COTW: Robin’s Hip Carry (RHC)

COTW for the week of July 8th is: Robin’s Hip Carry (RHC)

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COTW for the week of July 8th is: Robin’s Hip Carry (RHC)

This week’s carry is the Robin’s Hip Carry (RHC). Hip carries are a great option for many babywearers, and are great to use for infants (with head control) and toddlers alike. Many wearers find hip carries a little less challenging to wrap than back carries, and love the fact that it is easier to accomplish many tasks that can be frustrating due to an obstructed view in a front carry.

Hip carries are also a great solution to the “my baby likes to face out” problem that many parents experience. Like a high back carry, a hip carry allows baby to see out, but also provides a safe and natural retreat against the parent’s (or caregiver’s) chest when they start to experience too much stimulation or become sleepy.

Robin’s Hip Carry (RHC) is a great carry for shorter durations, and for babies who can sit on their own. This carry is quite versatile since you can use a longer wrap (6 or 7) and tie in back, a shorter wrap (3 or 4) and tie under bum. RHC may look a little complicated, but it is fairly quick and easy to learn. It is also a comfortable and easy carry to nurse in and for laying down a sleeping baby. RHC can be modified to a front carry (tummy-to-tummy), and also has a variation using a sling ring.

The key to the RHC is getting the shoulder/back passes smooth and evenly spread, and placing the “anchor point” high to achieve optimal comfort and to protects against leaning. Similar to a ring sling, the anchor point – where the wrap crosses/twists at the shoulder – should be where one would wear a brooch or pin (between collar bone and top of breast).

Try it out and let us know what you think…and be sure to come back next week to see what wrap carry we’ll feature next! Happy Babywearing!

Robin’s Hip Carry (with a longer wrap)

Robin’s Hip Carry (with a shorter wrap)

Robin’s Hip Carry

Robin’s Hip Carry with a Sling Ring (aka Leigh’s Robin’s Hip Carry)