And today it’s a return to the front carries with the kangaroo carry. So far in the challenge we’ve only seen one front carry, the half-FWCC on day 7 & I wasn’t a fan of it, so it’s good to do another front carry, especially another one with a shorter wrap as one of my biggest worries when I started using shorties (anything a size 4 & below) was that I would struggle to do front carries & sometimes there’s nothing nicer than slingy cuddles in a front carry!
There are tutorials a plenty for this carry but this is the one closest to how I wrap. The main difference is that I struggle to flip the shoulders & keep hold of G at the same time so I tend to pull the bottom rail up, keeping it closest to me, before sitting G in the seat, effectively flipping the shoulders by flipping the seat (really hard to explain so I may have to bite the bullet & make a video!).
Today’s wrap is my size 3, Oscha Okinami Sia (wild silk/cotton blend) which is the same wrap I used on day 4. I tied under bum when I did this carry but some people prefer to cross under the legs & tie behind, for that I’d need a size 4 so it depends on what you have to hand & your preference. Rob isn’t a fan of tying under bum as he doesn’t find it feels secure so would be more likely to use a longer wrap & tie behind.
The first few times I tried this carry, I wasn’t a fan. I struggled to get it tight, I struggled to flip the shoulders, I just struggled with the whole thing. But once I learnt about flipping the seat as I mentioned earlier, I developed a new found love for the kangaroo carry!
It’s a single pass carry, so good in the summer as there is only one layer of fabric over the little ones back, it’s basically a ruck on the front. There is definitely a knack to getting this carry comfortable, I find that I use my shoulder to get the passes to move into place but once I get it adjusted & tight it is a really comfortable carry, even with my 21lb little boy.
This carry is probably my favourite front carry that I’ve tried so far with a shorty as it’s comfortable, secure & simple to do. It’s already a carry I use regularly & I have no doubt it’ll continue to be one I use for some time to come.