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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.