COTW #4: Kangaroo and Hip Kangaroo
This week’s carry is the Kangaroo and Hip Kangaroo (not to be confused with the “Kangaroo Hold” from Moby!). It is a front carry (and hip variation) you can do with a short wrap or with a longer wrap, depending on how you tie it off. Mid-length wraps seem to work the best (sizes 3-5). Once you get the hang of it, the Kangaroo is a quick, straightforward, and snug front carry – and looks really pretty when wrapped due to the shoulder flip!
Why we like it… for babies that like to fall asleep when worn, it is very easy to unwrap the Kangaroo and lay them down to sleep from this carry. It is pretty straightforward and snug, without multiple passes. The shoulder flip (in addition to looking pretty!) helps ensure that the baby is snug against you with no leaning room. For heavier or older babies, you can also spread the leg passes for extra reinforcement.
Tips for a snug carry…pay close attention to tightening the wrap and getting all of the slack out of the wrap. Getting it nice and snug across baby’s back by pulling all the slack out through the shoulder and back passes. This will increase comfort tremendously and is a key component of this carry!
While a nice front carry option, the Kangaroo is also very similar to a Rucsack Back Carry, so is a nice option to begin practicing with on the front, yet not as intimidating as a back carry – making moving on to a Ruck Back Carry a little less intimidating as it is essentially the same carry with baby on your back instead of on front!
The most important thing to remember (as always) is to get a good seat – knees above bum and fabric spreading from knee-to-knee. For those teeny newborns, also make sure you have good head support – you can either tuck their head in or roll up a blanket or burp rag and fold it into the horizontal panel to provide more support for their head (once you’re all wrapped up).
Safety: If this is your first time using a wrap, or even this particular carry, please be sure to practice wrapping your baby over a soft surface such as a bed or a couch. You can even practice with a doll or stuffed animal first until you feel comfortable with making a “seat” and securing the passes and tying the wrap. Working near a mirror or reflective surface is also helpful so that you can better see how your baby is positioned in the carry and whether or not you have their knees above their bum and fabric spread from knee-to-knee.
Check back in next week to see what wrap carry we’ll feature next!
Kangaroo Carry (tied under bum, but you can also cross under bum, go under opposite leg and tie in back)
Kangaroo Carry (short wrap)
Kangaroo Carry with a Newborn
Kangaroo Hip Carry Variation