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Tip Tuesday- Sandwiched Shoulders

By KSC

 

Today we will talk about two different ways to have your shoulder straps lay in a wrap carry.  The first is known as “bunched” and the second is known as “sandwiched”.  I will be using our lending library’s Dolcino wrap, it is a size 6 (4.2m) but this method can be used with any size wrap.  It is especially useful when doing a rucksack carry as it helps maintain a good knee to knee seat for your little one.

 

 

 

First I put my son on my back in my usual manner, I tuck the wrap knee to knee on him and up between my back and his body.  I bring both straps over my shoulders.

 

At this point you can see both shoulder straps are just bunched up on my shoulders.  This is known as the bunched method.  I can hold both straps in my hand and stand straight up with him in the seat and finish off the carry as I normally would by brining both straps to the back over his legs, cross under his bum then under the opposite leg bring in front and tie in a knot.

Or you can do the sandwiched shoulder.  I lean over a bit again, tuck one shoulder strap between my knees and work with one side at a time.  I spread the entire shoulder strap width out over my arm.

I then bring both rails together by taking the rail closest to my wrist and matching it up with the rail closest to my neck, so that the fold will now be closer to my shoulder.  You can see the lighter green portion of the wrap is now under the the top darker portion.

 

I do this on both sides and finish off the carry as I normally would as stated above.

Finished off with sandwiched shoulders.  This method adds a bit of cushion to the shoulder area while also making the fabric a little more narrow.

Here I will show bunched shoulders to sandwiched in a front carry.  Here I am doing our featured carry the Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC).

 

Bunched shoulders coming around my back and over my shoulders.

Now I take one shoulder at a time and pull down on the rail closest to the outside near my shoulder.

I spread the fabric down towards my wrist.

 

 

Pull that rail up towards my neck.  Now you can see the lighter green bottom portion of the wrap is sitting on top of the darker green top portion.

This is the sandwiched shoulder in a FWCC.

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Carry- Front Wrap Cross Carry

By B

This biweek’s featured carry is the front wrap cross carry (FWCC). This is my personal go to front carry. It can be used with any age baby, from birth. I find it easy to nurse in. I can squeak this carry out with a size 5 wrap (4.2m), but I need a size 6 (4.6 m) to have enough slack to nurse in. In this tutorial, I’m using the lending library’s Colimacon et Cie, which is 4.5 m. I did this tutorial in a parking lot as parking lot wrapping and how to do it had been mentioned. Some parking lot wrapping tips:
I wouldn’t use a super special or delicate wrap for this. You can use the technique in this video to wrap without your tails touching the ground, but I usually don’t bother. If it’s very dirty or wet I just wrap inside.

Now, on to the Featured Carry! We encourage you to learn or practice the carry along with us. Share a pic on our Facebook page. Post a link to your favorite tutorial (besides this one!) or create your own.

First, I gather my supplies. My adorable baby is just shy of 8 months here.

I find the center of the wrap, marked by the tag.

I hold the center with my chin. I’ll be dealing with one side of the wrap at a time. The other side will hang down. You can see that the ends are touching the ground, but they don’t get particularly dirty. Just try not to step on them!

I’m dealing only with the top edge (also called the rail) of the wrap right now, passing it from one hand, behind my back to my other hand.

And bring it up over the opposite shoulder, just like putting on a coat. See how I’m holding only the top rail and the wrap is nice and flat on my back, not twisted?

Bunching it up onto my shoulder.

Do the exact same thing on the other side. Pass from one hand to the other, bring the wrap up over the opposite shoulder, so it’s crossed on my back.

X on my back. Nice and neat, not twisted. You could also wrap up to this point before leaving the house, rather than in the parking lot.

Now, I’ll take my baby and put her through the horizontal part of the wrap going across my belly. I have her in a high burp hold while I put her legs through.

I like to put my hand underneath to guide baby’s legs through.

Get her into a nice seated position

Pull on either side of the wrap to tighten up the horizontal pass. I pull up and out to tighten

Make a nice seat for baby. Tuck the fabric under her bottom, between the two of you.

The top edge of the fabric goes up to her armpits. For a younger or sleeping baby, it can go up higher to support the head.

