Reinforced Rucksack Tutorial

1. Find your middle marker

2.Place baby high on your upper back, with the middle marker centered on their back.

3.Secure top rail under your chin. Reach under your babes legs, grab the bottom rail.

4.Pull excess fabric taught from knee to knee.

5.Tuck excess fabric up as high as you can under your child. This forms the seat.

6.Start to gather wrap, bringing fabric evenly over your shoulders.

7.Tighten rails evenly over your shoulders. Focus on tightening strand by strand.

8.Secure one pass between your knees.

9.Send pass back over your babes leg, reach back with your “free” hand to receive pass.

10.Holding onto the top rail, spread fabric up and high over your babes back.

11.L-pull* the wrap up to your babes chin. Get that pass tight and high.

12.Gather the pass rail by rail evenly. Note that the bottom rail has formed a second seat.

13.Gently lift your babes leg, bringing the pass under.

14.Leaning forward, tuck the second seat under your little one.

15.Standing upright, pull the pass “out & up”. Focus on gathering any excess fabric.

16.Secure the “finished” pass between your knees. Repeat above steps with the “other” pass.

17.Spread pass tight and high across babes back.

18.L-pull.

(Repeat step 14 & 15)

19.With one pass in each hand, jump and tug to remove any remaining slack.

20.Tie in front to finish your Reinforced Ruck. Remember optimal positioning: knees higher than bottom.

Tips to remember:

1. Focus on tucking the seat. A good seat will ensure a solid, comfortable carry for you and your babe.

2. Stand reasonably upright during the wrapping process. Let gravity work on maintaining that perfect seat.

3. L-pull*- focus on getting a high, tight top rail for every pass.

*An L-pull refers to the L shape made by your elbow bend. It is a useful trick for getting the wrap high and snug. Grab the top rail and pull up and out, tightening any slack.

Babywearing- Not Just for Parents!

This post isn’t for parents. It’s not for parents-to-be. It’s for Grandmothers. And Grandmothers-to-be. Welcome to the golden age! Little people who adore you. Little people who can’t wait to be with you. Little people you can send home!

Becoming a grandparent can be fraught with more diplomatic stoushes than your average session of the United Nations. Everytime you offer some well-intentioned advice to your child or child-in-law, it turns out that everything is different “to what it was then”. As a grandparent who’s been around the baby-rearing block, this probably comes as a surprise. After all, as far as it’s possible to tell from the outside, the basic garden-variety baby hasn’t changed much over the last few decades.

Where does that leave you, the grandparent? Well, the good news is, if this article was shared with you then your child or their partner think you have a vital role in their child’s life, even if they do things radically differently to the way you did. One thing you both want is a strong and healthy relationship with your grandchild. That’s where babywearing might help.

What is babywearing? 

Luckily, it’s not the latest must-have fashion accessories for the hipster parents of the new generation. Put simply, it’s wearing a baby or young child in a sling. Comfortably.

Babywearing has several advantages for the grandchild/parent bond:

  • It lets you get close: while taking a walk, chasing older kids across the playground or getting the shopping done.
  • It can help settle an infant who hasn’t quite worked out that a half-hour’s babysitting whilst Mum is having vital dental work won’t end the world. It’s a great alternative to attempting to put an upset baby down for a much-needed nap outside their regular routine.
  • It will save your arms and your back! A lot of people are concerned about slings and carriers because they (rightly!) worry that carrying a heavy weight like a child for an extended distance may over-extend their capacities. The good news is that a well-designed carrier will make it easier to carry the baby, keeping him/her close to your centre of gravity and help avoid injury.
  • A baby cuddle is a wonderful experience: something many grandparents wait decades for. Enjoy it. You did all the hard-yards of parenting already. You deserve it!

What about spoiling a baby?

A lot of people are concerned that carrying a baby too much will “spoil” the child- making it impossible for the baby to settle themselves, play happily without constant attention or develop a healthy sense of independence. The good news on this front is that current thinking indicates that it is impossible to spoil a child by offering attention through touch and closeness. Babies who are carried a lot meet all their developmental milestones normally too. They will learn to walk. Probably too soon!

Want to try?

If this article was shared with you, it’s probably a not-very-subtle hint. If you think it’s something that you might like to try, pick up that sling or carrier the new parents in your life seem to drag around everywhere. They’ll be thrilled you’re willing to try.

Common Acyonyms, Abbreviations and Terms Used in Babywearing

Types of carriers & carrier features

ABC – Asian-style baby carrier

MT – mei tai

SSC – soft-structured carrier

GSW – German style woven (wrap)

Onbu – onbuhimo

Pod – podaegi, podegi, podeagi

RS – ring sling

SPOC – simple piece of cloth (a wrap; often refers to a home-made one)

HR – head rest

LE – limited edition

Woven – hand or machine loomed textile (cotton, hemp, linen, etc) with less stretch than an interlock or jersey material

Stretchy – generally made of some type of jersey (cotton, hemp, etc) or interlock material with excessive diagonal “give”. Great for newbies, as babies grow the wrap stretches out of shape while wearing, which means constant adjusting and discomfort on wearers back (because of the sag).

Gauze – also called muslin in some areas, great breezy wrap. Can feel diggy in wearers shoulders if carrying a lot of weight.

Cotton – majority of wraps are made from cotton, known for its reliability and durability.

Linen – often 50/50 blends with cotton are released for Mamas who need extra support, they are denser and tougher and can carry more weight than cotton. (Great for toddlers) Straight linen blends take longer to “break in” and won’t feel as soft as plain cotton.

