Monday, September 15, 2014

Babywearer of the Month: Meet Jenny T


I am Jenny T, mom of five children. I began baby wearing with my daughter in 2008. We were fostering her and she came into our home at 4 days old. I previously worked at CHKD in the NICU-step down unit and knew the importance of skin to skin contact. I wanted to make sure this precious baby could feel the love for her. I was honored to adopt this beautiful girl a year later. I kept her in the wrap her first two years. We have such a wonderful bond. I now encourage all of my fellow foster parenting friends to baby wear too.



We also have a precious baby boy we began fostering in 2011, he spent his first year in the NICU at VCU. He came home on a ventilator, oxygen and NG tube feeds. despite all of the tubes, I wrapped him too. Again, I wanted him to know the wonderful feeling of mommy snuggles.

We felt like the only way to carry babies around was in a wrap.

When Gideon was born, he went right in the wrap. He now points to it and even gets it for me. He loves to tuck his hands in and snuggle. Gideon is only 17 months old and was diagnosed with brain cancer in April 2014.  He finds so much comfort in being worn.  Gideon is currently going through chemotherapy and daily procedures.  The wrap is his safe place.


Thank you for sharing our family's babywearing story. I pray our story encourages parents with medically fragile children, special needs, foster and adoptive children to enjoy all of the benefits of babywearing.

You can read more about Gideon's journey on his Facebook page, Prayers for Gideon.

Thank you, Jenny, for sharing your babywearing story!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Carry of the Month: Hip Cross Carry

Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry. Infants should have head control before being placed in a hip carry. 

The hip cross carry is such an easy, easy carry so I'm pretty excited for everyone to try it. It's also extremely fast! It's made up of just two passes so if you have a leaner or a back archer, it may not be the carry for you but if you've got a toddler who is up and down, this will work out perfectly. If you're stuck with a base size (such as a size 6 or 7,) you can make it work by just tying the long tails around your or if you're a lover of all wraps short, this carry is perfect for a size 3 or 4. 


 I started off pretty simply here. I like to fold wraps in half when I'm doing some pretying or if I'm trying to keep things nice and neat. This carry can be pretied, however after trying this carry out a few times, I decided it was the most comfortable when I tied it around my baby. You can find what works best for you and your baby though. I then plopped the middle marker right on my shoulder with the two rails facing in toward my neck.
It doesn't really matter which pass you start with, I just thought the pass in front of me was easiest. You don't want to pull this too tight because I haven't anchored my wrap anywhere yet. You *could* anchor the pass behind you by putting it between your legs behind you but I was just careful to spread it over nice and even without pulling too hard. You want it to spread from the top of baby's neck to baby's knee and then pass it under baby's other knee. If your wrap is short, you can just leave it pinned under baby's leg to tighten up later or if you're working with a long wrap like I was, you can bring it to the front and pin it between your knees. It's good to remember some babywearing safety while doing this as well and that's to keep one hand on your baby at all times while adjusting the wrap.



You're nearly done after this. All you have to do now is bring the pass behind you under your arm, over your baby's back and spread evenly. Pass it under baby's leg and tie off anywhere. Tying off can be a little tricky with baby in the way but just do your best to tie off as soon as possible to make the carry secure. If you have a long wrap like I did, you can pass them around your waist again and tie under baby's bottom or wherever your knot lands.






 Now here's how you remove baby to keep the carry nice and poppable! Just simple peel off the layers of the carry slowly while supporting your baby and lift baby out and free their legs of the wrap! Try not to mess with the carry too much but it should look like the 3rd picture of this sequence after baby is out OR if you've pretied it.
When you're ready to pop baby right back in, just slowly put them back into the cross passes. Always work with the pass that is closest your body and secure it completely. So do this by placing baby's leg into the pass to straddle it and then spread the rails all the way up and as wide as you can. Once that pass is completely secure, you can work with the other the same way.
Last little tip to this carry is that if you've pretied and you're stuck with some extra slack, flip the shoulder out to take it all up!

We hope this helps and please do not be afraid to ask questions!
You can email questions to our Education chair at
Education (at) BabywearingHamptonRoads (dot) Org any time. 

Photo tutorial not doin' it for you? No worries. Check out Babywearing International of Hampton Roads's YouTube channel for more information and tutorials!



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What To Do With Your Woven Wrap: Carries By Size

Please read our disclaimer before trying these carries.

Do you ever wonder what you can do with your woven wrap? Or do you want to branch out from your usual carries or try a different length wrap? Here is list to help you along. The table assumes a base size of 4.6 m (size 6). The suggested wrap length is an estimate, and you may need more or less length than listed.


