Back carry using a base size wrap (5-7).
2 rebozo passes over baby, chestpass and 2 ruck straps; ties in front.
(DH also has many variations)
- Great for leaners
- Very supportive; good for big kids
- Safe against leg straightening (but might not be comfortable)
- Can be very comfortable for long wearing
- Good for almost any size child (I have never back wrapped a newborn)
- Good for naps
- Many variations to personalize it
- Shows off the wrap nicely 🙂
- Chest passes are hard
- Ruck straps can be uncomfortable for some
- Uncomfortable for leg straighteners
- Not very quick
- Requires the ability to make a seat
Currently DH is one of my go-to carries. Its one of the reasons I wanted to do this challenge; to get out of my DH rut. I pretty much only back carry and its usually either DH or Ruck, depending whether I have a size 6 or 4.
I used to think DH was the ultimate carry that all the cool wrappers did. I always saw the pictures of the awesome chestpasses and whatnot and was so impressed! If I wanted to “make it” as a wrapper, I needed to learn DH. People even suggested it occasionally for a good first carry. Let me tell ya, it was not a good first carry for me! Chest passes are hard! And mine are still usually far from perfect. Let alone when I was using a DIY and I didn’t know what I was doing. So yeah. If you can’t get DH, don’t be sad; you’re not alone 🙂
Well after about 6 months (maybe more?) of wrapping I tried DH again and it was not as hard as I had remembered! Also, Noah went through a really bad leg straightening period and that plus DH, do not mix, especially for a new wrapper or back wrapper. But Noah doesn’t straighten too badly anymore, and will usually at least let me get a seat, so I think that makes a big difference. Also I had actually learned HOW to make a seat which made a difference. I also used to think people who liked ruck straps were truly insane. I just did not get it! But I think a combination of having a nice wrap (shout out Tekhni!) plus learning how to actually tighten strand by strand made them not only bearable for me, but actually preferable. I can actually say I like ruck straps now. I’d rather have ruck straps than tie tibetan or have a CCCB (candy cane chest belt).
I don’t really have any special tips for DH except a lot of practice. I did start making sure my bottom rail is nice and tight first and that sort of holds the legs in place a little better. If Noah’s being extra cranky and is in a hardcore leg straightening mood, DH does not work that great. I’ll have to constantly push his feet up so they are back in that “M” position. Because the carry has 2 bunched cross passes, it is still safe despite straightening but not comfortable.