The Weird and Wonderful World of Woven Wraps

Since I had a ton of emails (and Facebook messages and phone calls, etc) asking me about the wraps in my travel pictures, I thought I might do a little post dedicated to the weird and wonderful world of woven wraps so I can have all of the info in one place  🙂

There are two different kinds of wraps: woven and stretchy.  Stretchy wraps (the most common brand is called a Moby wrap) are really great for the newborn stage because they are easy to use for a beginner and can be tied securely before you put the baby in.  They’re also very cuddly and soft and mold right to teeny newborn bodies.  Since I stupidly neglected to take any wrapping pics at the time, here is a random pic of the exact same Moby wrap that I had when Delilah was a newborn:

There are two downsides to stretchy wraps, however.  One is that they are RIDICULOUSLY hot.  However much I loved it, I could only really wear it in the air conditioning because I felt like I was going to die of heat stroke once I stepped out into the Aussie summer sun!  The other downside is that because of their stretchiness, they only last until baby is around 12ish pounds.  Once baby gets to be heavier than that, the Moby sags too much and isn’t supportive enough, which can be very uncomfortable for the wearer and the wearee.

Since Delilah was a beast baby and was way too heavy for the Moby by the time she hit 2.5 months old, I started searching for something that would work better.  I tried out several other carriers (Beco Butterfly, Pikkolo, Babyhawk Mei Tai, Ring Slings) and then one day, I stumbled upon woven wraps and it was love at first sight.  Well actually that’s not quite completely true.  Woven wraps have a bit of a learning curve and take more than a few tries to get the hang of…but once I started working it out, I knew I found the perfect babywearing fit for us.

We now use the woven wraps every time we go out, as well as around the house every day when I need to get things done.  In fact, my house is almost always spotless because she likes being in the wrap while I do dishes, cook, vacuum, do laundry, make the bed, etc.  I don’t know what I would do without them!  I must admit, when we were planning out our trip to Europe, five weeks without a stroller (when I knew we’d be out and about for hours a day) was a bit daunting.  But I can honestly say that I am SO GLAD we didn’t bring one.  When all the other parents were struggling with strollers on cobblestone streets or massive train station staircases, we just breezed right by.  There were some days that I wore all 21 pounds of Delilah for nine hours straight and it was comfy as can be.  It was brilliant!

Now the details.  Woven wraps are extremely strong (because of the way they are woven) and much cooler than stretchy wraps.  They can be worn from the day baby is born until they are well into toddlerhood (although some fabric blends are more supportive than others for heavy toddlers).  They come in many different sizes, lengths, and fabric blends, all of which can be very confusing!  They can also be worn dozens and dozens of different ways (called ‘carries’) so it’s a bit overwhelming at first.  Hopefully I can clear up some of that confusion in this post 🙂


When looking for woven wraps, you will notice they come in many different sizes ranging from size 2 (2.7 meters) all the way up to size 7 (5.1 meters).  The sizes usually work out like this:

size 2 –  2.7 meters

size 3 –  3.1 meters

size 4 –  3.6 meters

size 5 –  4.1 meters

size 6 –  4.6 meters

size 7 –  5.1 meters

Why all these different sizes you ask?  While the size of the wearer is a factor in choosing a wrap size, it has more to do with what carries you are looking to do.  If you are beginner, you want a wrap size that will allow you to do a lot of different carries so that you can test them out and find your favorites.  For most average sized people, this is a size 6 wrap.  If you are plus sized, then you would likely want a size 7, and if you are petite, a size 5 would most likely be enough.  The majority of my wraps are size 6, since my favorite carries need that much length.

The shorter wraps can’t be used for quite as many types of carries, but can be more convenient to carry around, since there is less fabric to worry about.  They aren’t great for beginners though, since the carries are more complex and easier to mess up.  I have two 2.7 meter wraps, for example, that can only really be worn one or two ways…but they are very quick and easy to use for around the house when I just want to throw her up on my back for a few minutes to get something done.  If I know I am going to be wearing her for a long time, however, I usually go with a longer wrap, since it allows for several layers of fabric holding her up, and therefore gives me more support.


