Do you know how to wrap a baby? Sure, carrying your little bundle of joy on your front and having him or her pressed up against you is truly great, but keep in mind that they’ll eventually grow up and doing this would no longer be ideal. Now, hold on, we’re not here to make you worry or anything.
Instead, we want to help you prepare for the next step in carrying your growing child. Eventually, he or she will become really interested in seeing the world around them instead of resting their heads on your chest, so what’s a parent to do?
Well, to answer that, we have back carries. Don’t be scared, it’s perfectly okay to hoist up your baby on your back. That is, given that you take note of a few important things before doing so. First and foremost, they should be placed high on your back to give you the right amount of space to check their position and how they’re doing from time to time.
Plus, setting them that way allows them to see their surroundings over your shoulder, not to mention that irresistible sensation of having your baby rest on your neck or shoulders!
Now, keep in mind that high back carrying should be done with just the right kind of wrap or carriage. Ideally, you should use either a mei tai or a woven/gauze wrap. It’s also particularly important for you to avoid stretchy wraps for this kind of carry, since that variety isn’t strong enough to maintain baby’s position and may lead to some unwanted accidents and discomfort. You can also learn how to swaddle a newborn the right way if you are interested.
Tips About How to Wrap Your Baby
So, to help you, allow us here at Babybalu to guide you in performing a rucksack back carry. It’s one of the easiest ways you can get your baby on your back, so just follow these guidelines and you’ll be all good!
- Try using a wrap that is made of thin, narrow, sturdy fabric. This kind of material allows you to make sure that there won’t be any unwanted space that could cause your baby discomfort while in the wrap.
- Now, if you haven’t done a rucksack before – or if you’re doing any wrapping technique for the first time – it’s best that you practice first. To do this, it’s ideal that you have a spotter that could assist you during your practice. Second, do this on a soft surface, like a bed or couch, just to be sure that risk of injuries from falls are greatly reduced.
- To make sure that your baby is comfy and safe, always check the top rail of your rucksack. This part must always be tight enough to keep him or her from sliding down the wrap. If you’re not familiar with the top rail, it’s the one closest to your tyke’s head.
- Now, we know we said it should be tight, but make sure baby’s head doesn’t feel any tension. The idea here is to provide them with enough support that it keeps them from falling to the bottom part of the wrap, not putting pressure on their fragile heads.
- Once you’re done setting the top rail, pull the wrap’s width towards the little bundle of joy’s bottom.
- Don’t bother making pockets or seats for your rucksack, since adding those could cause the wrap to get tighter, which will make baby uncomfortable. When it comes to their position within the wrap, remember that their knees should be placed higher than their butt.
- You could either try twisting your ruck straps to make sure they’re tightly secured and thus preventing any slippage. However, an alternative to that would be a method called sandwiching, which simply involves folding the straps over.
- When baby’s legs are secure in the wrap, catch the bottom rail (the one near his or her buttocks) as you go through them in order to lock it. Feel free to give baby’s knees a gentle push to check their position, too.
- To cap it off, tie the wrap in front of baby. Now, this doesn’t have to be all too stylish, so feel free to go with a simple ribbon. Or, if you’re up to it, do a Tibetan tie by pulling the wrap’s tails through the straps and securing it around your chest.
- Of course, there’s a chance you may not get this during your first try, so just keep working and you’ll eventually get the hang of it!
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