Wrap Size Demystified

Woven wraps, they are beautiful and it can seem confusing—at least when you are first starting out. There are so many terms and things to learn that is can seem a little overwhelming, and that is why we are here to help!

Wraps are broken down into size ranges and assigned a number. This is not unlike buying jeans—an arbitrary number given to a range of width or in this case length to streamline and standardize the process of sizing. 

Here are Smitten Wrap Measurements (these do not include the taper)

  • Size 3 -  3.2m - 10.5ft - 125.98in
  • Size 4 -  3.6m - 11.81ft - 141.73in
  • Size 5 -  4.2m - 13.78ft - 165.35in
  • Size 6 -  4.6m - 15.09ft - 181.10in
  • Size 7 -  5.2m - 17.06ft - 204.72in
  • Size 8 -  5.8m - 19.03ft - 228.35in

So What is My Base Size*?

Base size is a term that refers to the size required to do a front wrap cross carry and tie off at the wearers back. There are a couple of variables when trying to figure this out: age of child, chest size, and body size. 

Why front wrap cross carry? This is the most widely taught "first time carry" as it is fully supportive for a newborn through preschooler and requires the wearer to learn about passes, and tightening. We highly recommend mastering this carry before moving onto hip carries or back carries. 

*It is very important to note that you are not limited to your base size and you may in fact change your base size throughout your babywearing years. 

A general starting point to finding your base size is your t-shirt size. 

  • XS - S : Size 5
  • M - L: Size 6
  • XL-XXL: Size 7
  • 3X: Size 8
  • 4X: Size 9

*This a guideline and not an exhaustive list nor is it a hard set rule.

  • NEXT what is the age of the child? If you child is over 1 year old go up a size. Larger children will need a longer wrap size to achieve the same carry as someone with a newborn. 
  • The next consideration is chest size. If you have a large chest size or very broad shoulders you may want to go up a size as well. 

If you are still needing help you can always contact us, and/or we highly recommend seeking out personal help with a babywearing consultant or a babywearing meeting. These links are not an exhaustive list of educators or groups. When it doubt google can help as well!