Woven wraps also come in several different fabric blends and thicknesses.  These are usually 100% cotton, silk/cotton, linen/cotton, wool/cotton, cashmere/cotton, and hemp/cotton.

100% cotton wraps are usually very soft and supportive, depending on how thick the particular wrap is.  My rainbow wrap (Girasol Snow Rainbow) is a thickish 100% cotton wrap and it is one of my absolute favorites.  They’re also super easy to care for, since you can just toss them in the washer and dryer.

Silk/Cotton wraps are not as supportive as other blends and are usually very expensive, however they are very VERY soft.  Perfect newborn wraps, in my opinion.  I have a silk wrap that Delilah is too heavy for now, but it’s so beautiful and soft that I’m saving it for any future newborns that we might be blessed with.  They are a bit harder to care for though, since they need to be hand-washed and hung to dry.

Linen/Cotton wraps are the most supportive wraps, in my opinion.  They are the best for toddlers and heavy babies, and are virtually indestructible.  They are, however, quite scratchy when they are new, so they take some wearing and squishing (I sit on mine at my computer!) before they get softer.  They are also very easy to take care of…just toss in the washer and dryer.  My Didymos Marigold wrap is a special linen/cotton wrap in that it’s woven so that all the linen is on one side (the outside orange color) and all the cotton is on the inside (the goldy yellow color).  This makes it supportive AND soft, which is why I love it so much!

I don’t have any personal experience with the other three blends (yet, anyway!), but I have heard that wool/cotton wraps are very soft and warm for winter, but are much harder to care for (even more so than silk), so not great for throwing around.  Same goes for cashmere/cotton, except they are even softer…so soft that they are very sought after (and very expensive!) newborn wraps.  Hemp/cotton blends are not as common, but are apparently good for toddlers.


As you may have noticed in my pictures, I wear my wraps in several different ways.  My favorite carries are the Double Hammock Back Carry, the Front Cross Carry, the Rucksack Carry, and the Kangaroo Carry.  I learned how to do all of these carries by watching videos on youtube and then practicing a million times.  Back carries can be a little intimidating at first, so I practiced on a bed (or with a spotter) until I felt comfortable that I wouldn’t drop her (and that never happened…even when trying the first few times on a bed).

The Front Cross Carry is probably the easiest one to start with for a beginner, mostly because it’s the one carry that you can tie first before you put the baby in (and then adjust, obviously).  This is what it looks like when wrapped:

It’s our favorite carry for naps, and how Delilah took every nap when we were on our trip!  We also use this one for running errands, since I can pop her in and out very quickly and can keep it tied while I get in and out of the car.  We also use it when she’s super fussy, since she’s right there to cuddle up to or soothe if I need to.  The video I used to learn the Front Cross Carry is here:

The best back carry to start with is a Rucksack Carry.  It’s the easiest and quickest to learn when you are just starting.  It can be used with babies who have good head and neck control (usually around the three month mark and older).  A Rucksack Carry looks like this (sorry, not the greatest pic!):

My favorite video for learning the Rucksack carry is here:

However, as Caitlin will attest to, the most comfortable back carry is the Double Hammock Back Carry.  It’s a bit trickier to learn though, so probably not the best for beginners.  Once you get the Rucksack down pat, you should be good to go for trying this one 😉  And don’t fret if it takes a while…my first ten tries at least were a total fail.  LOL.  It didn’t take too long before I got it, however 😉  It looks like this:

And my favorite video for learning the Double Hammock Back Carry is here:

For my size 4 wraps, my favorite carry is a Kangaroo Carry.  This one is trickier to do on the go, but it’s very comfy and it’s nice to only have to cart around a shorter wrap sometimes.  It looks like this (shown with my Didymos Cobalt Rouge Indio):

Here is a great video for the Kangaroo Carry (she does a very good wrap job) except it’s in German –

And here is one in English, although the wrap job is not quite as neat –

If you have a newborn, you will want to use a Front Wrap Cross Carry to start with.  It’s the best one for teeny babies.  It also works for older babies very well, but Delilah doesn’t like this one as much for some reason!  A good video for the Front Wrap Cross Carry with a newborn is here:

And with an older baby is here:

There are many many more carries out there (check out youtube if you are interested), but these are my favorites!


