Torso? Of Course-O!

by API Blog on July 7, 2008

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Back Torso Carry

Q: Can you teach me to wear my baby on my back in a Torso Carry?

A: Sure can. Let me tell you why I love the Torso Carry. If you have never tried a torso carry (fabric is wrapped exclusively around your torso excluding the shoulders entirely) you are in for a treat. This wonderful position is exceptionally comfortable. Baby rides a bit lower on your back than some other back carries and ends up riding essentially on the top of your bum. Baby’s bottom is lower than his knees for optimal hip abduction. Baby’s arms can be tucked in the fabric or out (as in the above picture).

Because torso carries do not involve the shoulders, this is a great carry for people with neck or shoulder trouble. Quick and comfortable, you are going to love this carry. You can use many different pieces of cloth for this carry. Here are some ideas: a wraparound carrier, a podaegi, an extra-long Rebozo, a thin beach towel, or a Simple Piece of Cloth, with the dimensions and features which I described here.

Here is how I got my 8-month-old on my back: Start with baby on your hip. Lean to the side and scoot her back as far as possible. Bring your arm up and over baby’s head and catch her under the bum. Remain leaning forward and make your back flat like a table. Hop her around to your back until she is straddling the center of your back, piggy back style.

Then you just need to wrap the carrier around you and baby. In this series, I am using a woven Gypsymama wrap. This is very similar to how we wrap ourselves in a towel (tuck under our armpits and roll) except that you will be leaning forward and you will be including a baby.

Start by holding your fabric in the center and pulling it up and over baby’s back. The top edge should be at baby’s neck, bottom edge at baby’s knees. Hold the top edge taut (to hold baby in place) and pull the fabric straight forward and tuck one side way under your armpit. Tuck the other side under your other armpit and then gather both edges together and ROLL the fabric across the front. This top edge roll must be tight with baby flush against your back. Tuck the bottom edge under baby’s bum, bringing it forward with the fabric under baby’s knees (feet should be out), bum lower than knees.

At this point baby is pretty secure and you just need to finish up with the bottom edges. I usually just cross them over each other, do a U-turn and then tuck them up under the front. If the ends are quite long, you always have the option of crossing them back around baby and then tucking them up under in front. It does not really matter how you choose to finish, the success of this carry comes from a secure top edge roll.

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Violet The Verbose July 7, 2008 at 3:09 pm

OmiGAWD that is a cute baby! Um, faboo mom too, and great instructions… hee hee! We’re past babyhood & now I only occasionally wear my youngest (2yrs) in a hip carrier or backpack, but I really enjoyed the post & pictures! Can’t get enough of that cute little fuzzy headed cutie pie! :o)


amygeekgrl July 7, 2008 at 3:28 pm

i had no idea there was a torso carry like that. i think i will have to give that a try if we have another baby. my toddler is probably a bit too heavy for it now.
thanks for the great instructions. 🙂


kashimama July 8, 2008 at 2:41 pm

I just carried my 26# 2.5 year old in a torso carry this morning (it makes it easier to carry him when I have a lot of other stuff!) — so don’t assume your toddler is too big before trying!


justine July 8, 2008 at 7:02 pm

I’m gonna try this when my little one is a bit more sturdy in the head-holding-up department. Looks like fun, and now i’ll finally have use for all the beautiful oversized scarves i own!


drmariablois July 9, 2008 at 7:38 am

If your baby’s head control isn’t great and you still want to try this carry, turn baby’s head to the side (to protect the airway) and then bring the fabric up over the back of his head up to his ears. This only works, however, if your baby feels like having his head to the side and covered in fabric, LOL!


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