Ten Tips for Enjoying (not just surviving) Long Haul Flights with Kids!

Our family just took our first transpacific flight with our four kids (ages 9, 6, 3, and 10 months) and I was SO NERVOUS!  Anyone who talked to me in the week before we left had to listen to me agonize over which toys to pack and what activities to bring and worry over how I’d entertain the baby for such a long flight.  I was so worried!  But guess what?   IT was TOTALLY fine and WAY easier than I imagined.  I thought it was going to be torture, but it was actually really fun!

So here’s my two cents:  Kids are a lot of work no matter where you are.  However, on an international flight, they have a cool TV right in the seat back in front of them AND someone else prepares and brings all the food.  So it was actually easier than regular daily life.  I didn’t have to cook or clean or mediate any arguments over what to watch on TV.  It was pretty great!

I did pick up a few great tips from friends along the way, and even though I’m still a long flight novice, I’ll share what I learned!

        1.  Consider calling the airline and asking for a seat in the bulkhead row with the basinet.  Now if your baby is anything like mine, they won’t sleep in the basinet at all.  However, there is a TON of legroom at the bulkhead seat and the basinet makes a great place to put all the things you don’t want the baby getting into.  We used the bulkhead floor space as a little play area and put all of the toys and things that I was trying to hand him one at a time in the basinet.  They were easy for me to reach, but weren’t rolling all over the floor and getting everywhere either.  Another nice thing about the bulkhead seat is that other people with babies will likely be sitting there too!  It’s nice not feeling like the only one with a baby and you can even help each other a little!  The person next to us on our flight home lent me a wash cloth when my baby flung chicken and rice all over me and she saved our day!  The downside to the bulkhead row is that you can’t put the armrests up.  This can make it less comfortable for a toddler or older child to sleep because they like to put the arm rest up and sleep on you.  We decided to put the kids who would want to lay out on the seat to nap in the row behind the bulkhead row. This way we were all together, but the 3 and 6 year old could put up their armrests and lean on their dad.
        2. Bring a baby carrier for any kids that you typically have to carry if they get tired.  A baby carrier for the baby is a so helpful!  See this blog post for my favorite carry to use on an airplane.  It can be really helpful to bring along a carrier for a toddler or preschooler too.  Our daughter is 3.5 and is an awesome walker.  We don’t need to wear her often at home.  But when we had been traveling for 24 hours and still needed to make it through immigration and find our hotel shuttle, our toddler sized carrier was really helpful!  For tips on how to tell if your child fits the toddler size, check out this post.  IMG_2882
        3. When you’re in the airport waiting for your flight, try to keep everyone awake and get them some exercise!  Some airports have nice little play areas that you can find while you are waiting.  If not, let the kids walk around at the gate.  Take them to look out the window at all of the planes, etc.  Don’t keep them confined during this time. They’ll have to sit still long enough on the plane!  Try to keep them moving.
        4. Feed the baby or give them something to suck on during take off.  If you kept the baby awake in the airport and let them move around, odds are good that they will just fall asleep during take off.  There’s so much white noise during take off and feeding or sucking is very calming and prevents ear pain.  If you’re lucky, you’ll have a sleeping baby before the plane even hits cruising altitude.
        5. Feed the baby or give them something to suck on during landing as well.
        6. When you’re deciding what to pack, think about the things your kids do every day.  The kid who only eats chicken nuggets shaped like a dinosaur will do that on a plane.  The kid who always spills her drink and then refuses to wear a slightly wet shirt, will do that on the plane.  You know what those things are for your kids and you can prepare for that.  Pack a cup with a lid and a spare shirt for the drink spiller.  Pack familiar food for the picky eater.
        7. Don’t worry too much about how to entertain a baby!  Remember that to a baby, everything is new and interesting. I was really worried about how to entertain our baby and packed a million toys.  However, he didn’t play with ANY of them.  He just threw any toy I handed him.  He did spend an hour playing with the airline headphones and another hour velcoing and unvelcroing his sister’s shoe.  He enjoyed tasting all of the airplane food and spend some time removing all of the magazines from the pouch in front of our seat.  He slept a TON too.  Instead of all of those toys, I wish I had just packed a nice pillow so my arm wouldn’t fall asleep holding him for so long while he slept.
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        8. Get a nice pair of kids headphones.  On an international flight, bigger kids will probably spend the entire time enjoying the in flight entertainment, but the airline headphones do not fit kids heads well at all!  Get a pair that’s sized for kids. My daughter loved these.iClever Kids Headphones, They were really comfortable and durable.  They came in a few different colors.  My daughter liked that they had ears and I liked that they didn’t break after being jammed into a backpack repeatedly.  I also recommend getting a headphone splitter if you’re flying with more than one child.  If one device’s battery dies, or two kids want to watch the same thing, you can just plug both headphones into one device.IMG_2751
        9. If you think there’s a chance your flight will not be full, you can try choosing seats that leave an empty seat between you and anyone else you are flying with.  One of our flights was a domestic flight that connected to our international flight.   I was planning to sit next to my 9 year old daughter.  When I booked the seats, I put her by the window and me by the aisle.  I left the seat in the middle empty. On one flight, someone was in the middle seat and I just offered him the aisle or the window and he was more than happy not to have to sit between us.  On the next flight, no one was in that seat at all and we had an entire extra seat’s space to stretch out.
        10. Remember that for the kids, the flight and airport experience itself is exciting and magical!  For adults, it can be just something to get through in order to get to the destination.  But for kids, it’s exciting and amazing!  You’re hurtling through the clouds in a hunk of metal!  Be positive and excited yourself.  Take the time to show them the planes taking off and landing when you’re at the airport and to watch all of the cool airport trucks and machines.  We read this awesome book before we flew and the kids loved seeing the trucks that were featured in the book.  Plus, it’s free on Amazon Kindle unlimited!Make a few laps on the moving sidewalk at the airport and just enjoy the experience with them!  After spending an amazing two weeks in Japan, my 6 year old said the best part was watching the airport trucks.  🙂  It’s all magical and amazing to kids!IMG_3119 (1)
I hope your next trip with your kids is amazing and that you found something helpful here!  🙂

