Babywearing International of Hampton Roads

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Carry of the Month: Kangaroo Carry

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Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry.

It’s August already! Can you believe how fast this year is flying by? It is going by too fast. This month we are going to be doing a kangaroo carry for the carry of the month which is great because we have been seeing many new babies. This carry is great for newborns and up.  When I first started wrapping, I was intimidated by this carry because it looked complicated. It really isn’t!  With practice, it has become one of my favorite front carries, especially when my baby is asleep.

With the kangaroo carry, you can use a short wrap or a long wrap. I used a size 5 for this. 

Starting with the wrap’s middle marker in the center of your chest, put both sides of the wrap over your shoulders. Keep the wrap flat on your shoulders and make a pocket in the front for your baby.
Once you made your pocket, you will put your baby in the pocket and make a seat. If your baby seems too tall to slip into the pocket, feel free to pull the pocket over their head. Tuck some of the fabric between the two of you, with the wrap spreading from knee to knee and as deep as you can with the wrap still reaching baby’s neck. This can be a little tough since there is no anchor point yet, but it will be snug soon. If you struggle and need an anchor point, feel free to cross the passes behind you and tuck them between your knees.

This step is tricky at first. To do this shoulder flip, reach under the wrap on your shoulder and grab the top rail. Pull it straight out . Tada! 

Reach behind you with opposite hand and pull the side of the wrap that you just flipped to tighten it over your shoulder. I always shimmy shrug my shoulder to help tighten it fully. Bring this tail to the front and hold the tension. Just make sure to hold onto your baby in front with one hand while you work with the other to tighten.

 Do the same with the other shoulder. Reach under the wrap on your shoulder and grab the top rail. Pull it straight out . Reach behind you with opposite hand and pull the side of the wrap that you just flipped to tighten it over your shoulder. Shimmy your shoulder while you pull to help get the flip snug. Bring this tail to the front as well and hold tight.

Now we tie off! With a shorter wrap, you will tie under baby’s bottom. Take the passes over the legs and tie a double knot under baby’s bottom and be sure to tighten it so it stays snug.  If the knot is difficult to tighten, place them as tightly as you can against baby’s bottom and roll those passes into a knot. It’s a neat little trick if you have a really grippy wrap.

With a longer wrap, you will take the tails over, then under baby’s legs. You will then tie a double knot in the back to secure the carry. Try as best as you can to overlap the fabric of the pass over baby’s knee. This will maintain your seat.
Tada! You just did a kangaroo carry!

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!



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