Every month we feature a carry or carrier to highlight at our monthly meetings and online (“BWITCCOTM” stands for Babywearing International of the Twin Cities Carry or Carrier of the Month).

[Image is a collage of eight images of caregivers wearing children of all ages on their front in woven wrap carriers. Bottom of the graphic has a blue background with light blue border. In orange on top is the text October 2017 hashtag BWITCCOTM. In bold white letters underneath is Front Wrap Cross Carry. On the bottom of the graphic is a white logo featuring four shape people wearing different styles of baby carriers next to the text Babywearing International of the Twin Cities.]

This month we are featuring front wrap cross carry (FWCC). FWCC is a base size carry that is beginner-friendly. It’s do-able in a woven wrap, stretchy wrap, or hybrid wrap (hybrid wraps are stretchy but designed for safe back carrying in addition to front carrying). FWCC is often used to determine one’s base length. Note, one’s base length may change over time for various reasons, it is not a permanent number. Refer to graphic below.

[Black background with blue overlay. Babywearing International logo at the top right. Title: WOVEN WRAPS. Though most wearers can use any size wrap, many begin wrapping with their base size. HOW TO FIND YOUR BASE SIZE Small graphic of a babywearer. Base size is typically determined by the length needed to comfortably do a Front Wrap Cross Carry. Small graphic of 3 overlapping circles. Base size can be affected by your wearee's size, wrap thickness, taper depth, and preference for tails. Small graphic of adult and child holding hands. As your child grows, your base size may grow with them. Small graphic of triangular ruler. Shorties are wraps that are at least two sizes smaller than your base. Chart with categories Woven, Length, Body Size, Tshirt 4, 3.6 meters, very small or smaller wearers, -xxs 5, 4.2 meters, smaller or medium wearers, xs/s 6, 4.6 meters, medium wearers, m/l 7, 5.2 meters, medium, larger, or broader wearers, xl/xxl 8/9, 5.5+meters, larger or broader wearers, XXXL+]

Front Wrap Cross Carry (and Variations!) Tutorials

Below are video tutorials for the basic FWCC with the double knot in the back, front wrap cross carry tied at shoulder, Anne’s front carry (another variation of FWCC), and a twin variation of FWCC.

Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC)

2 minute 20 second video without voice audio of a front wrap cross carry demonstration
link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogFOKEVNNNk

Front Wrap Cross Carry Tied at Shoulder (FWCC TAS)

2 minute 44 second video with voice audio and captions of a front wrap cross carry tied at shoulder demonstration
link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2pisr8CQPs

Anne’s Front Carry

8 minute 48 second video with audio and captions of an Anne’s front carry demonstration
link: https://youtu.be/zxUMUDBRsDQ

Tandem Front Wrap Cross Carry (Tandem FWCC)

3 minute 42 second no voice audio video with caption instructions of a front wrap cross carry variation with twins demonstration
link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op0nF_w1vSI&feature=youtu.be

Additional Resources:

Wearing Wiki Base Size Carries: http://wearingwiki.com/wp/base-size-carries/

Wearing Wiki Front Wrap Cross Carry: http://www.wearingwiki.com/mw/index.php?title=Front_Wrap_Cross_Carry

Base Size Guide for Woven Wrap Baby Carriers by Bijou Wear: https://bijouwear.com/blogs/news/base-size-guide-for-woven-wrap-baby-carriers

Counter Culture Babywearing Company Profiles for Inclusive Sizing: http://counterculturebabywearing.com/company-profiles/


If you have any questions about babywearing, we encourage you to contact us and/or come learn in person at one of our meetings! Check out our Instagram @Babywearing.Twin.Cities and our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BabywearingTwinCities/).

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