Babywearing International of Hampton Roads

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Carry of the Month: Reinforced Rear Ruck

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Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry. 

A Reinforced Rear Ruck, better known as pirate carry, is a back carry that utilizes a shorter wrap. This is great for an up and down toddler or while wrapping outdoors in wet conditions as you aren’t wrangling too much fabric.

This carry can be done with a wrap that is 3-4 sizes smaller than your base size. Base size varies from person to person depending on the size of the person. A size 6 is the most commonly used base size; however, a size 5 (4.2m) or size 7 are also common. In this tutorial, VBE Patricia is using a size 3 (3.2m) woven wrap and showcases an alternative finish. Now onto the carry: 



1. To Start, find your middle marker and move a third of the length of one side along the rail. That is your new center.
2. Place center on baby’s back and get baby onto your back however you prefer. VBE Patricia is doing a superman toss.
For more information on getting baby on your back, see the tutorial for a Rucksack.

3. Next get your seat. First pin the top rail using either your teeth, chin or knees.
4. Now reach behind, between you and the baby, and tug the bottom rail up between you. Make sure the fabric is from knee to knee and the baby is properly seated in an M position.
5. When complete, you should have a long and a short tail on either side.

6. Working with the long tail, bring is straight down and under your arm.
7. Cross it over baby’s back to the other size. It should be spread over baby.
8. Now you are ready to tie off. You can knot the long tail to the short tail using a double knot. You may also use an alternative finish.

One alternative finish is a Candy Cane Chest Belt (CCCB)
This is a great finish to add support to the carry by distributing the weight from the shoulders across your chest. 
1. First cross the bottom tail over the top.
2. Twist the two rails around each other. Do this as many times as is comfortable, generally 2-4.
3. pass the bottom tail under the shoulder strap.
4. Finish with a double knot.

There you have it, a Reinforced Rear Ruck , or pirate carry. Enjoy!
We hope this helped and please do not be afraid to ask questions!
You can email questions to our Education chair at
Education (at) BabywearingHamptonRoads (dot) Org any time.
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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