Posts Tagged ‘back carry’

Back Carry Basics

Monday, August 31st, 2015

IMAG0620So you’ve been wearing your baby for a while now, are very comfortable with front carries and feel that you’re ready to move baby onto your back. Where do you begin?

First, unless you are an experienced baby wearer and experienced wrapper, back carries are typically only recommended once your child is 6 months or older and is able to sit independently. Since you have less visual connection with a child on your back, you want him to have the muscle tone that allows him to sit up straight without slouching. You must also only use carriers that are safe for back carries, such as woven wraps, buckle carriers, and mei tais. Stretchy wraps and water wraps/slings are not safe for back carries and should not be used. Stretchy wraps, such as a Moby, do not offer the support necessary and could allow baby to lean or fall. Water products are typically designed for front carry, water use only.

If your child and carrier meet those criteria, you can now begin to practice back carries. Always start by practicing with a spotter, someone to help you should you need it, and practice over a soft surface, such as your bed. You want to first get comfortable moving baby to your back in a safe environment before attempting to do so out and about. Practicing with experienced help, such as at a BWI meeting local to you is a great start, if possible. Another good idea is to practice moving a doll onto your back and into your carrier before trying with your baby.

There are a number of ways to get baby onto your back, and how you do it will part be up to preference and part due to the type of carrier you are using. Below I’ll link to a few good instructional videos that may help you with your particular carrier, but of course, this isn’t an all-inclusive list.

  • SSC – Soft Structured Carrier – Many moms prefer the hip scoot method of transferring baby, as it has more of a secure feel to it. Personally, I was always a fan of the superman toss before my daughter was old enough to just climb on up. If neither of those feel quite secure enough for you, try this method that involves always having the chest clip buckled for additional security.
  • Mei Tai – The hip scoot works just as well for a mei tai, or you can start out with baby on your front.
  • Woven Wrap – There are many ways to get your baby onto your back when using a woven wrap. You may prefer the hip scoot (again!), or the santa toss, or another version of superman. This video shows a number of examples.

You may notice that I did not include ring slings. While there are ways to use a ring sling for a back carry, they are only recommended for advanced wearers. Back carries with a ring sling are not for beginners.

Back carries can take a lot of practice to get comfortable with. As I mentioned, if you can meet with a babywearing educator at a BWI meeting or other babywearing meeting near you, that’s your best first step toward learning to back carry. Soon you’ll be on your way to a whole new world of babywearing!

Hip Scoot 

Superman Toss

Full Buckle Back Transfer

Kate Cunha lives in the Pacific NW with her husband and daughter. She is quite sure she doesn’t get it right all of the time.


Friday, August 1st, 2014


Many of us have experienced the joy of wearing our wee little babies close to our hearts.  We kiss their sweet foreheads when we wear them on our front and squeeze their little toes when we wear them on our back.

Much like breastfeeding, babywearing doesn’t have to end when your baby moves into toddlerhood.  The dynamics of it might shift some (again just like breastfeeding a toddler is different than nursing a newborn), however the benefits remain the same.

A few simple things to keep in mind when toddlerwearing:

1. Be prepared for a lot of up-an-down/in-and-out of the carrier

We all know toddlers like to assert their independence while at the same time they still crave a great deal of reassurance and comfort from us. These seemingly opposing needs of toddlers are usually quite apparent while toddlerwearing. Your child will want to be picked up and then what feels like a mere five minutes later, they want to be put down again to explore.  A few minutes later they will ask you to hold them again. Moms of toddlers are all too familiar with this exhausting drill. Therefore having a carrier that allows for easy up/down/in/out is essential during the toddler years. A ring sling is a great option as is a soft structured carrier.


2. Back carries are generally easier than front carries with toddlers

A back carry allows for your child to look around more as well as offers you a greater sense of mobility. Getting simple tasks done such as unloading a grocery cart or folding laundry are easier to accomplish with a toddler on your back than on your front. I also find hiking to be much easier and more enjoyable with my little guy on my back versus on my front. I feel more stable and balanced with extra weight on my back as opposed to in front.

3. Tandem carrying is an option if you have a newborn and a toddlerToddlerwearing

When a new baby arrives into a family it may be even more important to continue to wear your toddler. They will want to continue to be held close to you as they transition to having a new sibling. Tandem babywearing takes some practice but once you get the hang of it, it can be great way to meet the needs of two kids at the same time. You can even toddlerwear while pregnant.

Wearing my three year old in a Dolcino Woven Wrap while 36 weeks pregnant with baby #4.

4. A quality carrier should comfortably support the weight of a toddler

Sometimes a parent or caregiver states they stopped wearing their toddler because they were too heavy. However, most quality carriers are designed to carry a child up to 40-ish pounds when used properly. If wearing your toddler has become uncomfortable try playing with your carrier to adjust straps or type of carry. Or perhaps consider investing in a new carrier that will better accommodate your growing baby.

Happy Toddlerwearing all!

Sarah is a crunchy mama to three boys with a fourth on the way. Her family feels blessed to currently live abroad in the Netherlands and enjoy exploring all it has to offer. 

Silent Saturday: Babywearing

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Families that babywear together stay together!


ERGObaby Carrier | How to Back Carry in a SSC Video

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

I love using the back carry with my ERGObaby carrier. It makes doing house chores such as folding laundry, cooking dinner, mopping the floor, and even yard a breeze! No worries if baby wants to be held and a sink full of dishes is calling my name. I can pop baby on my back and wash the dishes; he’s happy, I’m happy! 🙂

There are a few different options on how to get baby onto your back in the ERGObaby carrier. This is a short demonstration of an easy way to get your baby on your back!