We're so happy you're going to be using a woven wrap! Personally I used woven wraps with all of my children and find them to be the most supportive and versatile baby carriers. But choosing the right size can be confusing at times. So, here's my simple guide to help you choose the right size for the carries you'd like to do.
What's your size and weight?
My first question when helping with sizes is - "What's your weight and height?" as this is the first step in deciding what size to get.
If your height and weight is...
Shorter than average height (average is 5'4") and you're petite or average weight ~ a 4.0m - 4.2m to do most carries (we'll talk about specific carries below).
Shorter than average height and you're plus size ~ a 4.5m - 5.2m (the longer length if you're 185 lbs or more) to do most carries with your woven wrap.
Average height and your weight is average ~ a 4.5m - 4.7m will allow you to do most carries.
Average height and your weight is plus size (over 185 lbs) ~ a 5.2m in length to do most carries.
Above average height and your weight is average (or even below average) ~ a 4.5m - 4.7m to do most carries.
Above average height and your weight is plus size ~ a 5.2m - 6m (most can do 5.2m easily) will allow you to do most carries.
And what carries would you like to do?
Now that you know the size to get to do most carries, let's talk about what sizes to get to do specific carries. Basically this one is the easy choice.
A 2.4m - 2.7m will allow the grand majority of sizes to do a rebozo carry. If you can use a 5.2m or shorter you can also do a rucksack tied under bum or a RRRR. Those petite may also be able to do a kangaroo carry.
A 3.2m - 3.6m is a in-between size and does more carries than a shorter wrap. You can do a rebozo (you'll have a longer tail however), rucksack tied under bum, those that can use a 5.2m or shorter can do a rucksack tied around the waist as well as a back wrap cross carry, kangaroo carry, secure high back carry, hip cross carry, short front cross carry. If you are petite you can possibly use this wrap as your long wrap depending on how good of a wrapper you are already and also how petite you are.
A 4.0m - 4.2m is slightly shorter than the average long wrap and you can do all of the above carries as well as (please see recommendations on weight and height) just about any other carry you'd like if you are one that can use a 4.0m - 4.2m (please see recommendations on weight and height.
And then there are longer lengths 4.5m and up which are used primarily as the long wrap for those that fit their particular sizes (please see recommendations on weight and height) to do most carries.
There are many other carries that are possible with a woven wrap that aren't listed above, however I've listed the most common. For specific questions on sizing and carries please contact me.