On Thursday about twelve mamas and their children descended on a fantastic location for a back carry wrapping bonanza! Lots of mamas had never tried back carries before and were keen to learn. There were lovely biscuits, cups of tea, a wonderful space for older children to play safely and plenty of wraps of all lengths and every colour of the rainbow!
Everyone got to try something; we were concentrating mainly on back wrapping this time as lots of people find it scary to contemplate (will my baby fall off? How do I keep her there while wrapping? Won’t I miss being able to kiss his head when he’s far away behind me?) There were quite a few Amazonas do Brasil from the lovely BabyArmadillo based up in Holmfirth, not far away – great starter wraps in a whole array of gorgeous colours; soft and pliable and mouldable straight out of the box. The whole range of wrap companies were well represented; Didymos, Girasol, Bara Barn, Amazonas and Oscha that day (we have Hopps and Storches among our collective stash as well!)
We spent most of our time working on back wrap cross carries, great for securing babies firmly without worrying about them slipping out of the bottom, great starter carry and easy to remember. We had a full length mirror so people could see what they were up to.
We also practised various rucks – under bum, tied in front, tied tibetan. We also tried out double hammocks (the knotless version), and the short back cross carry. Then for a bit of variety we moved on to kangaroo carries and rebozo hip carries with slipknot (and spent a bit of time practising slipknots) – perfect for breastfeeding in. One mama who had forgotten how to do a slipknot was re-enabled and was able to walk out feeding her 2yr old in a hip carry rebozo, which she had always loved doing before. A really great video for how to do this is below.
It was a really lovely meet – we’ll be doing it again soon!
If this looks like something you want to do, just get in touch, or join our FB group.
Here’s the slipknot video (thanks to Lorette Michallon of Slingababy).