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Carry of the Week with Kelsey: Back Wrap Cross Carry

 Today I decided to make a leap and do a back carry. We’ve been doing these for a while now and I think you’re ready.

Most blogs/videos/etc. always seem to come with a disclaimer for back carries. Well here’s mine:

If you feel comfortable doing it, do it. If you don’t, then don’t. We are here to guide and encourage you, but not dictate your parental choices.


There is the whole movement of “only on your back if they have head control, torso control, over 4 months, over 6 months, only younger/smaller than the advised if you’re experienced, blah, blah, blah.”

We here at ICBW believe it’s about: 

  • Comfort (are both you and the baby comfortable?) 
  • Confidence (are you confident in your ability?) 


Always make sure you can either feel or hear the baby breathing and make sure if you turn your head you can see theirs. Oh, and if you have a pukey baby, I warned you.

There, disclaimer over.

To the carry! We’re again going to start with the bread and butter. The basics. The Back Wrap Cross Carry (BWCC). There are variations. Oh, are there variations!

Clara in a Basic Chest-belt with the same size 6 wrap. See all the extra tail?


But today I have recommended videos for you try the “Basic” Chest-Belt and the “Sweetheart” Chest-Belt:

  • The “Basic” is awesome for new learners. You immediately tie a knot with the very first pass so the baby is secure on your back. Very comforting.

  • The “Sweetheart”is just cause it’s so darn adorable! And makes your boobs look good. I recommend a 6 for this, though you may be able to do the basic with a 5. If you want to tie in the front, you’ll need a 7 for the Sweetheart.
“Some people are blessed with toddlers that like to be carried. I am blessed with… Cam. [Baby] Clara decided to nap at the most inopportune time… This is a true 6 and I could barely tie it.”
 –Kelsey, showing off the “Sweetheart” Chest-Belt. 


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