Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry. Infants should have head control before being placed in a hip carry.
The hip cross carry is such an easy, easy carry so I’m pretty excited for everyone to try it. It’s also extremely fast! It’s made up of just two passes so if you have a leaner or a back archer, it may not be the carry for you but if you’ve got a toddler who is up and down, this will work out perfectly. If you’re stuck with a base size (such as a size 6 or 7,) you can make it work by just tying the long tails around your or if you’re a lover of all wraps short, this carry is perfect for a size 3 or 4.
I started off pretty simply here. I like to fold wraps in half when I’m doing some pretying or if I’m trying to keep things nice and neat. This carry can be pretied, however after trying this carry out a few times, I decided it was the most comfortable when I tied it around my baby. You can find what works best for you and your baby though. I then plopped the middle marker right on my shoulder with the two rails facing in toward my neck.
It doesn’t really matter which pass you start with, I just thought the pass in front of me was easiest. You don’t want to pull this too tight because I haven’t anchored my wrap anywhere yet. You *could* anchor the pass behind you by putting it between your legs behind you but I was just careful to spread it over nice and even without pulling too hard. You want it to spread from the top of baby’s neck to baby’s knee and then pass it under baby’s other knee. If your wrap is short, you can just leave it pinned under baby’s leg to tighten up later or if you’re working with a long wrap like I was, you can bring it to the front and pin it between your knees. It’s good to remember some babywearing safety while doing this as well and that’s to keep one hand on your baby at all times while adjusting the wrap.
You’re nearly done after this. All you have to do now is bring the pass behind you under your arm, over your baby’s back and spread evenly. Pass it under baby’s leg and tie off anywhere. Tying off can be a little tricky with baby in the way but just do your best to tie off as soon as possible to make the carry secure. If you have a long wrap like I did, you can pass them around your waist again and tie under baby’s bottom or wherever your knot lands.
Now here’s how you remove baby to keep the carry nice and poppable! Just simple peel off the layers of the carry slowly while supporting your baby and lift baby out and free their legs of the wrap! Try not to mess with the carry too much but it should look like the 3rd picture of this sequence after baby is out OR if you’ve pretied it.
When you’re ready to pop baby right back in, just slowly put them back into the cross passes. Always work with the pass that is closest your body and secure it completely. So do this by placing baby’s leg into the pass to straddle it and then spread the rails all the way up and as wide as you can. Once that pass is completely secure, you can work with the other the same way.
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