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Woven Wrap Sizes

Size 1: 2.0-2.2m (Not a very common size, But great for a no-sew RS or Rebozo)
Size 2: 2.5-2.7m
Size 3: 3.1-3.3m
Size 4: 3.7-3.9m
Size 5: 4.2-4.3m
Size 6: 4.6-4.9m
Size 7: 5.2-5.4m
Size 8: 5.5-5.8m (Also not so common, although it is becoming more available)
Sizing with all slings and carriers may vary and is largely down to the manufacturer.

Ring Slings Sizes

Small 1.8-1.9m
Medium 2.0-2.1m
Large 2.2-2.3m
Sizing with all slings and carriers may vary and is largely down to the manufacturer.

Sling & Carrier Abbreviations

RS – Ring Sling
WCRS – Wrap Conversion Ring Sling
FB – Full Buckle
WCFB- Wrap Conversion Full Buckle
HB – Half Buckle
RHB – Reverse Half Buckle
WCHB – Wrap Conversion Half Buckle
MD/BD – Meh Dai (Cantonese) or Bei Dai (Mandarin)
WCMT – Wrap Conversion Mei Tai
Pod – Podaegi
Onbu – Onbuhimo

Base Wrap Sizes

Clothing Size                              Base Size
XS-S                                                  5
M-L                                                    6
XL-XXL                                              7

Your base size is the woven wrap size needed to be able to do a “Front Wrap Cross Carry’
This is not a standard rule, sizing may vary due to baby/child size and manufacturer.

Glossary of Terms.

 

ABCAction Baby Carriers (brand of SSC)
ADAli Dover (a woven wrap company)
Airy – An attribute given to a woven wrap describing how closely compacted the weave of the wrap is (Opposite of dense)
Amauti or Amautik – A traditional Inuit woman’s garment that is essentially a warm coat with a pouch for carrying a baby built into the upper back. It has a large hood that covers both baby’s and wearer’s heads for warmth.
Asian style carrier – A baby carrier of a style based on those traditional in Asian cultures, consisting of a roughly square or rectangular body panel with straps attached at some or all of the corners. Includes meh dai / bei dai, podaegi, onbuhimo, and others.
AP – Attachment Parenting or Artipoppe (brand of woven wrap)

 

 

Base size woven wrap or Base size – Mostly refers to a longer wrap, 4 meters or more . Determining a base size woven wrap can often be decided by the length of woven fabric needed to complete either a ‘Front Wrap Cross Carry’ or a ‘Double Hammock’.
BF – Breastfeeding
BH – Baby Hawk (Brand/name of MD/HB carrier)
BN – Brand New
BNIB – Brand New In Box/Bag
BNIP – Brand New In Package
BNWT – Brand New With Tags
Bounce – An attribute given to a woven wrap to describe how much ‘give’ it has, or how much the baby ‘bounces’ up and down with walking motion.
Braid – A method of twisting/tying a wrap for compact storage, which can also help “break in” or soften the fabric. Not used for wearing.
Broken Thread – A thread that has been snagged and broken. Instead of a loop like a pull, it would be a single thread or a collection of single threads. Usually harmless and can generally be fixed quite easily, especially just a single broken thread, but a lot of broken threads in one small area of a wrap can turn into a hole. If you find a broken thread don’t wear until fixed.
Buckles – A type of carrier using male and female buckles to connect each side of the waist band together, and the shoulder straps to the body of the carrier.
Bump – A common thing to type when trying to push a post to the top of the page
BW/BWing – Babywear/baby wearing
B/W – Black and White

 