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My Favorite Baby Carrier (and Carry) for Air Travel

Hands down, my favorite carrier to bring on a long flight is a woven wrap!  I love that one length of fabric can do any front, back, or hip carry I want.  It also can double as a blanket, a burp rag, an arm rest cushion, a pillow, etc.  It’s a wonderful all purpose baby tool and I wouldn’t fly without bringing one!

When I fly with a baby, my favorite woven wrap carry to use is Front Cross Carry.

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Here’s why –
  1.  It’s totally poppable.  You can pre-tie the carry before you even leave for the airport.  Then you’re not standing there in a busy airport with a million bags trying to wrangle 6 feet of fabric.  When you get to the airport, pop your baby into the carry.  Any time baby needs a change, or needs to get down and move around, or is going to be carried by someone else for a bit, you can easily pop baby right out of the carry and never need to re-tie.

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  2. If your baby is flying on your lap, sometimes flight attendants will ask you to take baby out of a carrier during take off and landing.  With front cross carry, it’s easy to take the baby out without even waking the baby up (if they’re sleeping).  Just slide the passes down over baby’s back and take them off of baby’s legs.
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  3. It lays completely flat in the back.  This is especially nice if you’re taking a long flight.  There’s not much more uncomfortable than a knot or a buckle digging into your back when you’re sitting for a long time!
  4. It makes a great nursing cover.  I prefer to take baby out of the wrap to feed, especially if I’m sitting down.  I like to use the diagonal passes to cover the top of my chest when I’m feeding the baby, just to have a bit more privacy.
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  5. You can put the baby in the carry forward facing.  This can be nice if the baby is awake and wants to play, but you don’t want the baby to be able to get down and crawl all over the plane floor!  You can put the baby in the Front Cross Carry facing forward and seat them on your lap.  The wrap provides a bit of support and frees your hands for making sure the baby doesn’t knock over your neighbors drink.
If you haven’t already learned Front Cross Carry, give it a try!  It really is a super convenient carry – not just for plane travel, but for every day!
Here’s how to do it:

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Kangaroo Care Basics

What is Kangaroo Care?  

•Kangaroo Care means holding a diaper clad newborn bare chest to bare chest, with baby in an upright positioning, and baby’s head close enough to easily kiss.

•Kangaroo care can be done sitting with baby in a recliner, in a bed propped up on pillows, or while holding baby in a baby carrier.

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How do I position baby for Kangaroo Care?  

