COTM for July 2014 is Front Cross Carry (FCC) and Short Cross Carry (SCC)/SCC Variations
Front Cross Carry and Short Cross Carry are great go-to carries to learn! Both are considered “poppable” carries, meaning they can be pre-tied and your baby can be easily popped in and out of the wrap as many times as needed. These are great carries for babies or toddlers who like to go up and down often. They are also great for when you are out running errands as you can tie it on at home, get in your car, and when you get to where you are going, pop baby in and go!
FCC and SCC are also really nice to be able to sit down comfortably while baby is still wrapped, not to mention awesome carries to nurse in if you are breastfeeding. And, although we don’t get many of them, FCC and SCC are great for cold or rainy days as you can tie them before leaving the house and still put a coat on over if it’s chilly out; or on those rare rainy days in Southern Arizona, you won’t have to worry about the tails of your wrap dragging all over wet parking lots.
Front Cross Carry typically requires at least your base size wrap (for most babywearers, this is your long wrap ranging in size between a 5-8, depending on your build). Short Cross Carry and SCC Variations, can be done with a mid-length woven wrap. The two variations we like – using a sling ring and tying at the shoulder with a slipknot – make it a bit more adjustable than the regular short cross carry.
The Front Cross Carry can be done with a variety of wrap types (wovens, stretchy wraps, gauze wraps, hybrid wraps, DIY wraps). Short Cross Carry and its variations are probably best completed using a woven wrap for overall comfort, tying, and adjustablity.
Both FCC and SCC are nice secure carries as baby sits in the “x” created by the cross passes (with legs straddling each pass). It can be used tied nice and high on your chest for a newborn, and is great for bigger babies and toddlers, too!
An important thing to remember (besides nice, snug passes and a good knot) is to get good positioning and 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 into one of the cross passes or roll up a blanket or burp rag and tuck it behind baby’s head/neck spread between the two cross passes 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.
“TASK” Rule for Safe Babywearing!
Two fingers can be placed under baby’s chin
Always able to view baby’s face – even while nursing
Snug and Supported
Kissable – able to kiss the top of baby’s head easily
Be sure to check back in August to see what our next COTM will be!
Front Cross Carry – photo tutorial
Front Cross Carry with tips for nursing discreetly
Front Cross Carry with wrap folded in half lengthwise
Front Cross Carry – nursing upright and in cradle position
Short Cross Carry
Short Cross Carry
Short Cross Carry – Tied at Shoulder (SCC TAS)
Short Cross Carry with Ring Variation