For babywearing beginners, here we show you the most common way to tie your wrap: the front wrap cross carry. To use this carry, you will need a full-length wrap: size 5 or 6.
Before you start looking at how to tie your wrap, please read the “Use Instructions carefully, and keep them in mind every time you babywear!

There are many other ways to tie your wrap, depending on the child’s age, the length of your wrap and your personal preferences. You can find a range of demonstration videos on the Internet. However, nothing is better than face-to-face instruction: when you consult a certified babywearing instructor, you will be able to ask questions and practise with someone you trust, and thus start babywearing with confidence.

The front wrap cross carry video demonstration

The front wrap cross carry in step-by-step pictures

Find the wrap’s label, which indicates where the centre is, and place it on your torso.

Bring each side of the wrap under your arm and up and over the opposite shoulder.

The wrap should cross over at the back…

…and the ends of the wrap should hang straight down at the front.

Gather the centre of the wrap, which is wrapped around your torso, so it is pleated like an accordion.

Pick up your baby and hold in the burp position against your shoulder. Put your hand up through the centre panel of the wrap and grasp your baby’s legs.

Hold your baby’s bottom with one hand and unfold the fabric over your baby’s back up to their neck. The wrap should cover your baby’s back, from their bottom to their neck, without any pleats.
Make sure your baby is sitting in the correct position: your baby’s legs should form an “M” shape, with their knees higher than their bottom. Your baby’s back should be rounded, and their hips should be tilting in towards you. Gather the excess fabric around the back of your baby’s knees to provide a solid base.

Take hold of the bottom end of the wrap (the one directly against your back) and tighten, pleat by pleat. Make sure you keep one hand or arm under your baby’s bottom while you are doing so. You must support your baby at all times while tying your wrap to prevent your baby from falling.

Keep the first end tight in one hand while you tighten the other end, pleat by pleat.

Cross the ends under your baby’s bottom, take them behind your back and tie them together in a square (or reef) knot.

For a more comfortable version for newborns: tightly cross the ends of the wrap several times under your baby’s bottom before you take them behind your back and knot them together.

Your child will be held against you, with their head and stomach placed against your chest.

Slipknot with a short wrap

Use and Safety Instructions

Tinge Garden baby wraps are designed to be used to carry a child weighing between 3 and 15 kg by an adult, and should not be used under any other circumstances. Please read all the following instructions and safety warnings carefully to learn how to use this baby wrap to safely carry a child.

When you use a Tinge Garden wrap, you are completely responsible for your child’s safety and welfare. Tinge Garden cannot be held responsible for any accident resulting from the incorrect use of one of its wraps.

Before using the wrap

  • Always wash a new babywearing wrap before using it for the first time. Washing the wrap allows the threads to swell, which stabilises the fabric’s structure. It will also remove any impurities that will have inevitably settled on the fabric during its creation. As each different fabric has its own specific requirements, please refer to the care instructions found on your wrap’s label.
  • Please check that the wrap is in good condition each time you intend to use it. Never use a wrap that is showing unusual wear or tear. Please contact me if you have any doubts.
  • The babywearing wrap is designed for carrying a child. When the wrap is not being used for this purpose, please make sure that it is stored out of reach of your child.


While you are tying the wrap

  • Never carry more than one child at a time in the wrap, and never use more than one type of baby carrier for each child.
  • You must support your baby at all times while tying your wrap to prevent your child from falling.
  • Please make sure your child’s head is properly supported at all times.
  • Always seat your child facing you, with their knees level with, or higher than their hips. Your child’s back should be rounded and their head should be aligned with their spine.
  • Hold your child high enough to kiss, and so that their stomach is held against your chest.
  • Create a stable seat by gathering enough fabric underneath your child’s bottom and spreading the fabric from the back of one of their knees to the other.
  • Tighten the wrap to make sure that your child is properly and safely supported. If you feel the need to support your child with your hands while carrying them it means you have not sufficiently tightened the wrap. However, please make sure that the wrap allows for good blood circulation.
  • Tie your wrap using a square (reef) knot, i.e. a double knot with a right-handed knot tied over a left-handed knot, or vice versa.


While you are babywearing

  • Please make sure your child’s head is properly supported at all times.
  • Your child’s face must always be visible.
  • Please make sure your child’s airways are unobstructed at all times: their nose and mouth must not be covered by the fabric and you must be able to slide two fingers between your child’s chin and chest.
  • Please remember that the wrap is an extra layer of fabric covering your child. It is therefore important to dress your child appropriately. Make sure you protect your child’s extremities and head from the cold or the sun, and make sure that your child is well hydrated at all times.


  • When using your wrap, make sure you monitor your child at all times.
  • Beware of any objects within your child’s reach.
  • Be particularly vigilant if your child starts to wriggle while being carried, as this will increase the risk of falling.


  • The following activities should not be carried out while babywearing: sleeping, sport (running, cycling, swimming, skiing etc.), driving any type of vehicle or operating machinery.
  • Keep away from any source of heat or fire. Please be vigilant while cooking. Please be aware of the risk of scalding when drinking hot drinks.
  • Any movement made by you or your child can affect your balance. Therefore, you should be careful when bending forwards or to the side.



  • While using the wrap, please monitor your child closely and make sure that their mouth and nose are not obstructed.
  • For premature babies, who have a lower birth weight, and children with specific medical conditions, please seek advice from a medical professional before using the wrap.
  • Please make sure your child’s chin is not resting on their chest, as this will obstruct their breathing and put them at risk of suffocation.
  • Make sure your child is safely positioned and properly supported to avoid any risk of falling.