I dreamed up this front carry a few weeks ago to get some more service out of my 3-yard Bara Barn knot shawl. It’s more secure and comfortable than a one-shoulder carry with no waist support, so it’s a good option for heavy babies and wigglers. I shared the method on TheBabyWearer, and photos were demanded, so I had my 6-year-old take the following glamour shots to illustrate. They are, uh, utilitarian. I share them only because I have no shame.
To do this carry, you need at least nine feet of fabric suitable for baby wrapping. I’m using a Barn Barn knot shawl made especially for carrying babies, but other fabric would work. Choose a natural fabric such as cotton, linen, hemp, silk dupioni, or wool, and make sure the fabric is strong enough to carry your baby’s weight and that it has enough texture to hold a knot without slipping.
Here’s what to do:
First, grab a handful of wrap near the end.
Then stuff it in your pocket.
Bring the wrap across your front.
Then around your back.
Then around your front again.
And around your back and over your shoulder.
Load your baby into the loop on your front.
Get the tail out of your pocket, and bring the wrap under the baby’s bottom, spreading across his bottom. Do a better job spreading than shown in this pic.
Tie a strong knot, adjust your shoulder and your shirt, and you’re done!