That Elusive Rucksack Seat

19th March, 2012 / Baby Wrap Tips / 4 Comments

Half the wrappers around will tell you that a Rucksack Back Carry is the easiest and should be the first one you learn.  It’s true that a Rucksack IS easy and very fast, IF you are good at it.  But the other half of the wrapping mamas will tell you that it’s impossible, that they gave up, that it took tons of practice, or that baby never feels secure in a Rucksack.

Why such discrepancy?  It’s because you have to know how to get a real good seat in a Rucksack, or it just won’t fly.  So if that comes easily, or you figure it out early, Rucksack is easy.  And if it took you two years to finally have it click, well after that it’s easy, too.  I’m hoping this video showing my method for a deep seat will help be that moment that makes it click so that the Rucksack is easy for you.

Rucksack is such a wonderful tool to have in your toolbox! When you do know how to do it, it’s the fastest thing in the world.  I invariably do a Rucksack when the cashier at the grocery store asks me how I got my kid back there by myself.  “Wanna see?” I offer, and I take my child down from whatever back carry he had been in, and toss him up in a quick, easy, secure, and always impressive Rucksack.  Makes babywearing look easy, which it should.

And while my video isn’t about this, I should note that it is also important in a rucksack to pull the top edge of the wrap good and tight so that your little one cannot lean back away from you.  There should not be space between his tummy and your back.

So, tell me, did I do it?  Does this help?

Rucksack Seat

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  • Heather Peters May 4, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Hah-ha….stand up and let his bottom sink down.


  • Monica August 18, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    how old or wiegh for a back carry?


    • Diana August 22, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Monica, your baby is ready for a back carry whenever you are familiar enough with wrapping and practiced enough to do it safely. Even newborns can be safely wrapped in a back carry! Practice with a doll, and when you do start wrapping up your baby, make sure there is someone there to spot you. Check all your wrapping in a mirror, and once you know you can do it safely and your baby is well wrapped, you’re ready to go out!


  • Annie September 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Great post and video! What type of wrap is that?


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