COTM #6: Rebozo & Front Torso Carry
This month, we are going down to some basic, more traditional front wrap carries: the Rebozo and Front Torso Carry. Although this post is kind of lengthy, these are both pretty simple carries once you get them down!
“Rebozo” is a term referring to a carry (or pass) where the wrap or sling has one end going over the wrapper’s shoulder while the other end goes under the wrapper’s arm. The basic Rebozo carry is typically done with a short woven wrap (size 1-3) and some babywearers even use a simple piece of cloth (SPOC), DIY “tablecloth” wraps, and other appropriate pieces of fabric (although not ideal for stretchy/jersey knit type fabrics). It is a carry that can be used from the newborn stage through toddlerhood.
The Rebozo is a great carry to have in your repertoire…it is appreciated for its simplicity, ease of in and out, and also for its lightness in warm weather (perfect for our hot climate!)!
A Rebozo can be worn on the front/tummy-to-tummy (ideal for newborns and small infants), on the hip (great from about 6 months through toddlerhood!), and for very experienced and skilled wrappers, on the back.
The Rebozo is a quick and easy carry, it can be left “pre-tied”, is great for lots of popping baby in and out (ie. shopping and errands…or an older infant/toddler), and many babywearers learn to prefer a Rebozo over a ring sling! Learning to tie a slip knot is probably the most difficult part of the Rebozo, along with learning how to tighten it…but once you have it down, you’ll probably learn to love it as much as we do and be popping baby in and out all day long!
As with all wrap carries, importance is placed on creating a nice, deep seat for baby, with baby’s legs being in a good M position (knees above bum) and fabric supporting under the legs from knee to knee.
Younger babies should have fabric supporting them up to their necks, whereas older babies should be supported at least up to their armpits.
One important note: Much of the difficulty babywearers have when learning the Rebozo (besides the slipknot) relates to getting and maintaining a good seat, and with sufficiently tightening the carry along babies back and shoulders. When practicing the Rebozo, be sure to focus on these aspects to create a safe, comfortable, and supportive carry!
Front Torso Carry
Once babywearers have perfected some of the other front carries like Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC) and Front Cross Carry, they are often ready for variations. Front Torso Carry is a variation of FWCC and a lot of babywearers really like this carry because both of their shoulders have free range of motion! It can also be a nice option for babywearers who have neck/shoulder problems.
Front Torso can be used with your base size (+/- 1) woven wrap for tying in back, or a shorter wrap (size 2-4 depending on your build) for tied under bum.
Front Torso is a safe and comfortable carry with a newborn, however, be sure to practice a few times with a stuffed animal or doll so that you are comfortable with making the “pouch” baby sits in and that it is secure while you use your hands to adjust and tighten, and tie off the carry. It can also be used up through toddlerhood…for babies and toddlers who don’t mind arms in and the wrap up over their shoulders – arms out creates too much leaning opportunity, which makes it very uncomfortable for the wearer. Front Torso is a great snuggle or naptime carry!
While this is a great carry, it might not work with all wraps (like ones that tend to sag a bit after some use). And because you do not have the support from shoulder passes, the key to this carry being comfortable is TIGHTNESS – it is incredibly important with this carry, so make sure you are familiar with properly tightening and removing slack from your wrap. Start with your top and bottom rails to tighten and remove slack and also make sure to always tighten in the middle, too (be sure not to overtighten the bottom rail, causing you to either lose the seat and/or have the wrap too tight on baby’s legs).
Important note about Front Torso: this carry is lower on your body, so make sure you are always aware of baby’s neck and face and be familiar with babywearing safety (make sure their chin is never on their chest, etc). We will be going over Back Torso in a future COTM, so keep your eye out!
From BWI Tucson VBE, Candace: Rebozo and Front Torso are two of my very favorite front carries…combine those two into one carry, and, well, :: swoon ::
Front Reinforced Torso Rebozo combines Rebozo and Front Torso in an amazingly comfy carry for newborn and bigger babies (just keep an eye on leg straightening with the bigger babes!). I am currently using it for my 7 month, 20 pounder, and it is my go-to front carry and a favorite for naptime. I am a plus-size babywearer and use a size 4 or 5 woven for this carry.
Safety: Please keep in mind that if this is your first time using a woven wrap or trying this carry, you should practice over a soft surface such as a bed or couch. If you are attempting the back carry version for the first time, 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) are not designed for the carries described in this Carry of the Month and should NOT be used for back carries.
These video tutorials and more can also be found on our Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/BWITucson/cotm-6-rebozo-front-torso/
HOW TO GET A GREAT SEAT:
Rebozo Photo Tutorial:
HOW TO TIE A SLIPKNOT:
Tips for Adjusting a Slipknot:
FRONT TORSO CARRY (FWCC Torso)
Front Torso Photo Tutorial:
*Bonus Carry* FRONT REINFORCED TORSO REBOZO