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Yay! Can you believe it’s cold already again? I actually turned on the heat and everything for a few days. The weather fluctuates but I was really starting to think about cold babywearing. I’m from Minnesota and while it doesn’t get nearly as cold here as it does there, I remember that panicky feeling I had trying to wrap outside with the cold snow and that breath-taking wind. THEN, all that crud melts and you’re trying to figure out how to keep tails out of the slush. Well, if only someone had taught me a front cross carry. The perfect woven front carry for winter snuggles. You’ll see why…
FCC is generally done with your base size however you could maybe get away with a size smaller if you’re baby is young. We haven’t talked about base sizing in a while so I’ll do a quick reminder; a base size is generally a size 5, 6, or 7 depending on you and baby’s size. In a base size, you’re typically able to accomplish this carry, a front wrap cross carry, double hammock, or back wrap cross carry.
Now if you’re wondering why I think this is the perfect winter carry, it’s because it’s poppable! Everyone loves a good poppable carry, right? Well this one is especially comfortable, an excellent beginner carry and you’ll be able to wrap it up at home, throw your jacket on, drive wherever you’re going and boom, it takes seconds to plop baby into this carry. No need to worry about that awful wind and cold for very long and you can still leave that car seat in the car.
So, if you know me, I love a clean wrap job especially while I’m teaching. I’ve folded my wrap width wise just to keep everything nice and neat. The fold is on the bottom with the two top rails on top. Then just put the wrap behind you with the middle marker on your back about natural waist height. Take the wrap and start putting the passes over your shoulder like in the third photo.
Neatly cross the passes making sure there are no twists. Twists can create pressure points and be uncomfortable for the wearer. Then I’ve brought the tails back around and did a quick single knot. We’ll double knot it later but it’s much easier to untie that single knot when making adjustments.
In the first picture, I’m putting pressure where the two passes cross because that’s right where I want my baby’s bottom to be. If my kiddo were bigger, I’d pull even more to get more slack and pull my hands down closer to my belly button. It just depends but you’ll get used to eyeballing it really quickly. In the second photo, I’m spreading out the folded passes. The rail on the bottom of the fold comes out to your shoulder. We’re ready to load up baby! So if you were wanting to use this as a pretied carry while running errands, you could do this first few steps all at home and then these last few steps would be for after you get to your destination.
Always working with the pass closest to your body, bring your arm under the wrap and slowly navigate baby’s legs and butt into that pass so that baby is straddling it. Just like in the second picture, spread the pass completely over baby’s back and from knee to knee. This is important because we don’t have a horizontal pass to secure everything down. Now you’ll just lift baby’s leg, lift the other pass over and spread just like you did the first one. Try not to stress about hurting your baby, they are super flexible and I find just grabbing by their ankle and pushing their leg up so they bend at the knee super helpful.
You’re pretty much done. If you felt comfortable and secure, you could call it quits. I prefer to have the passes up on my shoulders so I just slide them up which usually takes out any slack and I double knot and am done. However, if you’re feeling like you need to tighten things up you can. Just hold baby’s back, undo the knot with one hand and simply start pulling on the wrap section by section until you feel like baby is where they should be; close enough to kiss and with their face in view. Double knot and you’re done!
I really hope you loved this tutorial and you find yourself using it this winter. If you’re just starting to learn to wrap, I hope this helped you feel a little more confident starting out.
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