Carry – (1) The position of the baby on the wearer’s body; e.g., front, hip or back; (2) The position of the baby in relationship to the carrier or the wearer; e.g., cradle or kangaroo (which are different types of front carries). (3) The method of wrapping and/or tying the carrier around the wearer; e.g., cross carry, wrap cross carry.
CCCB – Candy Cane Chest Belt (Woven wrap tie off)
Chunei – A buckle carrier that is based on the Korean podaegi, consisting of a body panel that wraps around the wearer’s torso and is secured with hook-and-loop fastener and buckled straps.
CISO – Casually In Search Of
Conversion – A woven wrap is used (converted) to make a MD, SSC, or RS
Cradle Carry – A carry in which the baby is cradled across the wearer’s body in a semi reclined position. Baby will be positioned high on a caregivers chest and their body will not be twisted towards the caregiver.
Cush – An attribute given to a woven wrap to describe how cushiony or padded the wrap feels on the wearer’s shoulders.
C&C – Colimacon et Cie (brand of woven wrap)

Dense – An attribute given to a woven wrap describing how closely compacted the weave of the wrap is. (Opposite of airy)
DH – Double Hammock (type of carry) or Darling/Dear Husband.
Didy – Didymos (brand of woven wrap)
DISO – Desperately In Search Of
DMM – Dotty Moo Moo (A Meh Dai/Bei Dai Manufacturer)

EasyCare – Woven Wrap Brand
EC – Easy Care ( Used in terms of woven wraps and rings sling, usually machine washable Cotton/ Linen )
ETF – Easy to Find
EUC – Excellent Used Condition

 

FB – Full Buckle, Facebook, or Feedback
Felting – Damage to a wool carrier caused by improper washing practices wherein the fibres are overly agitated and end up drawing together and matted. It can also be caused by water temperatures that are too hot or too cold. Results in a wrap shrinking in width and getting very fuzzy. It usually loses all stretch as well. A felted wrap is not safe to use. The wool fibres become brittle and cannot hold up to the weight of a baby.
Fergo – A nickname for a counterfeit Ergo.
FFS/FFP – Free for Shipping/Postage
Fitted Pouch – A pouch which is sewn to a specific size.
Fispi – Firespiral (Woven wrap company)
Flannelly – An attribute given to a woven wrap used to describe a soft, fuzzy, warm feeling wrap.
Frame/d Pack or carrier – A baby carrier that incorporates a rigid frame, typically of metal. Similar to a hiking/camping type backpack and usually made exclusively for back carries.
Froggy position or froggied legged –  A position of the baby’s legs, knees bent upward with feet near the hips like a squatting frog. Generally used for upright carries with a newborn whose legs are too short to straddle the wearer as an older child would do. This is a natural, healthy position for a young infant. Different carriers would allow this positioning to be achieved both legs in and legs out.
Front Carry – Any carry in which the baby is worn on the front of the wearer’s body facing the caregiver.
FFO – Front Facing Out Any front carry in which the baby faces outward, away from the wearer’s chest.
Frontpack – Carrier that is used exclusively for front carries, and typically lacks any waist or hip belt.
FSOT – For Sale Or Trade
FS – For Sale
FSO – For Sale Only (no trades)
FT – For Trade
FTO – For Trade Only (not looking to sell)

 

 

Grad/Grad dye – Gradiation dye style in which the carrier is dyed in an ombre (having tones of colour that shade into each other, graduating from light to dark.) style
GN – Gender Neutral
GUC – Good Used Condition
Gira – Girasol (brand of woven wrap)
Grippy – An attribute given to a woven wrap used to describe how much it sticks to, or slips easily over itself when trying to slide passes. The more it sticks, the grippier it is. (Opposite of slippery).

HB – Half Buckle
HE – High End ( Usually refers to wraps that have a retail value over £250)
Hip carry – Any carry in which the baby is worn at or on the wearer’s hip. Can also be called a side carry.
Hmong Carrier – Asian-style baby carrier traditional among the Hmong people of Southeast Asia, consisting of a rectangular body panel and a long top strap, connected by a smaller rectangular panel of fabric. Functionally very similar to a narrow-blanket podeagi.
Hold – Similar to Carry – the position of the baby in relationship to the carrier or the wearer, e.g., snuggle hold.
Hopp – Hoppediz (brand of woven wrap)
HAS – Highly Sought After
HTF – Hard to Find
Hybrid – A carrier that incorporates features of any two or more carrier types.