As for brands, the big names are Didymos, Girasol, BBslen, Natibaby, Vatanai, and Storchenweige.  Here’s my thoughts on each brand:

Didymos – These are the most sought after, and therefor the most expensive.  They sell many different fabric blends, as well as a ton of absolutely gorgeous limited edition wraps.  My Marigold and Cobalt Rouge Didymos wraps are limited editions, and therefor aren’t sold anymore (except second-hand, obviously).

Girasol – Very reasonably priced, very supportive, and all around really nice wraps.  My Snow Rainbow wrap is a Girasol and it’s one of my favorites.  So much that I just ordered another Girasol because they can be thrown around anywhere without worrying about them.

BBslen – These are the best wraps for beginners, in my opinion.  They are nice and wide, extremely supportive, and best of all, they’re cheap!  Great for buying if you aren’t quite sure if you want to invest in an expensive wrap, but are wrapping curious 🙂  All are 100% cotton, however keep in mind that they tend to shrink in the wash a bit, so better to order a bit longer than too short.

Natibaby – I don’t have any of these, but I want to get one if we have another baby because they sell bamboo blend wraps that are apparently the softest things imaginable.  Other than that, I’ve heard good things about Natibaby wraps!

Vatanai – These are the perfect summer wraps.  They are much thinner than other brands, and are super cool on hot days.  Some people don’t find them as comfortable for toddlers or big babies, however, since thinner wraps can sometimes mean they are a bit less supportive.  They are relatively inexpensive as well.  I had one Vatanai and I really liked it, but passed it onto another babywearing mama when winter hit and I wanted something warmer 🙂

Storchenweige – These are super super supportive toddler wraps, but can be very hard to break in.  They are stiff as a board out of the box.  I have one Storch that I put up for sale because I don’t have the strength to break it in!  Those that love Storch’s, REALLY love them though.


Now, where to get them.  Most woven wraps are made in Europe (Germany is a huge producer of wovens), however there are lots of North American online retailers.  The biggest one is probably Piece of Cloth (they sell most brands):

For Didymos in particular, Birdies Room has EVERYTHING Didymos related:

I got my Snow Rainbow Girasol wrap at Pinkletink Baby and had a very good experience with them:

Woven wraps can also be purchased second-hand.  The great thing about doing that is that someone else has already done the breaking in for you!  And they are just as good second-hand as new.  They also hold their value incredibly well…so much so that you can usually sell a wrap for almost as much as you paid for it, as long as it’s not stained or pulled.  The best place to do that is on the For Sale Or Trade forum on  It’s very fast-moving and a bit overwhelming at first, but there are a ton of awesome deals to be had.  You need to register (it’s free) to view it, but it’s totally worth it in my opinion 🙂

Well I think that’s it!  If anyone needs any more info, please let me know.  Also, a great resource for babywearing in general can be found at:

Hope that helps some of you!!  🙂 🙂 🙂

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64 Responses to The Weird and Wonderful World of Woven Wraps

  1. Bensbabe says:

    I will definitely come back here when we have another LO. I just have a Moby & they weren’t even popular when T was born, so there wasn’t as much variety. I actually bought one when I found out I was pregnant in Jan/Feb b/c it was on sale. Now, I’m learning so much! I def want one, so the next LO will get lots of uses out of it. I’m sure it makes handling 2+ kids & normal chores much easier!

  2. Holly says:

    Great post! A ton of information here. I’m still trying to figure out the back carries. It’s not as easy as it looks 😉

  3. Tonya says:

    Great job, Erin! Oh, and here’s a better link for a video showing how to do a Kangaroo- it’s in German, but you can see what she’s doing and she wraps very carefully and cleanly. I couldn’t figure the Kangaroo out until I saw this.

