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Carry of the Month: Reinforced Rear Ruck

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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IBW 2014: Emergency Babywearing Workshop Recap

Please read our disclaimer before making or using any of these make-shift carriers. These are for emergency purposes only. 

So a little while ago, Jade held this awesome emergency babywearing workshop. After her and a few other of our educators attended the Babywearing Conference, they learned some really neat tricks to wear your baby in an event of an emergency such as a natural disaster. Here’s a list of some of the stuff she used:

  • Belt
  • Scarf
  • Duct Tape
  • 3 Cotton Knit Tshirts
  • Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Bed Sheet
  •  Beach Towel

First Jade started out by demonstrating carries with a scarf. It made for quite a versatile carrier but with it being so thin and short, it may work best for smaller infants and short trips. She also reminded us that the make shift carriers might be excellent for other purposes. If you had a lot of stuff to carry, it would be easy to load them into the carrier and attach them to you. A more skilled wearer may be able to fasten the scarf around themselves like a front torso carry as well. Here are some photos of the rebozo she did. Depending on how slippery your scarf is and how much length, you could finish off with the slip knot or square knot.

The beach towel torso carry was probably the most popular carry to try! It’s tricky but with practice, it gets easier. We experimented with different ways to tuck and finish off the rails of the wrap but the group agreed that twisted the ends and then rolling them into the sides of the towel was the most helpful. This carry actually comes in handy for the beach or pool but it is difficult to get used to baby being so low and feeling like it’s secure enough.  

Jilliane and Eliana were quite comfortable in this make-shift K’tan carry! Jade cut two cotton knit shirts at the armpits and created essentially pouches out of the shirts. When you put them over your shoulders like a sling, they create two passes for you to situate your baby into. Then the scarf comes into play by acting as a horizontal pass to protect the cross passes from sliding down baby’s back. Flipping the shoulders like Jilliane did in the photo made for a better fit for Jilliane’s petite frame. 

The strap carry is probably the most unusual looking carry we tried out of the bunch. It looks unsafe but it’s quite secure and comfortable. It’s essentially a ruck with no seat but baby is kept arms out. Carmen (4 years old) used to love her arms in so this was a tough carry for her but she could tell that the pass was keeping her up as well. There are different ways to finish this off but this is generally done with a bed sheet which doesn’t always offer a lot of length so tying it under baby’s bottom is what’s most commonly done.