IHA – I have available
ISO – In Search Of

 

Kanga or Khanga – A multipurpose simple piece of cloth, traditional in East Africa, consisting of one or two pieces of approximately 1 meter by 1.5 meter rectangles made of woven cotton and decorated with bold designs which frequently include a Swahili motto or slogan. Frequently used for torso carries.
Kibi – Buckled Carrier Manufacturer
K2k or Knee to knee – Knee to knee simply refers to the seat of the carrier extending from the back of baby’s left knee to the back of right knee, fully supporting both thighs. This is ideal for supporting a child’s legs and bottom in a carrier. In a wrap or ring sling, you achieve knee-to-knee support by spreading the fabric as wide as needed. In a meh dai / bei dai or buckle carrier, the carrier body is a certain width, so it isn’t always possible to have *exactly* knee-to-knee support. In some cases the body can be “cinched” narrower for a smaller baby, and in most cases a toddler will be fine with the seat not being knee to knee, as long as it comfortably supports their thighs.
KKD – Kokadi (a woven wrap company)

 

 

LE – Limited Edition
Leg Straightener – Some babies like to lock and straighten their legs, almost as if they are trying to stand up in the wrap. This can cause the baby to ‘pop’ their seat, which means the bottom rail of the wrap comes out from behind their knees and rides up their back leaving them without a wrap to sit in.
Legacy – A term used to refer to a wrap that the wearer plans on passing down to their child for future generations of baby wearing.
LF – Little Frog or Little Fellows (Both woven wrap companies)
LL – Lenny Lamb (brand of woven wrap)
LO – Little one (child)
LWD – Lawilde (A woven wrap company)

 

MGG – Madame Goo Goo (a SSC manufacturer)
MM – Middle Marker (a tag or design marking the middle of the wrap)
MMAO – Make Me An Offer
MMARO – Make Me A Reasonable Offer
MMT – Monkey Mei Tai (a Meh Dai/Bei Dai manufacturer)
Mouldable – An attribute given to a woven wrap to describe how it feels when wrapped. The more a wrap feels like a second skin, or feels like it forms to you and your baby like shrink wrap, the more mouldable it is.
MD/BD -Meh Dai (Cantonese) or Bei Dai (Mandarin) are Asian style carriers. Consisting of a body panel and four straps, two for the waist and two to wrap around you and baby.
MV – Market Value. The average price a carrier sells at on the secondary market (can be higher or lower than retail)

 

 

Nati – Natibaby (a woven wrap manufacturer)
Natty – Natural (undyed). Refers to the colour of the yarn
NBC – Narrow-based carrier, sometimes called a crotch dangler (though we discourage that term). Many popular mainstream carriers fall under this category, such as the older baby Bjorn and the Snugli. It does not place the baby in the recommended seated ergonomic position. Though not unsafe, they are not ideal.
NM – Natural Mamas. A UK based babywearing internet forum.
Nub – A lump, or thick place in the yarn of a woven wrap that occurs commonly in the weaving process. A common flaw, especially in hand-woven and hemp and linen blends. It is purely a cosmetic flaw and does not affect safety.
Nursing Carry – A carry or position that allows a child to nurse. There are many different ways that this can be accomplished in any of the carrier types. It often involved lowering the child’s positioning. A child should be returned to an upright positioning when finished and should always be visible to the caregiver.

 

 

O&A – Olives & Applesauce (conversion maker)
Obi – Obimama (conversion maker)
Onbu – Onbuhimo An East Asian-style baby carrier originating from Japan with two straps, one at each upper corner of a rectangular body panel, and rings or loops at each lower corner of the body panel, worn by seating the baby in the body panel and tying the straps around the wearer. The straps are threaded through the rings or loops near the wearer’s waist. Some current day styles use buckles and/or also connect the straps from the bottom of the panel or the top.
OOAK – One of a Kind
OP – Original Poster
Oscha – A woven wrap manufacturer
OT – Off topic
OTW – On the way

 

 

