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