Author: Brooke Bateman-Plumb, VBE
This is our first Carry of the Week blog post for Babywearing International of Madison, and we will start with Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC). This is a great carry if you are just starting out with wrapping your little one, and often the first carry that people learn with a woven wrap. This carry is generally done with your base size wrap, but there are a few variations that can be done with shorter wraps as well.
We will outline below in a step-by-step photo tutorial how to wrap your baby in FWCC and we will also link some video tutorials so you can see it in action! We would love to see your photos of you trying out FWCC and its variations and we will set up a photo post for just this in the Facebook group. Steps with an asterisk (*) have a variation which will be provided at the bottom of the step by step tutorial.
If you are new to woven wraps, here is a great post to get you familiar with them and with key terminology.
For some information on how much fabric should be between you and baby, and how to make a good seat Modern Babywearing is a good resource.
And as always, please keep in mind some basic safety considerations from Babywearing International.
Wearing Wiki's info sheet for FWCC
Wrapping Rachel Video
Babywearing Faith Video
Wrap You in Love Video (with subtitles)
BWI of Atlanta FWCC short (step 7) variations
Wrap Your Baby Breastfeeding in FWCC
Step 1: Find the middle of your wrap which is usually marked with a middle marker. Place the middle of the wrap on the front middle of your chest and hold it there with one hand.
A note on a good seat: You want to spread the fabric and babies legs so that their knees are above their bottoms, and their legs are wrapped around your body. This should help you get and maintain a deep seat. Please check out the link on making a good seat posted above! A good seat is more of a hammock action then a lot of fabric pushed up between you and baby.
Assessment of carry
This is hands down my favorite carry, and my go-to when my daughter needs extra cuddles. I love the TAS variation which I used with a size 4 (my base-2) woven wrap and find it especially great for breastfeeding as the slip knot is great for easy up and down loosening and tightening for breastfeeding and then placing back into carrying position.
Who might like it: those new to wrapping, those who have newborns, those who have sick babies or babies in need of cuddles, those with babies that get overstimulated looking around, those who like close cuddles for nap time,
Who might not like it: those who don’t like two shoulder carries, those who have larger babies or those with pain in the lower back might find this uncomfortable for long periods, those who want to go on a long walk with a larger baby
Tips: I find that fabric tends to bunch up and “pool” behind babies knee, it helps to pull up on the outer rail of the tails whilst pulling up and feeding out any pooled fabric so that it doesn’t get caught up here. I find that many loose wrap jobs, where things just don’t tighten properly or baby fidgets the wrap job loose, are because of this fabric pooling!
Tricks: For babies without head control, a great trick is to roll up a burp cloth, prefold diaper or small towel and place it just behind baby’s head at the top rail. Fold the excess fabric from the top rail up and over the rolled cloth so that it stays in place and provides an extra support pillow for your baby. You can also use the spread passes over the back of baby's head, provided you keep baby's face clear, and are still able to monitor for breathing.