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Carry of the Month: Front Double Hammock

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Have you ever had a toddler that demanded front carries? Or did you need to carry a smaller baby for hours in a front carry? It can be exhausting and wearing on the body. It is just tiring holding that much weight in front of you for long periods of time. Somedays you may even be weary of offering to wrap your little one. This month’s Carry of the Month is going to become your new staple.

A Front Double Hammock is a mashup of a Front Cross Carry and a Kangaroo Carry, and is a more advanced front carry. It utilizes three passes across the back, a horizontal pass and two cross passes which really helps to distribute the baby’s weight across your torso. Its also good for use on the go as it is pretied. With a little adjustment, you could also pop baby in and out on the go. I suggest using your base size woven wrap for this carry. Base size varies depending upon your size, your baby’s size, and personal preference. For reference, I am a size US8/10 and use a size 6 (4.6m) with my 3 month old and a size 7 (5.2m) with my 2 year old. A size 6 is the most commonly used base size; however, a size 5 (4.2m) or size 7 are also common. Now onto the carry:

1. To Start, find your middle marker and place it at the center of your back. I like to bunch the width of the wrap to make it easier to manage while wrapping.
2. Working with one side, take the wrap across your body. 
3. Grab the bottom rail (edge of the wrap) and bring that up over your shoulder. The rail should face your neck. 
4. Now take the wrap across your back, making sure the wrap is smooth and not twisted. Be sure to leave space in the newly formed front pocket to slip the baby into. 
5. Store the tail between your legs.

6. Repeat steps 2-4 with the opposite side. Remember to leave slack in the front to form a pocket.
7. Tie the two tails in a half knot to loosely secure.
8. Now grab your baby. Begin by placing baby on your shoulder and sliding her into the pocket. Her feet should come out the bottom.
9. Create a seat for baby with the bottom layer of the pocket, then spread the top pass over her bottom from knee to knee.
10. Undo your half knot and work all the slack from the back, through the front, and to your shoulders. Now strand by strand tighten each side.
11. Once snugly tightened, double knot under baby’s bottom in front. Be sure to pass each tail over the closest leg and then tie off.

Congrats, you’ve just completed a Front Double Hammock!

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