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Back Carry Tutorial

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Here’s hoping I can help!  I thought I could also do a YouTube recording of how I do this.  We’ll start here though.  This is my rendition of a back wrap cross carry.  I don’t tie it around my waist.  I’m using the ‘hip scoot’ method to put MB on my back,  but this is not my preferred method.  I think it is the easiest to explain.    The wrap I’m using is a 5.6 meter Katja Didymos that I bought second hand years ago.  I know that it has shrunk from it’s original size. 

  Out of vanity,  I must ask you to excuse the dirty kitchen, funny looks on  my face, and disheveled clothing!  LOL!

So first you have to find the middle of the wrap.  Some are marked with a tag or some other marking.  The one I am using is not,  so I simply grab it somewhere around the middle and hold it up and adjust till both ends are even:

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Then you place the center of the wrap at the small of your back and wrap it around you like you would a bath towel,  hold it between your knees:

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Pick up baby and place him on your hip, slide him under your arm and onto you back (be sure to scoot him up high,  you want his nose to touch your neck) :

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Take the top of the wrap in each hand and spread it out wide,  pull it up over baby, covering him from his shoulders to his knees:

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Then you literally tie baby to you at the chest (over your breasts):

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Then you bring the the right part of the wrap over top of your right shoulder,  careful not to twist or bunch it,  but keep it nice and snug.  Bring it over top of baby and then under his left leg:

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Do the same on the other side:

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Now you should have the wrap snug and crossed under baby’s bottom and under your arms.  Hold both ends in your hands in front of you, at this point you can give a little bounce and tug on the ends to snug it all up a bit.  You want it to feel just on the verge of too tight as it will loosen up a tad with the weight of the baby and your movement.  (Some say “10 minutes too tight”) :

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Here is where you can either tie it snug around your waist or use the following variation.  I do not like it tied around my waist for two reasons.  One is that baby tends to slide  down a bit that way and I am much more comfortable with baby high up.  I like him to be able to look over my shoulder if he wants.  And two,   I just don’t like how it looks tied around my waist. 😉

The variation:  Bring  the left side of the wrap that is hanging down up and through where the wrap is tied at your chest,  near your left armpit:

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Then do the same on the right side:

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You will then have the two ends up near your armpits,  and through where you tied the wrap at your chest.  Pull both ends snug and give a little hop if need be:

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Bring both ends around and tie them under baby’s bottom:

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TA-DA!  Baby is snug and happy on your back,  and no tails hanging down from the wrap.  If baby falls asleep or is tiny with no head control you can have someone help you by laying his head with his cheek to your back,  and pull one of the crosses over to keep it cozy up next to you!  The way I have MB here,  if he were to fall asleep he’d probably be fine because it’s tied high enough by his head. 

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This way your hands are free and baby is still close to you where he wants to be. 

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Now I can go clean up this dirty kitchen! LOL!

*A couple of notes:  I usually keep my scapular out of the way instead of tied up in the wrap like it is here.  I could also stand to tie the wrap back a bit neater so it’s not so bulky under my arms.     Be sure to keep tabs on where your shirt is when you are tying baby on. 😉  And as with anything else when it comes to mothering,  common sense and personal responsibility must prevail! 

Over the next few days I may add a instructional video for this back carry and another tutorial for a rucksack. 

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About Lisbet

We are a Catholic homeschooling family of 13. (so far!) We are devoted to our Lord and our faith, open to the blessings of children, and enjoy learning and growing together in our joyfully chaotic home.

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  1. Thank you Lisa!! I was definitely making some mistakes. I just bought some neat woven fabric on clearance – maybe if I cut that and try it, it will work better than my Moby. Do you need most of the 5.6m with that carry? I bought 9.5yds so I should have enough. 🙂 Thanks again for going to all this trouble!

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  2. Thanks so much Lisa! I will try this with my Moby. I really appreciate you doing this! God bless!

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  3. Thanks for doing this! I’m pretty sure there’s at least one step I was missing!

