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We’re back with some tutorial videos!!!

If you are local to Peoria, IL, you know that, though our blog has been languishing, our group has been growing. Babywearing International of Peoria still has meeting twice a month. Check out our Facebook page and Facebook chat group for more info on our events. With our growing membership, we’ve found some new volunteers and hope to get back to at least semi-regular blogging. I’m very excited to introduce a new volunteer who will be doing some tutorial videos! She isn’t a VBE yet, but she’s very enthusiastic and is learning fast.

Bio
Hi, I’m Lydia a mom to a 5 year old daughter and a 7 month old daughter. I am relatively new to babywearing but have dove in head first. I did not really know anything about babywearng with my first daughter– using a hot sling fitted pouch and a bjorn style carrier. When I had my second daughter along with two dogs I knew that there had to be a better way to keep my baby close and still be able to accomplish my daily responsibilities. I started out with a Moby, but when we moved into the an apartment, completely new to Peoria with warm weather approaching, I needed better options to use when taking my dogs on walks. I went to the local Target and bought an Ergo, which to me was my gateway to babywearing. I found our local group through a google search and connected with them on Facebook. I soon discovered so many more options existed and I wanted to try them all. A ring sling was next, followed by a woven wrap (or a few). Between video tutorials and hands on help at the local BWI Peoria meetings I became pretty obsessed with babywearing. I cannot go a single day without babywearing multiple times a day. I babywear for dog walks, cleaning, grocery shopping, breastfeeding, snuggling and just to walk from my front door to the car!
When I really started learning about woven wraps and wrapping the name of the carry that I heard tossed around so often was “The Double Hammock”, abbreviated DH. After much practice with front carries, I was feeling very comfortable with my woven wrap. I moved on to back carries. My first truly successful back carry was a double hammock; it felt so secure with my barely 6 month old baby girl. Below are a few video tutorials that are all about the double hammock. All three videos are done using our lending library’s Ellevill Zara Blossom size 6. A double hammock is not a beginning carry but can be accomplished with practice. This carry can be done with any woven wrap size 4 to 7 depending on the size of wearer and baby.  This first video will walk you through the steps of a double hammock. This video uses a hip scoot with the seat made on my hip. Remember to start off center of the middle marker as mentioned in the video.
This next video is a variation on a double hammock. This video uses 2 sling rings to secure the tails of the double hammock at the chest pass versus tying off. This is a double hammock double rings or abbreviated DHDR. Only rings from slingrings.com should be used for babywearing as they are weight tested. Never use welded rings for babywearing! This variation is my all time favorite. Since the carry is secured right at the chest belt there is no need to tie off. Therefore, this carry can me done with a woven wrap of pretty much any size 2  and up, depending on the size of wearer and baby as well as how much tail you don’t mind having left over. This variation also starts off center
This final double hammock video I always think of as “oops I wanted to do a double hammock”. This varaition starts at the middle marker and ties at the shoulder or can be tied with a candy cane chest belt. Tied at the should is abbreviated DHTAS and the candy cane chest belt variation is abbreviated DH w/ CCCB. This, like the orginal double hammock, can be done with a woven wrap size 4 to 7. I like to do this variation when I already have baby on my back with the middle marker at baby’s back and realize… oh wait I wanted to do a double hammock, now what? A double hammock can still be done with this variation.
Please remember that all back carries must be done with a  woven wrap, not a stretchy wrap. It is also a good idea to have a spotter or to attempt this over a soft surface if you are not experienced with back wrapping. Hopefully these videos help you find the love for the double hammock.

Wearing Two in One Wrap

By B

Those of you who follow our Facebook page may have noticed my pic the other day of myself wearing 2 toddlers, my own and one I babysit. Several people posted to ask how I did it, so I banged out a quick tutorial at our recent park playdate. I am wearing an 18 month old and a 15 month old in my size 6 Hopp (I’d call it a long 6). We do have a Hoppediz in our lending library as well.

I start off with child 2 on my back. He is in a rucksack carry that is not yet tied off.

Basicallly, I’m going to tie the straps Tibetan and put Baby 1 in the crosses, much like a Front Cross Carry. I criss cross the straps across my chest and bring them through the ruck straps.

