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Instructions for the Wrap Cross Carry with Outer Pouch
(AKA the "Pocket Wrap Cross Carry")

The pocket wrap cross carry is the tying method of choice for stretchy wraps like the Hug-a-Bub®, the BaliBaby Stretch, and the Moby Wrap. It also works well with the woven wraparound carriers. This tying method is well loved for the superior support and comfort it provides, as well as its "poppability", meaning that you can keep your wrap tied like this all day, slipping the baby in and out as needed.

Here's how it works. Photos are courtesy of Hug-a-Bub®.

wrap
cross once
cross again and tuck
wrap again and tie
Start by holding the middle of the fabric (the pocket, in the case of a Hug-a-Bub®) across your front.
Pull the fabric around your waist, and then cross it on your back. Holding the fabric by the top edge as you cross should keep it from getting twisted. Bring the two ends over your shoulders and tuck them underneath the pocket or "pouch" part of the fabric. Then cross them underneath the pocket.
Now wrap the fabric around your waist again, as many times as you like and have enough fabric for! Extra wrapping helps with weight distribution. Tie the ends in a double knot.

Hold the baby up on your shoulder while you tuck her leg underneath one of the crossed strips of fabric. With an older baby you might want to tuck her leg under the pocket portion of the wrap at the same time. Now switch shoulders, and do the same with the other leg. As you lower the baby into the fabric "X", you'll want to spread out each strip of the fabric over the baby's back. Each strip should fully support the baby's bottom, and its edges should end up under the baby's knees to support her in a straddling position. With the baby safely supported by the fabric "X", you can now pull the pocket portion of the wrap up over the baby's bottom and back, to provide extra cozy support. You'll want to tuck a small baby's head underneath the fabric. An older baby or toddler will often prefer to have head, shoulders, and arms outside of the wrap when he's awake. Now enjoy wearing your little one in total comfort and security.

 


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