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BB goes to CO

By ME

 

The BB Slen is a well-traveled wrap! It came with my little family on a trip to north central Colorado. Only a mere 30 miles south of the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history, we went on a mile long hike in the Front Range foothills of the Rocky Mountains at Heil Valley Ranch. I tossed my 18-lb, 14-month old on my back in a rucksack carry.

 

 

It was a comfortable 70-something degree, overcast day at the beginning of our hike, which was an improvement from 99 degrees the day before! By the end of the hike, the sun had come out, and I could feel the sweat was rolling.

 

What I love most about this wrap and rucksack carry is the even distribution of weight on my back. There aren’t any pressure points, and when tied tightly (with the help of my lovely husband), Baby felt snug and secure. I could jiggle side to side, and she wasn’t going to go anywhere. Safety was a big factor here, especially considering the rocky and uneven terrain we were hiking on. Thank goodness, I did not end up getting winded, as it was a nice, leisurely hike, even considering the altitude.

 

 

The absolute best part of all…having your sweet little one fall asleep while being worn. To me, as a mother, nothing is more validating than having a happy, content, SLEEPING baby while I get to enjoy mother nature. To keep her sleeping, bobble-head secure, I just had my husband help pull the sides of the wrap up on either side of her, while making sure her face was still visible and her airways free.

 

 

Overall, we had a fantastic hike. Thank you so much to Babywearing International of Peoria for letting us borrow this beautiful wrap for our trip!!!!

Featured Carry- Front Cross Carry

By B

This is the very first carry I learned as a new wrapper! It uses the same length that you would use for a front wrap cross carry. For me, that’s a size 6 (4.6m). I’m using our BB Slen, which is 4.9 m. The adorable baby is 10 months old.

Front Cross Carry (FCC) is a pretied carry, so really nice for out and about. Since it knots in the front, it’s great for running errands. You don’t have a knot digging into your back while you’re seated in the car.

As always, we LOVE for you to try these carries with us, share pics on our Facebook page, ask questions, share your tips or link to great instructional videos!

We start this carry with the middle of the wrap in the middle of your back

 

I hold one end between my legs to make sure everything stays centered while I cross the other end across my front.

 

Then cross the other end over the other shoulder

Make sure these aren’t too tight. Since this is a pretied carry, you’ll want to tinker around with how much slack you need to have room for baby without being too saggy.

Criss cross across your back, one side

Then the other

Then knot in front. As usual, tie a double knot. If you have extra and want to tie a bow, do so, but only after you’ve tied the knot.

Move any slack in the straps to the front to make room for baby

You are going to put baby in the crosses so the X is on her butt. If you did Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC), this is the same carry, but without the horizontal pass. Baby goes in the same way. I put her in the pass that is underneath the other one, closest to my body first, spreading as I go.

I want the wrap spread from knee to knee so she is in a nice seat. I also want the wrap going up to at least her armpits. (Honestly, I don’t have this spread well enough. It should go up higher on her back, ideally, to her armpits. I didn’t notice until after we were done with pics. So spread spread spread those passes!)

As I get the passes more spread out, she’s settling more into the seat and I’m able to hold onto her less and spread the wrap with both hands

That’s basically it. For a younger baby, I can tuck her arms in and use one of the crosses to support her head. Now, I can leave it like this

Or I can sandwich the shoulders