Carriers & brands frequently referred to with abbreviation

ABC -Action Baby Carrier

AMC (AMC I, AMC II) – Active Mom Carriers

ASW – Aqua Silk Waves

ATB – Attached to Baby

BHT – Baby Hemp Tai

BBB – Babies Beyond Borders

BBB – Bali Baby Breeze (made by Gypsy Mama)

BBS – Bali Baby Stretch (made by Gypsy Mama or BB-Slen (formerly Babylonia)

BH – BabyHawk*

BH XT – BabyHawk XT (extra tall) model

BBO – Ball Baby Overalls

BR – Birdies Room

BSAP – Baby Space Adjustable Pouch

BSBS – Blue Sky Baby Slings

BWC – Bamberoo Wrap Conversion

CGW – Colorgrown Waves (a variety of Didymos wrap)

CS/CSRS – Chicken Scratch/Chicken Scratch Ring Sling

CSE – Cashmere Silk Ellipsen (a variety of Didymos wrap)

DB – Dragonfly Beginnings

Didy – Didymos

E2E – Eye to Eye

ER – EllaRoo

ER – Earthy Rainbow Girasol

ERLP – EllaRoo Lightly Padded Sling

ERMT – Ellaroo Mei Tei

FH – Freehand

GM – Gypsy Mama

GM BBB – Gypsy Mama Bali Baby Breeze

GM BBS – Gypsy Mama Bali Baby Stretch

HAB – Hug-a-Bub

Hop – Hoppediz

HS – Hotslings

H2H – Heart to Heart

HSW – Hellblau Silk Waves (a variety of Didymos wrap)

KC – Kindercarry

KKACP – Kangaroo Korner Adjustable Cotton Pouch

KKAFP – Kangaroo Korner Adjustable Fleece Pouch

KKAMP – Kangaroo Korner Adjustable Mesh Pouch

KS – Kleinsmekker

LBE – Lemon Balm Essentials

MBB – My Bei Bei

MnM – Mom and Me Creations

MMIAP – Mamma’s Milk Invisibly Adjustable Pouch

MTB – Mei Tai Baby

NJP – Nana’s Jetpack

NN – New Native

NHT – Nurslings Hemp Tie

NSM – Natural Silk Millefiori (a variety of Didymos wrap)

NSN – Natural Silk Nino (a variety of Didymos wrap)

NWT – Nurslings Wraptation Conversion

O&A – Olives and Applesauce

OMT – Octi Mei Tai

OTSBH – Over the Shoulder Baby Holder

P/H – Petrol Honey (a variety of Didymos wrap

Pfau – A LE Didymos wrap, which features peacocks in the weave. Brought out in 2007, and again in 2010, 2011 and 2012 to commemorate Didymos “roots”. The Pfau was Didys first wrap, and was released from 1972-1982.

PIP – Pea in the Pod

POC – Piece of Cloth

PS – Peanut Shell

PSM – Pink Silk Millefiori (a variety of Didymos wrap)

PSW – Pink Silk Waves (a variety of Didymos wrap)

RBS – Rockin’ Baby Sling

SBP – Sleeping Baby Productions

SBNYC – Soul Baby NYC (New York City)

SI – Silk Indio (a variety of Didymos wrap)

SLM – Sweet Little Monkey

Storch – Storchenwiege

TMT – Taylor Made Treasures (now known as Taylor Made)

TPB – The Portable Baby

TTBH – Two-tone BabyHawk

TTC* – Ten Toes Click

UBW – Ultimate Baby Wrap

Vat – Vatanai

WO – Walter’s Organic

*Acronyms marked with an asterisk have more than one common meaning, depending on context. If the first one you find does not makes sense, please check other sections of the list.

Carrier positions & methods for tying (wraps)

BWCC- back wrap cross carry

BWCC w/ CB- back wrap cross carry with a chest belt

CHCC – coolest hip cross carry

DH – double hammock (aka chunei back carry)

FCC – front cross carry

FFO – front facing out

FWCC- front wrap cross carry

HCC – hip cross carry

JC – Jordan’s back carry

P-WCC – pocket wrap cross carry

T2T – Tummy-to-tummy, also called snuggle hold

WCC – wrap cross carry

TC – Taiwanese carry

WPBC- Wiggle-proof back carry

Other terms to define (wraps)

Bias – A line going diagonally across the grain of fabric: i.e. cut the cloth on the bias.

Colorway – a color scheme in which a pattern or style (of fabric, apparel, furnishings, wallpaper, etc.) is available.

Hemmed – An edge or border on a piece of cloth, especially a finished edge, as for a garment or curtain, made by folding an edge under and stitching it down.

Jacquard – A fabric with an intricately woven pattern or a special loom or the method employed in the weaving of a figured fabric.

Poppability – a carry that lets you “pop” baby in and out without undoing the wrap.

Selvage – The edge of a fabric that is woven so that it will not fray or ravel.

Serged – To overcast (the raw edges of a fabric) to prevent unraveling.

Tapered – when the ends of the wrap are not as wide as the middle. makes the knot easier to tie

Warp – The threads that run lengthwise in a woven fabric, crossed at right angles to the woof (or weft).

Weft – The horizontal threads interlaced through the warp in a woven fabric; woof.

DIDYMOS SIZING

270 cm

320 cm 

370 cm

420 cm

470 cm

520 cm

DIDYMOS JARGON

LE- Limited edition wraps that are released by Didymos. (many sell out within 5 minutes) 

BLENDS- Linen, Cotton, Hemp, Silk, Kapok, Ramie, Wool, Cashmere, Tussah Silk. These can come in all different blends, such as 50/50 linen cotton, 40/60 linen cotton, 40/60 wool, cotton ect.

TYPES- Indios, Double faced, Waves, Jacquard, Stripes, Critters ( fish, pfau ), Nino’s

See this great link for carries you can do with different length wraps.