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Poppin’s Hip Carry Video Tutorial

The first carry that I was able to successfully nurse in, using a woven wrap was the Poppin’s Hip Carry. I also think it’s a very pretty carry and has therefore become a favorite of mine. The classic Poppin’s Hip Carry is tied under the baby’s bum but for aesthetic reasons and because I feel I can get it just a bit more secure, I prefer to tie it in the back, as in behind my back. A Poppin’s Hip Carry can really be done with any size woven wrap depending on the size of mom and the size of baby. I learned this carry using my base size of a 5 and I found it easier to learn to do with a larger wrap. Once I got the hang of it, I have done it in a longer size 2 and in a size 3 comfortably. The baby still needs seat support from knee to knee in this carry as with any carry so when making your seat please keep the gentle M position in mind. Also keep in mind for nursing you may want to keep baby just a bit lower than “close enough to kiss” once baby has finished nursing you can undo the 2nd knot in your double knot and tighten up a bit to raise baby back up. I tend to just wear baby a tad low just enough to nurse in this carry. Nursing in any carry, especially a woven wrap takes a lot of practice, I still do not feel as tho I have completely mastered it. Below is my video tutorial for Poppin’s Hip Carry tied in back.

http://youtu.be/UIqX1toMdD0

Poppin’s Hip Carry Video Tutorial

Lydia

Tip Tuesday- Ring Position

By CS

Tips and Tricks – Ring Position

We previously talked about theading and sizing your ring slings (http://bwiofpeoria.org/2012/03/13/tip-tuesday-3/) but for a long time I always ended up with my rings too low so I wanted to talk about ring positioning.  The ring sling that I am using is the BWI of Peoria Library BB Sling in Papaya.  It was donated by Nova Natural.  It is actually made from a wrap so is a nice and sturdy ring sling.  

As you can see, I am first sizing my ring sling by adjusting it to the distance between my shoulder and hips.  

I like to carry on my left hip, so I put my left arm and head through the sling.

I want to end up with my rings in a high corsage position.  To do this, I am actually going to line up the seam of the ring sling with the seam of my shirt. If you are new to ring slings, you may actually want to start with it a little behind the seam of your shirt.

Then you place your baby in the carrier.  This is 14 month old T.  As always, make sure you get a good seat.

To tighten the carrier, pull the top rail horizontal instead of down

If you need to tighten the bottom rail, you can pull it down.

Then spread the fabric wide over you back and over your shoulder as comfortable.

As you can see, my rings ended up in the high corsage position and my baby is secured nice, tight and close enough to kiss.

Tip Tuesday- Fixing a Pull

By KSC

This week we will talk about how to fix a pull.  I will be using a Vatanai that I purchased with a few pulls in it.  You can get a pull in a wrap from wearing rings, snagging it on a fingernail or clothing.  Pulls usually can be fixed with a little patience, time and a needle.  You want to fix pulls you may find in your wrap so that they do not break and cause a weak point in your wrap.
Here you can see the pull, it is about an inch long.  The pull is located near the end of the wrap.
You now will take your needle and make sure the pull isn’t broken.  If it is broken you would tie off the ends first.
 Now the goal is to work the pull back through the wrap in both directions.  I start with one side and follow the weave of the wrap.  I will take the thread and distribute it evenly along the weave.
 Here is what it looks like after completing one side of the pull.  You will still see it a little loose but spread out along the wrap
 Both sides are now distributed along the weave.  I then take the wrap in hand and pull in all directions of stretch.  The next step is to wash the wrap on a warm cycle and lightly dry in the dryer to tighten up the weave again.  After that you should not be able to see the area of the pull at all.

Featured Carry- Ruck Tied In Front

By CS

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.

The first step is getting your baby on your back.  There are lots of ways to do this.  I am using a superman toss method, but any method is fine.  Personally, I like the superman toss because it is easy to get your baby as high as you would like.
The wrap needs to end up centered on your baby.
After your child is on your back and the wrap is going around his body, bring each end of the wrap over your shoulder.
Make sure your child has a good seat and the wrap is going from knee to knee.  Also make sure the wrap extends up to your baby’s armpits. Then you are going to take the wrap and gather it over each shoulder.
Next you are going to take the gathered wrap and bring it under your arms and over your baby’s legs.
Cross it under your baby’s butt and bring it back around to the front by going under your baby’s legs.
Tie in front with a double knot.  If you prefer to tie Tibetan, you could do that as well.
This is a very easy carry and if you have never tied on your back before his is a good one to start learning.

