Here! Something useful!
Lots of folks have asked me recently about using woven wraps and on the hip is one of my favorites for 4 month olds up to 2 year olds. Little ones LOVE to be close but also get a good look around and this hold is perfect for that.
Below: a step by step on wrapping your woven as a sling.
Please forgive the glaring noon-time sun. We were sitting around and the spirit moved us. At noon.
Most woven wraps will place their tag right in the middle to make the middle easier to find. You can see mine here on the right. Locate the middle of your wrap and fold it in half lengthwise.
Bunch up the middle.
Place the fold over one shoulder, creating a loop.
Reach behind and bring one of the tails forward. Leave the other hanging back there.
Loop the tail through the fold at your shoulder.
Spread out the material on the side you'll place the baby - opposite the shoulder you're holding the loop on.
Grab your baby!
Put both feet all the way through the side panel.
Stretch the material out around their body - from bottom to shoulders, sort of tucked in under each knee.
Spread it out real good.
Tighten the sling and secure your baby by pulling the top edge of material through the loop and down toward your feet.
Next, pull that tail back down toward your baby's bottom, tucking it under their knee.
Take the other tail back along the part of the sling that's behind you and tuck it under that knee.
One side will be short and stay here, under baby's bottom, the other will continue to wrap around the front.
Wrap it all the way around. It should be on or near your waist. Lower and you'll really feel the weight in your back.
And back to meet the other, under baby's bottom.
Cross and tie them under baby's bottom, doing a quick jump and tighten one last time to keep everyone safe and secure.
All set. Don't forget to pull your shirt down!
Everything should feel snug enough to completely let go of your baby and not have them move at all. Proceed with life! Amazing!
If you are practicing this or any other hold and need help, I'm happy to take your questions in the comments. This particular wrap is a storchenwiege but there are many different woven wraps - girasol, didymos, etc. This is not an appropriate hold to use with a stretchy wrap (like any Moby type style) and of course, you should only wrap with a healthy, full term baby who has no physical special needs that would preclude them from sitting in this position.