Positioning for Kangaroo care is just like positioning for babywearing!  The baby should be centered on your body, bare chest to bare chest, with their head close enough to kiss!  Baby’s chin should be lifted off of their chest and baby’s knees should be comfortably bent in a narrow spread squat position.

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Who can provide kangaroo care?

All newborns, both pre-term and full term, benefit from kangaroo care!

Kangaroo care can be done by anyone the parent chooses.  This might include mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings, and friends.   For tips on sibling Kangaroo Care, see this post on  Including Older Siblings in a New Baby’s Kangaroo Care!

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How much Kangaroo Care should we do?

The short answer is as much as possible!  The more you do, the more baby will benefit!  Researchers who study kangaroo care typically recommend about 90 minutes of Kangaroo care, four days per week for the first three months.

Why do Kangaroo Care?

There are so many reasons to do kangaroo care!  Kangaroo care facilitates bonding between the baby and caregiver.  It promotes healthy sleep.  Babies in Kangaroo care spend more time in quiet sleep which is so key to brain development.  When paired with breastfeeding, kangaroo care can prevent infection, reduce weight loss after birth, and encourage faster weight gain.   Kangaroo care increases oxytocin production.  In a breastfeeding parent, this boosts milk supply.  Oxytocin can reduce a parent’s  stress and anxiety and increases affectionate behavior toward the infant.  Oxytocin also increases parents’  attachment and sense involvement with the baby’s care.  Kangaroo care lowers infant stress and reduces the infant’s perception of pain.  Kangaroo care can even reduce infant crying.

So kick back on your couch, binge on your favorite netflix shows and snuggle that baby skin to skin!  It’s great for both of you!  🙂

 

 

Including Older Siblings in a New Baby’s Kangaroo Care!

 

Welcoming a new baby into the family is a wonderful joy and a big adjustment for each person in the family.  Everyone needs a little time to find and settle into their new role.  A dear friend of mine once told me that adding a new baby to the family isn’t like adding another pumpkin to the wagon.  You have to dump out the wagon and put all of the pumpkins back in again to find the right balance. Those first few weeks with a new little one sometimes feel a bit like that as everyone adapts to their new role in the family.

 

A wonderful way to help older siblings with their transition into their new role in the family is to include them in kangaroo care for the baby.  (For some basic Kangaroo care info, see this post on  Kangaroo Care Basics).  Even a very young older sibling can enjoy skin to skin contact with the baby.  This post will include some tips for allowing older siblings to provide kangaroo care.

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  1.  When you’re doing kangaroo care with the baby, take some time to explain to your child why it’s so good for your baby to spend time skin to skin with family members.  Depending on the age of your older child, you can also point out baby’s positioning.
  2. Choose a time when baby is in a quiet alert state to attempt kangaroo care with a sibling.  A little newborn only spends a few minutes at a time in the quiet alert state, but when you see baby’s body is still and baby is looking around, this is the perfect time to try kangaroo care.  In this magical quiet alert state, you may even find that baby reaches out to touch the siblings face or imitates facial expressions.  Babies are quite incredible!  16299553_1163460403771136_7185968766679975252_n
  3. If you have a few older children, find a time when you are alone with the older sibling before attempting kangaroo care.  It’s difficult to focus on the child doing kangaroo care if other siblings are in the room, and sometimes those siblings will be having big feelings of jealousy or act in attention seeking ways if it is not their turn for KC with the baby.  Having one on one time with the KC providing sibling can make it easier for you to focus just on the one older sibling and also to help support baby.  With just you, the older child, and the baby, this can be a really special time for the older child.
  4. Depending on the age of your child, you may have to help support the baby.  It’s easiest to position the older child against a big stack of pillows so that the child can recline back a bit.  Sitting too upright is difficult for the older sibling and lying flat is a bit stressful for the infant who may tire quickly in this position.  Have the older child lean back into a big stack of pillows.  You may want to put pillows on either side of the child as well to support their elbows.  For a very young child, you will likely need to help hold the baby.
  5. It’s okay if your child wants to hold the baby only for a few seconds or for a few minutes.  As long as both children are happy, and you’re comfortable with baby’s positioning, they can continue for whatever duration you (and they) would like.
  6. While the baby is skin to skin with the sibling, talk to the older sibling a bit about baby’s cues.  Some of the baby’s cues are really easy to notice if the baby is against your skin.  A sibling can quickly learn baby’s hunger cues as baby begin to root against the child’s arm or chest.  It can also be really helpful to teach an older sibling baby’s over-stimulation cues. Helping the older child to learn baby’s cues will be helpful in the later weeks as well because the child will understand what baby needs.
  7. Most importantly, snap some pictures.  These newborn days fly by so quickly and pictures of your children holding and loving each other will be treasured for years to come!

