photography by my Chris
I’ve been meaning to post about Rebozo style baby carrying ever since i made this carrier for Baby Birdie when she was 6 months old. I actually barely take a pram/stroller with me in the car, I just throw this carrier in my handbag and we’re off. Given the lovely small boutiques and cafes in Perth, it’s been a real life saver. Plus not gonna lie, i just love carrying her snuggled up against me. I’ve tried the Baby Bjorn, and i’ve tried the stretchy wrap styles. Nope. Not as good. This style is so much easier, so much lighter, and in a hot summer we both stay so so much cooler. Also it’s negated the need for me to carry a nursing cover, when i need to nurse i just untie the wrap and throw it over my shoulder. Also also, you guys it’s way prettier. Boom. Winning.
So, I discovered Rebozo baby wearing one morning before church, in desperate panic induced googling. Baby Birdie typically falls asleep in my arms during church, but at 6 months old she was getting too heavy and my arms were starting to ache. I wanted a quick fix. A baby carrier i could use that morning, and would be comfy for her and me. So i started searching for carriers that (a) i could make, and (b) didn’t require any specialized hardware.
Enter the Rebozo. If you haven’t heard of a Rebozo, it’s a large woven traditional Mexican shawl. It is used for a lot of things, one of which is tying around your body to carry your baby. The beauty of this kind of baby sling is that all it requires is a large enough shawl / piece of cloth, and a special knot and you’re good to. I like that you’re not relying on the strength of a sewn seam, or a piece of hardware. It’s all on you, you feel how tight things need to be, your arms are around your baby keeping them safe. I like that.
And honestly, after using this sling solidly for 6 months, i can’t see why anyone would spend money on a sling. It’s amazing. I’m obsessed. Out of all of the things i’ve made, this is the one people stop me in the street (constantly) and ask me about.
So today i thought i’d share with you a little tutorial for how to make one and how to wear one. Since tying the knot and seating your baby is easier to understand visually this is a pretty picture heavy post.
You have been warned! Lets do it!