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Kangaroo Carry for Woven Wraps

kangaroo carry



On this page:

  • VIDEO: Kangaroo Carry with an 18 month old toddler.
  • PHOTO TUTORIAL: Instructions for tying a Kangaroo Carry using a woven wrap

The Kangaroo Carry is the front version of a Rucksack Carry. It is great for newborns on up.

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 up baby, place baby on your shoulder, and slip baby's feet and legs through the loop so that baby is against your body with the wrap behind baby's back. Kangaroo Carry, step 2
Kangaroo Carry, step 3 Step 3. Spread the fabric around baby with the bottom edge of the wrap coming to baby's knees and top edge high on baby's back either at baby's armpits or with baby's arms and shoulders inside.
Step 4. Holding baby 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 baby (and fabric) while your right arm reaches behind your back to grab the fabric 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 baby's bottom. Kangaroo Carry, step 6
Kangaroo Carry, step 7a
Kangaroo Carry, step 7b Step 7. Flipping the shoulders will pull baby right 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 baby's bottom) should now lie on top and near your neck, while the upper edge (along baby'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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 Kangaroo Carry Tips

As with most carries, baby's knees should be higher than baby's bottom, and baby's legs should be straddling you.

Baby should be held right against you. If baby has room to lean back or there is space between you and baby, it will not be as comfortable or secure. This problem should be remedied during step 6 when tightening. Here is a suggestion for tightening well and effectively: Holding baby with your left arm, put both wrap ends into your left hand (one wrap end coming around each side of you and baby) while your right hand tightens each wrap strand coming around your right side. Start at the top of the width of the wrap and pull it firmly, making sure that baby is at the right height and positioned well. Once that top edge is tight, hand it to your left hand (also holding baby, and the other wrap end) while your right hand pulls and tightens each inch of wrap down to the bottom edge. Hand each tightened strand to the left hand until finally the entire width of the wrap is uniformly tight. Do the same with the left side while holding baby and wrap ends with your right arm, then tie the knot.

A newborn should have arms and shoulders inside the wrap with the top of the wrap pulled up to support the back of baby's head. See Newborn Carries

If you have extra length on your wrap, instead of tying under baby's bottom you can cross the straps over and under baby's legs and bring back around your waist to tie in the back.

As an alternative to flipping the shoulders after tying the wrap, you can do the shoulder flip between steps 3 and 4. By bringing the inside edge of the wrap under and to the outside before crossing on your back, you will have a smoother and wider cross on your back that may be more comfortable.

You can do a Kangaroo style hip carry by putting the center of the wrap at your left hip, bringing the right side up over your right shoulder to hang behind, and bringing the left side behind your back and under your right arm. Now toss the end coming under your right arm over your right shoulder. Now pick up baby and lower baby into the pouch on your left hip and hold baby with your left arm. Take the wrap end which you tossed over your right shoulder (the one coming from around your back) and put it in your left hand that is also supporting baby on your hip. Do your shoulder flip on the right shoulder, then use your right hand to support baby and hold wrap end, while your left hand reaches behind for the wrap end coming over your right shoulder, brings it around to your left side, and you tie the knot under baby's bottom.




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