The Double Hammock is a very sturdy carry. It is comfortable even for big kids and heavier children, since it combines two hammock passes with a chest pass which distributes the weight throughout your chest. Double Hammock is wonderful for leaners, though with rebozo passes, leg-straighteners may find it fun to wiggle their way out of this one. This is my favorite back carry, especially when I know I’ll be wearing for a while. I’ve always found it really comfortable, and once I learned to pull the chest pass nice and tight, it went together really quickly. Don’t be intimidated if it takes a few tries to master this carry. It combines a few of the passes we learned earlier this month and may take some practice. It’s so comfortable, especially for longer-term carries and wrap naps that it’s well worth the practice time. In addition, the finish variations with this one are endless and so much fun!
Double Hammock with tips on getting the chest pass tight
- If you hip scoot baby to your back, bring the back wrap tail over your shoulder and around to the front so it doesn't get tangled while you are scooting baby to your back.
- If you superman baby to your back, after you lift him up and before you settle him onto your back, hold him up and away from your back if you can (use those triceps!). This will allow the wrap tail to slip out from between you, making it easier to find.
- To get the proper distance off-center, put your middle marker on the front of your chest and pass the wrap around to your back. Hold the top rail in the center of your back. That spot should go on baby's back to begin your carry.
- A good Double Hammock depends on a good snug chest pass. Work on strand by strand tightening to feed the slack on your chest pass around to the back.
- Once you've completed your passes and are ready to create the ruck straps, take the tails in each hand and hold them above your head in a "Y" shape. Give a little bounce while pulling those tails up. This will snug everything up and remove any hidden slack before you tie off.
Up next: Double Hammock variations
Crystal Knezek, ABE