The Front Wrap Cross Carry (commonly abbreviated as FWCC) is often the first carry that people will learn, and there are good reasons for that!
- Suitable from birth to toddler, offering full body support to newborns and good weight distribution of older children.
- Stays comfy for a long time. It has multiple layers that offer support over hours- great for when your little one is napping in the wrap.
- Supportive of your body too. It is a two shouldered carry, so the weight is distributed evenly through the whole of your back. When tightened correctly, the weight of your baby shouldn’t be carried on your shoulders.
- Simple to learn. You partially wrap the cloth round yourself and adjust it before you put the baby into the carry. There are no complicated manoeuvres, or times when your baby doesn’t feel fully supported by either your arms or the cloth.
- Can be a good carry to breastfeed in, once you are comfortable with both the techniques of wrapping and nursing.
- Older babies have a great range of vision and upper body movement, but can still snuggle into you when they’ve had enough or want a nap.
- Adaptable: there are several simple alterations you can make to the basic carrying technique, so that you can use a shorter or longer wrap if needs be.
Does that sound good? Well here’s how to do it!
Before you start:
You will need a base size woven wrap for this. Everyone’s base size is slightly different, depending on your size, baby’s size and your wrapping technique/ability. You can work out your base size here, but as a quick start, the average base size is around a 6 or 7.
If it makes you feel more confident at first, then wrap near to a soft surface (bed or sofa), or practice with a doll. Remember that a toy will not feel as natural to wrap with, and in many ways your baby will actually be easier to wrap than a teddy , so don’t be put off!
Some helpful tips for getting this carry right.
- Get the horizontal pass really snug before you put the baby into it. The horizontal band of cloth that goes across your baby’s back needs to be nice and tight, and the right height from the start, because it will transfer their weight through your whole torso and stop them feeling heavy. You shouldn’t rely on the the passes under the bum to be holding them up.
- Tighten the carry as you’re going along, not just at the end. You need to get rid of any slack cloth that might be trapped, otherwise that slack will work its way through the cloth and lead to sagging. If you leave the carry too loose, then try to tighten it up at the end, by pulling the two tail passes that hang down tighter and tighter, then you’ll end up transferring all of your baby’s weight onto your shoulders instead.
- Pull the cloth up and out to tighten, rather than forwards over your shoulder, otherwise it won’t move freely.
Front wrap cross carry with a newborn
The FWCC is great for newborns, but you can also make some small changes to help keep the wrap comfy and fit their tiny body best. You also need to make good, regular checks of their positioning, as newborns can’t control and adjust their bodies in the same way as older babies can.