Carry of the Month: June; Kangaroo Carry

Carry of the Month is a new feature for the BWIP blog and Facebook group. Each month one of the VBEs will choose a wrap carry or carrier to showcase and write a blog post with instructions or videos. At our monthly meetings throughout the valley, we will designate time to demonstrate the carry or carrier in person and answer your questions.  Feel free to join in on the fun! Post pictures of you trying out the COTM in the comments here or on the Facebook group. June's Carry of the Month has generously been sponsored by Knit Together PhotographyParticipation in this month's COTM challenge enters you into a drawing for a free 30 minute babywearing photo session from Knit Together Photography.

For June we picked a quick little front carry. You can do this carry with a size 3 or 4 woven wrap. I used a size 4 Didymos silk NINO. I apologize for my mean mug in these photos, apparently that's my thinking face! The most difficult part of this carry is getting the "shoulder flip" flipped completely and straightened out. If it doesn't make sense from the photos, check out the video below. They show the technique a bit more clearly.

 Start with the middle marker of the wrap centered in front of you and both of the ends over your shoulders behind you.

 Place baby in the loop in front of you.

 Pull the bottom rail up under baby's legs and in between you to form the seat.

 Pull the rail closest to your neck under the rest of the wrap and towards your should to make the "shoulder flip".

Flip the other shoulder.

 Reaching behind you, pull the slack out of the wrap and tighten strand by strand to make the wrap snug against baby.

Repeat on the other side.

Pull and tighten.

Bring both ends towards the front, over baby's leg and tie under baby's bum.

If you have a longer wrap you can cross over baby's bum and under the opposite legs and tie in the back. This will reinforce the carry.

 Here is a great video tutorial by BabywearingFaith:

I also found this photo tutorial helpful:

Behind the camera of Knit Together Photography is a mom who is passionate about capturing some of the most special memories in your life. Specializing in maternity, birth, newborn, babywearing, breastfeeding, family and beyond.
Knit Together Photography is offering a free 30 minute babywearing session to the randomly chosen winner of the carry of the month challenge.

To enter, simply post a photo of you trying out Kangaroo Carry in the comments below or on the COTM thread in our facebook group. At the end of the month we'll draw a winner. To earn additional entries, you can post a new picture of you trying it out everyday.
(Valid only for Arizona residents)

As always, let us know if you are having problems or just have questions. Carry on! 

Rachael Bender
Volunteer Babywearing Educator, Babywearing International of Phoenix

Disclaimer:Any tutorials or advice given on this blog by Babywearing International of Phoenix or representatives of BWI of Phoenix are to be used at your own risk. Please use caution when attempting any of the carries highlighted on this blog and using any of the carriers discussed on this blog.
Some of the information or advice may put some users of this site at risk due to health issues, physical limitations, or misuse. If you or your child have health issues or physical limitations, please discuss the appropriateness of the carry or carrier with your health care practitioner.BWI of Phoenix cannot be held accountable for any injuries sustained by the reader when attempting these carries or using these carriers.


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About BWI of Phoenix

The Phoenix, AZ chapter of Babywearing International meets several times a month at various locations throughout the Valley. There is a lending library from which members can check out different styles and brands of carriers. Visitors to the meeting are welcome to try on and receive instruction on those carriers from our Volunteer Babywearing Educators. BWI Phoenix strives to educate and encourage parents and caregivers in carrying their babies and children. Each of the volunteers believes that babywearing promotes bonding, learning and growing together. You can join BWIP at any meeting for just $30/year (tax-deductible) and take advantage of member benefits, which include being able to borrow any carrier in our library for up to a month at a time.

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