    I am looking forward to trying this tomorrow morning when we’re all less fractious:-)

    Thanks again!

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  4. Thank you so much for doing this!!! Do you have any suggestions for once they get a little bigger? My babe is 6mo and once he’s on my back he pushes against me (like when he’s lying on his belly) and I can’t get him tied snuggly. I have a Moby and have been wearing him on my front, but he’s 24lbs and I’d like to try him on my back — my attempts so far have been more like a wrestling match ending with a tangle mess of arms, legs and fabric!! although it’s been wonderful entertainment for all watching us, I’m hoping to make this work!! Any suggestions from a seasoned pro would be much appreciated!!

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  5. Thanks, Lisa! Little Chipmunk has started not wanting to be carried in my pouch when he’s awake. I really need to get him onto my back with the wrap I own… but haven’t had the guts to try yet.

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  6. This is a great tutorial in photos. I’ll be looking for your video. If you don’t mind, I want to link to this when I get around to writing a babywearing article for my birthing blog.

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  7. I am out to lunch on this…I clicked over to you from 4Real. I have always been in awe when I saw ladies do this but figured I could never figure it out. Thanks so much for this! Right now, I have no baby (a 2 1/2 yrold is my youngest)…but if God’s blesses us again, I’ll be coming back to this entry! Blessings to you and your sweet baby rider!

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  8. Oh joy! I have to try wrapping Tess in back now. Seems like it would be a huge help for those times she won’t get put down but I need hands free.

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  9. Nicely done! Your reader with the wiggler might want to check out this article on The Physics of Back Wrapping: http://magiccityslingers.wordpress.com/2007/07/06/the-physics-of-back-wrapping/

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  10. Oh my goodness…I was so excited when you posted this, I had been very unsuccessful in my previous attempts at back carries. However….I am completely and utterly exhausted right now after trying to get this right for 45 min! My little one is 3 months, and I would LOVE to get this to work. I guess I need to keep trying. I’m having a hard time getting the wrap high enough on her back for it to not feel like she is going to do a back flip out of the hold! The other thing is that I don’t know if it’s the stretch in my Moby, or my inexperience, but she ended up half way down my back despite my efforts to keep her up!

    I really appreciate you posting this, I know you have so many other things to be doing w/ all your little ones and it means a lot that you are willing to help the rest of us!!!

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  11. THANK YOU!! The back carry is something that intimidates me, but I really need to get it down as my baby resists the front carry. This tutorial seems to make more sense to me than others I’ve read/watched.

    On a side note, I am really enjoying your blog!

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  12. Thanks so much for this! I have never mastered the back carry with my wrap. I use it constantly for small babies on the front and then switch to the Ergo. I just put my ultra-clingy 14-month old on my back like this and we are both much happier. I’ve never found a back carry we can do. Can’t wait to have a little baby to try this on!

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  13. THANK YOU! Can’t wait to try it out!

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  14. Wow – these instructions were so easy to follow – thank you so much! I was able to tie my baby up in the back carry in just one try (a little twisted up, but it works!). I had extra material at the end, so rather than tying at the back, I was able to wrap it around my baby’s bottom (thereby giving that extra support so he won’t sink lower) and then tie in front.

    I love this carry – I can get so much more done around the house!!

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  15. Wow, thank you, I have tried to get her in a back carry and I never could, she is taking a nap right now but after she wakes up and I going to use your instructions, I think (I hope!) it will work.

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  18. I found you from MOMYS. Excellent tutorial. I love carrying my littles on my back.
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    • A caution to all those eager to try this with a Moby or other stretchy wrap: stretchy wraps are not supportive enough to do a back carry safely! You need to try to find either a woven wrap or a gauze wrap: one that will not stretch and pull once baby’s in there.

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  23. I want to try this badly but I’m so nervous… what keeps baby from rolling off your back mid-wrapping at the point you have baby on the back and grab the top edge of the wrap with both hands before bringing it up over baby? I got to this point and had to abort. 😦

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