Here is a guide to all the everyday babywearing terminology. Many of these things pop up frequently throughout SnugLilBug’s blog posts, as well as all over the online babywearing communities. Feel free to comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any babywearing verbiage questions! This list is compiled thanks to a lot of other groups already online. I find most of my information on the Babywearing 102 Facebook group.
Types of baby carriers and their common abbreviations:
RS: Ring Sling
MT: Mei Tai
SSC: Soft Structured Carrier
HB: Half Buckle
FB: Full Buckle
WC: Wrap Conversion
WCMT: Wrap Conversion Mei Tai
WCRS: Wrap Conversion Ring Sling
Full Buckle aka FB: A custom made carrier (often a wrap conversion, WCFB), with waist and shoulder strap buckles.
Half Buckle aka HB: A custom made carrier (often a wrap conversion, WCHB), it adopts the style of the mei tai but with a buckle atthe waist instead of ties.
Mei Tai aka MT (e.g. Babyhawk, Melkaj): An Asian-style carrier that is tied, it has a body panel with two long straps arm straps coming from the top right and left-hand corners to tie with two waist straps coming from either base corner. Various sizes available: baby, toddler, preschooler etc. Some have padded waistbands, others not. Can be used for front or back carries.
Onbuhimo aka Onbu: Asian-style carrier, it is Japanese in origin. Similar to a Mei Tai, it has a panel with two arm straps, but it has rings at the waist through which the arm straps are threaded. Again, it is available in various sizes to suit the age/size of the child.
Podaegi aka Pod: Another Asian-style carrier, of Korean origin. The predominant style is similar to a Mei Tai, with a panel and arm straps but without a waistband. This often makes them a popular choice with pregnant moms who want to continue to carry their older child(ren), as waistband ties are often uncomfortable as they are tied across the bump.
Ring Sling aka RS: A length of fabric (can be made out of a woven wrap aka WCRS) with a pair of rings sewn into one end. Used for one-shouldered carries on front or hip, good for newborns up to preschooler. Great for quick up-&-down carries of a tired-legged toddler.
Simple piece of cloth aka SPOC: Functions like a woven wrap, but is not produced specifically for the purpose of babywearing, so some people have concerns about safety. Use would depend on your confidence about the suitability of the material. These are often homemade.
Soft Structured Carrier aka SSC (e.g. Manduca, Ergo, Rose & Rebellion): Similar in principle to a Mei Tai, but instead of having straps to tie, this carrier has buckles. Can be used for front and back carries. Avoids the problem of dangling straps in wet, muddy weather! Often thought of as being more ‘dad-friendly’, as *stereotype warning*
dads are often reluctant to wrap/tie.
Stretchy wrap (e.g. Moby, Kari-Me, SaBe): A length of stretchy fabric that is tied. Great for newborns and little babies, but can become less useful as baby gets heavier (due to stretchy material). It is pre-tied onto the adult and the baby is then popped in and out throughout the day, without the need to re-tie. It is generally advised that this type of carrier is not suitable for back carries!
Woven wrap (e.g. Didymos, Girasol, Hopp, Oscha): A length of woven fabric, sold in a variety of sizes, which is tied into place. Can be used to carry from newborn to preschooler. Is suitable for front, back or hip carries – of which there are a number of different carries
Wrap Conversion aka WC (e.g. Ocah, Opitai, Softai): A carrier custom made out of woven wrap material. These are often done in the style of the Asian carriers mentioned, or a ring sling.