I use my arm to make space in the straps where I will put baby

Holding baby in a high burp position, I reach underneath and bring her leg through. She ends up with the X on her bottom. I spread the crosses so that baby is supported. (See the Front Cross Carry tutorial if you need more detailed instructions on that carry.)

Then, I tie a knot behind her back. I’ve also tied under her bottom and I’ve seen it tied in between baby and wearer.

The view from the front

side

and back

I like this carry because I feel like each baby is well supported, but they aren’t pulling on each other as much as some other ways to wear two in one  wrap.

The only drawback is that if the baby on the back wants off, you have to take down the front baby, too.

Wearing a Sick Child

By HD

 

It is awful when your little one isn’t feeling so well. Babies who are sick need to be held close and snuggled; they need mom or dad to help get them through this crummy time.

Babywearing makes it so easy to give your little one the extra they need. My son was sick a few weeks ago and we snuggled up in a woven wrap (the woven pictured here is the Dolcino from the BWI-Peoria Library). Woven wraps allow your to bundle up your child and keep them comfy and cozy. I used a front wrap cross carry, even though we usually do back carries, so he could stay right up on my chest.

Once he was feeling better, he was up on my back ready to see what he had missed while he was sick!

Tip and Tricks: No Sew Ring Sling

By CS

As my collection of wraps have grown, I have acquired some that I really love.  I wear them often but sometimes I want the convenience of a ring sling.  A No Sew Sling Ring is a way to have the best of both worlds.  You can wear a beautiful wrap but you can have the ease of the ring slings.

The first thing you need is a wrap.  I am using the BWI of Peoria’s size 2 Girasol.  A No Sew Ring Sling is best with shorter wrap.  You also need a pair of rings.  They need to be rings specifically made for use in a ring sling.  You want to make sure they are of sufficient cross-section and diameter.  In addition, there should be no gaps or welds.  They also need to be qualified at a weight in excess of that of your baby.  The best thing to do is order from www.slingrings.com because then you know you are getting the right rings.
Starting with the wrong side of the wrap facing you.  Thread the wrap through both rings.
Now pull a section of the wrap through and thread it over the top ring and under the bottom.  This is the same way you would normally fasten a ring sling
Pull the rest of the section through and pull it tight being careful not to twist the fabric.
This part is going to be the back, inner part of the ring sling.  You can now flip your wrap over and bring the other end up and thread it normally by coming up through both rings from the bottom.
And then back over the top ring and under the bottom.  Your rings may be a little offset so make sure you are threading it correctly.
Then put on your No Sew Ring Sling as you normally would.
After you get your child placed, you may need to tuck in the tail when you spread the ring sling across your back.
When you have finished, you should able to use your wrap just as you would a ring sling.
You shouldn’t need to adjust the rings and more than normal.  If you do find your child to be slipping slightly you can try pulling a longer section through in the beginning.  If you are trying this with a really thick wrap, you might try pulling a longer section through to start but only pulling it through both rings and not doing the over the top ring and under the bottom ring.  This will leave the rings more like a true ring sling but then the only thing keeping it there is the weight of the baby and friction of the fabric.  If you are doing this method, you need to be sure to start with a long enough section pulled through.
I hope you enjoy this way of using your wraps.

Tip Tuesday- Nursing in a Front Wrap Cross Carry

By CS (KSC is taking a little maternity break from tips, but we’ll see her in the fall with some newborn tips, I’d bet)

Nursing in Front Wrap Cross Carry

Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) is probably the first carry that many people learn.  I know it is the first carry that I learned and it is definitely the first carry I teach.  It is one of my go to carries.  I use it or one of its variations from birth till the present day.  It was only recently that I learned this great tip for nursing in it though.  Previously to nurse, I would untie the knot, lower my baby, nurse, and then basically re-tie the carry.  I’ll admit it wasn’t my favorite which is one of the reasons that I love this tip.

Start with your child in FWCC.  This is my 13 month old guy.  As you can see, I am wearing him really high and he has a nice seat but there is no way I could nurse in this position.  