Carry Name
Abbre-viation
Orientation
Length
Difficulty
Photo Tutorial Link
Video Tutorial Link
Rebozo
Front
2
Beginner
No-Sew Ring Sling
No-Sew RS
Front
2
Beginner
Semi Front Wrap Cross Carry
Semi-FWCC
Front
3
Intermediate
Short Cross Carry with Sling Ring
SCC with Ring
Front
3
Intermediate
Front Reinforced Torso Rebozo
FRTR
Front
3
Intermediate
Kangaroo Carry
Front
4
Advance
Short Front Wrap Cross Carry Tied at Shoulder
SFWCC TAS
Front
4
Intermediate
Front Wrap Cross Carry Tied Under Bum
FWCC TUB
Front
4
Intermediate
Half Front Wrap Cross Carry
Half-FWCC
Front
4
Intermediate
Short Cross Carry
SCC
Front
4
Intermediate
Front Torso Carry WIth Midlength Wrap
FTC
Front
4
Intermediate
Front Wrap Cross Carry Torso Carry
FWCC TC
Front
5
Advance
Front Double Hammock
FDH
Front
6
Advance
Reinforced Kangaroo Carry
RKC
Front
6
Advance
Front Wrap Cross Carry
FWCC
Front
6
Beginner
Pocket Wrap Cross Carry
PWCC
Front
6
Beginner
Front Cross Carry
FCC
Front
6
Beginner
Front Wrap Cross Carry Tied at Shoulder
FWCC TAS
Front
6
Intermediate
Simple Hip Carry
Hip
1
Beginner
Rebozo
Hip
2
Beginner
No-Sew Ring Sling
No-Sew RS
Hip
2
Beginner
Hip Kangaroo
Hip
3
Advance
Hip Reinforced Torso Carry
HRTC
Hip
3
Intermediate
Coolest Hip Cross Carry
CHCC
Hip
4
Advance
Coolest Hip Cross Carry with Reverse Passes
CHCC w/Reverse Passes
Hip
4
Advance
Hip Cross Carry
HCC
Hip
4
Beginner
Robin’s Hip Carry
Robins
Hip
4
Beginner
Hip Cross Carry Pre-Tied
HCC Pre-tied
Hip
4
Intermediate
Poppin’s Hip cary
Poppins
Hip
4
Intermediate
Reinforced Robin’s Hip Carry
Hip
6
Beginner
Hip Wrap Cross Carry Tied at Shoulder
HWCC TAS
Hip
6
Intermediate
Rucksack Tied Under Bum
RTUB
Back
2
Intermediate
Rucksack Tied at Shoulder
RTAS
Back
2
Intermediate
Half Jordan’s Back Carry
HJBC
Back
2
Intermediate
Half Jordan’s Back Carry without Shoulderflip
HJBC w/o Shoulder Flip
Back
2
Intermediate
Double Hammock Double Rings
DH-DR
Back
2
Intermediate
Reinforced Rear Rebozo Rucksack
RRRR
Back
2
Intermediate
Torso Carry
TC
Back
2
Advance
Rebozo Back Carry
Back
2
Intermediate
Double Rebozo Shoulder to Shoulder Knotless
Knotless-DRS2S
Back
3
Advance
Double Hammock Torso Carry
DH TC
Back
3
Advance
Rucksack with a Candy Cane Chest Belt
Ruck w/CCCB
Back
3
Intermediate
Double Hammock Rebozo
DHR
Back
3
Intermediate
Double Rebozo
Back
3
Intermediate
Short Back Cross Carry
SBCC
Back
3
Intermediate
Shepard’s Carry
Shepards
Back
3
Intermediate
Shepard’s Carry with Cross Passes
Back
3
Intermediate
Rucksack
Ruck
Back
4
Beginner
Double Hammock Tied at Shoulder
DH TAS
Back
4
Intermediate
Double Hammock Tied Under Bum
DH TUB
Back
4
Intermediate
Poppin’s Back Carry (Coppins)
Back
4
Intermediate
Double Rebozo Shoulder to Shoulder Tied Under Bum
DRS2S TUB
Back
5
Advance
Back Wrap Cross Carry
BWCC
Back
5
Beginner
Back Wrap Cross Carry with Chest Belt
BWCC w/ CB
Back
5
Beginner
Back Wrap Cross Carry with Ruck Straps
BWCC w/Ruck
Back
5
Beginner
Secure High Back Carry
SHBC
Back
5
Beginner
Reinforced Ruckscack
R Ruck
Back
5
Beginner
Rucksack Tied Tibetan
Ruck TT
Back
5
Intermediate
Rucksack with a Sternum Belt
Ruck SB
Back
5
Intermediate
Christina’s Ruckless Back Carry
Christina’s Ruckless
Back
5
Intermediate
Double Hammock with a Candy Cane Chest Belt
DH w/CCCB
Back
5
Intermediate
Norwegian Wiggle Proof
Back
5
Intermediate
Back Wrap Cross Carry with a Sweetheart Neckliine
Back
6
Advance
Double Hammock Salt Water Finish
DH SW
Back
6
Advance
Double Hammock Fresh Water Finish
DH FW
Back
6
Advance
Double Hammock Poppins Carry
PDH
Back
6
Advance
Double Hammock with Sternum Belt
DH SB
Back
7
Advance
Giselle’s Back Carry
Giselle’s
Back
6
Intermediate
Frankencarry
Back
7
Advance
Jordan’s Back Carry
JBC
Back
6
Intermediate
Jordan’s Back Carry Symmetrical
JBC Symmetrical
Back
4
Intermediate
Elleville Jordan’s Back Carry
EJBC
Back
6
Intermediate
Double Hammock
DH
Back
6
Intermediate
Mermaid Carry
Back
6
Advance
Wendy’s Double Hammock
Back
5
Intermediate
Double Rebozo Shoulder to Shoulder Tied in Front
DRS2S
Back
7
Advance
Double Hammock Tied Tibetan
DH TT
Back
7
Advance
Double Hammock Shoulder to Shoulder
DHS2S
Back
5
Advance
Xena’s Double Hammock
X-DH
Back
7
Advance
Wiggle Proof Back Carry
WPBC
Back
7
Advance
Taiwanese Carry
Back
7
Intermediate