You might remember our Featured Carry- Front Wrap Cross Carry that we did a while back. FWCC is one of my very favorite carries. As Baby Girl is getting bigger and, especially, with the hot weather, I’m finding that I don’t want to use as long of a wrap. I’ve been reaching for my shorter wraps far more. Luckily for me, there are some variations on a front wrap cross carry that give me the features of this carry that I love, but let me use a shorter wrap. I’ll share 3 variations of it with you here.
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The first variation is Front Wrap Cross Carry Tied Under Bum (FWCC TUB). This is nice for hot weather because there is only one layer of fabric across baby’s back. I’m using a size 3 wrap here. In all pics, baby is 11.5 (!) months.
I start by putting the center marker in the center of my body. I hold it with my chin, let one side drop and deal with the other side
I hold the top edge on the wrap, passing it from one hand to the other, behind my back
Still holding that top edge to make sure the crosses lie flat, I bring the end up
and over my shoulder. I bunch it now.
I do the same with the other side, passing it from hand to hand by the top edge, bring it across my back and over my shoulder
So I have a nice smooth X on my back, just like in regular FWCC
Now, I add baby, reaching my hand under the wrap to guide her legs through
Make sure the wrap is spread from knees to armpits
Tighten one side,
then the other
I spread out more as I go, making sure it is at least up to baby’s armpits. I also want her to be in a nice seat, with the wrap tucked underneath her bottom, knees higher than bottom. All this is exactly the same as regular Front Wrap Cross Carry.
Make sure it’s nice and snug. I tighten up both rails and the center.
This is the part of regular FWCC where you would go over and under the legs, making a cross on baby’s bottom, then tying behind your back. But in FWCC TUB, we are going to instead tie under the bum now.
Once I get that first half of the knot tied, I like to do a little bounce as I tighten that.
That gets it nice and snug. Then, I make sure that the knot is fully under baby’s bottom. This locks her legs into a seated position, so she can’t straighten them and pop out of her nice seat. I finish tying the double knot.
Front Wrap Cross Carry Tied Under Bum
The next variation is Half Front Wrap Cross Carry. I’ve been doing this carry a lot lately and really like it. The wrap here is 3.5 m.
I start with a short tail over my shoulder. I only need enough to tie a slip knot to, but have some extra wrap here, so I’m taking up some extra. I bring the wrap behind my back, again, holding the top edge so it doesn’t get twisted.
The wrap goes across my front, under the short tail, under my other arm
around my back
and up over my shoulder
Now, I add baby. Again, bringing my hand underneath the wrap to guide her legs through
Spreading the wrap out on her back, getting her in a nice seat
I tighten everything up
And bring the wrap over her shoulder, across her body and under her other leg
Then, I take the wrap straight up
and tie in either a knot
or, my preference, a slip knot
Spread that cross pass out over her bottom, from knee to knee
That’s it. Half Front Wrap Cross Carry. I think this is a really nice looking carry. It would look great for a formal occasion. You get the flowy drama of a ring sling, with the versatility of a wrap.
The last carry is the Semi Front Wrap Cross Carry. I’m doing this with a size 4, but you could definitely use a shorter wrap, possibly even a 2. I’ll have to try when my 2 comes home and update.
Normally, I would start the wrap, then add baby, but she really did not want to be put down, so I wrapped around her.
I start off with the wrap stuffed in my pocket, a generous handful of the end. I’m leaving some extra length there since I have plenty.
I go across baby and under my arm
Around my back, trying to keep things somewhat tight as I go
I go under my other arm as well, getting baby situated in her seat as I go
I bring the wrap back across baby again. The wrap hasn’t gone over either of my shoulders at this point, just wrapped around my body. It is going over both of baby’s legs.
The wrap goes under that arm again
Then up over my shoulder, on the same side that the other end of the wrap is tucked.
Tighten everything up. Take the end out of your pocket
And tie it in a slip knot (or regular knot). Spread that pass out nicely on baby’s bottom
And there you have Semi Front Wrap Cross Carry
From the back
If you’ve made it this far, you must be a hard core wrapper! Now, go take some pics and share them with us!