Tip Tuesday- The Couch Method

By KSC

Today we will talk about the chair method to get your little one on your back.  This is a great way to get comfortable getting a little one on your back in a safe manner until you feel ready to try some of the other methods.  My husband has a bit of a problem loading our son on his back unless I am there to help him out.  He is a bit too tall for Nolan to climb on his back and he has not mastered the hip scoot method yet.  This way is safe and easy for my husband to get Nolan up all by himself.  He is using our lending library’s Tula standard size carrier.
First lay out the carrier on a chair or couch, this can even be done in the car.  Loosen the arm straps a bit more than usual to make it easier to pull up over your shoulders.
 Seat child in the carrier with the legs under the waist strap.
 Sit in front of carrier and child and attach the waist strap.  Tighten it as much as possible.
 Slip arms through the arm straps, which are buckled just loosened.
Come to a standing position and tighten the waist straps and arm straps.
 Push up  on child’s legs gently to insure that the child’s bottom is lower than the knees ensuring a good seat
Now you are done.  Child is happy and safely on daddy’s back.  You can sit back down and remove the arm straps and waist strap to unload child.

Tip Tuesday- Two Ways to Wear a Pouch

This week we will talk about using a pouch and the two ways to wear it.  I don’t like the pouch for when babies are under 4 months old but I think they work nicely when they are at the stage of sitting up and curious to look around.  They also are great to have in the diaper bag or leave in the car in case you need to make a quick trip into a store.  I will be using a Hotsling from the lending library.  The first way to wear it is the shoulder flip which is the way my Hotsling directions has listed.
First take the tube of fabric and fold it in half with the outside edges touching and the small tag on the outside showing.
Take your folded tube and put it over your head sash style with the edges facing up.  I like to carry on my left hip so I put my left arm through the fabric and it ends up over my right shoulder.
 Here you can see the pocket opening facing up.  You also want to position the seam so it will sit right on the baby’s bottom.
 Now you hold baby in a high burp position, reach under the pouch and guide baby’s legs through the pouch.
 Still guiding baby through the pouch to sit into the seam area. Spread the fabric to baby’s knees and place baby’s knees higher than his bottom to ensure a nice seat.
Now with baby seated in the pouch you can tighten up the top portion by pulling down the top piece of material that is sitting on your shoulder
Here is what it will look like when complete (baby does have legs out although my hand is covering that).

Now to show you how to wear the pouch with a twist.  This way is really nice if the sling is slightly too large.  

First take the tube and fold in half inside out.    You can see the tags are on the outside of the pouch.
Slide your arm through sash style but the opening will now be facing the floor.
Next you will take the bottom outside edge of the pouch and bring it up towards you.  This will bring all the tags back to the inside of the pouch.
Still keep your seam area for the baby’s bottom.  Slide baby in from a high burp position and reach under to bring the legs through.
 Bring pouch up baby’s back.

 This is what the pouch will look like when worn with the twist.  It keeps baby in snug while keeping both pouch pieces over your shoulder.  

Tip Tuesday- Buleria Finish

By KSC

Our tip this week will be a tie off known as the Knotless finish or Buleria finish.  I am using our lending library’s Didymos Sequoia Waves donated by Birdies’ Room, it is a size 4(3.6m).  This type of tie off or finish is another way to have a chest belt variation other than Tibetian or tying at the shoulder.  It also can be utilized when using a shorter wrap for some carriers.
For this tie off you will have one tail end coming over your shoulder and one tail end coming under that same arm.
Take the tail end that is coming from under your arm and cross it over the other tail.
We will be working with this one tail for now
 Now you will bring that tail to the back of the tail coming over your shoulder.
 I reach from above and behind and pull that same tail up and over itself, as if you were tying a single knot.
 Now you can lay it down over the front.
 Now we will use the other tail that is coming over your shoulder.  You will now take that tail and bring it across to your opposite shoulder.
 Pull this tail through the ruck strap.
I now put my hand up and underneath the chest belt.
Pull that same tail down and through the chest pass.
Now you are done and have a nice Buleria finish.

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.

As always, we love your participation in the Featured Carry series! We’d love for you to share pictures of yourself doing the Featured Carry on our Facebook page. Feel free to share your own tips, tweaks, tutorials, videos, whatever!

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 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

 

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!