Photo tutorials are one of my favorite ways to learn to wrap. You can pick your own speed, study the photos, and review it while feeding or supervising a sleepy baby. One of the best features of a Front Cross Carry is that it is a 'pop-able' carry. That simply means that you can pre-tie the carry and add and remove your child without re-wrapping. In Michigan, that makes this a wonderful option year round but especially as we move into the wet Fall and snowy/slushy Winter. You can do step one before running your errands, and quickly complete step two in the parking lot and wrap a large coat over you and baby for your walk inside. (Just make sure baby's face is always visible!)
Step One: Begin with the middle marker of your base size woven wrap in the center of your back, bring the fabric to cross in front of your body, cross them behind your back, and make sure to keep your wrap from twisting. Notice on my wrap how the green stripe is always on the top. Bring back to the front one last time and complete with a double knot.
Step Two: To begin the loading process, use your hands or arms to pull all the excess fabric towards the front. The cross of the fabric should be where you want baby's bottom to be positioned. If your wrap is too loose, go ahead and tighten up. If your wrap is too tight to add your child, take a moment to loosen and re-tie your double knot. Starting with the pass on the bottom, lift baby to your opposite shoulder and slide one leg down into the pass. If needed, gently shift your child to the opposite shoulder and bring their other leg into the other pass. Allow baby to relax on the seat while you support their back. Start with the bottom pass and spread the fabric from knee pit to knee pit and over the child's back. Repeat for the other side. Complete any comfort measures like spreading the fabric over your shoulders or wider on your back. If you have found any additional slack, tighten and re-tie your knot. Celebrate having your hands free!
Step 3: Unloading. Let's reverse what you just did. Pull down the top pass, then pull down the first pass - just like unpeeling a banana. Make sure to keep a hand supporting baby's back. Lift baby up to your shoulder and gently guide their legs out of the wrap. Surprise, you are already wrapped for the next time baby needs a lift or a snuggle.
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