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Top 5 Summer Woven Wrap Front and Hip Carries

Everyone asks me:  What’s the BEST carrier to wear in the heat?

This question can have so many answers!  Everyone has a different favorite carrier in the summer time.  My personal favorite carrier in the summer is a thin breathable woven wrap in a single layer carry.  In the summer, I like to use a wrap that’s a bit shorter than my base size.  My base size is a 6 and I love size 4 carries (so base minus 2) in the summer.

This post has my top 5 favorite Base minus 2 Summer Carries!

5.  Front Wrap Cross Carry Tied under the Bum

This is a fabulous beginner carry.  If you are brand new to wrapping, this is a great one to start with.  The carry teaches you to tighten really effectively.  Tying off under the bum means that there is less fabric wrapped around you (so less warmth!)  The carry has just one layer of fabric over you and baby.

4.  Short Cross Carry

This carry is awesome because you can pre-tie it and pop baby in and out of it as needed.  It’s not quite as hot as it’s base size variation (front cross carry) because there’s just a tad less fabric.  It’s also wonderfully breathable because it’s open at the sides so you can get a bit of airflow between you and baby.  Sometimes I need a base minus 1 wrap for this carry instead of a base minus 2 wrap.  It depends on how big my wrappee is!

This wonderful video by LaKeta Kemp of Tandem Trouble shows a variation on Short Cross Carry that uses one sling ring.  This has the benefit of lying a bit flatter in the back and also uses less wrap length than the original variation.  It can also be a bit easier to adjust once tied than the original version.

3.  Front Torso Carry

This carry is wonderful in the summer because there is no wrap over your shoulders!  It’s wrapped very similarly to Front Wrap Cross Carry tied under the bum.  For bonus points, this carry is wonderful if you have a sunburn (nothing on the shoulders!)
This video was made by LaKeta Kemp of Tandem Trouble.

2.  Robin’s Hip Carry

This is one of my very favorite carries in all seasons.  For one, it can be completely poppable!  Once you have it adjusted, you leave the wrap on and pop baby in and out as needed.  This is especially nice in winter or on rainy days when you don’t want to stand outside of the car and wrap.  For two, it’s just super pretty.   It has one layer over baby and is quite breathable.

This video shows a variation on Robin’s Hip Carry that uses one sling ring.  This variation is a bit cooler than the original variation and uses a few inches less wrap length.

1.  Kangaroo

You can’t beat kangaroo in the heat!  It has just one ruck or kangaroo pass over baby.  The ruck pass is wonderfully breathable because both sides are open.  If you tighten well, this carry is also incredibly comfortable.

Those are my favorite summer front and hip carries!  What are your favorites?

 

 

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How to Tell if Your Child fits in your Toddler Sized Carrier

How do you know if your toddler is big enough to fit in a toddler carrier? This super quick post will show you what to check for.

  1.  Is your child tall enough that his or her entire head is visible above the panel of the carrier?

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Notice in this image, my toddler’s head is completely visible.  The panel comes up to the top of her shoulders, but not higher.  It could go slightly higher and still be a good fit, but generally the panel should not go higher than the nape of the neck or the bottom of the earlobe.

  1. Are your child’s legs long enough that panel does not go past the bend of your child’s knee?  When your child is in the carrier, take a look at the base of the panel.  It should support your toddler’s thighs, but should not extend past the knee.

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Notice in this image, the panel of our carrier goes almost to my toddler’s knee, but does not go past her knee bend.   There is also no bunching or wrinkling in the base of the panel.    She has just started to fit in this carrier.

If you answered yes to both of these questions, your child probably fits in your toddler carrier and you can enjoy your carrier together!  If you’re not sure, visit your local babywearing group or consultant (links below).  If you’re debating buying a toddler carrier, take a look at the carrier company website and carefully read the sizing information or try one on in person with your local babywearing educator.

