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What size stretchy wrap do I need?

4m and 5m stretchy wrap in use

Sling School sell stretchy wraps in both 4m and 5m lengths.  Whilst these lengths may seem overwhelming to a beginner, you will quickly get the hang of using all the cloth!


4m stretchy wraps

These can be used by almost anyone irrespective of size. Most people will have to tie the knot at the back, whereas a more petite carer (ladies size 10 and below) will be able to tie the knot at the front.

4m stretchy wrap tied at the back

You may prefer a knot at the front if you want to be able to see the knot as you tie, or if you don’t like the feel of a knot in your back as you are sitting down.

With a 4m wrap, carers can initially think that the wrap is too short for them. But this is before the stretch has been taken out of the wrap. Carefully following our intstructions will ensure you correctly tighten the wrap, and then the length will be sufficient.

For carers of a smaller physical frame, these wraps are excellent, and a real relief to not have acres of excess cloth.

5m stretchy wraps

5m stretchy wrap tied at the side

These can be used by almost anyone irrespective of size. Everyone will be able to tie the knot at the front (or side if preferred). A more petite carer will potentially have to wrap the cloth around themselves more times before tying off.

With a 5m stretchy wrap, even though the length is there, you still need to tighten effectively for a safe carry.

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What happens in a babywearing consultation?

learn to carry

Our consultations take place in the Morecambe and Lancaster area, usually at the home of one of our 3 babywearing consultants. We are also happy to travel to you if our expenses are covered.

A consultation gives you one to one time with a very experienced babywearing consultant, where you get our undivided attention and the chance to learn in a calm, quiet environment.

Examples of what we can cover in a consultation:

  • Skills that are not usually covered in a sling library setting, such as back carrying and carrying with special considerations.
  • Where you wish to try a broad range of different types of carriers to see what will work best for you.
  • Troubleshooting any discomfort that you are getting your own carrier.
  • Perfecting a particular carry with a woven or stretchy wrap.
  • How to breastfeed in your chosen carrier.
  • Sling safety, teaching you to use your carrier in a way that is both safe and comfortable for you and your baby.

We offer a few different time options.  30-minute sessions are good for troubleshooting an existing carrier or learning back carrying with a buckled carrier and 60-minute sessions are usually enough for anything else that you would like to learn. Please can add some comments to your order about what you are hoping to learn and the age of your child when you are checking out.

We will then get in touch to book a time and date and to confirm details of the session.

We are experienced with the following carrier types:

  • Buckled carriers, including soft structured carriers and high street carriers
  • Woven wraps
  • Stretchy wraps
  • Ring slings
  • Tie on carriers

We can teach you to carry your newborn, your baby, your toddler and your pre-schooler and have carriers to suit all ages which can be hired through our sling library Morecambe Bay Slings.

If you have any questions before booking please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Our consultations cost £15 for 30 minutes, £25 for 60 minutes and £40 for 90 minutes. We will teach a single person or couple for these prices. If you wish to book for a bigger group please contact us for prices.

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Stretchy wrap tying instructions

Learning to tie a wrap may look complicated at first, but, like tying a pair of shoelaces, it quickly becomes a natural process.
It is a good idea to follow these stretchy wrap tying instructions using a doll or teddy at first and to try in front of a mirror.

You should check your wrap over for damage before use and you should familiarise yourself with baby carrying safety considerations – this especially vital with a newborn who doesn’t have the muscle strength to get themselves out of trouble.

Your baby’s safety is your responsibility, and always remember if something doesn’t feel right it probably isn’t.

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Why should I choose a stretchy wrap?


Why use a stretchy wrap?

There are many benefits to carrying your baby in a sling.  However, if you’ve already decided that you are going to use a carrier, how do you choose what type or brand to buy as there are so many options? For parents who have never used slings before, the choice can be overwhelming.
Here we will tell you all about stretchy wraps and help you to decide!

What does a stretchy wrap do?

A stretchy wrap, used well, supports your baby cuddled onto your chest in exactly the same position that you would naturally hold them; curved spine, knees tucked up higher than their bottom, and their head resting against the hard part of your chest, close enough for you to kiss them.

There’s nothing quite as cuddly, and with a 2-way stretch, such as we have in the Sling School Stretchy, the tying is easy for you to get just right. This means that your baby is safe, perfectly secure and having wonderful cuddles, whilst you can just sit and enjoy them, move around, play with any older siblings, settle them to sleep in minutes, go for a walk without having to worry about narrow doorways, cobbles, or steps.

When you’re an expectant parent thinking about how amazing it’ll be to carry your baby, the cuddliness you get from a 2 way stretchy is precisely what you dream of.

So what do we mean by a 2-way stretch?

Well, in our stretchy wraps the material stretches both vertically and horizontally, meaning that you can tie the wrap nice and tight, but there is still plenty of stretch in it to make room for your baby to fit in, and then enough stretch to adjust their position to be able to breastfeed them and then raise them back to the optimum position when they have finished their feed.  The 2-way stretch also means that there is quite a wide window of tightness that feels ‘just right’, being both secure and still having enough give to adjust if necessary.  Not all stretchy wraps are 2 way.  1-way stretchies are still a fabulous sling to carry your newborn in, but as they only stretch in one direction, then it’s a much steeper learning curve where you need to get the tightness exactly right.

Are they difficult to use?

Some parents worry that a stretchy wrap may be too difficult to get much use.  However, we provide detailed photo instructions and a video tutorial that shows very clearly all the steps you need to use your stretchy wrap.  Once you’ve tied it a couple of times, it just becomes second nature.  Plus, it really doesn’t need to be tied and untied all day long anyway.  Newborns often spend most of the day in a stretchy wrap, only coming out for feeds and nappy changes, as they are safe, secure and having all their needs met whilst being cuddled up against you.

Stretchy wraps v buckles carrier?

There are many wonderful slings and carriers out there, and parents can get sucked into buying slings that claim to be ‘suitable from birth’ only to find that using with a newborn involves using a bulky insert, or that their baby’s naturally curved spine doesn’t seem to be supported and is forced into a straight position, or that when your newborn’s knees are still curled up with legs close together, no matter how small a buckle carrier may adjust, it might still be forcing baby into a position that isn’t natural for them.  The beauty of the stretchy wrap is that it moulds to your baby’s shape, meaning that nothing is forced, nothing feels bulky or cumbersome, and the spine remains in its natural curve.  Another benefit of supporting the curved spine with material that moulds to baby is that you don’t need a bulky head support as your baby’s head will rest naturally on you.  If they raise their head up to look around, it’s because they want to and are developing their neck muscles, but it’s impossible for them to fall asleep with head flopping backwards if they are being supported with a curved spine and tucked pelvis.