Common types of carries and their abbreviations:
DH – Double Hammock
JBC – Jordan’s Back Carry
RRRR – Rear rebozo reinforced rucksack
RR – Reinforced Rucksack
RTIF – Ruck tied in front
RUB – Ruck tied under bum
Ruck – Rucksack Carry
SHBC – Secure High Back Carry
WPC – Wiggle Proof Carry
FCC – Front Cross Carry
FWCC – Front Wrap Cross Carry
Poppin’s – Poppin’s Hip Carry
RHC – Robin’s Hip Carry or Robin’s
CCCB – Candy Cane Chest Belt
CB – Chest Belt
TAS – Tied At Shoulder
TT – Tied Tibetan
TUB – Tied Under Bum
WOVEN WRAP SIZES:
Size 8: 5.6m (220in) long
Size 7: 5.2m (204in) long
Size 6: 4.7m (181in) long
Size 5: 4.2m (165in) long
Size 4: 3.7m (141in) long
Size 3: 3.2m (122in) long aka shorty
Size 2: 2.7m (102in) long aka shorty
There is a useful guide for what size wrap enables what carries: http://didymos.com/index.php?s=groesse
ABC: Action Baby Carrier (brand of SSC)
ABC: Asian Style Carrier
AP: Angelpack (brand of SSC)
B’roo: Bamberoo (conversion maker)
BB: Beco Butterfly (name of SSC carrier)
BBI: Beco Butterfly I (name of SSC carrier)
BB2/BBII: Beco Butterfly II (name of SSC carrier)
BH: Baby Hawk (Brand/name of MT carrier)
BHOS: Baby Hawk Oh Snap (name of SSC carrier)
C&C: Colimacon et Cie (brand of woven wrap)
Didy: Didymos (brand of woven wrap)
DC: Dream Carrier (conversion maker)
Gira: Girasol (brand of woven wrap)
GMBB: Gypsy Mama Bali Breeze (brand of woven wrap)
Hopp: Hoppediz (brand of woven wrap)
KP: Kinderpack (brand of SSC)
LL: Lenny Lamb (brand of woven wrap)
Mr. P: Pamir (a brand of woven wrap)
O&A: Olives & Applesauce (conversion maker)
Obi: Obimama (conversion maker)
Oscha: A brand of woven wraps
SB: Sakura Bloom
SBP: Sleeping Baby Productions (Ring Sling conversions)
Storch: Storchenwiege (brand of woven wrap)
TH: ToddlerHawk (name of SSC)
TMD: Two Mammas Designs (conversion maker)
Vat: Vatanai (brand of woven wrap)
W&W: Warped and Wonderful (brand of woven wrap)
Lil Peeper Keeper
Sleepy Wrap (now the Boba Wrap)
Handwoven Wrap Weavers:
Olivia Bolivia (OB)
Robin’s Nest (RN)
Ring Sling Makers:
Bitty Bear Baby Boutique
Boutique Bella Bambini (BBB) – original & Kenzie style
Lil Peeper Keeper
Sleeping Baby Productions (SBP) – also does Eesti style
Action Baby Carrier (ABC)
Babyhawk (BH) – BHMT or BHOS (Babyhawk Oh Snap!)
Olives and Applesauce (O&A)
Robin’s Nest Birdie Buckle (RNBB)
Wrap Converters (WCMT or WCRS):
Boutique Bella Bambini (BBB)
Happy Slings (Happy Cruiser)
Sleeping Baby Productions (SBP)
NaturalMamas.co.uk [UK site] (NM)
BR: Birdie’s Room
MM: Marsupial Mamas
TMD: The Mommy Dialogues
Words to describe wrap properties:
Airy: An attribute given to a woven wrap describing how closely compacted the weave of the wrap is. (Opposite of dense).
Bounce: An attribute given to a woven wrap to describe how much ‘give’ it has, or how much the baby ‘bounces’ up and down with walking motion.
Conversion: A woven wrap is used, or converted, to make a MT, SSC, or RS
Cush: An attribute given to a woven wrap to describe how cushiony or padded the wrap feels on the wearer’s shoulders.
Dense: An attribute given to a woven wrap describing how closely compacted the weave of the wrap is. (Opposite of airy)
Felting: Damage to a wool carrier caused by improper washing practices wherein the fibers are overly agitated and end up drawing together and matted.
Flannelly: An attribute given to a woven wrap used to describe a soft, fuzzy, warm feeling wrap.
Grad/Grad dye: Graduation dye style in which the carrier is dyed in an ombre style
Grippy: An attribute given to a woven wrap used to describe how much it sticks to, or slips easily over itself when trying to slide passes. The more it sticks, the grippier it is. (Opposite of slippery).
Leg Straightener: Some babies like to lock and straighten their legs, almost as if they are trying to stand up in the wrap. This can cause the baby to ‘pop’ their seat, which means the bottom rail of the wrap comes out from behind their knees, and rides up their back leaving them without a hammock to sit in, and their bums exposed.
Legacy: A term used to refer to a wrap that the wearer plans on passing down to their child for future generations of babywearing.
Moldable: An attribute given to a woven wrap to describe how it feels when wrapped. The more a wrap feels like a second skin, or feels like it forms to you and your baby like shrink wrap, the more moldable it is.