Permacrease – A flaw of permanent creasing in a woven wrap. Usually harmless, though it is important to check for further wear in the area.
Permastash – A name given to a carrier that the owner never plans to sell or trade.
PFA – Perfect Fit Adjusters (PFA are used to cinch down the straps even more than the regular buckles. Standard sized straps with PFAs cinched down end up being smaller than petite straps, while plus straps with PFAs cinched down are a similar size to standard straps. Perfect for sharing a carrier with two wearers of different body types)
PM – Private Message
PP – PayPal
PPD – Postage Paid Domestic (A term used by American baby wearers to indicate shipping route)
PP Tree – A term used to refer to money in PayPal funds.
Pocket – In describing a method of using a wrap carrier, a “pocket” is formed when the ends of the carrier are tucked inside the horizontally wrapped portion of the carrier. A “pocket wrap cross carry” is the most common method of using a stretchy wrap. May also refer to a storage pocket sewn into or on any carrier, most often the tail of a ring sling.
Pod – Podaegi or Podegi An Asian-style baby carrier traditionally from Korea consisting of a large rectangular blanket attached to one long top strap that extends from each upper corner, worn by wrapping the blanket around the baby and wearer and securing by tying the straps. Available in “wide blanket” and “narrow blanket” variations; the body of the narrow blanket type is approximately the same width as the body of a meh dai / bei dah or onbuhimo, but longer.
Popped Seat – Some babies like to lock and straighten their legs, almost as if they are trying to stand up in the wrap. This can cause the baby to ‘pop’ their seat, which means the bottom rail of the wrap comes out from behind their knees and rides up their back leaving them without a seat.
Pouch – A more-or-less rectangular piece of cloth sewn into a closed loop, used as a baby carrier by wearing the loop around the body, generally from shoulder to hip, and usually folded in half lengthwise so as to form a pocket or pouch for carrying the baby.
Prima – Woven wrap design manufactured by Didymos
Pull – Short for pulled thread. A loop of yarn that has been pulled up in the fabric due to snagging. A common, harmless cosmetic flaw which can be easily fixed.

 

 

Rail – The long edge of each side of a ring sling, pouch, or wrap. In a ring sling or pouch, may be padded or unpadded. The “inner rail” is the rail next to the wearer’s body; the “outer rail” is the rail supporting the baby on the side opposite the wearer.
Rebozo – A fringed shawl that is a traditional female garment in Mesoamerican cultures or by Mesoamerican descendants, used for a variety of purposes including labor/childbirth support, goods carrier, and baby carrier. In use as a baby carrier, it is usually worn shoulder-to-hip and fastened by knotting or twisting the ends together.
RS – Ring Sling, a rectangular piece of cloth with two rings sewn to one end, used as a baby carrier by threading the “free” end through the rings and wearing the sling looped around the wearer, generally from shoulder to hip.
Reinforced – When the cross passes are spread across the baby’s back as opposed to remaining bunched ‘straps’.
Rucksack or ruck – Refers to fastening a baby carrier in a manner similar to a backpack or rucksack, with the fabric or straps coming over the wearer’s shoulders, straight down in the front (rather than crossing on the chest), and then taking to the back.
Ruck Straps – The part of the wrap that goes over your shoulders like backpack straps.
RV – Retail Value (The price charged by the company who made the wrap)

 

