Leg straightening a problem? Try something with a deep seat combined with carries featuring cross passes and/or reinforcing passes.

Yesterday at the Earth Fare meeting we met some very strong and athletic little ones. When you are putting your baby/toddler into a carrier, the ideal positioning is like a capital M. Called the “Spread Squat Position”, the bum is the lower than knees. If you have a leg straightener, having a seat super deep prevents them from popping the seat because of the mechanics of bringing their legs together.

Spread Squat Position-via BabyWearing Institute

Here are two great videos using slings that show how to make a deep seat and the Spread Squat Positioning.

There are two types of passes that are better for leg straighteners- the Cross Pass and the Reinforcing Pass.

Cross Pass
A Cross Pass passes over the baby on a diagonal, with one end going under the baby’s leg and under the wrapper’s arm and the other end going over the baby’s shoulder and then over the wrapper’s shoulder.

Reinforcing Pass
A Reinforcing Pass comes under the wrapper’s arm, across the baby diagonally, under the baby’s opposite leg and then under the wrapper’s opposite arm.

Reinforced Ruck– uses 2 reinforcing passes over a ruck pass

Back Cross Carry– uses 2 cross passes and resembles a mei tai

Front Cross Carry– you can pre-tie this; uses 2 cross passes and looks like PWCC without the torso pass

Semi-FWCC– you can partially pre-tie this; uses a torso pass and a cross pass and looks like FWCC without one of the cross passes and instead is tied at the shoulder

DH-TAS (Double hammock tied at shoulder)- after the torso pass, instead of pulling that  pass up over shoulder, tuck it under baby’s leg and loop back over the shoulder for 3rd pass across baby and under other leg; ends up being tied at shoulder with short portion of original pass

You can also substitute in a cross pass for a rebozo pass for many carries, which means instead of the pass going across both legs, it goes under one.  This results in the wrap keeping that leg in place.

  • As an example, a double rebozo carry could turn into a double cross carry by using 2 cross passes instead of rebozo passes.  However, this substitution usually means the pass is lower on the child’s back than the original rebozo passes would be.