This week’s featured carry carry is the Ruck Tied in Front (RTIF). This is my go to back carry. I like it because it is easy to tie and very quick. It is also a single layer over the child and just the ruck straps for me. This makes it a good carry for warmer weather. For this carry I am using our library’s Didymos Sequoia Waves. This wrap was donated by Birdie’s Room and the pictures don’t quite do it justice. It is a size 4 and my son in about 10 months in these pictures. This carry is good for babies with good head and torso control as well as for toddlers.
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!