We are using a wrap made of hemp jersey. It is slightly stretchy, a bit like a sweatshirt.
Again, first you find the center:
This time you place the center at your belly button and open it up:
Bring one side around your back and over the opposite shoulder:
Do the same with the other side, crossing the wrap at your back. Try not to bunch it up or twist it or it will be uncomfortable once you place the baby in:
You’ll probably need to make a slight adjustment here to keep the wrap snug, pulling it up over each shoulder more and keeping the center against your body. You will have both ends of the wrap hanging over your shoulders. The center of the wrap will be around your waist, much like a cumberbund.
Gather up both ends of the wrap in one hand and with the other pull the ‘cumberbund’ slightly away from your body. Place the ends of the wrap through the ‘cumberbund’. The ends will then be the part of the wrap closest to your body, with the ‘cumberbund’ over them. Keep it all snug to your body.
At this point you will cross the ends of the wrap at your front, keeping the ‘X’ just above your belly button. Bring them around to your back and tie it in a knot. I prefer to tie it just off to the side so it’s not in my way when I sit down. If the wrap is long enough, you can bring it back around to the front and tie it there. You NEVER want the ends of the wrap to hang down past your knees after it is tied, this would pose a tripping hazard.
Now you are ready to place the baby in the wrap. Pick up the baby and with one hand hold her (hey Gracie! 😉 ) high up on your shoulder. With your other hand pull the ‘X’ out and away from your body. This is where you will place the baby.
For a tiny baby, keep her legs tucked underneath her and and tuck her into the pouch created by the ‘X’ For a bigger baby like MB, you will put one leg in each ‘hole’ created by the ‘X’. Another option is to lay the baby sideways in a cradle position created when you spread the ‘X’ out. This is great for discreet, hands free nursing. (like when you need to push a shopping cart and such.)
You could consider yourself done at this point and go along on your way. But for extra security and support, pull the ‘cumberbund’ from underneath the baby and pull it up over top.
And here you have a truely secure hands free snuggle carry!
*If MB were to fall asleep here (which he did NOT, since it had been an entire 10 minutes since he last nursed and he was simply famished!) I would pull the wrap up and around his shoulders and over his head.
*Please remember when you are carrying a baby on the front of your body that is is not safe to cook over a hot stove. Chopping onions is not the best idea either! And be sure to watch baby’s head when closing rear van doors.
Hope this helps!
Lisa and Mark
*photo credits go to Abigail!