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Carry of the Month: Front Wrap Cross Carry Torso Variation

Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry.

I’m really excited to share this one with you. A lot of people ask at meetings what else can they do for a front carry besides a FWCC and I always show them this one. They quickly fall in love with the freedom their shoulders have and they can still nurse in it! This carry is safe with a newborn but make sure you practice a few times with a baby doll or stuffed animal first because you wanna make sure that the little pouch you make for them is super secure while you use your hands to adjust and tighten everything up. This carry may not be very practical for a large toddler as toddlers love to lean. Great for snuggles though if they love their arms in and don’t mind the wrap up to their neck. This carry can also get low so make sure to be extra conscious of baby’s face and neck.

I used a base size (I’m a size 8/10 dress size and use a size 6 as my base size) but could easily use a smaller size depending on the size of my baby. I had quite the tail when I used my short 6 in the video tutorial. While this is a great carry, it might not work with all wraps like ones that tend to sag a bit after some use.

Tightness is truly important with this carry so make sure you are familiar with tightening your wrap. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts on how to tighten, start with your top and bottom rails and always tighten in the middle.

I pulled this from our old FWCC tutorial since I didn’t quite capture this process with Dana but I like to fold my wrap in half. I think people refer to this as folding “hot dog style.” Keep the ends of the wrap up toward your face. Start with the middle marker at your chest and I tuck it under my chin or hold it in my teeth. This keeps the wrap in place while I work with the sides so it doesn’t become off center. Take one side of the wrap under your arm and place it over your other shoulder making sure it does not get twisted in the back. Twists become very uncomfortable on your back!

Now you can make your pocket or pouch for baby. You can unfold your wrap at your shoulder so you can work with the rails a bit to tighten and round out your pouch. To create your pouch, take the rail that is closest to your body and pull it downward. You can tighten up your pouch by pulling on the part of the wrap over your shoulders. The rail closest to your neck will tighten the top of the pouch and the outside will tighten the bottom. I like to make it so the bottom of my pouch is close to my body so that when I drop baby in, it’s nice and snug and I have less to juggle with when I have my baby in my arms. Now drop baby in by putting baby over your shoulder, grabbing the top rail and slowly sliding baby in.

Dana did a great job of seating her son into the pouch area of the wrap. Holding onto the top of the pouch and sliding it up his back and using her other hand to secure his seat. Just slide some fabric between his knees and between you and baby to create your seat. I should also mention that Dana is showing off one of our gorgeous lending library wraps. This is Natibaby Sicily in a size 4, a very soft blend.

Here she starts to tighten up everything around baby. Pulling on each of the rails like we talked about earlier. Notice how she holds one side of the wrap keeping it nice and tight while she works on the other as well as keeping a hand on her baby.

Now that baby is really nice and snug in the pouch area, we can start to slowly and safely bring the passes under our arms instead of over like the classic FWCC. She pulled them outward for extra tightening and then she brought them in front of her. Gather both in your hand and then you’ll be able to slowly release a hand while they are secure in the other.

Now that they’re both under your arms, start to tighten again. I had some looseness by baby’s legs when I did this so I made sure to do some extra tightening in the middle section of the wrap just like Dana is doing in the first picture. Really ensure that top rail is nice and tight as well.

Almost done. Now we just have to secure the passes. We’ll finish off just like normal with over baby’s leg and under the other. Should look just like the third picture in this sequence.

Just bring the passes to your back and tie off! Make sure to double knot so it stays nice and snug!

A big thank you to Dana for rocking this carry for us!

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: Double Hammock Torso Variation

Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry. Ensure that your child has adequate head control for this carry. 

Summer is here and in full swing. This means babywearing gets toasty this time of year. When deciding this month’s carry, I was imagining something that would be supportive but a little more freeing so why not a torso variation! A torso carry is great for freeing up arms and airing out the arm pits a little. There are quite a few ways to do torso carries but this is by far my favorite since the multiple layers are supportive for my nearly 3-year old.

There are some things to consider with this carry. If you are feeling unsure of back wrapping, maybe practice this one with a doll a few times or use a spotter. Make sure your child has good head and neck control as well because this carry is naturally low and your child’s head will not have your shoulders to rest on. If you were able to master Double Hammock from last month, you shouldn’t have too much trouble!

You might have to size up from your base size on this carry because of the knotted chest belt used. I’ve had some emails about what a base size is. A base size will be the size you use to do most of your desired carries, usually a FWCC or Double Hammock. I’m about a 8/10 dress size and generally wear a size 6 wrap but with an older child, I am using a size 7 wrap. In the video, I was able to use a size 6 wrap with Midori. The type of wrap can really make or break this carry as well. If you use something that has a lot of sag to it, you may find baby too low so I like to use really supportive and slightly grippy (meaning the wrap slightly sticks to itself as you wrap with it) wraps for this.

I’ve started the tutorial after putting baby on my back and tucking my seat. If you need a refresher on how to do so, jump back to our Ruck post!

 I’m starting exactly like our double hammock. I have a longer side and a shorter side.  The longer side will come under my arm and stretched across my chest to create a horizontal chest pass. I work with the rail passing it along baby’s back with the goal of it reaching baby’s shoulders.

To get out as much slack as possible, reach from under your arm and guide the slack out of the wrap and continue to pull on the rails. Now, work with the bottom rail just as you did the top by pulling the slack out and now guiding it along baby’s bottom and reinforcing the seat. You may tuck some between you as if making a second seat. This should be molded nicely to your chest and around your baby’s back.

To safely pull the straps under your arms while they are over your shoulders, put both of them into one hand in front of you and slowly pull an arm out. Once the arm is free, grab the wrap nearest to your arm pit so that you aren’t creating any slack. You may store the pass that is now under your arm between your knees. Now free your other arm. Go ahead and give a nice squeeze if you need to like I am in the first picture above. I like to tie a knot at my chest for this carry. I’m not very busty so this keeps the wrap from slipping and keeps things nice and tight! Then it’s time to finish off the carry. Working with one at a time, guide it over baby’s knee with the goal of overlapping the fabric at the knee to secure your seat and then under the other leg. Again with the other side.

Tie at your waist and voila! It’s actually quite simple and feels very secure. 

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!