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Carry of the Month: Front Reinforced Torso Rebozo

A Front Reinforced Torso Rebozo, also known as FRTR, is a front carry that utilizes a shorter to midlength wrap. This is great for nursing and a personal favorite with a newborn. A pretied version is demonstrated, which is great for getting the wrap set before heading out for the day. No mucking the wrap up in muddy parking lots this wet fall season.

This carry can be done with a wrap that is 2-3 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, a size 4 (3.6m) is used. Now onto the carry: 

1. To start grab your wrap and put one tail over your shoulder. It should end around your hip if using your base -2 (size 4 shown). If using a shorter wrap, start with the tail ending higher along your torso.
2. Take the long tail flat across your back. This is the side you will be working with.

3. Cross the wrap around your front, under the standing short tail.
4. Bring the wrap around your back. It should lay smooth on your back without any twists.
5. Bring the long tail across your chest and tie a slipknot.
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. Once tied off, you will have created a poppable pouch. There should be two layers on your chest. You want enough slack to slip baby into, but not so much that you’ll have excess slack in the wrap.
7. Now grab your baby and slip her down through both layers of the pouch. 
8. Create a seat for baby. The wrap should reach knee to knee, hammocking baby’s bottom.
9. Work out any slack. Start with the top layer, moving the slack along through the bottom layer and up to your shoulder.
10. Pull all the slack now at your shoulder through the slip knot. Tighten.

 There you have it, a Front Reinforced Torso Rebozo (FRTR)!
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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Carry of the Month: Front Double Hammock

Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry.

Have you ever had a toddler that demanded front carries? Or did you need to carry a smaller baby for hours in a front carry? It can be exhausting and wearing on the body. It is just tiring holding that much weight in front of you for long periods of time. Somedays you may even be weary of offering to wrap your little one. This month’s Carry of the Month is going to become your new staple.

A Front Double Hammock is a mashup of a Front Cross Carry and a Kangaroo Carry, and is a more advanced front carry. It utilizes three passes across the back, a horizontal pass and two cross passes which really helps to distribute the baby’s weight across your torso. Its also good for use on the go as it is pretied. With a little adjustment, you could also pop baby in and out on the go. I suggest using your base size woven wrap for this carry. Base size varies depending upon your size, your baby’s size, and personal preference. 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, find your middle marker and place it at the center of your back. I like to bunch the width of the wrap to make it easier to manage while wrapping.
2. Working with one side, take the wrap across your body. 
3. Grab the bottom rail (edge of the wrap) and bring that up over your shoulder. The rail should face your neck. 
4. Now take the wrap across your back, making sure the wrap is smooth and not twisted. Be sure to leave space in the newly formed front pocket to slip the baby into. 
5. Store the tail between your legs.

6. Repeat steps 2-4 with the opposite side. Remember to leave slack in the front to form a pocket.
7. Tie the two tails in a half knot to loosely secure.
8. Now grab your baby. Begin by placing baby on your shoulder and sliding her into the pocket. Her feet should come out the bottom.
9. Create a seat for baby with the bottom layer of the pocket, then spread the top pass over her bottom from knee to knee.
10. Undo your half knot and work all the slack from the back, through the front, and to your shoulders. Now strand by strand tighten each side.
11. Once snugly tightened, double knot under baby’s bottom in front. Be sure to pass each tail over the closest leg and then tie off.

Congrats, you’ve just completed a Front Double Hammock!


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!