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newborn carries

tandem wrapping & twins

front wraps:
cradle carry (rebozo)
front wrap cross carry
front cross carry
kangaroo carry
more front carries

back wraps:
back wrap cross
getting baby on back
more back carries

hip wraps:
hip carry (rebozo)
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Mei Tai carries:
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Mei Tai tips







Front Cross Carry with a Woven Wrap

Front Cross Carry with a woven wrap


On this page:

  • VIDEO: Pre-tying a Front Cross Carry (FCC) and inserting a newborn with legs out
  • VIDEO: Popping a newborn in and out of a pre-tied Front Cross Carry
  • VIDEO:Tying a Front Cross Carry around an infant in a cradle position while nursing
  • PHOTO TUTORIAL: Instructions for inserting a big baby/toddler into a pretied Front Cross Carry and removing baby.

Pretying a Front Cross Carry and inserting baby:

Popping baby in and out of a Front Cross Carry:

Nursing a Newborn in a Cradle Position in the Front Cross Carry:

The first video above shows how to pretie the cross carry: start with the center of the wrap at your back. Bring each end around to your front and cross over your chest. The end coming from your right side crosses over your left shoulder and vice versa. Now cross over your back, from left shoulder around to your right side (and vice versa) and tie in the front (a single knot). Leave it loose so that there is room for baby inside the cross.  These instructions are for use with woven wraps, not stretchy wraps.

Inserting baby, step 1 Step 1. Pick up baby.
Step 2. Slip baby's right leg under the side of the cross on your left. Inserting baby, step 2
Inserting baby, step 3 Step 3. Lower baby into the cross so that baby is upright against your chest (tummy to tummy) and the cross is stretching from baby's left knee to right arm. At this point, only one strap is over baby.
Step 4. Now find the other side of the cross (coming from your right shoulder) and stick baby's left leg through that strap. Inserting baby, step 4
Inserting baby, step 5 Step 5. Spread the inner cross so that the fabric covers baby's entire back, arm to arm, and knee to knee.
Step 6. Spread the outer cross as you did the inner. Inserting baby, step 6
Inserting baby, step 7 Step 7. Lift baby (wrap and all) up nice and high.
Step 8. Pull on the wrap where it is tied so that the straps over baby are tight, stay tight on your back and around your waist. Pull on each end individually if need be. Inserting baby, step 8
Inserting baby, step 9 Step 9. Retie, or pull the tie tight under baby's bottom. Tie a double knot.
You are done! Baby can have arms and shoulders out as shown here (provided baby does not require head support). Inserting baby, arms out
Inserting baby, arms in . . . or baby's arms can be tucked inside the crosses for a snugger, cuddly wrap.
For a baby who does not have good head control, or for a sleeping or sleepy baby, or for discrete nursing, pull one of the crosses over the back of baby's head for head support. Inserting baby, head support
Inserting baby, back view This is how the back should look. The more spread the crosses, the better weight distribution to your back.


You can remove baby from this wrap without untying it, and then reinsert baby in the same wrap later (you will likely not need to adjust or retie when inserting baby again).

step 1. To get baby out of the wrap, pull the outer-most cross all the way down under baby's bottom. Getting baby out, step 1
Step 2. Pull the remaining cross strap down under baby's bottom. You will need to support baby with your hand.
Getting baby out, step 2
Step 3. Hold baby with both hands and pull straight up until baby's legs and feet are free of the crosses. Baby is out!
Getting baby out, step 3
What Now?
  1. Get a quality woven wrap, if you don't already have one.
  2. Use the free DVD included with your wrap or the tutorials and videos on this website to get wrapped up.
  3. Find help and support through the Wrap Your Baby community on Facebook, or your local babywearing group.

Email me with any questions!



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