COTM #4: Kangaroo and Hip Kangaroo
This month’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!
The Kangaroo is considered a “precision” carry and requires a little more time and patience to work all the slack out, but getting that slack out is what makes it perfection!! But once you get the hang of it, it is an amazing carry that you will definitely want in your wrapping arsenal!
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. It is also a carry that you can easily wrap on while baby is snoozing on your chest should they fall asleep on you before you’ve had a chance to wrap them (see Wrapping Rachel’s Newborn Kangaroo video!).
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! The “shoulder shrug” method of pushing the slack out of the wrap will become your friend.
While a nice front carry option, the Kangaroo is also very similar to a Rucksack 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 – make sure the wrap comes all the way up to their neck, and if additional support is needed, roll up a blanket or burp cloth 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 month to see what wrap carry we’ll feature next!
These video tutorials and more can also be found on our Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/babywearingtaz/cotm-4-kangaroo-hip-kangaroo/
Kangaroo Carry (tied under bum, but you can also cross under bum, go under opposite leg and tie in back)
Kangaroo Carry (short wrap)
Reinforced Kangaroo Carry
Kangaroo Carry with a Newborn
Kangaroo Hip Carry Variation
Reinforced Hip Kangaroo