Step 1. This carry starts off center. You’re going to want the center of the wrap at your chest, not on baby’s back. So to start, put the center of the wrap centered on your front, bring the wrap around to your back and find where the wrap hits the middle of your back. Keep your hand on that spot as that’s the spot you are going to center on your baby’s back.
Step 2. Put that spot on your baby or toddler’s back, spread over shoulders, and use the method you’re most comfortable with to put baby/toddler on your back. Cassie is using the “superman” method in this pic.
Step 3. Position baby high on your back with wrap spread out across him. Gather the top rail (edge) of the wrap coming over your shoulders and hold both side under your chin, in your teeth, or between your knees.
Step 4. While holding the top rails snugly, reach behind and under baby’s legs to pull the bottom rail of the wrap down under baby’s bottom.
Step 5. Pull that bottom edge upward to scoop baby’s knees up and pinch the wrap between your two bodies. The wrap should be taut from knee to knee on your baby, without any looseness or extra stuffed up there.
Step 6. Take one side of the wrap coming over your shoulder and pull all the slack out so the wrap is taut around baby.
Step 7. Hold the tightened end between your knees and do the same with the other wrap end coming over your other shoulder.
Step 8. Take the longer wrap end, and bring it under your arm while keeping the tension and not letting any slack into it.
Step 9. Bring that wrap end across your chest and UNDER the other wrap end and under your opposite arm so the wrap is making one horizontal pass across your chest.
Step 10. Continue to bring that end coming under your arm across your back, handing it to your other hand. With both hands on the wrap, pull it up over baby’s back.
Step 11. Bring the wrap up high on baby’s back and over baby’s shoulders.
Step 12. Ensure that the bottom edge of the wrap is coming down under baby’s bottom and up to the knees just like the first pass over baby.
Step 14. Tighten the entire wrap job around your baby by pulling the short end coming over your shoulder upward, and pull the end coming under your arm outward so your tightening in the shape of a capital L (up and out).
Step 15. Strand by strand tighten – take the entire wrap end and tighten one strand, or small section of wrap, at a time, moving from top to bottom of the wrap. This way all the slack comes out and you don’t end up with a lose section.
Step 16: Take the end coming UNDER your arm and bring it across your chest and UNDER the other wrap end again (so now there are 2 layers over your chest).
Step 17. Take that same wrap end that you just brought across your chest and under the other wrap end, and fold it over the wrap coming over your shoulder and back over itself. This is the famous “poppins finish”. Bring that end around to your back and bring the other end, coming over your shoulder, and take that straight back under your other arm.
Step 18. Bring both ends under your arms and behind to tie in a double knot under baby’s bottom. (If your wrap is longer, you can cross between baby’s legs and bring around to tie in the front at your waist.)
Step 19. Spread the wrap flat and comfortable across your chest. Spread the wrap wide where it flips over itself for the greatest comfort and a pretty look.
Step 20. Adjust the wrap coming over your shoulder to lay flat and wide, and make sure it is not riding up on your neck.
You’re done! The chest pass distributes weight across your entire torso making the single shoulder strap feel weightless.
Poppins Double Hammock, back view. The two layers hold even a heavy toddler snugly and supportively for the highest comfort.