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Tip Tuesday- Nursing in a Front Wrap Cross Carry

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.

Your baby is now only supported by the pocket and the X is between your body and your baby’s legs.

You can then shift your baby into a nursing position.  This is NOT a hands free way to nurse.

After you baby is finished nursing, return to the upright position.  You don’t want to leave your baby in the cradle position.  The baby isn’t secure until you re-assemble the wrap

Now put your baby’s legs back into the X.

Make sure your baby has a good seat.

Now, untie your wrap and retighten if necessary.  The younger your child the more likely you will need to retighten and the more important that you do.

At the conclusion, you should still have a very nice FWCC.

Featured Carry- Front Wrap Cross Carry Variations

By B

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!

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!