Babywearing of Hampton Roads

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IBW 2014 Carry of the Month: Shepherd’s Back Carry


Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry.

Hey everybody! It is time to learn a new carry and I’m so excited to teach it to you. The shepherd’s back carry is my favorite shorty carry and I use it daily. This carry is similar to double hammock, so if you can do that, you should be able to get this pretty quick. This carry is done with a size 3 or 4 woven wrap.
I started out with the wrap over my shoulder hanging to my knee. From there, I reached to the middle of my back and grabbed the wrap there. That spot on the wrap is where baby needs to be on your back. Now you can get baby onto your back however you like. I prefer to superman baby onto my back in order to get her nice and high.
With the short side over your shoulder and the long side under your other arm, pin the top rail under your chin (or in your teeth if that is what you prefer) and reach between baby’s legs to grab the wrap. Pull to make a nice, deep seat. Make sure the fabric is spread knee to knee. Once the seat is made, tighten the shorter end and pin it between your knees. 
Now we can work with the long side. Take that side in your hands and spread evenly across your chest to create a chest pass. You want to pull tight as you spread across your chest over the pass that is tucked between your knees. From here you will pass the wrap over baby’s back and tighten it strand by strand, and bring it carefully over your shoulder. Tuck the bottom rail under baby’s bottom. Tighten the pass so that is very snug. 
Almost done! This is where we tie off the carry. You can tie a double knot here, use a ring to finish, or tie a slipknot to finish. I will be showing you the slipknot. Pull the end that is under the wrap up over the chest pass. Next, wrap that end around the pass coming down on your shoulder. Then, pull straight down. Now, you will make a “4” with the end hanging down going behind your vertical strand coming from your shoulder. Tuck the end through the center of the “4” and then tighten your slipknot. That sounds a little confusing, but there is an even better visual in the video below.
Now your shepherd’s back carry is all finished! Happy babywearing! 
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Photo tutorial not doin’ it for you? No worries. Check out Babywearing International of Hampton Roads’s YouTube channel for more information and tutorials!

2 thoughts on “IBW 2014 Carry of the Month: Shepherd’s Back Carry

  1. Thank you! Great video!


  2. Thank you for the text and pictures. thank you for a tutorial with no sound that I can read while my baby is falling asleep.


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