Triple Layer Stretchy Wrap Carries 

Triple layer stretchy wrap carries are generally the first carries new parents learn.  These carries can be used with babies and young children for as long as you like so long as the fabric is supportive enough to maintain your child’s position and your child does not exceed the manufacturers recommended weight limit (which normally goes up to at least 35lb).  The fabric must hold your child tight to your body so that they are not able to slump (restricting their airway) and to prevent putting an unnecessary strain on your back and shoulders.

This post contains two options for triple layer carries with a stretchy wrap, the Pocket Wrap Cross Carry and the Front Double Hammock  (see below). It is also possible to use your stretchy wrap to tie a Front Wrap Cross Carry (video tutorial coming soon!).

Pocket Wrap Cross Carry (PWCC)

When people first buy, or receive, a stretchy wrap (e.g. a moby or a Boba)they are generally advised to use it for their newborn baby in a Pocket Wrap Cross Carry (PWCC).  This is a three layer carry which you pre-tie then are able to pop baby in and out of as required throughout the day.

The way a PWCC is tied depends on whether your Wrap is a One-Way or a Two-Way stretchy wrap.  If you don’t know which kind of wrap you have them please read this post.  Video tutorials are provided for both types of wrap below:

Pocket Wrap Cross Carry with One-Way Stretchy Wrap

Pocket Wrap Cross Carry with a Two-Way Stretchy Wrap

Once you have learned how to tie the PWCC you can use the same method to tie a Front Double Hammock (FDH).

Front Double Hammock in a Stretchy Wrap

The Front Double Hammock (FDH) carry is tied in the same way as the Pocket Wrap Cross Carry (PWCC) but, once tied, the baby is inserted differently.  While the two diagonal passes go between the babies legs and are stretched from knee to knee on a PWCC they are used as hammocks instead in a FDH.  Both legs go through both diagonal passes and out of the bottom of the cross.

Which is better?

Which ever works for you and your baby.  Some people find they love the PWCC and the security of having the passes between the baby’s legs so much they do not want to do anything else.  Other people find that using a FDH makes them think more about getting a deep seat and helps them to avoid over extending the baby’s hips.  Please let me know which one you prefer and why.

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Single Layer Carries in a Stretchy Wrap

Stretchy Wraps

Stretchy wraps, such as the Boba, Moby and Hana Baby wraps are usually used to make a three layer pre-tied carry, sometimes called a Pocket Wrap Cross Carry (PWCC).   The PWCC is tied on the parent or carer so that it fits them closely without baby then the stretch in the fabric accommodates the baby. This is brilliant for newborns because it is super-supportive and you can pop baby in and out of it all day without needing to re-tie.

Stretchy wrap fabric is knitted rather than woven, feeling more like t-shirt material.  Wraps vary in thickness and in how much they stretch.  Some stretchy wraps stretch in two directions, and some in just in direction (sometimes called a hybrid). One of the most common complaints about stretchy wraps is how hot they get.  There are three layers of fabric over baby’s back which should be considered as if they were three layers of clothing. Even if baby is naked under the wrap, three layers can feel like too many on a hot day. 
Single Layer Carries

There are several single layer carries, normally used with woven wraps, which only involve one layer of fabric over the baby’s back.  If your baby is light enough and your wrap supportive enough these can be used safely with a stretchy wrap. As stated above, wraps vary in the amount they stretch and babies vary in weight and muscle tone so there is no rule regarding how heavy your baby is.  The lighter your baby and the less-stretchy your wrap the better.

If, once you have  put your baby in a single layer stretchy wrap carry, you feel they are not being held close to you, have room to slump or are bouncing about too much then this is not a safe option for you and your baby.  You might consider a two layer carry, three layer carry or progressing to a woven wrap (you have already learnt the skills you will need to use one!)  which, because of the lack of stretch is safe to be used with just one layer.

Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC)

This carry is normally the first woven wrap carry learned. Because I’m assuming your baby is very young I have shown it here with a twist underneath the baby’s bottom.  This enables the wearer to tie the carry off behind them without applying pressure to tiny ankles. With a bigger baby the positioning would be slightly different and you would not need to worry so much about the ankles. If your baby is bigger and you feel you can tie without applying pressure to the ankles then cross the tails under the baby’s bottom then take them under the feet and tie behind you without twisting. 

Kangaroo Carry

This carry is another good carry for newborns in a woven wrap which translates well into stretchy wrap wearing. Again I have twisted the tails before tying off (please see point above). 

Please let me know how you get on