Make sure to tighten the top rail well. If I didn’t twist the fabric, the inner edge will correspond to the top edge. I can pull on the whole wrap to tighten the whole thing, or the edge to tighten the edge. This is important so baby doesn’t lean away too much. Be careful when tightening the bottom rail that you don’t pull the seat out from under baby.

 

Bring one side across baby, over one leg and under the other.

Do the same thing on the other side. Cross the crap over baby and her other leg, making an X on her bottom. You can also use those cross passes to support baby’s head. If baby falls asleep, I’ll tuck her little arms in, turn her head to the side and use one cross pass to support her sleepy head.

Take one end of the wrap in each hand and do a little bounce to tighten everything up. This is your last chance to tighten any rails that need it.

Tie in a double knot. If you have extra length and want to tie a bow, that’s fine, but tie a knot first for security.

You’re done! Now load all the kids into the car like a super parent!

There is is, front wrap cross carry. Go learn it, post your pics, questions, comments, come to a meeting and practice. There’s one this Saturday!

 

Featured Carry- Pocket Wrap Cross Carry

By B

 

This is something new BWI of Peoria will be trying, featuring a different wrap carry every two weeks. We encourage you to learn it or brush up on it if you already know it. Take a pic and post it to our Facebook page, make a photo or video tutorial yourself or share a link to some instructions that you love.

Our first featured carry is Pocket Wrap Cross Carry (PWCC). This is the most common carry done with a stretchy wrap.You can do it with a woven wrap as well, just experiment with how much space to leave for baby. I’m demonstrating with the Wrapsody Bali Baby Stretch from our lending library and a 17 lb, 9 month old baby. This is a pretied carry, so I’ll tie the wrap on, then put baby in. This is great for a young baby who needs to be popped out for frequent diaper changes. It’s also really nice for when you’re going out and about. You can tie it on at home, then put baby on in the parking lot without having to worry about tails dragging on the dirty ground.

Here, I’m holding the center (where the tag is) of the wrap with my chin

I’m holding the top edge of the wrap in one hand. It doesn’t matter which side you start with.

I’ve passed the edge, also called a “rail”, to the other hand

Still holding that edge, I’m putting it over my shoulder, with a motion just as I’d put on a jacket.

 

I’ve bunched it up on the opposite shoulder

Now, I’ll do the same thing with the other side. Holding the top edge only

Passing the edge to the opposite hand

Pulling it over my shoulder and bunching it up

From the front

I’ll be tucking the 2 vertical pieces, one at a time, under the horizontal piece

I’ll criss cross one piece over the other, Ideally, the piece that is on top in the cross on your back should be on top in the cross on your front, but it doesn’t matter tons.

After I criss cross, I bring both ends around behind my back.

 

I can tie in a double knot, now or, if I have enough extra fabric, I can bring both ends around to the front and knot there. If I have excess, I can tie a bow AFTER I tie the double knot. The double knot is important because we don’t want the material to get caught on something and come untied accidentally.

I’m going to push the horizontal pass down to prepare to put baby into the wrap.

Here, I’m pulling on my cross passes (the x parts) to make sure they are loose enough to get baby in. The horizontal pass will get tight, but don’t worry about that for now.

Grab your baby and put her in a high burp hold

We’re going to tuck one leg at a time into that X. Her leg is going to go under the top of the X and over the bottom part, so that the X is on her bottom.

First one leg

Then, the other

That X is right under her little bottom. This supports her and keeps her in the wrap.

As I settle her into her seat, I’m spreading the fabric of the X. First the cross that is closer to my body, then the outer one.

I’m making sure to spread the fabric from knee to knee. For a young baby, I could use one of these to support the head.

Now, we’re going back to that horizontal pass that I pushed down earlier. When I pull it out, I’ll tighten up the cross passes, snugging up the X and giving enough slack to move the horizontal pass up.

 

I’ll tuck one leg at a time straight down through the horizontal pass

Then, I’ll spread out the fabric.

I can spread the crosses in the back to be more comfortable. I can also “sandwich” the shoulders. (Not shown, but maybe a topic for another post.)

All done!