Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry.
A lot of babywearers will tell you how much they love a double hammock. (DH for short.) Double hammock is made of a rebozo pass, a horizontal chest belt, and ruck style shoulder straps. It’s multilayered making it fabulous to support a heavier child or carry on for lengthy periods of time. It centers the weight to your chest so you aren’t using just your shoulders for support. It’s rather forgiving, not as much as say a BWCC but definitely helpful.
Some people take to this carry immediately as beginners however it really discouraged me when learning to wrap. I learned to wrap solo so I really had to figure what was going to be best for me on my own. I remember being very confused with all the steps and none of the tutorials worked for me so I decided to start with the simplest carry I could find which ended up being a ruck. I feel like the ruck made me a more proficient wrapper as it forced me to learn my seat, learn to tighten my top rail and work on perfecting my technique. It seemed that after I had that down, I could wrap anything. But I was so determined to learn this double hammock! I loved the way it looked and I knew it was toddler-worthy! I’m very excited to present this tutorial so I can show the techniques I taught myself so there’s less figuring out for you if something isn’t clicking with other tutorials you may have watched! This may help simplify the carry as well and take some of the guessing out of how to manipulate the wrap.
I used my base size which is a 6. I’m about a dress size 8/10 and a medium shirt size. Depending on the size of the child you’re wearing, you may go up or down a size. Carmen is nearly 3 years old and I am starting to up my base size because of her size. In this tutorial, I decided to show off the Didymos Geckos wrap we have in our lending library! I’m using the wrong side so it didn’t clash with my shirt but it’s 100% cotton and I’m very shocked at how supportive it is! I wore Carmen for a walk to the gas station one evening and it didn’t sag a tiny bit. I’d call “dibs!” if you are interested in lending from the library at our next meeting!
Yay! Now you can see it from all angles and all side. I’ve mentioned this in other posts but my weighted dolls are always really low because when I do my tutorials I am wrapping, pausing, snapping a picture and wrapping again. They always sag when I take 10 minutes or longer to wrap so for this size of baby, she should be much closer to my shoulders and neck.
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