Babywearing of Hampton Roads

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Carry of the Month: Simple Hip Carry

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Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry. 

Some times you just need to do something simple to carry baby from point A to point B. Or you’re heading to dinner and plan to sit for a while wearing baby. One of my favorite carriers for this purpose is a Pouch Sling. They’re single layered, require minimal effort and take up even less space in your bag. The only downside is that they’re fitted. Getting the right size can be challenging and as baby grows, so does the size pouch needed. A Simple Hip Carry is a great alternative.

I am demonstrating this carry using a size 2 (2.6 m) woven wrap. My base size is a 6 (4.6 m). 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 (5.2m) are also common. This carry can be done with as little as a size 1 (2.2m). Now onto the carry:

1. To start, find your middle marker.
2. Place it on your shoulder. Bring the back pass across to your hip, being sure to avoid twisting.
3. Do the same with the front pass. Cross the two tails where baby will sit on your hip.
4. Double knot.

 5. Move the knot to your back. (Not necessarily this high).
6. You’ve now created a pouch. This is where baby will sit.
7. Now you are ready to slip baby in. You can leave this pre-tied for quick trips out and about.
8. Put baby on your shoulder and slip her into the pouch feet out.
9. Reach between the two of you and make a seat. The rail of the fabric should be taunt and knee to knee. Baby’s bottom should be lower, forming an M position.
10. Now grab the top rail and pull it down, capping your shoulder. 
And there you have it, a Simple Hip Carry!
If you find the fit is too loose or tight, just move where you tie off higher or lower, respectively.

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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