Triple layer stretchy wrap carries are generally the first carries new parents learn. These carries can be used with babies and young children for as long as you like so long as the fabric is supportive enough to maintain your child’s position and your child does not exceed the manufacturers recommended weight limit (which normally goes up to at least 35lb). The fabric must hold your child tight to your body so that they are not able to slump (restricting their airway) and to prevent putting an unnecessary strain on your back and shoulders.
This post contains two options for triple layer carries with a stretchy wrap, the Pocket Wrap Cross Carry and the Front Double Hammock (see below). It is also possible to use your stretchy wrap to tie a Front Wrap Cross Carry (video tutorial coming soon!).
Pocket Wrap Cross Carry (PWCC)
When people first buy, or receive, a stretchy wrap (e.g. a moby or a Boba)they are generally advised to use it for their newborn baby in a Pocket Wrap Cross Carry (PWCC). This is a three layer carry which you pre-tie then are able to pop baby in and out of as required throughout the day.
The way a PWCC is tied depends on whether your Wrap is a One-Way or a Two-Way stretchy wrap. If you don’t know which kind of wrap you have them please read this post. Video tutorials are provided for both types of wrap below:
Pocket Wrap Cross Carry with One-Way Stretchy Wrap
Pocket Wrap Cross Carry with a Two-Way Stretchy Wrap
Once you have learned how to tie the PWCC you can use the same method to tie a Front Double Hammock (FDH).
Front Double Hammock in a Stretchy Wrap
The Front Double Hammock (FDH) carry is tied in the same way as the Pocket Wrap Cross Carry (PWCC) but, once tied, the baby is inserted differently. While the two diagonal passes go between the babies legs and are stretched from knee to knee on a PWCC they are used as hammocks instead in a FDH. Both legs go through both diagonal passes and out of the bottom of the cross.
Which is better?
Which ever works for you and your baby. Some people find they love the PWCC and the security of having the passes between the baby’s legs so much they do not want to do anything else. Other people find that using a FDH makes them think more about getting a deep seat and helps them to avoid over extending the baby’s hips. Please let me know which one you prefer and why.
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