Carrier of the Month; September: Front Carry in a SSC

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 Oh Soy Memorable Candles. Scroll down to the bottom for info about this local WAHM and see the prize for this month.

Congratulations Phoenicians, we've almost made it to the end of the summer! This month we're taking a little bit of a different direction and doing "Carrier" of the Month. We're hoping this will give those who don't wrap a chance to take part in COTM and get a chance to win too. For September we have: Front Carrying in a Soft Structured Carrier (SSC). A special thank you to my husband, Trey, for demonstrating for us this month! He is using a standard size Tula in Gray Zig Zag.

Start by buckling the waist band around your hips or waist depending on what is more comfortable for you.

Take your baby hold her in front of you in one hand while bringing the body of the carrier up over baby's back with the other hand.

Place shoulder straps over each of your shoulders. Use adjusting straps to tighten or loosen. They should be snug but comfortable. Some people prefer loosen their straps before putting on the carrier each time and then tighten. Some prefer to leave them at the desired setting.

Reach behind your back and buckle the "Chest Strap". If you can't reach the strap you may need to buckle this with shoulder straps loose or see the video at the bottom for an alternate solution.This strap should rest at your shoulder blades. If you experience upper back or neck strain you may need to make a slight up or down adjustment to this.

Pull the top of the body of the carrier and bounce baby down into a deeper seat.

There you have it! Happy dad, happy baby.

Here's a great video for people who may have troubles clipping the Chest Clip behind their backs. It was submitted by another BWI group's leader for the Wrapsody Babywearing Hack Challenge 

The Sponsor for this month's COTM is Oh Soy Memorable Candles. Here is more information about this company: 

"My name is Katie and I own Oh Soy Memorable Candles. They are 100% soy 
wax hand poured candles that are made in mind for the every day and 
memorable moments in our lives. I'm most commonly know for my Angel 
Memory Candle which was created in honor of my son and daughter who I 
gave birth to at 20 weeks gestation. I now make candles for 
miscarriages, stillbirths, birthdays, funerals, weddings, and even for 
fur babies. Like me on Facebook and 
keep checking back on my website to see our new 
Sparkles and Sprinkles line!"
The winner this month will receive their choice of one 8 ounce candle or herbal eye pillow from Oh Soy Memorable

To enter to win, simply post a photo of you trying out a front carry in a SSC 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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