The base size variation of Front Wrap Cross Carry tied at the shoulders is one of my favorite carries. It's just as supportive as Front Wrap Cross Carry, but ties at the shoulder. The tied at shoulder look is very pretty and also makes for a carry that can be easily raised and lowered for feeding or adjusted while wearing. Another benefit to this carry is that it lies flat in the back, which makes it a comfortable carry for sitting. Here's a photo-tutorial!
Begin your carry just like regular Front Wrap Cross Carry, except start with one tail just long enough to hang to your hip. To begin, you will have one short tail (about hip length) and one long tail. Guide baby's legs through the horizontal pass and seat baby on the bunched horizontal pass to position baby. Bring the top edge of the fabric up over baby's back.
Holding baby with one hand, reach under baby's leg and grab the bottom edge of the fabric. Use the bottom edge to sweep baby's knees upward, bringing her knees higher than her bottom. In between you, the bottom edge of the wrap will make a straight line from knee to knee.
Tighten each strand of both tails until the horizontal pass is evenly snug around baby.
Bring the long tail straight across your back.
Take the tail under the knee and then across baby's bottom to the crook of the other knee. Keep the wrap over the second knee.
Finally, bring the long tail up to meet the short tail. Tie a slipknot at the shoulder.
If you choose, you can spread out the cross passes over baby's back. It is also fine to leave them bunched. Spread passes tend to be a bit warmer and a bit more supportive for an older/heavier baby. Bunched passes are airier and cooler.
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