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Carry of the Month: Coolest Hip Cross Carry

Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry.

In this wet and dirty winter weather I really love a poppable carry. I can just tie the wrap on at home before heading out to run errands with the kids, no dragging meters of fabric in a watery parking lot. This month’s Carry of the Month is fantastic for these conditions.

The Coolest Hip Cross Carry is a pretied hip carry. This carry is very similar to a Hip Cross Carry. It is an intermediate level carry that utilizes a slipknot. There are two cross passes and one shoulder pass. The slipknot makes it easy to pop baby in and out without rewrapping. It also makes for a nursing friendly carry. 

In this tutorial, I used a size 4 (3.6m) woven wrap. This left me with a good length of tails, If you prefer less, you could try the carry with a size smaller. 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, place one side of the wrap over your shoulder. The tail should end around your hip.
2. Take the long side across your back and around your front to the opposite hip.
3. Take the pass that just crossed your body horizontally around your back and front again.
4. Bring the long tail up to the shoulder with the short tail and tie a slipknot. 
5. Check that your slipknot can move freely and that there is space in the cross passes to slip baby into.
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. Now grab your baby and put her on your shoulder. 
7. Slip baby into the cross passes. The top pass should cross over the front leg and behind the back leg. The bottom pass should cross over the back leg and under the front leg.

8. Spread those passes out.
9. Now work the slack out of the carry, first from the top pass. Then work the slack around your body through the bottom pass and up towards your shoulder.
10. Take all slack out through the slipknot and tighten.
There you have it, a Coolest Hip Cross Carry!
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!


Carry of the Month: Hip Cross Carry

Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry. Infants should have head control before being placed in a hip carry. 

The hip cross carry is such an easy, easy carry so I’m pretty excited for everyone to try it. It’s also extremely fast! It’s made up of just two passes so if you have a leaner or a back archer, it may not be the carry for you but if you’ve got a toddler who is up and down, this will work out perfectly. If you’re stuck with a base size (such as a size 6 or 7,) you can make it work by just tying the long tails around your or if you’re a lover of all wraps short, this carry is perfect for a size 3 or 4. 

 I started off pretty simply here. I like to fold wraps in half when I’m doing some pretying or if I’m trying to keep things nice and neat. This carry can be pretied, however after trying this carry out a few times, I decided it was the most comfortable when I tied it around my baby. You can find what works best for you and your baby though. I then plopped the middle marker right on my shoulder with the two rails facing in toward my neck.

It doesn’t really matter which pass you start with, I just thought the pass in front of me was easiest. You don’t want to pull this too tight because I haven’t anchored my wrap anywhere yet. You *could* anchor the pass behind you by putting it between your legs behind you but I was just careful to spread it over nice and even without pulling too hard. You want it to spread from the top of baby’s neck to baby’s knee and then pass it under baby’s other knee. If your wrap is short, you can just leave it pinned under baby’s leg to tighten up later or if you’re working with a long wrap like I was, you can bring it to the front and pin it between your knees. It’s good to remember some babywearing safety while doing this as well and that’s to keep one hand on your baby at all times while adjusting the wrap.

You’re nearly done after this. All you have to do now is bring the pass behind you under your arm, over your baby’s back and spread evenly. Pass it under baby’s leg and tie off anywhere. Tying off can be a little tricky with baby in the way but just do your best to tie off as soon as possible to make the carry secure. If you have a long wrap like I did, you can pass them around your waist again and tie under baby’s bottom or wherever your knot lands.

 Now here’s how you remove baby to keep the carry nice and poppable! Just simple peel off the layers of the carry slowly while supporting your baby and lift baby out and free their legs of the wrap! Try not to mess with the carry too much but it should look like the 3rd picture of this sequence after baby is out OR if you’ve pretied it.

When you’re ready to pop baby right back in, just slowly put them back into the cross passes. Always work with the pass that is closest your body and secure it completely. So do this by placing baby’s leg into the pass to straddle it and then spread the rails all the way up and as wide as you can. Once that pass is completely secure, you can work with the other the same way.

Last little tip to this carry is that if you’ve pretied and you’re stuck with some extra slack, flip the shoulder out to take it all up!
We hope this helps 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!