The Rucksack Carry (Ruck) is one of the simplest back carries but relies on making a good seat to be safe and comfortable. It is quite comfortable with a young baby and even works well for toddlers and bigger kids if you need to get them up on your back quickly. Since both tails come over your shoulder, it is possible to get baby very high on your back with this carry and many experienced wrappers enjoy this carry with their newborns.To use this with leg-straighteners, it’s important to really pin your seat with the bunched reinforcing passes that go over and under baby’s legs. It is easy to transfer a sleeping baby and the single layer makes it very cool and breathable. The Rucksack is one of my favorite back carries and the first back carry I like to teach because it really cements the concept of the ‘seat’. Since many other back carries hinge on this rucksack and seat making technique, it will be well worth your time to master this carry. Some people don’t like the backpack straps alone, so there are many variations for tying off this carry. I will link a few variation tutorials below. Watch the classic Ruck videos first though, so you can get a good idea of how this carry works. Then move onto the fun stuff with the variations!
Ruck tied in Front (Classic style)
With tips for making a good seat
Ruck tied at shoulder
With every variation you ever could ask for
- When making your seat, after you've pinned the top rails, grab the wrap and pull down to remove all the slack. Then reach under baby's legs to pull the fabric up between you and baby's bottom. Pull it up as far as you can reach. This will ensure the material is "knee-to-knee" and that baby is sitting in a little hammock seat.
- After you make your seat, hold on to both tails and stand up straight to let baby settle into the wrap. This will help you to keep a good seat and to ensure that you don't over-tighten the bottom rail.
- When you are finished and have tied off, reach back and feel that baby has a good seat.
Up next: RRRR (Reinforced Rear Rebozo Rucksack)
Crystal Knezek, ABE