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Kangaroo Carry for Woven Wraps

kangaroo carry

On this page:

  • VIDEO TUTORIAL: Kangaroo Carry with a newborn or infant.
  • PHOTO TUTORIAL: Instructions for tying a Kangaroo Carry with a newborn baby using a woven wrap.
  • PHOTO TUTORIAL: Kangaroo Carry with a toddler, flipping shoulders at the end.

Kangaroo Carry is like a front version of a Rucksack Carry.  It is a wonderful carry for a newborn.  It can be done with a short wrap, usually your base size -3 or:

  • size 3 for most moms
  • size 2 for quite petite wrappers
  • size 4 for bigger parents
  • a longer wrap can be crossed in front and tied behind your back as shown in the video below.

These instructions are for use with a woven--not stretchy--wrap.  Click here to learn more.

Newborn Kangaroo Carry Photo Tutorial

Newborn Kangaroo Carry Woven Wrap Tutorial step 1: center wrap around baby Newborn Kangaroo Carry Woven Wrap Tutorial step 2: wrap ends over both shoulders

Step 1:  Position your baby on your chest in an upright position.  Place the center of the wrap over your baby's back. 

Step 2: Put the two wrap ends over both shoulders to hang behind you.

Newborn Kangaroo Carry Woven Wrap Tutorial step 3: flip shoulders Newborn Kangaroo Carry Woven Wrap Tutorial step 4: reach behind back

Step 3: Flip both shoulders by reaching under to pull the edge of the wrap closest to your neck to the outside of your shoulder.  The bottom rail (edge) of the wrap should now come from under baby's bottom, straight up along your neck.

Step 4: The back or "wrong side" of the wrap is now showing as it hangs behind your back.  With one hand, reach under the closest wrap tail and grab the closer rail of the wrap tail coming over your opposite shoulder.

Newborn Kangaroo Carry Woven Wrap Tutorial step 5: pull wrap across back Newborn Kangaroo Carry Woven Wrap Tutorial step 6: hold wrap tail and baby

Step 5: pull the opposite wrap tail across your back.

Step 6: Bring wrap tail around your waist to the front and hold your baby and the wrap in the same hand to free up your other hand.

Newborn Kangaroo Carry Woven Wrap Tutorial step 7: bring other wrap end across back Newborn Kangaroo Carry Woven Wrap Tutorial step 8: bring to front

Step 7:  Reach behind and grab the closest rail of the remaining wrap tail.  Pull it across your back and around your waist to the front just like you did with the first one.

Step 8: Hold both wrap ends in front with your baby.  You can see here that both shoulders remain flipped with the inner rail (near the neck) coming underneath to become the outer rail (near shoulder).

Newborn Kangaroo Carry Woven Wrap Tutorial step 9: tie knot under baby Newborn Kangaroo Carry Woven Wrap Tutorial: back view

Step 9: Make sure you have a good seat under baby: the bottom rail of the wrap should come up between baby's legs and between your two bodies; the wrap should extend from knee to knee and hold baby's knees up, letting baby's bottom sink down into a pouch.  Tighten carefully and tie the wrap in a double knot under baby's bottom.  If you have a longer wrap, cross under baby's bottom, bring wrap ends under each of baby's legs and tie in back.

Back View of Kangaroo Carry: because of the shoulder flip in step 3, the back shows the "wrong side" or back of the wrap (in this picture the wrong side has more brown and less white but is otherwise similar).  The cross should be spread wide across the back and not twisted in order to be most comfortable for extended periods of wrapping.

Newborn Kangaroo Carry: upright and close enough to kiss!Newborn Kangaroo Carry in Natibaby Henna Woven Wrap


Step 1. Find the center of the wrap and put it in front of you, tossing the ends over your shoulders so that there is a loop hanging in font of you.

Step 2. Pick toddler up to your shoulder and slip toddler's feet and legs through the loop so that he or she is against your body with the wrap behind toddler's back. Kangaroo Carry, step 2
Kangaroo Carry, step 3 Step 3. Spread the fabric around your toddler with the bottom edge of the wrap coming to both knees and top edge high on toddler's back either at the armpits or with toddler's arms and shoulders inside.
Step 4. Holding toddler with your right arm, reach behind your back with your left arm to grab the fabric hanging over your right shoulder and pull to the left. To ensure comfortable weight distribution, keep fabric untwisted and spread out, with the edge near your neck staying high and the edge near your shoulder remaining low. Kangaroo Carry, step 4
Kangaroo Carry, step 5 Step 5. Bring your left hand, still holding the fabric, around to the front to hold toddler (and wrap) while your right arm reaches behind your back to grab the wrap tail hanging behind your left shoulder and pulling it to the right. The wrap is now forming a cross at your back.
Step 6. At this point you should have both hands in front of you holding the wrap ends. Now you can tighten and adjust, then tie under your toddler's bottom (or bring back around to the back with a longer wrap). Kangaroo Carry, step 6
Kangaroo Carry, step 7a
Kangaroo Carry, step 7b Step 7. If you did not do a shoulder flip before step 4, flipping the shoulders now can pull your toddler tighter against you and keep the top and bottom edges of the wrap tight and secure. With your left hand reach under the wrap coming over your shoulder and grab the inner edge that is lying near your neck. You should be grabbing it from underneath. Now pull it out towards the shoulder. The bottom edge of the wrap (under your little one's bottom) should now lie on top and near your neck, while the upper edge (along baby or toddler's upper back) is crossed beneath the other edge and lies just over the edge of your shoulder.
Step 8. Flip the right shoulder as you did the left. Kangaroo Carry, step 8

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