Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Baby Wearing Wednesday: More Wrap fun!

As you might have guessed, I LOVE Baby Wearing Wednesday.  Not only do I write this in hopes that I pass along information to readers, but I'm using this to inspire myself to learn different carries with my wrap.  And, thanks to this, I have tried several other carries (tried, not perfected).  

Last week, I wrote about my Gypsy Mama Bali Breeze woven wrap (again - not an ad.  I just like my wrap) and how the standard front pocket carry has been a lifesaver to me.  Well, over the past few weeks, I've noticed that with Noah now in the upper teens, he is starting to feel a little heavy.  Even though I don't notice it while I'm carrying him, if I carry him for an extended period of time, my back becomes a little achy.  

So, I decided try different carries.  First, I tried the hip carries.  I tried them quickly and unsuccessfully, but they are next on my list to learn.  Then, I found the carry considered the best for heavier babies.  In fact, this carry can supposedly carry preschoolers comfortably.

The Front Wrap Cross Carry is a hold that takes a little more practice and precision, but it's still fairly easy and WELL worth it.  It's very similar to the pocket carry from last Wednesday, but instead of pulling the sides into the pocket, we put the baby in the pocket first and then tie the sides over him and under his legs.  For a full video, check out the Gypsy Mama tying the Front Wrap Cross Carry.
Front Wrap Cross Carry 

This carry takes a few tries (and even re-ties), but once it's on and at the correct height, it's AMAZING.  It's absolutely my favorite carry to wear, but not yet to tie.  I put Noah in this one and tie it up and hardly notice the extra 17 lbs I'm carrying.  This one might be good with a stretchy wrap because you could untie it in the back and tighten it without having to fully remove the baby and start all over. 
Back view of the wrap

I would absolutely recommend this carry for heavier babies who are comfortable being worn, but not as a starter carry.  The learning curve is a bit higher than the pocket carry, but with a little practice, it's totally worth it.

Happy Carrying!!

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1 comment:

  1. I use the front wrap cross carry from birth onward! My little guy is 10 kg now and a year old, and he is still comfy in that position, and I'm still comfy holding him! I have the Breeze in Iris and Whitman!