CARRY OF THE MONTH; October: Front Torso Cross Carry

Carry of the Month (COTM) is an ongoing feature for the BWIP blog and Facebook group. Each month one of the Volunteer Babywearing Educators (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 Facebook group or email us your entry. Check out the bottom of this post for the prize raffled off for participation this month! 

October's Carry of the Month is Front Torso Cross Carry (FTCC) and it's being demonstrated by our lovely, new VBE, Amber Hodge! FTCC is a wonderful carry for full range of motion in the wearers arms, as well as being very cool, temperature-wise. This carry can be achieved in wrap sizes 4+ depending on your size and the size of your child. Amber is using a size 5 Little Frog woven wrap.

Begin with the middle marker at your waist.

Bring each end of the wrap behind you and then over the opposite shoulders.

This is the same way you would start out a typical Front Wrap Cross Carry,

Bring baby up to your shoulder and slide him into the horizontal pass at your waist.

Tuck the bottom rail up under baby to form a deep seat.

While holding baby with one hand, pull one of the ends coming over your shoulder with the other hand to tighten out the slack.

Keeping tension on that end, bring it behind baby and continue to tighten.

Still keeping tension on the end, bring it off your shoulder and under your arm.

Pass the end over your baby's back and pin in under baby's leg.

Switch the hand which is securing baby and repeat the steps to tighten the opposite side of the wrap.


Pull under arm,

and spread across baby's back and bum. Then, bring under baby's opposite leg.

Bring the ends together behind you and tie in a secure double knot.

The wrap should have even tension throughout and should feel secure. You've completed a Front Torso Cross Carry!

A video of this carry by Denim Mei Tai on YouTube:

The prize to be raffled off for participation for October's COTM:

An adorable rainbow plaid child's pouch sling! Perfect for your little one to carry their favorite doll or stuffed animal. Special thanks to SnuggyBaby for this donation!

To enter to win, simply post a photo of you trying out Front Torso Cross Carry on the COTM thread in our Facebook group, if you're not on Facebook email your entry to us at
(Valid only for Arizona residents. Winner is responsible for pick up or any shipping costs.)

Rachael Bender
Advanced 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.

 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.


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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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