What do the standard wrap sizes actually mean when it comes to choosing one?

You can generally do a carry with any wrap, but it might not be your preferred carry. Size of the wearer and size of the wearee are big factors.

In the picture, the Mom is 5’2″ and wears a size Large.  The Baby is 20lbs and 8 months old. This shows the difference in tail length between a size 7, Size 6, Size 5 and a Size 3. A Front Wrap Cross Carry could not be completed in a Size 3 as there was not sufficient length. A different front carry such as Kangaroo or Semi Front wrap Cross Carry could be used instead.

Yes, I should have smiled while taking pictures.  This was done quickly one morning for a friend (even before a shower) and attempts to redo it have not been as successful.  I do get a lot of requests for the collage, so sharing as is!

size-collageStandard wrap sizes are as follows.

Size 2 – 2.6m
Size 3 – 3.2m
Size 4 – 3.8m
Size 5 – 4.2m
Size 6 – 4.6m
Size 7 – 5.2m
Size 8 – 5.5m

Wondering about ring sling sizes?  Check out What size of ring sling do I need?

Looking to shorten an existing wrap?  Check out my Chop Your Wrap Tutorial.

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