COTW #2: Back Wrap Cross Carry / BWCC
Last week we focused on the foundation of learning to use a wrap: the Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) and Pocket Wrap Cross Carry (PWCC), and variations of the FWCC. Once babywearers get these carries down, they are often anxious to try something new! And new woven wrap users are often equally as eager to learn back carries, so this week we will be introducing the Back Wrap Cross Carry (BWCC) – this is a great back carry to start with for so many reasons!
If you’re still learning (or just starting to learn!) back carries using a woven wrap, you are probably familiar with the workout you get from trying to tie a baby on your back with a wrap – the sweating, the awkward position, the sore thighs/arms/stomach from standing at that awful 45 degree, semi-squat position angle.
Well, good news! This week’s Carry of the Week is a really nice one to start back carries with because it has some great features including a knot that you tie right away after getting baby on your back to give some added comfort knowing your baby is tied securely to you before moving on. It also has some nice stopping points for you to pause and catch your breath and figure out what the next step is without completely messing up your wrap job.
The version we like to recommend incorporates a chest belt into the BWCC (video tutorials posted below). This chest belt is nice because it gives you a knot to secure baby right after you get them on your back. The chestbelt also keeps the wrap out of your arm pits (a common complaint of some back carries), and is also pretty easy on the shoulders. BWCC is a great carry for those who struggle with getting a good seat or for those who have a little one who is a “seat popper” because the last two passes of the carry compensate for a popped seat as long as those passes are nice and snug and nicely spread across your baby’s back and bottom.
One important note: BWCC is a naturally lower / mid-back carry because of how the wrap comes under your arms, knots at the chest, and then goes over your shoulders from the front rather than how most back carries have the shoulder passes come over your shoulder first thing (which tends to lift baby and keep them up). But that knot/chestbelt of the BWCC is what makes it such a great beginner back carry! Also, being a carry that has baby sit a little bit lower on your back makes the BWCC a nice naptime or cuddling carry because they can really snuggle into and against your back.
Try the BWCC out and let us know what you think…and be sure to check back in next week to see what carry we’ll feature next!
Safety: Please read our Disclaimer and also keep in mind that if this is your first time doing a back carry, or even this particular carry, you should have a spotter and/or practice over a soft surface such as a bed or a couch, or even kneeling on a carpeted floor. You can also practice with a doll or stuffed animal first until you feel comfortable.
If you are a beginner with woven wraps, we recommend that your child be approximately 6 months old, with good neck control/head support, and able to sit before attempting any back carry.
Stretchy wraps (such as the Moby, Boba Wrap, DIY knit wraps, etc) should NOT be used for back carries.
Back Wrap Cross Carry (BWCC) – with a chestbelt
Back Wrap Cross Carry (BWCC) – with a chestbelt / tied “Tibetan” (no verbal instructions, but some great tips are demonstrated!)