times. It also allows you to stay mobile and not be tied down to one place at nap time. This can be very handy if you have older children and other routines to stick to which may conflict with nap time! It also helps you to develop a more flexible routine, allowing you to get your baby to sleep wherever you happen to be. As with all carrying, it is important to safety check your baby’s positioning and ensure that their airways are unobstructed.
A regular rucksack will work perfectly when you’re carrying your baby on your front, but for back carries, you might find a babywearing bag more practical. These bags have been designed to overcome some of the issues around fitting a bag strap round the both of you.