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Here’s Mandy’s brand-new video demonstrating in detail how to do a fully-adjustable hip carry with a wraparound sling. She shows you the tips and adjustments to get a rock-solid carry; once you learn them, this carry is much quicker than the demonstration. 🙂 Our friend Heather showed us this fabulous carry.

Because you can adjust the sling to fully support your baby, this carry can be done from the newborn stage on up. (If you do it with a newborn, you can make a headrest out of a burp cloth as demonstrated in this video. Or you can do the same technique using the tail of the wrap in lieu of a burp cloth.)

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This is great not just because it has a cool soundtrack and text directions, but because this wrapper knows what she’s doing. Watch how she positions this newborn in the wrap (in the spread squat position with feet out) and then how she adds a headrest for excellent support:

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Here’s a video, with French captions, demonstrating the new and wildly popular “double hammock” back carry, for your viewing pleasure. This is a video promoting a stretchy wrap, but this carry is being done by lots of wrappers with wovens, and it’s actually a quick carry notwithstanding the video’s leisurely pace. 😉 I tried it today and it was extremely comfortable!

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Carli, Lizzy, and Stephanie

Carli, Lizzy, and Stephanie

You can do a strapless wrap carry on your front as well as your back. The key is having a way to load your baby securely while you wrap … when you do this as back carry, you can bend forward to make your back like a table … obviously, though, bending over backward while you wrap is not the way to a front torso carry. The trick is to start off as if you’re doing the front wrap cross carry, then one by one convert the shoulder straps to torso straps.

Here’s a video showing how to do this carry with a Moby Wrap. The same technique works with woven wraps, too. Enjoy going strapless!

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Woot! Lotsa wrapping vids by Kristi and crew at Wrapsody. Seriously, go learn something. 🙂

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For some reason, it seems there’s never enough information about traditional babywearing in Europe to satisfy the demand. People post every so often on TheBabywearer.com looking for information about how to wear their baby to the Renaissance Faire or about how their European ancestors might have carried their babies. Hopefully, this blog will help fill in the gaps. It’s already got an impressive collection of images, anecdotes, and information about traditional Celtic and European babywearing. Fascinating stuff, especially for those of us with lots of Celtic ancestors!

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Make plans to be at Magic City Slingfest! Why? (1) Fun. Your kids will make music with Charlotte from The Pink House and munch on a snack or two, and you can play with all kinds of dreamy slings and get a free babywearing consultation. (2) Leave with an awesome organic sling for the grand sum of $5. Yep, $5. Yep, awesome. Yep, organic. We’re not kidding. Earth Creations has donated the fabric for our DIY Table, and you can create a wraparound sling and learn how easy it really is to use it, for five … whole … dollars. (3) It’s for a good cause! All proceeds benefit First Light shelter in downtown Birmingham. (4) We’ll tell you some more good reasons soon … we have top secret projects at the moment. Shhhhh.

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