- When you can start back wrapping, and
- How we get baby onto our backs.
There are a few different ways to get baby onto your back, and I encourage you to try them all before you settle on a favorite. The best way to start getting baby on your back is by starting with a doll or teddy bear. Once you’ve mastered that, use a spotter. If no one is around, you can crawl into the middle of your bed and sit on your knees. That way, if you feel baby slipping, you can easily lower down to your soft mattress.
Here are a few tutorials that outline the different ways to get baby onto your back:
4 ways to get your baby on your back
How to get baby on and off your back
For unsupported sitters
Now on to the carry!
Size used: 4-6
The Secure High Back Carry (SHBC) is a wonderful beginning back carry. It allows you to quickly secure baby on your back with a half knot, so if you need a break or baby is fussy, that is a great time to stand up and stretch and soothe baby. The chest belt makes it a popular carry for dads. In addition to being a great carry for beginners, it works well for leg straighteners and leaners due to the cross passes and reinforcing pass. It is a very supportive carry, though the chest belt (created with the half knot) can be finicky for some people.
Secure High Back Carry
Another Secure High Back Carry tutorial
- When tying the half-knot, make sure to put the tail coming over your shoulder OVER the other tail to create your half-knot. It will still work if you tie it a different way, but this ensures the half-knot lies nicely on your chest. Remember - OVER your shoulder, OVER the other tail.
- To make sure baby can't push away from you or sit up, pin the top rails either under your chin or between your teeth right away.
- Reach up between you and baby to grab the fabric and pull it up between you when making your seat. This will ensure baby is sitting in a little hammock pouch, as opposed to being held to you via friction. Once you have the seat made, it can help to stand up a little and let baby settle down into it.
- Try not to pull your bottom rails too tight. This will pull the wrap from under baby's bottom and undo your seat.
Up next: Back Wrap Cross Carry (BWCC)
Crystal Knezek, ABE