  4. Thank you so much for that, Tonya! I’m going to go and add it right now 🙂

  5. Dahab says:

    Thanks so much for this! After you answered my wrap question the other day in Travel, I’ve done a ton of research (and found your blog) and am now officially obsessed with woven wraps. I really appreciate you answering my question and putting together this great resource! I’m also really enjoying reading about your European adventures. Looks like you guys had a wonderful trip!

  6. Jessica Murphy says:

    Great resource! I stumbled upon your site doing a search for the snow rainbow. Such a beautiful wrap and no where to be found =(

  7. Emily says:

    Thanks sooo much for this! Your LO is adorable!
    I used a Moby at first and since abandoning wraps love my MT’s best (and have found that Dream Carriers and Kangas are my second fave). . . but I am ready to try wovens and this was soo helpful!

  8. Mandy says:

    What a great blog! I hope you don’t mind me linking to you! 🙂

  9. Shaina says:

    GREAT Post Erin! I’m definitely referring back to this! This must have taken a long time!

    Bumpie: shainababygirl

  10. Erin says:

    I was looking for a site that explained the differences between all of the different wrap brands, and this is perfect. Ordered a Girasol Felice as a result. 🙂 Beautiful photos too!

  11. Valerie says:

    Just found this post/blog this morning and it’s so very awesome! This post itself is a gold mine, and the whole blog about your trip is really interesting and I love looking at your photos. I even asked DH if he’d consider taking an extended vacation so we can do something like that!
    Thank you for sharing!

  12. Stumbled on here while researching good second-hand Girasols (I’m about to ‘graduate’ from stretchy to woven wraps). Great article, really useful links, everything I wanted to know in one place – thank you! Jay

  13. Pamm says:

    After visiting this page for the millionth time, I thought I should thank you for writing this up! It helped me understand wrapping and the options.

  14. Delores says:

    Is the rainbow with fringe also the Girasol snow rainbow?

  15. Thanks so much for your comments, everyone!! My apologies for the lateness in approving all of the latest comments. I only really use this blog for when I’m on my travels (and I’m in Honduras at the moment, about ready to blog) so I missed them until now. I will try to come back more often in the future 🙂

  16. And Delores, yes that’s the Girasol Snow Rainbow. I got it with fringe and then twisted the fringe to look more ‘neat and tidy’. 🙂

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  18. Laurie says:

    What a great, comprehensive post. Love the pics – Delilah is SO cute!!!!! I am borrowing a Didymos agave right – I think size 4 and I like it but there’s a snag in it – I could buy it for 50 CA but wonder if it’s too short and there’s that snag.

  19. Rebecca says:

    I often come back to this post of yours as a reference point. When I decided to start the “woven wrap” journey, it’s what I read. Now I’ve read it again an realise I love love love the colours in your Didymos Cobalt Rouge Indio, I’ve been thinking of an Indio and trying to decide which to ISO in the forums. Wondering do you like how it wraps? Is it supportive? I’m in Queensland, how does it go in warm weather?

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  21. Alexis says:

    Great post! I am waiting for my Vatanai to arrive….and get my wrap on! Unrelated questions….I am actually curious about your hair! I love your cut, and I am wondering what product(s) you use for styling? I also have curly hair and am currently in between products 🙂 I fell embarrassed asking these questions but appreciate it!! Thanks!

  22. Ava says:

    Thank you for writing such an informative article! I’m just about to purchase my first wrap & this article answered so many of my newbie questions.
    BTW your wraps are so beautiful!!!

  23. Georgia says:

    I just got my first woven wrap last night and started googling how to use it this morning! This is great info! Thanks so much!

  24. Thank you so much for this blog post! You have answered many of my questions simply and clearly about woven wraps. I only have a ring sling and am interested in doing more back carries since my baby is getting older (and heavier). I now have somewhere to reference to to help me look for a wrap that will best fit me. Awesome!

  25. JeniferR says:

    This is just excellent! I am going to add this to my baby wearing site if that is ok with you! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post.

