Wraps are sized in meters although some brands will also use a numbering system and/or size names. Wraps are most commonly referenced by their Didymos size equivalents:
- Size 1 – 2.2 meters (also referred to as a rebozo length or super shortie)
- Size 2 – 2.7 meters (also referred to as a rebozo length or shortie)
- Size 3 – 3.2 meters (also referred to as a long shortie)
- Size 4 – 3.7 meters
- Size 5 – 4.2 meters
- Size 6 – 4.7 meters (also referred to as a Standard)
- Size 7 – 5.2 meters (also referred to as a Maxi)
What size wrap do I need?
The answer to this question depends on two things: the carries you want to do and your size (your shirt size more than your height).
One advantage wraps have over other carriers is that they always give a custom fit; mamas (and daddies!) of all shapes and sizes can wrap!
Most wrappers start with a long wrap that can be used for multi-layer carries. Most average sized women will use a size 6 as their long wrap; plus size mamas or daddies may be more comfortable with a size 7, while petite folks can likely use a 5.
Remember it’s shirt size and not height that matters. You can always use a wrap that is longer than you need; just wrap the extra back around your waist. However, most wrappers find it is best to figure out your perfect size for easiest wrapping. If you find your wrap is too long for you, you can always have it hemmed down.
If you like wrapping, you may find it helpful to have another wrap or two in different sizes to more easily do different carries. Most wearers will go down 2 sizes to do mid-length carries. Most every wearer can use a size 2 or 3 for shortie carries.
Which size is better?
When it comes to baby wraps, the “better” size depends on your specific needs and preferences.
If simplified, the most common sizes are:
- Short: Approximately 2-2.7 meters (6.5-8.8 feet) long. It’s often called rebozo or shortie among baby wearers.
- Medium: Approximately 3.2-4.2 meters (10.5-14 feet) long. From long shortie to size 5 according to Didymos.
- Long: Approximately 4.6-5.5 meters (15-18 feet) long. Standard to Maxi (sizes 6 to 7) equivalent of Didymos size chart.
Each size has its advantages and considerations:
Short wraps are generally easier to handle and require less fabric to wrap. They are suitable for quick carries and are often preferred in hot climates or for shorter durations. However, they may limit the number of tying options available.
Medium-sized wraps offer a good balance between versatility and ease of use. They provide enough fabric for a wide range of tying techniques, including front, back, and hip carries.
Many people find medium-sized wraps to be a good starting point as they offer a balance of versatility and manageability.
Long wraps provide the greatest flexibility and allow for more complex wrapping styles. They are particularly beneficial for plus-size wearers or those who prefer elaborate wraps. Long wraps are also useful for tandem carries (carrying two babies simultaneously). However, they require more practice to master and can be bulkier to handle.