Carry of the Month: August; Robin's Hip 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 The Mason Jar Man Scroll down to the end of the page for more information about this local entrepreneur!

For August we are showcasing our first hip carry, though it can easily be positioned as a front carry. This is Robin's Hip Carry it can be tied with a size 3 or 4 woven wrap. If you have a longer wrap you can use that as well, the video shows a variation at the end of the carry.

 This month our carry is being demonstrated by Tracy, one of our local VBEs, she is using a size 4 Didymos NINO and one of the weighted dolls our group made during the International Babywearing Conference. Thank you for volunteering this month Tracy!

 Start about 1' off from the center of the wrap.

 Place the wrap doubled over your shoulder with the shorter side on top.

 Grab the side of the wrap that's closer to your body and bring it around your back.

 Pull the end that is coming around your back through the loop that is resting over your shoulder.

 This will form a pouch on your hip.

 Place baby feet first into the pouch that was formed.

 Tuck the bottom rail up under baby's butt.

 Hold the other end of the wrap that is coming from behind your back and the end that is threaded through the shoulder loop, pull on both the snug them tighten them. If the shoulder loop is too low you can pull the side coming from your back. It should be about "corsage" height, the same height as with a ring sling. 

 Bring the two ends together and tie under baby's bum. If you have a longer wrap, before you tie off you can cross the ends over baby's bum and then under the opposite legs, then tie behind your back.

If you learn more effectively through videos, here is a great one from BabywearingFaith:

The sponsor for August's Carry of the Month is The Mason Jar Man. Toby Longenecker, from The Mason Jar Man, will be donating 3 Mason Jar drinking glasses with straws this month. A 24 oz tumbler, a 16 oz vintage colored blue jar and a 12 oz quilted jar for the kiddo in your life. Toby is 11 yrs old and owns, operates, and self-funds his business. He makes these jars in his garage and has his own drill press which he is very proud of. If you are interested in purchasing any of his jars for yourself or gifts, he sells the tall ones for $6, the blue ones for $7 and the small ones for $5 each. He offers a "buy 5 get 1 free" special. 
He can be reached by calling his mom, Shelly Longenecker at 602-380-8616

To enter to win, simply post a photo of you trying out Robin's Hip 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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