One of the first wraps you will ever learn, Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) is a comfortable carry for newborns on up! Starting out with FWCC can teach you the basics of wrapping like avoiding twisted fabric, strand by strand tightening, making a good seat, and tying off a wrap. You can wrap with the passes spread over baby’s body or bunched underneath baby’s bum. This carry is easy to nurse in because you just untie the knot, gently bounce while holding both tails to lower baby down to breast height, and retie. Once baby is done nursing, always return baby to the original starting position where baby is close enough to kiss and monitor them!
FWCC with a newborn
FWCC with a toddler
Nursing in FWCC
- Make sure the passes do not get twisted at your back. It helps to practice with a wrap that has different colored rails!
- Before putting baby in, make sure the middle marker is still centered and tighten up the wrap, leaving just enough room for baby.
- Think of splitting the width of the wrap into 3rds. So, 1/3 of the wrap should be around the baby's neck and shoulders, 1/3 should be around the body of baby, and the remaining 1/3 should make the seat.
- To make a good seat, follow Susie’s tip to “fill your bra”!
- Strand by strand tighten: to get the woven nice and snug around your baby before tying, start with one of the tails over your shoulder and pull the top rail horizontal and away from your body. You will start to feel the top rail tighten. Once it is tight, pinch a little more fabric with the same hand and tighten, repeating all the way to the bottom rail until you have tightened the entire width of the wrap. Repeat on the other side.
- If your wrap is too short to tie in the back, you can tie under bum (TUB). This variation is called a FWCC TUB.
Up next: Semi-FWCC
Lauren Moore, VBE