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Carry of the Month: Christina’s Ruckless Back Carry

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Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry.

 So it’s been a while since Carmen and I have been wrapping. She’s getting close to three and a half years old now and the wraps have been in the closet for a while. But when I started thinking about what carry to present for February, I remembered how much I loved Christina’s Ruckless when I first started wrapping. It was just one of those carries that made me feel kind of fancy and really helped me branch out into more advanced carries.

I wore this often in a size 5 wrap shown here about 2 years ago. I wear a size 8/10 dress and a medium shirt. This wrap can start right in the center if you use your base size like a size 6 or longer but if you are using a shorter wrap, you may have to put it a little off center. This may take some practicing.

This carry also creates a lovely chest belt and is really a cross of a double hammock and a BWCC. It has the chest pass of a double hammock and a shoulder pass similar to BWCC. Considering we’ve done both carries, this should be a total breeze for you. If you try it a couple of times and notice baby is hanging out a bit lower than normal, that’s normal. So be careful with infants 0-3 months who should stay up closer to your neck and shoulders.

Let’s get started. I’ve already seated my baby by preseating her and using a hip scoot. If you are unsure of how to do this, please make sure you study our ruck post! I’ve started with one pass over my shoulder and the other under. Make sure to keep your top rail is nice and snug and go ahead and store the pass from over your shoulder between your knees to keep your wrap from loosening up. Bring the pass from under your shoulder across your chest. You can do this two ways. You can work with the top rail and kind of let the bottom rail hang a bit to create a spread out chest belt or you can bunch them together and work with it above your chest for a chest belt with less coverage. Just do what’s comfortable for you! Now bring this pass over the pass you’ve stored between your legs and get ready to pull it up to baby’s shoulders. 
Use that top rail to really pull it up nice and tight. If you get it caught on baby’s bottom, (this is common so try not to get too frustrated,) try giving yourself some slack in that top rail and swing it up over their bottom. Just make sure you pull all the slack back out. Go ahead and start to work with that bottom rail on your chest if you decided to do a wider chest belt. Guide it below your bust and along baby’s bottom. So instead of pulling it up over your shoulder like you would in a double hammock, you’ll actually bring it under baby’s legs like I did in the third picture. Almost done!!
So go ahead and store the pass you were just working with between your legs and get ready to work with the pass from over your shoulder. Here’s where that BWCC pass comes in. Making sure it’s not twisted under that chest belt, spread it nice and wide and you’ll flip it over your arm and shoulder. Pass it back to your other hand behind you and spread it up to baby’s shoulders as best as you can. Use the top rail to tighten and try some thread to thread tightening by simply pulling on each part of the wrap that corresponds with the part of the wrap on your shoulder. This carry can cap the shoulders a bit so depending on where you would like it to lay on your shoulder is how you’ll tighten it. This comes with time and preferences so don’t fret if you find your shoulder passes a little loose. I actually don’t care for my shoulder being capped too much because I find it limits my shoulder mobility so if you can see it in the first photo, I’ve got it spread nice and flat and just to the edge of my shoulder. It’s good to make that adjustment now because it’ll be more difficult to adjust later. 
So here it shows how I’m tightening the shoulder up a bit and adjusting it. You’ll guide that bottom rail along baby’s bottom again and bring the wrap under his leg like we did with the last pass. This might be easier explained and viewed in the video at the bottom of the page. Go ahead and double knot at your waist and you are done! 
See? Doesn’t this make such a lovely chest belt? Fancy Shmancy!
We hope this helps and please do not be afraid to ask questions!
You can email questions to our Education chair at
Education (at) BabywearingHamptonRoads (dot) Org any time. 
Photo tutorial not doin’ it for you? No worries. Check out Babywearing International of Hampton Roads’s YouTube channel for more information and tutorials!

One thought on “Carry of the Month: Christina’s Ruckless Back Carry

  1. One day I will be able to do this!


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