Monday, July 1, 2013

Carry of the Month: Double Hammock Torso Variation

Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry. Ensure that your child has adequate head control for this carry. 

Summer is here and in full swing. This means babywearing gets toasty this time of year. When deciding this month's carry, I was imagining something that would be supportive but a little more freeing so why not a torso variation! A torso carry is great for freeing up arms and airing out the arm pits a little. There are quite a few ways to do torso carries but this is by far my favorite since the multiple layers are supportive for my nearly 3-year old.

There are some things to consider with this carry. If you are feeling unsure of back wrapping, maybe practice this one with a doll a few times or use a spotter. Make sure your child has good head and neck control as well because this carry is naturally low and your child's head will not have your shoulders to rest on. If you were able to master Double Hammock from last month, you shouldn't have too much trouble!

You might have to size up from your base size on this carry because of the knotted chest belt used. I've had some emails about what a base size is. A base size will be the size you use to do most of your desired carries, usually a FWCC or Double Hammock. I'm about a 8/10 dress size and generally wear a size 6 wrap but with an older child, I am using a size 7 wrap. In the video, I was able to use a size 6 wrap with Midori. The type of wrap can really make or break this carry as well. If you use something that has a lot of sag to it, you may find baby too low so I like to use really supportive and slightly grippy (meaning the wrap slightly sticks to itself as you wrap with it) wraps for this.

I've started the tutorial after putting baby on my back and tucking my seat. If you need a refresher on how to do so, jump back to our Ruck post!

 I'm starting exactly like our double hammock. I have a longer side and a shorter side.  The longer side will come under my arm and stretched across my chest to create a horizontal chest pass. I work with the rail passing it along baby's back with the goal of it reaching baby's shoulders.
To get out as much slack as possible, reach from under your arm and guide the slack out of the wrap and continue to pull on the rails. Now, work with the bottom rail just as you did the top by pulling the slack out and now guiding it along baby's bottom and reinforcing the seat. You may tuck some between you as if making a second seat. This should be molded nicely to your chest and around your baby's back.
To safely pull the straps under your arms while they are over your shoulders, put both of them into one hand in front of you and slowly pull an arm out. Once the arm is free, grab the wrap nearest to your arm pit so that you aren't creating any slack. You may store the pass that is now under your arm between your knees. Now free your other arm. Go ahead and give a nice squeeze if you need to like I am in the first picture above. I like to tie a knot at my chest for this carry. I'm not very busty so this keeps the wrap from slipping and keeps things nice and tight! Then it's time to finish off the carry. Working with one at a time, guide it over baby's knee with the goal of overlapping the fabric at the knee to secure your seat and then under the other leg. Again with the other side.
Tie at your waist and voila! It's actually quite simple and feels very secure. 

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!









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