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Wearing Two in One Wrap

By B

Those of you who follow our Facebook page may have noticed my pic the other day of myself wearing 2 toddlers, my own and one I babysit. Several people posted to ask how I did it, so I banged out a quick tutorial at our recent park playdate. I am wearing an 18 month old and a 15 month old in my size 6 Hopp (I’d call it a long 6). We do have a Hoppediz in our lending library as well.

I start off with child 2 on my back. He is in a rucksack carry that is not yet tied off.

Basicallly, I’m going to tie the straps Tibetan and put Baby 1 in the crosses, much like a Front Cross Carry. I criss cross the straps across my chest and bring them through the ruck straps.

I use my arm to make space in the straps where I will put baby

Holding baby in a high burp position, I reach underneath and bring her leg through. She ends up with the X on her bottom. I spread the crosses so that baby is supported. (See the Front Cross Carry tutorial if you need more detailed instructions on that carry.)

Then, I tie a knot behind her back. I’ve also tied under her bottom and I’ve seen it tied in between baby and wearer.

The view from the front

side

and back

I like this carry because I feel like each baby is well supported, but they aren’t pulling on each other as much as some other ways to wear two in one  wrap.

The only drawback is that if the baby on the back wants off, you have to take down the front baby, too.

Wearing a Sick Child

By HD

 

It is awful when your little one isn’t feeling so well. Babies who are sick need to be held close and snuggled; they need mom or dad to help get them through this crummy time.

Babywearing makes it so easy to give your little one the extra they need. My son was sick a few weeks ago and we snuggled up in a woven wrap (the woven pictured here is the Dolcino from the BWI-Peoria Library). Woven wraps allow your to bundle up your child and keep them comfy and cozy. I used a front wrap cross carry, even though we usually do back carries, so he could stay right up on my chest.

Once he was feeling better, he was up on my back ready to see what he had missed while he was sick!

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- Breaking in Your Wrap

By KSC

This week we will talk about some of the ways to break in a new wrap.  Sometimes when we purchase a wrap new from a retailer the fabric is a bit stiff and more difficult to wrap with.  These are some tips to help soften the wrap more quickly.
The first thing you can do is wash your wrap according to the directions on the label.  For cotton wraps I usually wash on cold, for hemp or linen blends I will wash on warm or hot.  Silk and wool I hand wash.  I like to line dry my wraps to avoid any shrinkage but you can put your cotton in the dryer.  If you do line dry you can put your wrap in the dryer for some air dry time with some tennis balls, wool balls or I have even heard of people putting in their Crocs with the wrap.  I have never tried that last one.
After a wash the next best thing to do is to steam iron your wrap(do not steam iron your wool or silk wraps).  You may want to do this a few times to soften it up.
You can also try the “butt method”.  This is when you take the wrap with you and sit on it throughout the day, in the car, on the couch or even snuggle in bed with it.  Use it as blanket on the couch and let your little ones snuggle with it too.
An other method to get the kids involved is to make a hammock out of the wrap.
You can use the braiding method, where you braid and unbraid the wrap many times.
Or the pull through ring slings method, if you have a pair of those around.  You just place the fabric through the rings, hold onto one end of the fabric and pull it through the rings.  You must hold the two rings in your other hand while pulling the fabric through from one end to the other.
And finally the best method for breaking in your new wrap is to actually wrap with it, then steam iron it again!

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!!!!

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!