Natty: Natural (undyed)
Nub: A lump, or thick place in the yarn of a woven wrap that occurs commonly in the weaving process.
Popped Seat: Some babies like to lock and straighten their legs, almost as if they are trying to stand up in the wrap. This can cause the baby to ‘pop’ their seat, which means the bottom rail of the wrap comes out from behind their knees, and rides up their back leaving them without a hammock to sit in, and their bums exposed.
Pull: A loop of yarn that has been pulled up in the fabric due to snagging.
Reinforced: When the cross passes are spread across the baby’s back as opposed to remaining bunched ‘straps’.
Rebozo: A form of tying a woven wrap which, in contrast to the ruck, takes the wrap over one shoulder (then back under), but, on the opposite side under the armpit and back over the shoulder.
Saggy: An attribute given to a woven wrap used to mean that the wrap doesn’t hold its shape when wrapped, and the baby changes position. Wrap sagging often becomes uncomfortable quickly for the wearer. (See: Supportive)
Slippery: An attribute given to a woven wrap used to describe how much it sticks to, or slips easily over itself when trying to slide passes. The easier the passes slide, the slipperier it is.
Slub: A lump, or thick place in the yarn of a woven wrap that occurs commonly in the weaving process.
Supportive: An attribute given to a woven wrap used to describe how well it carries the weight of the child and maintains its shape during use. More supportive wraps allow the wearer to to wear a heavier baby for longer without discomfort (The opposite of supportive is: Saggy)
Thick/thin: Attributes used to describe a woven wrap.
Thread Shifting: A flaw where parts of the weave shift or move leaving thin spaces, or gaps in the wrap.
Common babywearing acronyms and definitions:
B/W: Black and White
DISO: Desperately In Search Of
ETF: Easy to Find
FSOT: For Sale Or Trade
FS: For Sale
FT: For Trade
GN: Gender Neutral
GSW: German Style Woven Wrap
HSA: Highly Sought After
HTF: Hard to Find
IHA: I have already/available
Indio: A woven wrap with a particular weave made by Didymos
ISO: In Search Of
ITW: In The Works
IVDSO: In Very Desperate Search Of
LE: Limited Edition
MM: Middle Marker. A tag marking the middle of the wrap.
MV: Market Value. The value given to a carrier generally based on its popularity, and how difficult to find it is.
NIP: Nursing In Public
OOAK: One of a Kind
O/T: Off topic. A poster often puts this in front of a post that is off the main topic of the group.
OTW: On the way.
Permacrease: A flaw of permanent creasing in a woven wrap.
Permastash: A designation given to a carrier that the owner never plans to sell or trade.
PFA: Perfect Fit Adjusters (In reference to Kinderpack straps)
Ruck Straps: The part of the wrap that goes over your shoulders like backpack straps.
Shorty: A short woven wrap, usually a size 2 or 3.
Sling Rings: Can be used to turn a short woven wrap into a No Sew Ring Sling
SPOC: Simple Piece Of Cloth
Squish: A term used to refer to newborn babies. They’re just so squishy and adorable!
SS: Screen Shot or Stash Shot- a photo of all of your carriers.
SSS: Stash Shot Saturday
SSC: Soft Structured Carrier
STIH: Soft tape in hand
TBW: The Baby Wearer, an extensive and comprehensive internet forum dedicated to all things babywearing. http://www.thebabywearer.com/
TAS: Tied At Shoulder. Refers to where the knot is tied in a carry
TDF: To Die For
TIOT: Try It Out Tuesday. A day where we try out a new carry and share pictures.
The Swap: A common way to refer to Babywearing Swap, a Facebook group to buy, sell and trade baby carriers.
TT: Tied Tibetan: A term used to describe the way wrap tails can be threaded through the front of shoulder straps to create a chest belt – good for taking some of the weight off the shoulders, and for preventing strap slippage for those who have narrow shoulders.
TT: Temporary trade. Sometimes a babywearer will temporarily trade a carrier with another babywearer.
TUB: Tied Under Bum. Refers to where the knot is tied in a carry.
TV: Trade Value. The value given to a carrier in a trade transaction.
UMC: Ultimate Man Carrier
Unicorn: Used to refer to someone’s ultimate dream carrier.
WAHM: Work At Home Mom