  26. Ashley Braswell says:

    This has been the most incentive and helpful post on babywearing that I’ve found yet and I just randomly came across it while searching for information on a linen woven wrap! Thanks for posting and I will definitely be bookmarking!!!

  27. Christi says:

    Thank you for this post. I found it quite by accident at the beginning of my wrap obsession and you helped me so much. Used a Moby for my first daughter and then looked for something more with my second…Now, I have a wrap addiction 🙂 I send people to your page when trying to explain these pieces of expensive cloth!

  28. Thanks so much for the comments, everyone! I’m so glad that you all found the post helpful 🙂

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  30. Kat says:

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I’ve been wanting to venture into wovens but didn’t know where to start.

  31. Sarah says:

    Love this post! I’m new to the world of woven wraps and was looking for some guidance 🙂
    You made the comment that cotton wraps can be washed & dried. I just bought a second-hand Ellevill karma. It’s 100% organic cotton, but it says on the tag ‘do not tumble dry’. Any reason for this? Is it only to prevent shrinkage? It I don’t mind it shrinking (it’s a 6 and I probably only needed a 5), is it okay to put in the dryer on low heat?

  32. ohmsa says:

    THANK YOU! I’ve been doing lots or research on woven wraps and reading many blog posts, but yours has been the most helpful overall! The Snow Rainbow is sooo beautiful, I’m planning on getting a Girasol soon for my first woven, not counting the strechy Moby. Yay for baby wearing! 🙂

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  36. deb says:

    Hi Erin,
    I love what u wrote on woven wraps. I would like to know if i be able to do Front Cross Carry in size 4 didymos if i weight 110lbs in 160cm tall. My baby is six months old and weight little less then 14lbs. I saw a pattern i really like and they are out of size 5 only available in size 6 or size 4. I don’t like too much fabric as i will travel to Hong kong.(hot and humid) however i like to carry my baby in two shoulders instead of one for better support . Please help me out as i am pretty new to wrapping a

  37. Meggan says:

    Thank you so much, Erin! This has helped me immensely in understanding and choosing our first wrap. I come back to it over and over again. Definitely saved to my favorites! 🙂

  38. Tabitha folk says:

    I am so glad I came across this! I was wondering about sizing. I am petite, 98lbs pre and post pregnancy and only 5’1″ I am thinking of doing the size 5, what would you suggest? I would like to use more than two options to wrap, but I’m going to learn at the baby grows. Also, which fabric would you suggest for a humid summer? Cotton/silk? Also and good wrap strategies for breastfeeding newborn ( all stages really)?
    Thank you!

  39. Vali says:

    Thank you so much! This info is amazing! So good to have everything in one site: pics, explanations and links to videos. You saved me a lot of time and frustration! 🙂

  40. candice says:

    Thanks for this! Also your hair looks fabulous in your travel photos – way to go mama!

  41. Allison says:

    Well imagine my surprise as I’m randomly browsing links about what size woven wrap ill need… And as I’m reading through, I RECOGNIZE the woman in the photograph!!

    I don’t know if you will remember me, but I remember you! My an was Alliebooberz from way back in 2008 on BOTB 😛 I’m the one who lived in Neenah, right by where you got married lol
    you look gorgeous, baby is adorable, and I’m jealous of all of your wraps 😛 I will be learning all about them on your blog! I hope you’re doing well!

  42. Leslie says:

    Thank you for all the info; this post is very helpful. I am wondering if you can provide more info abut the sizing. What would you call an “Average” size person? I’m 5 weeks postpartum and so am in larger sizes than I hope to be long term. I’d say my shirt sizes are XXL now, but I hope to get back to size L before too long. Should I go size 6 or 7?

  43. Rosie Clare says:

    I agree with all the comments! Thanks so much for such a useful post it answered loads of my questions. I found a Didymos I’m my local kids charity shop this morning and am chuffed to bits with it… Now I just have to learn to use it!! Thanks again, Rosie

  44. Sarah says:

    This post is incredibly helpful! I’m just on baby number one (due in Sept ’13) and I’m very interested in baby wearing (and so is the hubby) I’m just completely overwhelmed by all the options and which is better for this or that, etc. Very detailed and informative post and things make much more sense. I think we’ll start with the Moby and I’m hoping the “extra heat” won’t be an issue since we live in Calgary, AB….then we’ll graduate up to woven wraps once I get a bit more practice and summer hits again. And thanks for the tip to practice while pregnant!

