Carry of the Month: July; Rear Reinforced Rebozo Ruck AKA Pirate Carry

Carry of the Month is an ongoing 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.  This month our sponsor for COTM is Shannon's Cloth and More scroll down to the bottom to read more about this local WAHM business!

Arrrgh! Are you ready to embrace your inner pirate? This month we are showcasing the Rear Reinforced Rebozo Rucksack AKA RRRR AKA the Pirate Carry  because of how it sounds when you try to say RRRR. You can use a size 2 or 3 wrap. Ignore how long my wrap is in the photo tutorial, I used a 5 because that's what I had on hand. 

Start with the wrap very off-center. If you're using a size 2 or 3 wrap it will be about two feet from the tail over your shoulder.

Get baby on your back in your preferred method. (It is sometime easier to place the wrap on the baby's back and then get them up on your back. Refer to Rhiannon's video below for an example of that.) 

With baby on your back, and both tails over your shoulders, make a deep seat under baby's bottom.

Pull the wrap at both shoulders and tighten any slack out of the wrap.

Pass the longer end of the wrap under that arm and behind you, then up and over baby's back.

Tuck the bottom rail from that pass under baby's bottom.

So the wrap goes over your shoulder, under that arm, makes another seat under baby's bottom and then comes out under your opposite arm. Tighten out any slack.

At this point you can tie the two loose end together at your shoulder. For the RRRR tied at shoulder:

Alternately, you can twist the ends together a few time and bring it across your chest to the other shoulder strap.

Then, tuck one end through that strap and tie off. This is called a Candycane Chest Belt.

Spread the straps to cup your shoulders and get comfortable!

There you have it!

One of our very talented VBEs, Rhiannon, made a video tutorial for this month's carry:

Our sponsor for June's Carry of the Month is Shannon's Cloth and More. She is donating a set of custom suck pads, which are great if you have a kiddo who likes to suck and the straps of the carrier while they're sitting in it. Shannon said she the winner can pick any of the fabrics in her selection or if they have a wrap strap, she can make them out of that too! Here is a little info about this wonderful local WAHM:
  "Our philosophy is simple - create beautiful, useful things out of a variety of textiles, and sell them for affordable prices that make them possible for anyone to own.
My name is Shannon, and I am the proud creator of everything you see on my site. Each piece is lovingly created with the hopes that other women and families will benefit from their use. My own journey began several years ago when I was looking for a solution to painful, heavy menstruation, and I discovered the idea of cloth menstrual pads. My research led me to discover that disposable products often times have chemicals in them that alter the body's chemistry, leading to heavier flow and longer duration - necessitating the purchase of more products, much to the manufacturer's delight. I decided I was going to make the switch to cloth, but when I started looking at the prices many other places offered, I had to come up with another option to fit within my family's limited budget.
My first cloth pads were the ones I made for myself, and I very quickly discovered the difference cloth made for my body and health. It was amazing! I began sharing my excitement with friends, who asked me to make some pads for them to try as well. One thing led to another, and referrals became more referrals, and Shannon's Cloth & More was born.
I encourage all women to learn about the options available to them, and to try my products out and see the difference in comfort and health that they can bring to you. I try to offer great quality at affordable prices, so anyone can obtain the benefits I have found for myself.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have, either about the products you see, custom orders, or resources to learn more."

You see more of her work at or on Facebook at:

To enter to win, simply post a photo of you trying out RRRR 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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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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