COTM, August 2014: Hip Carry Series – Hip Cross Carry (HCC), Hip Wrap Cross Carry (HWCC), Robin’s Hip Carry (RHC), Poppin’s Hip Carry (PHC), and Coolest Hip Cross Carry (CHCC)
This month we will be highlighting a few hip carries, which are a great option for infants who hit that curiosity stage and want to look around at something other than the wearer’s chest! Some parents are quick to forward-face their infants in this stage (4-6 months) because of this, but forward facing positions can be pretty uncomfortable for the wearer…solution: hip carries!!
Why we like hip carries: They are 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.
Recommend for infants with good head control (4+ months) all the way through toddlerhood. 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.
The Hip Cross Carry (HCC) and Hip Wrap Cross Carry (HWCC) are pretty straight forward hip versions of the well known Front Cross Carry (FCC) and the Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC).
Robin’s Hip Carry (RHC), Poppins Hip Carry (PHC), and Coolest Hip Cross Carry (CHCC) may look (or even sound) a little complicated, but all are fairly quick and easy to learn.
Robin’s Hip Carry (RHC) is 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) for smaller infants that don’t quite have the head control needed for hip carries, and also has a variation using a sling ring. This carry can be done with a size 3 or larger wrap (depending on wearer’s base size)…a size 4 wrap is typically the average length used for this carry, but can be done with longer or shorter!
*The key to 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 corsage or brooch (between collar bone and top of breast).
Poppins Hip Carry (PHC) is also a great carry to nurse in and can be modified to a front carry (tummy-to-tummy) for smaller infants that don’t quite have the head control needed for hip carries. This carry takes very little wrap length so a size 2-4 wrap can be used, depending on wearer’s size and baby’s age/size.
*PHC can be a little tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, is a fast and easy go-to carry!
Coolest Hip Cross Carry (CHCC)… this is a fun one to learn, because, well its name, right?! Actually have you ever wondered how some of the more advanced carries get their names? Many are named after the “creator”, but apparently CHCC – being a modification on the Hip Cross Carry (HCC) – got its name because someone at some point modified the HCC and decided it was cool enough to get its own name….apparently Coolest Hip Cross Carry was it!
CHCC is a “pre-tied” and “poppable” hip carry, meaning that you can tie the wrap on, and then put baby in and make a few minor adjustments to snug things up and you are good to go! Great for those stages where baby wants up and down, up and down…or for errands – just tie it on before you leave the house and pop baby in straight from the car seat! There is not a modification for infants without adequate head control (the Front Cross Carry would be the alternative), so this should only be used for infants with proper head control (4+ months).
*The trickiest part of CHCC? The slipknot. But it provides some great adjustability! If you are struggling with learning the slipknot, you can use a double knot, but be sure to carefully remove any excess slack from the passes before tying.
Videos and tutorials will be linked below. Try these hip carries out and let us know what you think!
Reminders: 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 – for the newborn modifications of the hip carries, you can roll up a washcloth or burp rag and place it behind baby’s head/neck and fold the top rail of the wrap down and over it for extra support.
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 September to see what our next COTM will be!
Videos and Tutorials can be found below as well as on our Pinterest page!
Hip Cross Carry (HCC)
HCC (video tutorial):
HCC (picture tutorial):
Hip Wrap Cross Carry (HWCC)
Robin’s Hip Carry (RHC)
Reinforced Robin’s Hip Carry (RRHC)
Robin’s Hip Carry with a Ring
Robin’s Hip Carry for Newborn
Poppins Hip Carry (PHC)
Poppins Hip Carry (Picture Tutorial)
Poppins Hip Carry
Poppins Hip Carry for Newborn
Coolest Hip Cross Carry (CHCC)
*tutorials for “How to Tie a Slipknot” below
“Inside-Out”/Reverse CHCC (a little more adjustable/better for leaners)
How to tie a Slipknot!