There are a few ways you can carry your baby in an emergency situation.
- Using a t-shirt and a scarf, you can thread a long scarf through the arm holes for a makeshift podaegi. The scarf will go over your shoulders and the body of the shirt will form the body of the carrier, with the bottom of the shirt tucked up between you and baby to make a seat. You cross the scarf straps behind your back making an "X" and bring them back around your waist to tie under baby's bum.
- Using a twin-sized bedsheet, you can fold it in half and do a rebozo carry.
- Using a beach towel, you can do a torso carry. You can either twist the ends and tuck them at your chest like you would wrap a bath towel around you, or you can tie the ends in a knot.
- You can use a long scarf as a rebozo.
- You can also take a shirt, ideally one that has a v-neck or low neck, place baby inside the shirt against your chest and use a belt around your waist and under baby's bum.
- You can also use an empty baby carrier to carry supplies, use a wrap as a rope or a hammock, and carry an older child or an injured adult in a carrier!
Please remember that these methods for carrying babies have not been safety tested, so use them with caution at your own risk!
Thanks for the great month, and we hope to see you at one of our April meetings!
Lauren Moore, VBE