CARRY OF THE MONTH; April: Christina's Ruckless 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!
Christina's Ruckless Back Carry. Modeled by Rhiannon Deason wearing Unicorn Rainbow Glitter Farts by Deibler Weaving Woven Wrap. Her baby Arowen is 1 year old 
April's Carry of the Month is Christina's Ruckless Back Carry and it's being demonstrated by Rhiannon Deason, Chapter Librarian and Volunteer Babywearing Educator. Christina's Ruckless is great back carry for beginning back wearing with a woven wrap. For those with sensitive shoulders this is a great carry to try as the weight is not centered on the shoulders. Featuring two reinforcing passes, Christina's Ruckless is also great for leaners and babies who just love to wriggle out of a seat. This carry is best as a base -1 or larger length woven wrap. Depending on the build of the wearer and the size of the child being worn, a woven wrap or stretch hybrid sized four and up are good lengths for this carry.

Completing the Carry

This carry starts on Center at your middle marker.

Place your middle marker on the center of your baby's back. Use your preferred method to get baby on your back. This could be a Hip Scoot, Santa Toss, or a Superman Toss. Rhi is using the Superman Toss method.

Keeping one hand on your baby, bring your top rails around and hold tension under your chin or with your teeth.

Bring the wrap between you and your baby, tucking no higher than the belly button.

Bring both tails over your shoulders. Hold tension on one tail between your knees as you work with the other tail. Tighten the wrap, strand by strand to remove tension. Take care not to over tighten the bottom rail.

Bring your working tail under your arm.

Now make a pass across your chest.

The wrap passes over baby's back. Extending your arm as if you were drying your back helps spread the pass.

Strand by strand tighten the wrap to remove any slack.

Gather the wrap in one hand, holding tension.

Then under baby's leg. This is a good spot to take a moment to guide any slack in the chest pass across your body guiding it through the pass across baby's back, then under baby's leg.

Hold tension on both tails between your knees. Now working with the longer tail do some strand by strand tightening with a little shimmy to remove any extra slack. Take care not to overtighten the bottom rail.

Flip this tail over your opposite shoulder.

Bring the wrap down over baby's back, tightening as you make the pass.

Take a moment to tuck under baby's bum, making a second seat.

The wrap then passes under baby's leg toward the front of your body.

Now tie a double knot in front.

Congratulations, you have completed a Christina's Ruckless Back Carry. You can choose to keep the chest pass spread for a little extra distribution of weight or bunch up the chest pass for your comfort.

Here is a video tutorial for Christina's Ruckless Back Carry by Wrapping Rachel:

The prize for April's Carry of the Month is Silicon teething carrier accessory from ChompyChic Chewlery (ChompyChic Chewlery on Etsy)

To enter to win, simply post a photo of you trying out Christina's Ruckless 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.)

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.

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.

Our contributing author this month is LaKeta Kemp. LaKeta is a Babywearing Ambassador with the Babywearing International of Phoenix. She is passionate about safe babywearing and tandem babywearing. Look for LaKeta and her twins at East Valley Meetings.


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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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