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Carry of the Month: Ellevill Jordan’s Back Carry

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Ellevill Jordan’s Back Carry (EJBC) is a back carry that offers excellent support and resistance to baby antics. It has a chest and waist belt for weight distribution. There are also two cross passes and a rebozo pass to prevent seat popping and resist loosening from a leaning baby.This carry can be done with a wrap that is 1 size, possibly 2, smaller than your base size. Base size varies from person to person depending on the size of the person. A size 6 (4.6m) is the most commonly used base size; however, a size 5 (4.2m) or size 7 (5.2m) are also common. In this picture tutorial, a size 5 (4.2m) is used. My base is a size 6. Now onto the carry: 

1. To start find your middle marker.

2. Center it on baby’s back. Get baby onto your back using your preferred method.

3. Now make baby’s seat. The following method is great for those with a limited backwards reach.

A. Pin the top rail. Good methods are to use either your teeth, chin, or knees.B. Pull down the bottom rail. Pull the rail taunt at the knee bend.C. Keeping tension, fold the bottom rail up on each side.  You want both rails clear of your shoulders.D. Pin all four rails. Standing with only a slight bend forward, push up on babies legs via the feet or ankles.E. While pushing up, also push baby slightly out so the wrap can come up between your two bodies.F. Work out all the slack and continue on with the carry. 

4. Pin one tail between your knees. Take the other down under your arm.
5. Pass that side under baby’s leg, creating a cross pass. 
6. Bring the wrap around your front, creating a waist belt. 
7. Bring the wrap under baby’s other leg. Then spread the pass up over baby’s back.

8. Both straps should now be over your shoulders. Work out any slack.
9. Take the side you were just working on and pass it under your arm. Pin it in place.
10. Start working with the other tail. Take it down your shoulder and under your arm.
11. Spread the pass across baby’s back and over both knees. Bring the tail up over your shoulder. Work out any slack.

12. To finish off with a shorter wrap, you could double knot at the shoulder.
13. The original finish is a candy cane chest belt (CCCB). To start, twist both tails together.
14. Add as many twist as is comfortable. Then tie off by passing one tail under the ruck strap and double knotting the ends.

There you have it, an Ellevill Jordan’s Back Carry (EJBC)!
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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