There are many ways to wear your baby and I will have a series on the various types of carriers you can use. Today, though, I’m going to tell you how to tie on a baby wrap. It looks fairly simple and the tieing part is fairly simple, but it does take some trial and error to get the snugness right.
First of all, if you are going to tie your baby on, you should go and read the safety information on the “Wear Your Baby website. I, for example, am still not comfortable with wearing my baby on my back, as is so common in Africa. I don’t feel like I can get the baby in snugly enough and do NOT want to find that out as the baby slips down my back. (Of course in many parts of Africa, they think it’s pretty funny we wear our babies in the front – how could we possibly get any work done that way?!)
So, after you’ve read the common sense advice on keeping safe, here’s how you start:
*Take a length of fabric about 5 or 6 yards long – I use 6 yards because I’m tall and um, large, but 5 yards is enough for most women.
*Find the middle of the fabric – put that spot in the middle of your belly. Leave a bit of give, as this section of fabric will be pulled up over the baby’s body.
*Wrap the two ends of the fabric around your waist to the back, then criss-cross them as you bring them up over your shoulders.
*Criss-cross again in the front, then tuck both ends under the middle section. This is the X where the baby sits
*Bring fabric back around waist and tie in the back, or loop again around your waist and tie in the front (you want the ends to not “dangle” past your upper thighs).
*Put baby in, sitting in the X.
*Pull center section up over baby.
*You – and your baby – should feel nice and snug. You can even use it to carry two babies, one on each side of the X.
More baby-wrapping sites:
and one on promoting attachment through the adoption.com library.