Is your baby getting a little heavy? A great position for babywearing older babies is the back carry. A little like giving your sweet child a “piggyback ride,” the back carry alleviates some of the muscle strain from carrying a heavier child by distributing their weight against your back and chest! The even better news? You can use your KeaBabies Baby Wrap Carrier to simply and safely carry your baby or toddler.
Before you start any new carry position, make sure to take safety precautions. Back carrying completely enables parents to be hands-free – making it perfect for multitasking – but it is also one of the most daunting carries for those new to babywearing! It may take a few practice rounds before you completely get the hang of this carry position. Be sure to have a “spotter” near you while you practice avoiding any falls or injuries. In this carry position, also take special precautions to make sure your child’s legs are not dangling, putting him or her at risk for hip dysplasia. You also need to make sure the wrap is snug against your body and your child’s body – no sagging fabric. Also, check to see that your baby’s chin is off the chest and all airways are clear. And like all other carry positions, take extra care when bending or leaning to avoid dangerous falls.
Although it seems difficult, back carrying is one of the oldest forms of babywearing. It has been fundamental to babywearing in countries around the world. Back carrying allows the parent or caregiver to continue working on whatever tasks they desire – whether that be cooking, cleaning, shopping, and more. Unlike other carry positions, back carrying fully allows the caregiver to be hands-free, making it an awesome tool to add to your parenting hacks!
Who is back carrying appropriate for?
- Do not attempt to back carry a baby under six months of age.
- The back carry is ideal for babies and toddlers six months or older that have full neck and head control and are able to sit up unassisted.
- The back carry should be used only if the child has complete control of their head and if their hips and legs are able to spread into a natural seated position.
- The back carry is best for soft structured carriers, such as the KeaBabies Baby Wrap, or other types of woven/fabric wraps.
- The back carry should only be used by caregivers who are experienced in babywearing. This carry position is not ideal for beginners.
How To Use The Back Carry:
- Start with holding your baby against your hip. Baby should be sitting in the middle of the wrap against her bottom and back (with the KeaBabies logo).
- Take the piece of the wrap closest to your back, and wrap it around your back and up and over your opposite shoulder, keeping the fabric nice and tight. The fabric should be under both of the baby’s arms.
- Lift the other arm up and over baby’s head and around under her bottom, leaning forward.
- With one hand on the wrap and one hand under baby’s bottom, carefully scoot baby around toward the middle of your back. Keep the wrap fabric very tight.
- Now you should have the one piece of the wrap-up and over one shoulder, and the other piece of the wrap underneath your arm. Both ends of the wrap are in front of you.
- Tuck both ends of the wrap under your chin, reaching behind you to pull the fabric under the baby’s bottom straight down and under her legs. Pull the fabric tight and tuck under her knees. This adjustment should allow the baby to be in a seated position with her knees at or above her bottom.
- Bring the end of the wrap that is up and over your shoulder carefully out and under that arm. Both ends of the wrap should be under your arms.
- Tie a knot at your chest and pull tight.
- When you tie the knot, one end of the wrap should want to go “up,” and the other wants to go “down.” Take the “up” end of the wrap and pin it between your knees.
- Take the “down” end and pull it up over your shoulder, behind you under the baby’s bottom. Bring it across her back high, and make sure it goes under both knees. Pull the end of the wrap tightly toward the front of your body, and pin that piece between your knees.
- Take the “up” end of the wrap and bring it up and over your shoulder, behind you under the baby’s bottom. Bring it across her back high, making sure the bottom edge goes from knee to knee and tuck under her knees. Bring the wrap around toward the front.
- Both ends of the fabric should be in front of you.
- Tie a double knot at your waist.
Tips for back carrying:
- Practice with a “spotter” or over a bed! This allows you to rest assured baby will be safe at all times.
- Take a break after you tie the first knot at your chest – this will allow you to catch your breath and make any adjustments you need to.
- Always make sure the fabric is pulled around the baby’s body and your body.
- Carefully bounce baby up to your back if it is more comfortable to wear her higher.
Back carrying is a wonderful position for older babies and toddlers. It is also a great position because it allows for the baby to be in a natural, seated position with the knees at a safe level to avoid any pressure on her hips. Back carrying has been used by parents around the world and can be easy to master with a little time and practice!
Soft, stretchy wraps like the KeaBabies Baby Wrap Carrier are perfect for trying advanced babywearing positions such as the back carry!
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