The carrier shown is a toddler sized Kinderpack and my daughter is nearly 2 years old, and in the 99th percentile for height at 37 inches.  She wears size 3t pants and shirts.

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This photo shows my husband wearing our littlest daughter in a toddler sized carrier while chatting with our oldest daughter.  ❤

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Photo-Tutorial: Hip Carry in a Meh Dai

Did you know you can do a hip carry in your meh dai?  It’s super easy and pretty comfortable.  Hip carries can be really wonderful.  From a hip carry, your baby can see everything that’s going on in front of or behind you.  Hip carries are wonderful for speech development because when you talk to your baby in a hip carry, your baby can see what you are talking about and also watch your mouth moving as you talk.   If your baby likes to be carried on your hip and loves looking around at everything, your baby will probably love it!

Before we begin the tutorial, the answers to a couple of common mei tai questions:  

How do I know if my baby is ready for a hip carry?
When you are naturally carrying your baby on the hip, your baby is ready for a hip carry.  This usually happens some time between 4 and 6 months, but every baby is different!  If you’re not sure, ask your local babywearing educator for help. Links to find an educator near you are at the bottom of this tutorial.

Do I tie it like an apron?  Or do I tie it on like a Soft Structured Carrier, non-apron style?  
This is going to depend on your meh dai. Check the instructions for your particular carrier.  Generally, if the meh dai has an unstructured and unpadded waist, the manufacturer instructions will say to tie it on like an apron (as shown in this tutorial).  If your meh dai has a padded, structured waist, the instructions might say to fold waist band and tie it on like a soft structured carrier.  Check the manufacturer’s instructions for your carrier.  For a full explanation of apron versus non apron, see this post.

Now, the tutorial . . . .

Step 1:  Locate the waist straps of your meh dai (these are the shorter straps).  Tie the meh dai on your waist.  I am tying this meh dai on like an apron with the panel hanging down from my waist.

 

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Step 2:  Tie a double knot at the opposite hip.

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Step 3:  Hold your baby on your hip and position baby comfortably with knees slightly higher than bottom.

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Step 4:  Spread the panel of the carrier up over your baby’s back.

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Step 5:  Bring the front strap over your opposite shoulder.

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Step 6: Supporting baby with one hand, reach behind you and pull the strap straight down to tighten the carry.

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Step 7:  After pulling straight down, bring the strap at a diagonal across your back.

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Step 8:  Now bring that strap back toward the front (taking it over baby’s legs).  Hold the strap and baby with one hand.

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Step 9:  With your other hand, locate the strap right beside your arm.  Bring this strap under your arm.  It can help to pin this strap under your armpit to hold it still.
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Step 10:  Keeping one hand on baby, reach behind you with the opposite hand.  Locate the strap that you just pinned under your arm.

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Step 11:  Bring this strap straight across your back.

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Step 12:  Bring the strap back around to the front (taking it over baby’s leg).  Tie a double knot under baby’s bottom.

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Step 13:  For your comfort, pull the front strap away from your neck, out to the outside of your shoulder.

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Now you have a super comfortable hip carry in a meh dai!  🙂  The meh dai pictured is a BabyHawk.

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If you prefer learning from videos, this tutorial shows how to do a hip carry in a meh dai:  

For more meh dai tutorials and tips, visit this YouTube playlist which includes all of the possible carries you can do with a meh dai.

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Meh Dais: Do I tie Apron or Non-Apron?

The most common meh dai question I hear is this one:  How do I tie on the waist?  

There are two ways to tie a meh dai waist:  Apron Style and Non-Apron Style.  I remember when I first heard this I was SO CONFUSED!  But it’s actually pretty simple.  Apron style is really just like an apron and non apron style is . . .  well . . . not like an apron.  Take a look:

Apron Style:  
Apron Style means that the meh dai is tied on just like an apron.  You hold the carrier by the waist straps with the panel and shoulder straps hanging down.  Face the decorative panel toward you, and tie the meh dai on at your waist.  If there is a label on the inside of the meh dai, the label is now facing out.

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When you are finished with the carry, it will look like this.  The meh dai pictured is an Infantino Sash. The waist band of the carry is between the wearer and baby and the panel makes almost a J shape.  The top of the J is the top of the panel and the bottom of the J is between the wearer and baby.

