Case Study 3: Amalia and Molly

I had the pleasure of consulting for Amalia and Molly over the weekend. They have been kind enough to let me share the details of their consultation.  

Background

Amalia has worn Molly in a stretchy wrap and an Ergo since she was a few weeks old.  She reported finding the Ergo tricky to do up without help from another person and found the panel went too high up Molly’s back.  Amalia wanted to try to improve the usability of the ergo by optimising the front carry .  She also wanted to try a hip carry with the Ergo and a woven wrap to see which she preferred.  

Molly is a healthy 6 month old baby who can roll and sit with a little support. She enjoys being carried on Amalias hip and is keen to interact with the people around her.

Ergo Optimisation

Using a demo doll we experimented with placing the ergo waistband higher on Amalias waist. We allowed the panel to fall down from the waist band and placed the doll so that its bottom sat level with the bottom of the waistband in a seat of fabric made from the main panel of the ergo.  This tweak made the panel sit lower on the dolls back which Amalia found preferable.  Next, we experimented with different ways of doing up the carrier across Amalia’s back during a front carry.  She had been reaching over her shoulders and attempting to connect the chest strap (the small connecter between the two shoulder straps) this way but finding she wasn’t flexible enough to achieve this. We tried moving the strap lower on the arm straps and doing it up by reaching behind, under her arms. Amalia also found this difficult.  Finally we tried pre-fastening the chest strap but loosening the arm straps so that she could pass the chest strap over her head, then secure the carry by tightening the arm straps.  Amalia found this to be the easiest option so we practiced it a couple of times. 

Ergo Hip Carry

We experimented with the ergo in a hip carry as per the manufacturers instructions.  Again we found this required a higher degree of mobility than Amalia found comfortable.  So we tried a hip carry on a woven wrap.

Hip Carry in a Woven Wrap 

I demonstrated and walked Amalia through both a Single Hammock Hip Carry and a Coolest Hip Cross Carry(CHCC). For my Single Hammock tutorials please click here, and for my Coolest Hip Cross Carry tutorial please click here. Amalia tried both out with the doll and, although she liked the single pass of fabric, and therefore, how cool the single hammock was, she preferred the added security of two (cross) passes in the CHCC. We practiced this a few times with the demonstration doll before trying with Molly herself (see photo above) who seemed very happy in this position.  Amalia is going to practice this carry and come back to me with any issues.  We will either optimise her CHCC or look at other options for hip carries, or maybe, when Molly is a little bit older,  back carries.  

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