Carry of the Month: Soft Structured Carrier in a Back 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! 

We've had a few months of break over the holidays and new year but we're back at COTM! This month we will be featuring a back carry in a soft structured carrier (SSC). One of our lovely VBEs, Tiffany will be demonstrating for this tutorial with her toddler. Tiffany is our chapter's go-to for fitting SSCs, so she'll be the ideal person to lead us this month! The carrier in these pictures is the Kinderpack in their "standard" size. This carry can be achieved in any SSC that is intended for back carries.

A back carry in a soft structured carrier is recommended ONLY FOR BABIES WHO CAN SIT UP UNASSISTED.

There are a few different methods for getting baby on your back in an SSC. In these pictures Tiffany will be demonstrating the "hip scoot with carrier" method. Begin with carrier loosely buckled around your waist with the body of the carrier hanging at your hip.

Bring baby up to the carrier and pull the body of the carrier up over baby's back. Grab hold of the shoulder straps.

Take hold of straps in one hand, then using the hand that is closer to the hip you will be scooting back along, grab the straps with your palm facing up.

Scoot baby back along your hip, the whole carrier will move along with baby. Baby will be secured in the carrier because you have tension on the straps with one hand.

Separate the straps and place the arm closest through one, then bring the remaining strap to your opposite shoulder and place it on. 

Now, baby is up on your back but you'll need to do some adjusting of the carrier for a comfortable fit. Tiffany wearing her carrier waist band high along her natural waist. You'll see she pulls the waist band to where she needs it and tighten the strap there. The waist band can be worn anywhere between your rib cage to your hips. You'll find the ideal place for your baby and body.

Pull up on the shoulder straps and bounce slightly to settle baby down into his seat.

Pull on the adjusting buckles under the shoulder straps to tighten them until snug but comfortable. 

Buckle the chest clip and adjust to a comfortable place along your chest.

There you have it! If you start to feel strain while wearing check to make sure that the carrier isn't loose in any place as baby hanging away from you can put strain on your body. You may need to adjust where the waist band or shoulder straps rest on you. Feel free to ask for fitting help at any of our meetings or in our discussion group! 

Here is a video by BWISEPA which shows the same method:

The prize for this month is a "Carry Me" picture book and a pair of carrier teething accessories!

To enter to win, simply post a photo of you trying out an SSC back 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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