This post tells you about short wraps and their benefits.
So firstly, what classes as a short wrap?
Wraps come in sizes 1-9, and these can be roughly split into 3 categories, ‘short’, ‘mid-length’ and ‘long’. Each of these categories have different benefits for you.
Short wraps tend to be classed as sizes 1-4. Within that range, there will be one size that suits your own personal requirements (your body shape, size of baby etc). There is always an overlap in sizes, so a size 4 may be mid-length for one body and short for another. Sizes 2 and 3 are the average for short wraps in the UK.
Short carries may also be described as ‘base minus 4’ , or ‘base minus 3’ size carries. You can read more about the base size system here.
Short wraps tend to shine firstly for newborns in place of a ring sling, and then again when your child is independently mobile and wanting to be taken in and out of the wrap frequently.
What kind of carries can I do with a short wrap?
- Short wraps can be used to tie front, back and hip carries.
- They can be used from birth onwards
- They often have a single pass/layer of cloth over baby.
- They’re often asymmetrical or single shouldered.
- Carries will usually have fewer steps to follow than longer wraps ( less cloth to wrap round you!).
- Short carries will often be similar to mid length ones, but fasten off in a different place (under bay’s bum, at your shoulder, or using a sling ring so that you don’t need extra length for a knot.
The video below shows some examples of the types of carries that you can do with a short wrap.
Benefits of Short Wraps
- Short wraps fold up small, take up less space, can be carried in the bottom of a bag.
- They can double up as shawls and scarves when not being used to carry children
- Most of the short wrap carries are simple, single layered carries with only a few steps to master.
- They make a good alternative to ring slings if you like a hip carry but struggle to get a ring sling comfortable, as they tighten and fasten in a different way.