SOFT STRUCTURED CARRIERS (BUCKLE CARRIERS)
Individual instructions for each buckle carrier can be found by clicking the image on our Buckles Page. This will direct you to the relevant manufacturer website for their full user guides
This video demonstrates PWCC (Pocket Wrap Cross Carry) which is the first basic carry you should learn when using a stretchy
and here’s a great alternative way to wrap a stretchy to help you loosen it off if you’d like to breastfeed whilst wearing FWCC (Front Wrap Cross Carry)
Instructions on how to use a Close Caboo can be found here
Please NEVER use a stretchy wrap to back carry. See this video for an explanation as to why it can be so dangerous.
FWCC (Front Wrap Cross Carry) size 6. The standard front carry in a woven wrap.
FCC (Front Cross Carry) size 5/6. Another useful front carry, this one can be pre-tied and is more ‘poppable’. The knot ties in the front which can be more comfortable in some circumstances.
Kangaroo size 2/3/4. A very comfortable carry but can take a bit more practice to get right.
Ruck Carries are quick but comfy back carry. Can be done in size 2-7 as there are many ways to tie it off, so it can be a very versatile carry.
DH (Double Hammock) size 6. This is the back carry of choice for many as the cummerbund pass spreads weight really well around the torso. It can be tricky to master but is a great sturdy carry so it’s worth learning.
BWCC (Back Wrap Cross Carry) with ruck straps and a toddler or with a chest belt.
JBC (Jordan’s Back Carry) size 4. A back carry with many variations.
This video demonstrates how to put on and adjust a ring sling correctly. Thanks to the West Yorkshire Sling Library for uploading their tutorial to YouTube.
This video demonstrates beautifully how to use your mei tai when front carrying
And another video here demoing a back carry with a pretty finish
HOW TO GET YOUR BABY ON YOUR BACK
People often ask when they can start to back carry their child. The answer really is whenever feels right to you. Some people never back carry at all in fact. I would recommend, however, that your baby has good head and neck control before you attempt to back carry for the first time. You should also be comfortable with your chosen carrier having used it in front or hip carries first.
This video demonstrates the three main ways to get your child onto your back and back off again. It is shown with a wrap but the techniques can be applied to Asian Style Carriers just as well. Here and here are some nice videos on hip scooting with an Asian Style Carrier. Try out a few of these ideas, or make up your own, and discover which is the most comfortable for you. Remember that you might want to change methods as your baby grows or when switching between different types of carrier.
Whenever and however you want to get started please be safety conscious above all elsewhen back carrying.
Use a doll or teddy for your first attempts;
Practice with an adult ‘spotter’ or over a soft surface such as a bed;
Have plenty of space around you;
Use a mirror to see what you are doing;
Keep one hand on your baby at all times and NEVER let go or stand up straight until the child is secured by the carrier.