Newborn Kangaroo Carry Tutorial
Toddler Kangaroo Carry Tutorial with Sign Language
step by step photo tutorial
Step 1. To begin Kangaroo Carry, center the wrap over baby’s back. Put both ends over your shoulders.
Step 2. Flip the wrap at your shoulder by reaching underneath to grab the hem closest your neck and pulling it out toward the ball of your shoulder. The bottom edge of the wrap (under baby’s bottom) now goes straight up toward your shoulder.
Step 3. Flip the second shoulder (remember the hem near your neck comes under).
Step 4. Reach behind you, underneath one wrap end to grab the edge of the wrap coming over your opposite shoulder. Note that because of the shoulder flip, the back of the wrap (darker side) is now showing on your back.
Step 5. Pull that wrap end across your back. Holding onto just the top rail (edge) of the wrap ensures that the wrap will lay flat on your back instead of getting twisted.
Step 6. Bring the end of the wrap around your hip to the front. Hold it under baby’s bottom. Repeat with the other wrap end.
Step 7. Tighten the rail (edge) of the wrap that scoops up under baby’s bottom. You do this by pulling on the top rail (edge) as it comes across your back. (The bottom edge became the top edge when you did the shoulder flips). Carefully tighten all along the width from both sides of the wrap. Do so until the wrap around your baby is snug and secure.
Step 8. Tighten the top rail (edge of the wrap) by pulling the slack out from the outside rail at the shoulder. Switch hands and pull on the bottom edge of the wrap where it comes around your opposite hip. See the video above for a good demonstration of how to get the slack out of the carry.
Step 9. Tightening the wrap around baby snugly. Then tie the two ends in a double knot under baby’s bottom.
The cross on your back should be wide and flat (not twisted). This will provide the most comfort and best weight distribution.
Baby should be high on your chest and close enough to kiss. Make sure baby’s face is visible at all times and not covered by fabric.
Ready to Wrap?
- Get a quality woven wrap, if you don’t already have one.
- Use the free DVD included when you buy a wrap. Or use the tutorials and videos on this website to get wrapped up.
- Find help and support through the Wrap Your Baby community on Facebook, or your local babywearing group.