Amy's Rucksack Instructions
I start showing the hip scoot method - but you can use any method to get
baby on back.
Step one: I lay the baby in the middle of the wrap so it comes up under her
armpits and then I pick her up and place her on my hip. If I am in a parking
lot, I put baby on the hip first and then put the wrap around her.
Step two: Scoot child around to back.
Step three: Center child on your back. Make sure that the wrap has not gotten
stuck anywhere between your back and the baby.
Step four: Grab the top rail of the wrap and spread the wrap out over the child's
Step five: Work on gathering and tightening just the top rail. Do both sides
and then hold in one hand.
Step six: While holding the gathered tightened top rail in one hand, start
on one side and gather the bottom rail. You want the wrap to come down just
below the baby's knees. Gather on both sides.
Step seven: Holding the gathered material in both hands, slide hands down the
Step eight: You are now going to place the material over your shoulders. Do
this by holding the gathered material with one hand and slip one arm in and
under the wrap (look at the pic).
Step nine: Hold the side of the wrap that has come over your shoulder in between
your knees. While you transfer the other side of the wrap over your other shoulder.
Step 10: Keep one side of the wrap between your knees and work on tightening
the rails of the other side. Tighten both the top and the bottom. Make sure
you really focus on the top.
Step 11: Place the tightened side between your knees and tighten the other
Step 12: Hold one of the tightened sides between your knees and take the other
side and twist it a couple times inward. Start this around the level of your
pubic bone (I sometimes do a lot higher - I don't think it really matters).
Switch and twist the other side.
Step 13: After you have twisted both sides, bring them around to your back.
Step 14: Cross under bum and come back under child's legs and around to the
Step 15: Hold both ends of the wrap securely. Do a little jump and pull on
the wrap to tighten it further.
Step 16: Tie a square knot in front or if you have enough fabric you can loop
around again and tie under the baby's bum.
View from the back:
This seems like a lot - but I can tie a rucksack on now pretty fast - almost
as fast as a MT. I really didn't realize I was doing so many steps until I
typed directions out for someone.
I'm pretty sure I do an extra step by tightening before I put the wrap over
my shoulders, but I get a VERY secure and tight rucksack 99% of the time with