Carry of the Month; February: Back Wrap Cross Carry

Carry of the Month (COTM) 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!

February's COTM is Back Wrap Cross Carry (BWCC). This month is sponsored by Babymoon Inn, scroll down to the bottom to see the awesome prize they donated! One of our lovely VBEs, Jenna, is demonstrating for this tutorial with her little guy. BWCC is a great carry for new and seasoned wrappers alike but it has a great feature in a half knot that is tied immediately. This holds your baby in place right at the beginning and gives you a chance to think about your step before moving on. Your base size wrap length is used for BWCC which can be a 5-7 depending on your build.

With the middle marker on your child's back, get him up on your back using your preferred method. Pin the top rails under your chin or between your teeth and make a deep seat under his bum.

Bring the ends under your arms and tie very snugly in a half knot.

Pass one end over your shoulder and over your child's back.

This pass goes over his bum and under his opposite leg to form half of the "cross" in Back Wrap Cross Carry. Pull any slack out as you go along.

Repeat the process with the opposite end

This forms the second half of the "cross" in Back Wrap Cross Carry.

Bring both ends from under your child's legs and tie tightly in a double knot in front of you.

This gives you a secure, multi-layered carry that should be supportive and take any pressure off your shoulders. It's especially nice if you have problems with ruck straps. 

Here is a video of BabywearingFaith demonstrating BWCC:

Babymoon Inn is generously sponsoring COTM for February. They have a pretty awesome prize for us: 

Babymoon Inn is a free-standing, out-of-hospital birth center, accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers.  A birth center gives an option in Phoenix for low-risk women to experience birth in a comfortable, home-like setting where natural birth is our focus.  In addition to midwifery care and birth at their beautiful facility, Babymoon Inn also offers a comprehensive series of childbirth education classes. 

 Ready, Set, Grow: A Childbirth Preparation Series for Informed Families™ is composed of modules that together are a well-rounded and comprehensive childbirth education program.  The material is universal and provides solid and relevant information for ALL families – regardless of their choice of birth setting.  Ready, Set, Birth™ is a full-day interactive childbirth preparation class covering the signs and stages of labor, comfort measures, the physiology of labor and birth, the role of the support person, positions, and more.  Ready, Set, Baby™ covers normal newborn behavior and how to care for mom and baby in the first days and weeks at home.  Ready, Set, Breastfeed™covers the many benefits of breastfeeding, normal breastfeeding behavior, the basics of breast milk production, positions, latch, and when and how to get support for breastfeeding.  

Babymoon Inn would like to donate attendance to The Ready, Set, Grow™ series which is valued at $250 and can be used by either the COTM winner or given as a gift!

To enter to win, simply post a photo of you trying out BWCC in the comments below or on the COTM thread in our Facebook group. At the end of the month we will draw a winner. To earn additional entries, you can post a new picture of you trying it out every day.
(Valid only for Arizona residents. Winner is responsible for pick up or any shipping costs.)

As always, let is know if you are having problems or have questions. Carry on!
Rachael Bender
Volunteer Babywearing Educator. Education Officer for 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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