Thursday, August 19, 2010

Woven Wraps - what length?

The issue of wrap length is something that we get a lot of emails about and it does make the whole choosing dilemma that much harder. There are a couple of factors which you need to take into consideration when deciding which length to go for and, although there are no hard and fast rules, this can help you make the right choice.
  • The size of the people who will be using the wrap (not the size of your child)
  • The carrying positions you want to achieve
  • How proficient you are with a woven wraparound sling
The majority of people who buy a wrap are doing so because they can achieve a very comfortable, secure and adjustable two-shoulder front and back carry (usually the FWCC/BWCC but also the FCC). If you are one of these people the decision is relatively easy. For people of "average" size, a wrap of 4.6/4.7m tends to do the job. It is difficult to precisely define what average sized is, as it is a combination of size and height, but women up to size 14/16 and men who are up to 6' and 44" chest can normally use this size. Women who are very petite (size 8 or under) will probably find they can achieve a FWCC with a 4.2m length and women larger than a size 16 may be better with a 5.2m. This isn't set in stone as everyone is different but should give you a guide. If you want a wrap for more than one person to use it is best to size the wrap to the person who is going to be using it most often. If the other user finds the wrap is a little long they can wrap it around the waist one more time or tuck the ends in, and if the other user is larger there will be another carrying position they can use which uses slightly less fabric.

The best way to be sure is to try a wrap on before you buy - either borrow one from a friend, hire one or go to a local Sling Meet. If none of these are possible, or you just want to talk through the sizing issue, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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