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Non Apron Style:

The opposite of Apron Style is “Non-Apron Style” (awesome name right?).  To tie non-apron style, you hold the meh dai by the waist straps with the panel and shoulder straps hanging down (just like in apron style).  Then you fold the waist band toward you once.  Now the waist band is sitting against your waist just like it would in a soft structured carrier.  In Non-Apron style the waist band is right side up (rather than upside down as in aprons style).

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When you are finished with the carry it will look like this. The meh dai pictured is a Girasol Mysol. See the waist band below the baby’s bottom?  The waist band is not between the baby and wearer as it was in apron style.

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Let’s see them side by side:  

Apron Style (hanging straight down) is on the left.  Non Apron style (with the waist band folded once toward the wearer) is on the right.

Compare the finished carry side by side:  

In an apron style carry (left), the waist band is not visible from the finished carry.  It is between the wearer and the baby.  In an non-apron style carry, the waist band is visible from the finished carry, just below the baby.

So when do I tie apron style?  or Non Apron Style?  

Check the instructions for your meh dai.  Your meh dai manufacturer has included instructions that show which way that particular meh dai should be tied.  Most meh dais with unpadded waists include instructions for Apron Style tying.  Most meh dais that have a structured/padded waist include instructions for non-apron style tying.

Are there any benefits to either method of tying?

Like anything, there are benefits to both.  Everyone will have their own preferences and different methods work better with different meh dais.

Benefits of tying Apron Style:  

Apron style tying creates a nice deep seat and shortens the panel slightly which can be helpful if you are wearing a smaller child.

Benefits of tying Non-Apron Style: 

Non-Apron Style tying can make the panel feel a bit taller, which is helpful if you are wearing a taller child.  Some people find that tying non-apron style can make the weight of the child transfer nicely to the hips/waist of the wearer.

So, check the instructions for your meh dai!  Try both styles and let me know what you think!

For in person help with your meh dai, find a Center for Babywearing Studies trained babywearing consultant or find your local Babywearing International Chapter.  There is also a fabulous map of babywearing groups on Thebabywearer.

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Robin’s Hip Carry Photo-Tutorial

Robin’s Hip Carry is a wonderful beginner hip carry. This carry is quick and easy. You can mostly pre-tie the carry and then put the baby in. I like to tie this carry before I leave the house, put baby in her carseat, and then pop her into the carry when I arrive at my destination. This carry can also be done as a front carry by putting baby on the front, instead of the hip. I recommend waiting until you are naturally carrying baby on your hip (usually between 4-6 months) before doing a hip carry.

Click here to view this tutorial in Spanish.

To wrap a Robin’s Hip Carry, start by putting on the wrap:

Step 1: Locate the middle marker on your wrap. This is usually a small tag in the center of the wrap. Place the middle marker on the back of your neck.

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Step 2: Bring one tail over one shoulder and one tail under one shoulder. If you want baby on your left side, bring the tail over your right shoulder and under your left shoulder. If you want baby on your right side, bring the tail over your left shoulder and under your right shoulder.

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Step 3: Make sure that the back is well spread and not twisted. Neatly gather both tails. Bring the tail that is coming from under your arm across your chest.

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Step 4: Bring the tail that is coming across your chest OVER the tail that that is hanging from your shoulder.

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Step 5: Holding the tail that is coming across your chest in one hand, use the other hand to flip the tail that is hanging from your shoulder behind you.

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Step 6: Bring the tail that you just flipped over the shoulder across your back at a diagonal, so that there are now two layers of wrap going at a diagonal across your back.

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Step 7: This step is the secret to this carry! After bringing the tail across your back, bring it to the front and pin it between your knees. With the wrap pinned between your knees, it will be much easier to put in the baby without losing any tension in the carry. It will also be easier to tighten the carry with one tail pinned between the knees.

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Now, the wrap is ready for you to put in your baby! If your baby doesn’t want to go up right now, you can tie the two tails in a loose half knot and finish the carry whenever your baby wants to be worn.

Put your baby into the carry:

Step 8: The bunched part coming across your chest is where you are going to put the baby. Pull this bunched part slightly so that you will have some room for the baby. Pick up your baby and hold baby on your shoulder as if you are going to burp the baby. Supporting baby with one hand, bring your other hand under the bunched part to guide your baby’s legs through the wrap.

