Carry of the Month; November: Traditional Sling Carry (TSC)

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. Check out the bottom of this post for the prize raffled off for participation this month! 

This month we are featuring a Traditional Sling Carry (TSC) that can be worn on your hip or your front. This is a single pass carry that can be great for quick ups and downs. Many people think it feels similar to wearing a ring sling. Most of the "work" of this carry involves tying the slip knot. If your not familiar with a slip knot yet, it's a great tool to have in your wrapping toolbox. You can finish off several carries with a slip knot and it makes for quick adjusting and tightening. This carry is usually done with a size 2 or 3 wrap, but can be done with a longer wrap which will hang down with longer tails. Demonstrating this carry is one of our wonderful new VBEs, Lauren Maynard. Thanks Lauren!

Begin by placing about 1/3 of the wrap over one shoulder. 

 Try to get the wrap to lie flat and evenly behind your back.

Pull up the other end of the wrap from your hip.

This is where you begin the slip knot. The end of the wrap that is over your shoulder will remain straight down while you tie the lower end around it. Bring the lower end of the wrap up and over the other shoulder end.

It then passes between your body and the wrap and up, 

 Over itself and down,

then under the shoulder end, leaving a hole 

 for it to come back over and through the hole.

Now tighten the knotted end 

 and slide the slipknot up the shoulder end.

 Pick your baby up and place her into the pouch feet first.

 Spread the wrap up her back and down to her knees.

Pull the bottom rail up between the two of you to make a deep seat. 

Push up the slip knot so that baby is snug against you.

 Then tighten the knot.


WrappingRachel has a great video demonstration:

November's COTM is sponsored by Oh Purple Panda. Oh Purple Panda is a local WAHM company who graciously donated a beautiful nursing necklace as a prize for COTM.

I started Oh Purple Panda so I could share my fabric products with others. I create everything in my home in Scottsdale, AZ, with a little help from my baby girl. Oh! Garland and Oh! Headbands are just the start. Follow me and you'll continually be surprised with newly created products.
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To enter to win, simply post a photo of you trying out  a rebozo 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, Winner is responsible for pick up or shipping cost.)
***Edited to update to reflect more inclusive and accurate terms. This carry was formerly known as a Rebozo carry. For more info on why there was a shift in terminology, click here.***

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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