“Getting your baby on your back will change your life!” -Becky Purpur
Uppy Scarf carry is Becky’s favourite carry to teach new babywearers who want to learn to wear their baby on their back! Baby is well supported thoughout the tying process. It can be done with a short or long wrap and doesn’t require tucking a seat, making it a great candidate for a one-size-fits-all option for back wrapping!
To start Uppy Scarf Carry you place the wrap around your neck like…well, a scarf! Bring the tails under your arms and tuck them between your legs to keep the wrap in place while you get your baby on your back. Place your child on your back using whichever method you prefer. We like to use the hip scoot for this carry. Position your baby on your mid back, just a little bit lower than you want your baby to end up sitting in the completed carry. (They rise up higher on your back when you finish tightening your wrap so you don’t want to start too high on this one.) Grab one tail of your wrap while you support your child with the other. Spread the fabric across your baby’s back being careful not to twist the wrap. Be sure it extends from baby’s neck across the back and supports the bottom from knee to knee before tucking that side under the leg and pinning it between your knee before repeating the same on the other side. Once the fabric is spread nicely on both sides gather both tails and before you stand up loosen the scarf pass (the fabric at your neck) by pulling forward and tuck both tail up through. Pull the tails in opposite directions and adjust to make it comfortable on your chest. Holding the tails in one hand, continue to tighten by pulling on the tails while you scoot your baby up higher onto your back with your other hand. If you are using a short wrap you can finish this carry by knotting the tails at your shoulders by twisting the tail through itself. If you are using a longer wrap you can bring the wrap under your arms, under your baby’s legs and tie under the bottom.