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Step 9: Bring the top edge of the wrap up to baby’s shoulders as you gently lower baby into the wrap.

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Step 10: Pull the bottom edge down tight and then bring the bottom edge from knee to knee on baby, making a seat. In a good seat, baby is seated with knees slightly higher than bottom. The bottom edge of the wrap will make a straight line from knee to knee. To make sure the wrap goes from knee to knee, bring your hand under the leg closest to your belly. Bring your hand to the knee that is closest to your back. Pull any slack that is caught behind you forward. Then slide the slack from the back knee toward the front knee. It will be easiest to remove the slack in the next few steps if the slack is pulled toward the front.

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Step 11: Check that the wrap is nice and high on baby’s back. If baby wants arms out, the wrap should go up to baby’s shoulders. If the baby has arms in, the wrap should go to the base of baby’s neck. As you are making sure the wrap is high on baby’s back, pull any slack that is caught behind you forward. This will make it easier to tighten in the next step!

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Now baby is in the wrap and you are ready to tighten!

Step 12: Supporting baby with one hand, tighten the top third of the wrap. Pull the top third of the wrap out to the side so that it slides through the anchor point. It can help to lift out your opposite elbow a bit to the side so that any slack that is caught behind you will slide forward.

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Step 13: Use one hand to keep tension on the top third of the wrap and use that arm to support baby. Use your other hand to pull the middle third of the wrap tight.

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Step 14: Pull the bottom third of the wrap tight. It can be easiest to tighten if you pull the wrap at a diagonal toward the side (rather than down).

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Step 15: Now the wrap should be very well tightened. Baby should be held snugly against you and you should feel that baby is very secure. If you do not feel like baby is secure, tighten some more. Now, you can remove the tail that you pinned between your knees.

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Step 16: Tighten the tail coming across your back by pulling it out to the side. If your anchor point is too low, at this point you can bring the anchor point a bit higher and then pull the tail out to the side. Most people prefer the anchor point on this carry to be just below their collarbone.

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Step 17: Bring both both tails over baby’s legs so that the tails are at the bend of baby’s knees and tie a double knot under baby’s bottom.

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You did it! Robin’s Hip Carry is a beautiful and very comfortable hip carry! Share your pictures and tag #wrappingrachel and #cercademi. 🙂

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If you prefer video instructions, this video shows how to do the carry.  But before you watch the video, go back and read step 7!  That really is the key to wrapping this carry and I didn’t know that trick when I made this video a few years ago!

For in person help with your wrap, find a Center for Babywearing Studies trained babywearing consultant or find your local Babywearing International Chapter.  There is also a fabulous map of babywearing groups on Thebabywearer.

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Tutoríal en Fotos de modo de cargar de “Robin’s” a la Cadera

