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Carry of the Month: Rucksack, Alternative Method

Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry.

We have previously covered a Rucksack in April 2013, going over the commonly stressed practice of making a “seat” for baby. It is an excellent post and goes into great detail on the various methods of getting a child onto your back. 

Getting a seat for baby is a point of stress for many babywearers, new and old. How it is frequently taught requires a bit of flexibility which can be frustrating if flexibility is not inherent to your limbs. This alternative method to a rucksack is a great option if you have a limited range of mobility. Below will mostly highlight these differences.

This carry can be done with a wrap that is 2 sizes 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 the middle of your wrap.
2. Place that on baby’s back.
3. Now get baby onto your back using whichever method you like best. Here i superman tossed the toddler. Different methods can be seen in the above “Rucksack” link. 

4. While bending slightly forward, pin the top edge of your wrap so it is secured. I use my chin. Alternative options are to use your teeth, knees (knees specifically as opposed to thighs as you need to keep the edge taunt), or holding it in one hand.
5. Now reach behind you and pull down the bottom edge of the fabric. spreading the fabric down baby’s back. If you held the top edge in your hand, you will pull down the bottom edge with one hand rather than two. 
6. Taking each side of the wrap in hand, secure one side away for later. Now we will focus on one of the straps. Continue to bend slightly forward.


7. Gathering one side, bring it down under your arm and across baby’s closest leg. Pass this strap to the other hand.
8. Now grab the bottom edge of the wrap fabric on baby’s body and pull it down toward’s baby’s knee. Pin this fabric in place with the strap.
9. Again, pin the bottom edge under baby’s bottom in place with the strap. The strap should lay across your back and over the wrap edge.
10. Bring the strap under the far leg and to the front.
11. Secure the strap you were just working with between your knees.
12. Working with the other side, repeat steps 7 to 10. 


13. Grab both straps in hand and stand upright, keeping tension on the straps. 
14. Secure the carry with a double knot in front. 


And this is how you complete a rucksack using an alternative seat method!
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 YouTubechannel for more information and tutorials!





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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!