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Baby Wearing Help - Hip Carry

Hip carry is used beginning around 6 months, as soon as the baby can sit up unassisted.

  • Put the sling on with rings in corsage position.
  • Adjust the main body of the sling to the right height - usually at the top of your hip for hip position.
  • Spread the fabric around the rings and loosen the outside edge. When the fabric is spread around the rings, it should look like this.
  • Leave the top rail of sling - the edge away from your body - loose until baby is in sling.
  • Hold baby on shoulder opposite rings in burp position, as shown at right.
  • Reaching through the bottom of the sling with your free hand, pull baby’s feet through sling.
  • Slide the baby onto your hip with one hand as you hold the sling in place with the other hand. Your hands will pull in opposite directions.
Hip Carry
  • As you settle the baby into the sling, bend baby’s legs like a frog on either side of your hip, with bottom lower than knees.
  • CHECK to be sure fabric is spread from baby's neck to knees.
  • On a toddler (pictured), fabric can start at upper back.
Hip Carry
  • Once baby is in position, tighten slack in the top rail (the edge away from your body) by pulling up and over across the body.
Tummy to Tummy Hold
  • Pull shoulder folds out to cup your shoulder.
  • Babies and toddlers who can sit up unassisted can breastfeed in the hip carry. Simply loosen sling to lower baby enough to latch on.
Hip Carry
  • To take baby out, loosen the top rail. Loosening the entire sling is not necessary.
  • It may help to lift the baby's weight slightly with one hand while loosening the sling with the other hand.
Tummy to Tummy Hold
  • Reach inside the sling and lift baby under the arms.
Tummy to Tummy Hold
  • Lift baby straight up onto your shoulder in burp position.
  • If you lift UP, not out, you will not need to loosen the sling much to get the baby out.
  • Older toddlers who are quite long might be easier to take out the bottom of the sling. Only do this with a toddler who is walking steadily. Get down on one knee so toddler's feet are touching the ground. Let toddler out the bottom of the sling, onto her feet.
  • Pull the fabric off the baby with one hand as you hold baby with the other hand.
Tummy to Tummy Hold