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How to do Back Carries in a Woven Wrap (for beginners)

Using a woven wrap to do a back carry can be an incredibly comfortable, versatile, and beautiful way to carry your baby!   In this post, you will find beginner back carrying tutorials, tutorials for getting baby onto your back, and pro tips for starting back wrapping.

Are You Ready to Begin Back Wrapping?

To tell if you are ready to begin back wrapping, we look for two things:

  1. Your baby’s size and development:  To begin back wrapping (as a back-wrapping beginner), your baby should have strong and consistent head control.  They should be able to maintain an open airway both while you are putting them on the back and once they are on the back.  It is also helpful if your baby is tall enough that when you put them on the back, you can reach their bottom.
  2. Your skill with a wrap:  Before beginning back wrapping, it really helps to be able to do a front or hip carry in your woven wrap.  You should understand how to tighten the wrap strand by strand and know what a well tightened carry looks like and feels like.  You should also know what a good seat looks and feels like in a front and hip carry.

If you are not ready to begin back wrapping, it would be best to start with front and hip carries. This blog post post might be a better starting point if you are brand new to wrapping.

Beginning Tips

Putting your Baby on your Back

The first step to learning to back wrap is to learn how to put your baby on your back. If you have already been doing back carries in another carrier, you can use the same method to put your baby on your back. There are three methods people commonly use to put their baby on their back.

Superman Toss

A superman toss can be used when baby has head/torso control through toddlerhood/preschool.

This video shows how to do a superman toss with a woven wrap:

Hip Scoot

Hip scoot works well from the time you find yourself naturally carrying baby on the hip through toddlerhood/preschool.

This video shows how to do a hip scoot with a woven wrap:

Santa Toss

Santa toss is the method many people use if they are back wrapping a smaller baby or a baby who does not have head control. Santa tosses can be used with older children as well, but most people prefer to switch to a superman toss or hip scoot as baby gets older.

This video by Judy from Denim Beh Dai shows how to do a superman toss with a young baby:

Choose one method to learn and use. You don’t need to learn them all. If one method doesn’t seem great to you, try another one.

Getting Baby off of your Back

We always spend so much time thinking about how to do a carry and how to get baby on the back, it’s important to also know how to get baby off of your back! This wonderful video by Judy of Denim Beh Dai shows how to get a sleeping baby off of your back and includes tips for transferring them to bed.

Three Beginner Carries

There are three carries that I really love as beginner woven wrap back carries. These can all be done with a base size wrap. If you aren’t sure what size is your base size, see my Woven Wraps for Beginners Post.

Ruck Tied in Front

Ruck tied in front is a wonderful first carry. This carry is simple in that there are only a few steps to remember.

This video shows how to do a ruck carry and gives lots of tips on getting a good seat in the carry:

This video shows the same carry, but with a very wiggly child and gives some extra tips on working with a child who is wiggling!

Back Wrap Cross Carry

Back wrap cross carry can also be a wonderful first carry. This carry is symmetrical and starts with a half knot at the chest so that it feels secure right away. This carry ends up a bit lower on your back than Ruck tied in front. I tend to prefer this carry with a toddler or older child, but many people like it with a younger baby too.

Secure High Back Carry

Secure High back carry is also a great first back carry. This carry works really well for someone who likes to hip scoot. When you do a hip scoot with the wrap around the baby, the wrap lands in just the right spot for you to start this carry. This carry is also quite forgiving. As long as you have the first pass nice and snug before you tie the half knot, you can be flexible with the second and third passes. It doesn’t matter what order you do the second and third passes, you can do them in any order you’d like.

This video shows how to do Secure High Back Carry, slowly with a babywearing demo doll:

This video shows how to do Secure High Back Carry faster, with a real child:

Getting a Great “Seat”

A great seat is key to a comfortable carry! It can be confusing to understand what a seat is, especially because it’s the part of the carry that you can’t see! This wonderful image by Modern Babywearing shows what the wrap should look like between you and baby:

Notice that the bottom edge of the wrap makes a straight line from one knee to the other. A good seat means that the baby is supported from knee to knee in the wrap.

I find one secret to getting a great seat is to reach under my baby’s legs, bring the wrap from knee to knee, and then lift upward gently bringing baby’s knees above baby’s bottom.

Pro Advice

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