What Can You Do with a Size 5 Woven Wrap?

Perhaps I should call this “what can you do with one size shorter than your base size?”  All of the carries listed here would be great options if you have a wrap just slightly shorter than your base size.  A base size wrap is typically the size needed to do a double hammock or front wrap cross carry.

Size five wraps are typically around 4.2 meters long.  What you can do with a size 5 depends on your size, your baby’s size, your wrapping skill, and your wrap.  Thicker wraps tend to wrap shorter than thin wraps and in general the longer you’ve been wrapping, the more you’ll be able to do because you’ll wrap tighter and higher.  The carries below are our best guess at what most people can do with a size 5.  If you’re petite, you’ll probably be able to do all of these and the size 6 carries.  If you’re fluffier or broad shouldered or chested, you might prefer the size 4 carries.  For a really good idea of what you might be able to do check out this thread from thebabywearer where people have posted zillions of pics of carries they can do with a size 5.

The Full Series of Carries by Size

Back Wrap Cross Carry with Crossed Straps

Back Wrap Cross Carry is a comfortable carry that works great with babies who
like to leg straighten.  It’s basically the same steps as Front Wrap Cross Carry, but with baby on your back.  It’s a naturally lower carry and works best with
toddlers and older babies. 

Back Wrap Cross Carry with Ruck Straps

This variation of Back Wrap Cross Carry has Ruck Straps, which some people prefer over crossing the straps in the front.  This can also be comfortable tied tibetan, but the tibetan tie takes a tad more length.

Back Wrap Cross Carry with a Chestbelt

This variation on Back Wrap Cross Carry starts with a halfknot chestbelt which can be a nice way to secure baby before starting the next step.  Many people first learning back carries like this as a first back carry with an older baby or toddler. 

Secure High Back Carry

Secure High Back Carry begins with a half knot chestbelt which allows you to secure baby before starting the next pass.  Many people like this as a first back carry. 

Jordan’s Back Carry

Jordan’s Back Carry is a very comfortable back carry that has ruck straps.  This carry has a rebozo pass, Cross Pass, and Horizontal Pass. 

Jordan’s Back Carry with 2 Rebozo Passes

This variation on Jordan’s Back Carry has Two rebozo passes and one horizontal pass. Some people prefer this variation because they feel it is more symmetrical.   

Giselle’s Back Carry

Giselle’s Back Carry is very similar to Jordan’s Back Carry.  It has a rebozo pass, cross pass, and reinforcing cross pass. This carry is great for leg straighteners. 

Christina’s Ruckless Back Carry

Christina’s Ruckless Back Carry is almost the same as Giselle’s back carry (Rebozo Pass, Cross Pass, Reinforcing Pass) except it has a very comfortable chestbelt and does not have ruck straps.  The chestbelt for this carry could be added to any of the carries that begin with a rebozo pass.  This chestbelt works well with SHBC or JBC. 

Double Hammock Tied at the Shoulder

This is a short variation on Double Hammock which ties at the shoulder.  This can be very comfortable while pregnant because there is no waist belt.  It’s also an easier carry for tucking a sleeping baby’s head because you can untie the knot at the shoulder and use one rebozo pass to secure baby’s head. 

Double Hammock Tied under the Bum

This is a short variation on Double Hammock where you simply tie under the baby’s bum instead of tying in front. The video here is a double hammock video and she ties in front.  To tie under the bum, just tie under your baby’s bum instead of bringing the tails around to tie in front.  

Double Rebozo Shoulder to Shoulder (DRS2S) Tied under the Bum

This is a short variation on DRS2S where you tie under the baby’s bum rather than tying in front. 

Ruck Tied Tibetan

Ruck Tied Tibetan is a comfortable variation on a rucksack carry where you create a comfortable chestbelt with the tails.  There are many ways to tie tibetan.

Reinforced Ruck

Reinforced Ruck is a variation on Ruck tied in Front where you create reinforcing cross passes rather than bunched cross passes.  This can add extra support for a bigger baby or toddler.  With a 5, you may also be able to tie tibetan with a reinforced ruck, but many people need at size 6 to tie tibetan. 

You could also do most of the Size 4 Carries without too much tail.  You might also find you can do some of the Size 6 Carries.

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