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Carry of the Month: Coolest Hip Cross Carry

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Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry.

In this wet and dirty winter weather I really love a poppable carry. I can just tie the wrap on at home before heading out to run errands with the kids, no dragging meters of fabric in a watery parking lot. This month’s Carry of the Month is fantastic for these conditions.

The Coolest Hip Cross Carry is a pretied hip carry. This carry is very similar to a Hip Cross Carry. It is an intermediate level carry that utilizes a slipknot. There are two cross passes and one shoulder pass. The slipknot makes it easy to pop baby in and out without rewrapping. It also makes for a nursing friendly carry. 

In this tutorial, I used a size 4 (3.6m) woven wrap. This left me with a good length of tails, If you prefer less, you could try the carry with a size smaller. 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, place one side of the wrap over your shoulder. The tail should end around your hip.
2. Take the long side across your back and around your front to the opposite hip.
3. Take the pass that just crossed your body horizontally around your back and front again.
4. Bring the long tail up to the shoulder with the short tail and tie a slipknot. 
5. Check that your slipknot can move freely and that there is space in the cross passes to slip baby into.
Note: How to Tie a Slipknot
1. Start with a standing tail (ST) over your shoulder and a moving tail (MT) horizontally across your body. Tying a slipknot follows the shape of the number 4 twice.
2. Cross the MT over the ST like the horizontal line of a 4.
3. Bring the MT behind the ST and up through the top. This makes the diagonal line of a 4.
4. Bring that pass straight down, like the vertical line of a 4.
5. Hold the MT with one hand and pass it behind the ST with the other. There should be slack here. This makes the diagonal and horizontal pass of the 4. The ST makes the vertical pass.
6. Take the MT around the front of the ST and through the loop you made with the hand holding the slack. Lightly tighten. 
7. If done correctly, your knot should slide up and down the ST. A little trick for when you’re done adjusting, pull on the loop towards the ST to tighten the slipknot and keep it from moving. This locks your knot in place.
Need a video? Check out this one: How to Tie a Slipknot

6. Now grab your baby and put her on your shoulder. 
7. Slip baby into the cross passes. The top pass should cross over the front leg and behind the back leg. The bottom pass should cross over the back leg and under the front leg.

8. Spread those passes out.
9. Now work the slack out of the carry, first from the top pass. Then work the slack around your body through the bottom pass and up towards your shoulder.
10. Take all slack out through the slipknot and tighten.
There you have it, a Coolest Hip Cross Carry!
You can email questions to our Education chair at
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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