I have my wrap bunched already but if you are using FWCC with the passes spread across your child’s back you would bunch them.  Then you will take your baby out of the crosses without untying the wrap.

Your baby is now only supported by the pocket and the X is between your body and your baby’s legs.

You can then shift your baby into a nursing position.  This is NOT a hands free way to nurse.

After you baby is finished nursing, return to the upright position.  You don’t want to leave your baby in the cradle position.  The baby isn’t secure until you re-assemble the wrap

Now put your baby’s legs back into the X.

Make sure your baby has a good seat.

Now, untie your wrap and retighten if necessary.  The younger your child the more likely you will need to retighten and the more important that you do.

At the conclusion, you should still have a very nice FWCC.

Tip Tuesday- Fixing a Pull

By KSC

This week we will talk about how to fix a pull.  I will be using a Vatanai that I purchased with a few pulls in it.  You can get a pull in a wrap from wearing rings, snagging it on a fingernail or clothing.  Pulls usually can be fixed with a little patience, time and a needle.  You want to fix pulls you may find in your wrap so that they do not break and cause a weak point in your wrap.
Here you can see the pull, it is about an inch long.  The pull is located near the end of the wrap.
You now will take your needle and make sure the pull isn’t broken.  If it is broken you would tie off the ends first.
 Now the goal is to work the pull back through the wrap in both directions.  I start with one side and follow the weave of the wrap.  I will take the thread and distribute it evenly along the weave.
 Here is what it looks like after completing one side of the pull.  You will still see it a little loose but spread out along the wrap
 Both sides are now distributed along the weave.  I then take the wrap in hand and pull in all directions of stretch.  The next step is to wash the wrap on a warm cycle and lightly dry in the dryer to tighten up the weave again.  After that you should not be able to see the area of the pull at all.

Wrapsody Water Wrap Review

By B

We bought the Wrapsody Water Wrap because we thought it would be a popular choice in the lending library for summer. I was able to try it out with Baby Girl at a pool party recently.   I also took it along on an all day trip to the water park.

The material seems similar to rash guard shirts that the kids wear. It is said to be SPF 45. I always worry about my fair skinned kids burning, so another layer of sun protection is fantastic. I liked being able to spread the wrap out on my shoulders for some extra sun protection for myself.

And, really, nothing makes you feel more confident about your post baby swim suit body than strapping on a baby to cover part of it!

The wrap is rated for water use to 35 pounds; land use to 25 pounds. Baby Girl is less than than and was very comfortable in there. Like the rash guard shirts, the material is stretchy enough that I could pop baby in and out without untying, but not so stretchy that it was saggy. With a wiggly and squirmy 1 year old, I really like having a two shouldered carrier to contain her. I felt very secure in the pool with her.

At the water park, we did the wave pool and even a small slide with her in the wrap. Even wearing her around all day long, I didn’t feel like I needed to adjust too much. It was really nice to be able to help my older child fill water balloons and still take care of baby. I didn’t try this in the shower. I think the water ring sling might shine a bit more for that.

The material dried quickly, so it wasn’t awkward to wear around, even empty. Being very thin, this also folds up much smaller than most wraps. This is a big bonus for us as we are generally packing up half the house for a trip to the pool. The material is soft enough for use with a newborn.

All in all, I think this is a terrific water carrier for a tiny baby or squirmy toddler!

Tip Tuesday- Nursing in a Carrier

By KSC

To wrap up World Breastfeeding Week, I thought today’s tip should show one of the ways to make breastfeeding easier while babywearing.  I am using our lending library’s Girasol in a size 2 in a rebozo carry.  I really like wearing a tank top under my shirt to provide belly coverage when using a ring sling or rebozo carry when you don’t have as much coverage from the carrier itself.

Before putting on the carrier I pull up my outer t-shirt.
 T-shirt now in position for nursing.
Next I would put on my carrier.  Put baby in a bit lower than normal to the right height for nursing in the upright position.
I can then pull down on my tank top or unclip it if it is one made for nursing.
Now I am in the nursing position with nipple fully exposed but plenty of coverage.  You can also use a button down shirt, one that crosses in the front for the same coverage.