Haga clic aquí para ver este tutorial en español / Inglés.
Para hacer un nudo Robin a la cadera empiece con su fular en la mano.
Paso 1: Busque el marcador del medio (centro) del fular. Esto suele ser una pequeña etiqueta en el centro de la tela. Colóquese el marcador del medio en la parte de atrás de su cuello.
Paso 2: Traiga una tira sobre un hombro y la otra tira por debajo del otro hombro. Si deseas llevar a tu bebé en tu lado izquierdo, llevar una tira por encima de su hombro derecho y por debajo de su hombro izquierdo. Si deseas a tu bebé en su lado derecho, lleve una tira por encima de su hombro izquierdo y por debajo de su hombro derecho.
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Paso 3: Asegúrese de que el fular en su espalda este bien estirado y que el mismo no este torcido. Cuidadosamente una ambas colas. Traiga la tira que viene por debajo de su brazo a través de su pecho.
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Paso 4: Lleve la tira que está atravesando su pecho SOBRE la cola que está colgando de su hombro.
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Paso 5: Agarrando la cola que está en su pecho con una mano, utilice la otra mano para voltear la cola que cuelga de su hombro hacia detrás de usted (a su espalda).
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Paso 6: Lleve la tira que acaba de voltear por encima del hombro hacia su espalda y a lo diagonal. Ahora tendrás dos capas de fular que van corriendo a lo diagonal a través de su espalda.
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Paso 7: Este paso es el secreto de este modo de cargar. Después de llevar la cola en su espalda tráigalo hacia delante y aguántelo entre sus rodillas. Con la envoltura pinchada entre sus rodillas, lo que hará mucho más fácil poner a su bebé, permitirá no perder tensión en su fular. También será más fácil para ajustar el fular con un solo tira cuando tienes la otra pinchada entre tus rodillas.
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Ahora estás listo para poner a tu bebé en el fular! Si su bebé no desear ser cargado ahora mismo, puedes atar las dos colas en un nudo flojo y terminar el cargue cuando su bebé esté listo.
Ponga a su bebé en el fular.
Paso 8: La parte agrupada que corre através de su pecho es donde se va a poner al bebé. Estire esta parte agrupada ligeramente de modo que tenga un poco de espacio para el bebé. Coga a su bebé y manténgalo en su hombro como si fuese a sacarle los gases. Apoyando bebé con una mano, traiga su otra mano por debajo de la parte agrupado para guiar a las piernas de su bebé a través del fular.
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Paso 9: Suba el borde superior del fular hasta los hombros del bebé dejando caer suavemente a su bebé en el fular.
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Paso 10: Baje el borde inferior hacia abajo manteniendolo apretado y luego este mismo borde estirelo de rodilla a rodilla creando un asiento con el fular. Lo que se considera un buen asiento es que el bebe este sentado con las rodillas ligeramente superior a su trasero. El borde inferior (abajo) del fular hará una línea recta desde una rodilla hasta la otra. Para asegurarse de que el fular cubra de rodilla a rodilla, traiga su mano debajo de la pierna más cercana a su vientre. Lleve su mano a la rodilla que está más cerca de la espalda. Estire lo que sobre del fular que pueda haber quedado atrapada detrás de usted hacia adelante. A continuación traiga lo que sobra del fular de su espalda de la rodilla que queda más cercana de su espalda hacia la rodilla delantera. Será más fácil para eliminar que su cargue quede flojo en los próximos pasos si el fular se trae hacia la parte delantera ajustándolo.
Paso 11: Verifique que el fular este a la altura de la espalda de su bebé. Si el bebé quiere tener los brazos afuera, el fular debe ir hasta los hombros del bebé. Si el bebé prefiere los brazos adentro del fular, el fular debe ir a la base del cuello del bebé. Mientras usted esta verificando que el fular este lo suficientemente alto en la espalda del bebé, aproveche para estirar cualquier pedazo que se sienta flojo y/o este atrapada detrás de usted en su espalda. Esto hará que sea más fácil para apretar en el siguiente paso!
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Ahora el bebé está en el fular y ya está listo para apretar!
Paso 12: Apoye a su bebé con una mano y coga el primer (1/3) tercio superior del fular . Estire ese pedazo superior del fular hacia un lado para que se deslice a través del punto de anclaje. Podría ayudar si saca el codo opuesto un poco hacia un lado para que el fular que podría haber quedado atrapado detrás de usted se deslice hacia adelante fácilmente.

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Paso 13: Utilice una mano para mantener la tensión en la parte superior del fular y use ese brazo para apoyar al bebé. Use la otra mano para estirar el medio del fular para apretarlo.
Paso 14: Estire la tercera parte inferior (abajo) del fular y ajústelo. Puede ser más fácil apretar si se estira el fular a lo diagonal hacia el lado (en lugar de hacia abajo).
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Paso 15: Ahora usted debe sentir que su fular esta bien apretado. Él bebé se debe sentir firme contra usted y usted debe sentir que el/ella está muy seguro. Si usted no siente que el bebé está seguro vuelva a ajustar un poco más. Ahora puedes agarrar la cola que tiene entre sus rodillas.
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Paso 16: Ajuste la cola que viene en su espalda tirando de él hacia un lado. Si su punto de anclaje esta muy abajo este es el momento para poder traer ese punto de anclaje un poco más alto. La mayoría de las personas prefieren el punto de anclaje justo por debajo de su clavícula pero eso depende de su gusto.
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Paso 17: Lleve ambas ambas colas por encima de las piernas del bebé para que las colas queden justo sobre la curva de la parte de atras de sus rodillas. Ahí amarre un nudo doble debajo de su trasero.
¡Lo hicistes!
El “Robin Hip Carry” es un modo de cagar bonito y muy cómodo para llevar a su bebe a la cadera!
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