Saggy – An attribute given to a woven wrap meaning that the wrap doesn’t hold its shape when wrapped and the baby changes position. Wrap sagging often becomes uncomfortable quickly for the wearer.
Selendang – A traditional Indonesian shawl, consisting of a rectangular piece of cotton batik fabric, often used as a baby carrier as well as for other purposes. As a baby carrier, it is essentially a short, wide wrap (less than 3 meters long and approx. 1 meter wide), usually worn shoulder-to-hip similar to a ring sling or pouch, but secured by twisting and tucking the ends.
Shawl carrier or Knot sling – An item of clothing consisting of a square or rectangular simple piece of cloth (without straps), traditionally used in many cultures for a variety of purposes including as a baby carrier. Different sizes, fabric types and designs, as well as different methods of wearing and tying, are typical of different regions and cultures. Includes rebozo (MesoAmerican), manta (Peru), selendang (Indonesia), pareo (Tahiti), sarong (Pacific Islands), kanga (East African), kitenge (Eastern and Southern Africa) and others.
Shorty – A woven wrap usually 2 or 3 sizes smaller than your base size.
Slippery – An attribute given to a woven wrap used to describe how much it sticks to, or slips easily over itself when trying to slide passes. The easier the passes slide, the slipperier it is.
SB – Sakura Bloom (A Ring Sling Manufacturer)
SFP – Stalk Free Pass (The right to buy a wrap without the need to stalk a release)
Shorty – A short woven wrap, usually a size 2 or 3.
Sling Rings – A brand of safe, tested rings made specifically for baby wearing. Can be used to turn a short woven wrap into a No Sew Ring Sling.
Slub – A lump, or thick place in the yarn of a woven wrap that occurs commonly in the weaving process.
SN – Starry Night (a wrap pattern made by Oscha)
SPOC – Simple Piece Of Cloth
Squish – A term used to refer to newborn babies.
SS – Screen Shot, Stash Shot (a photo of all of your carriers) or Sling Studio ( A woven wrap company)
SSC – Soft Structured Carrier
STIH – Soft tape in hand (A way of measuring the length of a woven wrap with a soft measuring tape)
Storch – Storchenwiege (brand of woven wrap).
Stretchy wrap – A wrap made of knit or otherwise stretchy fabric.
Sub – Subscribe. Something a poster writes in the comments when they want to follow the thread.
Supportive – An attribute given to a woven wrap used to describe how well it carries the weight of the child and maintains its shape during use. More supportive wraps allow the wearer to wear a heavier baby for longer without discomfort (The opposite of supportive is: Saggy)

 

 

Tail – Any fabric that hangs loosely down from a knot or fastener. In a ring sling, the end of the sling that is threaded through and flows down from the rings; in a wrap, the loose ends of the wrap below the knot; in a meh dai / bei dai, the loose ends of the straps. In a ring sling and occasionally on meh dai / bei dai straps.
TAS – Tied At Shoulder. Refers to where the knot is tied in a carry.
Thread Shifting – A flaw where parts of the weave shift or move leaving thin spaces, or gaps in the wrap. More common in loose weaves.
Torso carry – A back carry in which the carrier is wrapped around the wearer’s torso and no weight is borne on the wearer’s shoulders. Typical of certain traditional carriers including the podaegi and kanga.
Traditional Carrier – Any carrier with roots to a certain culture or region.
TT – Tied Tibetan. A method of tying either a wrap or strapped carrier, in a back carry, in which the fabric is wound over the shoulders in a rucksack style, crossed behind the baby and then each end is tucked under the opposite shoulder strap (forming an X on the wearer’s chest) and brought back to the center of the sternum to tie.
TUB – Tied Under Bum. Refers to where the knot is tied in a carry.
Tummy to tummy or T2T –  An upright front carry in which the baby faces the wearer; could more accurately be termed a chest-to-chest carry.
Twist – Refers to twisting the straps around each other, usually behind the baby’s back so as to provide additional security and support for the baby’s weight, but sometimes as an alternative to crossing the straps on the wearer’s chest (in a back carry). Additionally, this may mean a method of crossing straps over a baby’s bottom often called a “Lexi twist” after a woman who popularized the method.
TV – Trade Value. The value given to a carrier in a trade transaction.

Unicorn – Used to refer to someone’s ultimate dream carrier
Uppy – Uppymama (brand of handwoven wrap)

VGUC – Very Good Used Condition

WAHM – Work At Home Mum
Woven wrap – A wrap made of woven fabric; used to distinguish from stretchy wraps. Generally a long piece of rectangular cloth that is wrapped around a caregiver and baby and tied to secure the ends, without the use of separate ties or fasteners such as buckles or rings. Sometimes called a ‘wraparound carrier’.
Wrap – In describing a method of using a wrap carrier, such as “wrap cross carry”, to “wrap” means to wind the carrier horizontally around the wearer’s torso.
WW – Woven Wings ( A woven wrap company)
W&W – Warped and Wonderful (brand of woven wrap)

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