What’s your base size? Does your SSC have PFAs? Did you see that Meh Dai with a ring waist? Is that hybrid shoulder cushy?
Babywearing has it’s own, ever changing jargon. It can be confusing and intimidating to new wearers. You just figured out how to get this carrier on, now you need to learn a new language?
Have no fear, BWI of PDX is here to help translate! Here are some common terms you may come across as you venture into the babywearing world:
BWI: Babywearing International. A nonprofit, international network of babywearing educators who operate local learning/lending libraries to teach caregivers to wear babies safely and happily.
“BWI helped me so much when I had my twins, I had no idea I could carry them both at the same time!”
VBE: Volunteer Babywearing Educator. The awesome group of trained people who donate their time to teach at meetings, events and playdates.
“I can’t believe that simple tip the VBE gave me made my carrier so much more comfortable.”
CSV: Chapter Support Volunteer. The awesome group of babywearing enthusiasts who give their time to help BWI operate.
“I am so grateful the CSV let me drop off the carrier with her the day before the meeting so I didn’t get charged a late fee.”
Narrow Base Carrier: A buckle carrier with a small seat or base, where baby’s bottom sits.
“There is no proof narrow base carriers cause hip issues on a baby with no preexisting condition.”
SSC: Soft Structured Carrier. Most commonly refers to a carrier with buckles.
“I finally found a SSC with enough back support for my boyfriend.”
Stretchy: Nickname for a stretchy wrap.
“I love how easy it is take baby out of the stretchy for diaper changes.”
RS: Ring Sling. A carrier with special rings just for babywearing sewn to one end of fabric.
“My new RS is so soft.”
Froggy Legs: The natural, preferred seated position for a newborn or small baby. Knees up slightly higher than bottom, and legs curled up parallel to wearer’s body.
“The VBE showed me how to froggy leg my baby in the infant insert.”
Knee-to-knee: The natural, preferred seated position for a infant or larger child. The seat of the carrier is supporting from one knee, tucking hips inward towards the wearer, over to the other knee. Like sitting in a hammock.
“I moved Luis up to a toddler-size carrier, he is knee-to-knee again and it’s much more comfortable.”
Tandem: Wearing two children at once.
“I had to tandem both kids at the zoo because my toddler refused to walk.”
DISO: Desperately In Search Of. When you are looking to buy or trade a carrier that you really really want.
“I saw someone wearing my DISO at the meeting yesterday! Sadly, he didn’t want to sell.”
Cush: Short for cushion, referring to how soft and comfortable a carrier feels on your body.
“This wrap has so much cush! I could wear my preschooler for hours!”
Poppable: A carry or carrier that you can easily remove baby, without taking off the entire carrier.
“I love how poppable this Short Wrap Cross Carry is!”
Rails: The outer top and bottom edges of a wrap or ring sling.
“I have a hard time tightening the top rail.”
Tails: The ends of a wrap or ring sling.
“I like longer wraps so I have more tails for fancy finishes.”
Tapers: How blunt the ends of a wrap are cut. The bigger the taper, the smaller the knot.
“This wrap has such drastic tapers!”
Base: The size of wrap needed to do most basic carries,, such a Front Wrap Cross This size will vary from person to person, based on the size of the wrapper and wrapee.
“My base size increased as baby grew into a toddler.”
Shorty: A wrap that is shorter than your base size
“My shorty is perfect for hikes, no tails in the mud.”
Pleat: The way fabric gathers or bunches neatly. Very visually appealing and comfortable on your body.
“This wrap pleats so nicely without even trying!”
Finish: How a wrap carry is tied off.
“I tried a new finish today and I really liked it!”
Samantha Reddy, ABE