How to Wear Your Newborn in a Wrap - Baby Chick
Subscribe Search

How to Wear Your Newborn in a Wrap

Follow these steps to wear your newborn in a wrap as well as a video where we show you how to wear your newborn (3 months and younger).

Updated May 1, 2024

by Nina Spears

The Baby Chick®: Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Expert

This article may contain affiliate links. These opinions are our own. If you buy something, we may earn a small commission, helping us keep our content free to our readers. ❤️

Babywearing is a special way to connect and bond with your baby. It also makes it much easier to do other tasks since your hands are free! As a postpartum doula, I have been wearing babies for years since babywearing has many benefits. However, many people struggle with wearing a newborn because new babies don’t yet have head or neck control.

There are many ways to wear your baby, and babywearing schools worldwide teach different standards. Everyone has their own experience when it comes to babywearing. It’s important to do what works best for you and your baby.

Of course, some standards are universal and very important, such as keeping baby’s airway open and having baby’s butt lower than their knees (the ‘M’ position) if the legs are out. But I’m not here to tell you what’s right and wrong regarding babywearing. I am sharing my experience and what works for me. There is no such thing as one perfect way to wear your baby or one perfect carrier to have. Hopefully, the Facebook Live video below will help you feel comfortable getting your wraps out and trying them!

Step 1: Find the Center

Look for the tag or logo in the middle of the wrap. Fold the wrap in half longways.

Step 2: Create an ‘X’

Place the center of the wrap (where the tag is) on your navel and wrap the two ends around your back, crossing them behind you and over your shoulders. This should create an ‘X’ shape on your back.

Step 3: Make Pockets

Once the two ends are over your shoulders and in front of you, make sure there are “pockets” in the wrap facing you. This is where your baby can sit. (Watch the video below to see what I am talking about!)

Step 4: Wrap It Up

Put the two ends under the horizontal material around your abdomen, which I call your “seatbelt.” Once under your “seatbelt,” cross the two ends behind your back again and tie them together in a knot. If you have a lot of extra material left, cross it back in front of you and tie the ends of the fabric in a knot in front of you. Now you are ready to get your baby!

Step 5: Froggy Style

Pick up your baby and place him on your dominant side. Get the material on the opposite side ready by opening “the pocket” to ensure there is material between you and your baby. Place your baby’s legs and bum inside that pocket—have your baby facing you. Baby’s feet should be in a froggy or fetal position, and baby’s knees should always be above his bottom. Pull that material under his feet and bottom and over his back for full coverage.

Step 6: Full Body Support

Place baby’s upper body onto the other side of your chest and shoulder, pull the other pocket open, and place baby inside. Pull the fabric over to cover his body. You want to make sure that the wrap material is pulled all the way up to baby’s back on both sides, providing full-body support.

Step 7: Grab Your “Seatbelt”

Grab the horizontal material—your “seatbelt”—and pull that over your baby’s body to the neck of baby. You can even pull the material over baby’s head for more coverage. There you go! You are now wearing your newborn baby!

In this Facebook Live video, I demonstrate how to use a standard wrap carrier (I am using the Solly Baby wrap and a Baby K’ Tan) with your newborn. Here are the steps that I did when wearing the Solly wrap:

Was this article helpful?
  • Author
A woman with long blonde hair is smiling at the camera. She is wearing a turquoise blouse and gold hoop earrings. The background is filled with green foliage.
Nina Spears The Baby Chick®: Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Expert
  • Social
  • Social
  • Social
  • Social
  • Social
  • Social

Nina is The Baby Chick® & Editor-in-Chief of Baby Chick®. She received her baby planning certification in early 2011 and began attending births that same year. Since then, Nina has… Read more

Subscribe to our newsletter