What size of Didymos woven wrap should I buy?
When purchasing a woven wrap, we generally recommend that new wrappers go with a size that will allow them execute the popular Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC). The FWCC is a popular choice for learning how to wrap as it has one of the easiest learning curves and teaches all the essential skills needed to carry a baby or older child.
How to determine your size
The size of wrap that you can comfortably and safely execute a FWCC tied off in the back with a double knot, without any hindrance of excess or shortage of fabric, is generally the size you will need for most Standard long woven wrap carries otherwise known as your”base” size. Sizes 4-8 are the most common sizes for a long wrap. We recommend using SHIRT SIZE as the best gauge for determining the correct size. Please refer to the sizing table below for more guidance.
Many women who have large bust sizes, or are very tall, or who are wrapping a large toddler or preschooler, may need to go up by one size but this is not always necessary and it can be more of a personal choice. Men who are very broad or tall may also need to go up one size but again, not necessarily! As one becomes more comfortable and experienced with wrapping and the feel of the fabric, one may find that carries can be executed with less length than once needed. Practicing strand-by-strand tightening to ensure that any excess slack is adjusted out of the carry before tying off is the key to optimal comfort and wearing your wrap size successfully!
Why does Didymos offer so many wrap sizes?
Generally, we like to recommend that new wrappers purchase a size that will allow them to do most Standard full length woven wrap carries such as the most popular and widely used carry, Front-Wrap-Cross-Carry (FWCC). The FWCC is a popular choice for learning how to wrap as it has one of the easiest learning curves and teaches all the essential skills you will need to carry your baby or older child.
Most people become very comfortable using their Standard size long wrap which allows them to carry their babies in most Standard long wrap carries. However, there are some people that like to explore different tying variations that stray from the Standard long wrap carries. Some of these carrying positions are more easily tied with shorter wraps while others might work better with a mid-length wrap or a full-length wrap that is longer than their Standard long wrap. These carries are usually considered to be of an advanced skill-set and are not recommended until the wearer feels comfortable carrying in the Standard long wrap carries. They can be fun to do but not necessary!
What sizes do Didymos woven wraps come in?
Didymos manufactures their woven wraps in eight sizes – Size 1 – 8. The wrap length you’ll need depends on the carrying method you choose as well as on your own size. Didymos has a great tool to determine which size of woven wrap to purchase for you and your needs! The wrap length you’ll need depends on the carrying method you choose as well as on your own size. With the Didymos size guide, we aim to help you determine the right size for you! In just a few clicks, you’ll find the right wrap size for you or other ‘carriers’. Alternatively, we have compiled a list of common carries and the size of wrap used for each carry depending on your standard long wrap size. There are so many carries one can do with a Didymos woven wrap! This is only a basic list with what we find to be the most common carries. Remember to only transition to hip and back carries when you are ready and baby has met the milestones to safely be worn on the hip and the back. To learn more transitioning from front carries, read our article here.
All sizes are based on your Standard Long wrap size but can be affected by your baby’s size, your postpartum body changing, bust size, the thickness of the wrap, the grippiness of the wrap and thus the ease of adjusting and tightening, the stretch and elasticity of the wrap and your preference for tail length.
As one becomes more comfortable and experienced with wrapping and the feel of the fabric, one may find that carries can be executed with less length than once needed. Practicing strand-by-strand tightening to ensure that any excess slack is adjusted out of the carry before tying off is the key to optimal comfort and wearing your wrap size successfully!
Didymos woven wraps have the shape of a parallelogram, with tapered ends. This gives you some extra wrap length to tie the knot with. In addition, the fabric drapes and therefore looks nicer!
**Please also note that untreated cotton will shrink a bit with the first wash. For this reason your Didymos woven wrap is a few centimeters longer than indicated. With this additional fabric length, Didymos guarantees you the exact wrap length even after washing!