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.)