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Carry of the Month: Double Sling with Shoulder to Shoulder Chestbelt (DSS2S)

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Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry. This is an advanced carry. 

We’ve had so many requests for advanced carries and I feel this will be perfect for this month. However, we have had a lot of new faces and smaller babies at meetings (Welcome!!) so I wanted to make sure you had some tutorials to try out as well.

Babywearers with newborns, check out our front carries! FWCC, and FWCC Torso are perfect beginner carries for you. Babywearers with infants 3 months+, our Poppins tutorial is a lot of fun and our Ruck post is always super informative for when you’re getting ready to start back carries. Show us what you tried in our chatter group on Facebook and feel free to comment on our blog posts!

Okay, now back to our COTM. DSS2S rocks because you can use a variety of sizes of woven wraps to accomplish this carry, you can finish it off just the way you like it and it keeps baby nice and high on your back. It consists of a very comfortable chest belt to keep the wrap from digging into your arm pits. “Sling” means that the wrap comes over one shoulder and under the other and the other. If you’re looking for a carry where the wrap stays off your waist and tummy, you’ll want to try this out.

Again, you can use a variety of sizes for this carry but it’ll all depend on how you finish it off. There are 3 ways to finish and I’ve included them all in this tutorial.

Start by putting baby on your back, however you like. If you need help on how to do this, check out our Ruck post. Seat your baby nice and deep. The bottom rail should go over both of baby’s knees. You’ll start with a longer side under your arm and the shorter side over your shoulder. The middle marker (if you have one) on your wrap should meet the middle of your chest on the long side.

This is the beginner’s way to do this carry but it makes it really nice if you have a fussy baby and need a break, a half knot is perfect for that. You’ll tie your half knot by putting the long side over the shorter side and pulling it through.

 

Spread that pass on top of the knot nice and wide. Bunching can create a bit of discomfort on your chest. Flip the pass over and lay it across your arm. Now pass it to the back and spread it nice and high over baby’s back and spread it down to baby’s bottom. This creates your second sling pass and will also come over both of baby’s knees. Tighten as you need to by pulling on the rails. I don’t prefer to have my shoulder capped so I like to make sure that I lift the pass up onto my shoulder and then tighten any slack out after doing so.

Pull a bit on the pass on your chest so you can thread the other side of the wrap into it. You’ll go over top and pull it through. Now if you have a shorter wrap, you can finish here. This is the knotless finish. It should look something like the last photo in this series.

For slightly longer wraps, bring the passes back and over baby’s legs and knot it. The knotting can be difficult because you won’t exactly be able to create a knot and tighten it. You’ll want to keep the wrap as close and tight as possible to baby’s knees and butt and then gently roll the knot in place. This can take some practice but after a while, it comes very quickly. Make sure to double knot.

For base size wraps: working with one pass (or both, depending on how comfortable you are with wrapping,) pass the wrap over baby’s knee and under the other. Double knot at your waist!

Photo tutorial not doin’ it for you? No worries. Check out Babywearing International of Hampton Roads’s YouTube channel for more information and tutorials!

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