  45. Jenn M. says:

    Love your post. I felt so lost by all the wrap choices and carries. Best one I have come across. Thank you!

  46. Jessica says:

    So three years later and your post is still so informative to a new wrapper! I am trying to get my hands on a didymos kobalt rouge Indio because of your pictures! I fell in love!! How much do you like that specific wrap?

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  48. My brother recommended I might like this blog. He was entirely right.
    This post actually made my day. You cann’t imagine simply how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  49. Joy says:

    Good day! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly
    enjoy reading your posts. Can you recommend any other
    blogs/websites/forums that cover the same subjects?

  50. Lollibeth says:

    Hi! I second most of the previous comments when I say that this post is what got me into wrapping 🙂
    I was wondering, though: I’ve found some used Girasol Snow Rainbow out there, but the colors look like, I don’t know, fainter or paler than the ones in your pic. Is it just the wrap that tends to come off like that in pics?
    By the way, TBW FSOT forum is really addictive, should totally come with a warning!!! 😀

  51. Ann says:

    Great article. It’s so detailed and very helpful. Thank you for sharing it. I LOVE all the different colors – the Moby did get a bit boring at the end….

  52. Debra Cuming says:

    A great introduction to wrapping! I’d just like to add (from a relative beginner’s point of view) that the Back Wrap Cross Carry that starts with a half knot at the chest is a brilliant back carry to try if Double Hammock is too hard (as it is for me!) and that Oscha make absolutely amazing wraps. I wrap a large 2 1/2 year old and I find linen, hemp, wool and silk supportive. Hemp is very cushy but can be hot, linen is very cool in summer but can be a little diggy if too thin, wool is supportive with a lovely cush and bounce and silk is soft and strong even in a thinner wrap.

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  54. Angela says:

    Awesome site. So glad glad I found everything in spot from opinion,to brands, videos and suggestions. Amazing I didn’t have to leave this site to look up anything!! I have a moby wrap and love it but think ill invest in woven so I can do a back carry!

  55. Catherine says:

    You are awesome for writing all this up!

  56. Noor says:

    Great article thanks 🙂

  57. Melyssa says:

    Just stumbled upon this blog post. It is great! I’m a new entry to the world of wovens–my 3month old and I are graduating from our stretchy wrap to a woven, and this overview has really set things clear and given me a to-do list of first carries to master. I know it’s from a few years ago but felt I should say Thanks!!

  58. Hi! I am looking into getting a wrap and have decided on a woven wrap. I have a 3.5mo old and an almost 2 year old, mostly being used on the baby. If I was only able to get one, which would you choose? I want it to be durable and last a long time. I just can’t decide which would be the best. I may be able to get more in the future, but as of now, I only want one.

  59. Camilla- Loïc&Enzo'sMummy- Manson says:

    Brilliant information here! All easy to digest and so helpful. I’m off to look for one right now after reading your post. I was swithering before if it was worth it because I couldn’t make a blooming decision but I feel much more confident about carries/sizes/materials. Thank you so much. Beautiful little one too 🙂 x

  60. -Pamm says:

    I just wanted to come back one more time and thank you for this post. I’ve been a Volunteer Babywearing Educator for Babywearing International for almost a year now, and seeing your beautiful Girasol back in 2010 is what started the wrapping love for me. I’m working on a bio for our group and while answering a question it occurred to me that I should let you know what an impact your post had.

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  62. siddharthajoshi says:

    Hey Erin, I have been researching about the materials for baby wraps and stumbled on your post. I was wondering if you have anything more to add – I am extremely curious if you would consider using a synthetic wrap over a cotton one. Also, what other problems would you foresee with such a wrap?

  63. fancynancy says:

    If you’re still blogging on babywearing give me an email, just started a new woven wrap company,

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