We are so incredibly excited with these brand new DIDYMOS tutorial videos! Every DIDYMOS carrier comes with a detailed step-by-step instruction booklet but sometimes, it is nice to see it in action!
Check out the videos below for instructions on how to use your DIDYMOS Long Woven Wrap in FRONT, HIP and BACK carries.
Before getting started in babywearing, it is always important to familiarise oneself with Babywearing Safety and Proper Baby Positioning.
Read on and enjoy delving into the wonderful world of wrapping your baby with DIDYMOS!
Meet the DIDYMOS team at their headquarters in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Beginning with one woman, the DIDYMOS team has grown slowly but steadily over the years. They favour a cooperative relationship: “We all want to achieve a healthy work-life balance. A number of our staff are parents or look after family members at home. For all our enthusiasm about the company and our ideas, we always take this into account.” In addition to flexible working hours, the mix of young trainees and experienced professionals has proved particularly effective to produce a well-rounded team to compliment the legend that is DIDYMOS. DIDYMOS staff have their roots in a range of cultures which includes many different mother tongues in addition to German. They are able to use diverse idea and language skills on a daily basis in the company. Tina Hoffmann: “We want to create an environment in which each individual has the opportunity to contribute his or her strengths while at the same time learning from the others.”
| A little glimpse into the company... |
| A special interview with the founder of Didymos, Erika Hoffmann, and her daughters who now run the company. Sadly, Erika Hoffmann passed away in 2015 at the age of 78 years, but her legacy lives on through the family-run business she established. |
Curious to know how Didymos Woven Wraps are made? Check out this video to learn more about the weaving process. Watch as thousands of threads are added to the warp, and see the Didymos X loom in action. You will also get a peek as the Didymos master seamstresses hem the fabric to create the final product, the classic Didymos Woven Wrap!
Safety & Positioning
Front Carries with a Woven Wrap
The Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC)
For new parents and wearers, we always suggest learning how to carry your baby in a wrap with the Front Wrap Cross Carry. It is a carry that is easily adjustable, quick to master, fully supportive, completely ergonomic in that is offers optimal support for your new baby, and is comfortable for the wearer. This step-by-step tutorial shows the basic steps. Further adjustments can be made as one becomes more familiar with finer details of precise adjustments. Happy wearing!
Front Wrap Cross Carry with a Didymos Woven Wrap (FWCC)
Front Wrap Cross Carry with a Didymos Stretchy/Jersey Wrap (FWCC)
Would you like to learn more about the Front Wrap Cross Carry? Check out our BLOG
The Front Cross Carry (FCC)
The Front Cross Carry is a fabulous carry for all ages but we do recommend if your baby is particularly floppy that you begin this carry at about 6 weeks + or when baby starts demonstrating some neck control. Because there is no pocket of fabric that supports baby up to the base of their neck, some people find this carry not as stable as the Front Wrap Cross Carry. However, others love this carry as it is a pre-tied carry that you can wear on the go and pop baby in and out with a little adjusting. You can use this carry with a base size wrap (long standard size) and just bring around your waist an extra time to tie off in the back or you can use a mid-size wrap and tie off in the front under baby’s bum. This is popular for wearers that would like to sit or want to carry a backpack while carrying baby on the front!
Kangaroo Front Carry (KC)
Are you ready to explore front carries a bit more challenging! The Kangaroo Carry is fabulous carry and often a favourite once people learn it. It does have a steeper learning curve to it then the FWCC or the FCC because precise adjusting and tightening is what makes this carry perfect! It can be a challenge balancing baby but with patience and practice, this carry can be tightened and executed quickly and easily making it a great long and mid-size wrap carry!
Hip Carrying with Older Babies and Beyond
Whether you just want to explore the world of babywearing carries and try an off-centre position carry more popularly known as hip carries or your baby is no longer content facing on the front and in and is letting you know that they want to see the world, hip carries are a wonderful option for both you and baby! You should feel comfortable and confident with front carrying before trying hip carrying. Also, baby does not need to be sitting up but should demonstrate good neck and head control when in a hip carry.
Not quite sure if You or Baby are ready for Hip carrying? Read our BLOG article here to help you determine your readiness! Still have questions? Need a bit of help? We are always here for you with our team of Canadian Babywearing School Educators! Just reach out to us and we will be more than happy to help!
Robin’s Hip Carry (RHC)
Reinforced Robin’s Hip Carry (RRHC)
Using the same wrap you learned the Front Wrap Cross Carry with, Didymos has a fantastic video on how to utilize your same long wrap with the RRHC.
*TIP* If you are using a DIDYMOS woven wrap or the DIDYMOS hybrid stretch jersey wrap and you do not want to reinforce the carry by spreading the passes, you can bring the bunched passes down alongside baby’s body, cross under bum, forming a “X” and still tie off in the back or to the side around your waist.
With a Woven Wrap…
With a Stretch Jersey Wrap…
Robin’s Hip Carry Tied Under Bum (RHC-TUB)
Do you have a mid-size or short wrap and would like to do this carry? No problem! Use the “Tied Under Bum” version!
Traditional Hip Carry (THC)
Do you have love the ring sling carry and have a short wrap? We have you covered! A short wrap is perfect for the THC which is just like a ring sling carry but uses a sliding knot (aka slip knot) instead of rings. Your wrap is a versatile carrier! There are many carries to explore if you wish!
with Older Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers!
Back carrying does have a steeper learning curve than front carrying and does have some requirements before you embark on this journey . We highly recommend that you become comfortable and confident with front carrying before you begin back wearing. The skills learned in the Front Wrap Cross Carry will provide you with the foundation that you will need to learn other carries on the front, hip and back when you and baby are ready!
When baby is on the back, baby is no longer kissable or visible. This is why it is very important for baby to have full head, neck and trunk control before transitioning to back carries. Baby must be at the development stage of being able to go from a tummy position to a fully unassisted sitting position before before being carried on the back.
There are many beginner back carries that one can learn. However, if using a standard long wrap, the same length that is used for tying the FWCC, then we usually recommend the Back Wrap Cross Carry or the Secure High Back Carry as good introductions to back carries. If you are using a mid-size to short wrap, we generally recommend learning a Rucksack Carry as the first back carry.
When first learning to back wrap, we suggest practicing with a doll or a stuffed animal until you feel comfortable with the steps and movement. It looks simple enough but reaching behind can sometimes be awkward as we are not using to performing these actions in our daily routines. Therefore, give yourself and your body time to practice and get used to these movements. Before you know it, they will be come natural and fluid! Once you are ready to practice with baby, we recommend that you have a spotter or practice on a soft area such as a cushioned floor or bed. Happy Wearing!
Not quite sure if you or baby are ready for back carrying? Read our BLOG article here to help you determine your readiness! Still have questions? Need a bit of help? We are always here for you with our team of Canadian Babywearing School educators! Just reach out to us and we will be more than happy to help!
Back Wrap Cross Carry (BWCC)
The BWCC is similar to the FWCC on the front but with a bit of a different process naturally! It is great transition from a front carry to a back carry since there are similarities and because it can use the same length of wrap! There are different versions of this carry but we like this version the best with the half chest belt on the wearer’s chest. This step secures baby to your back, making it easier to execute the remaining steps. It also is easier to flip the tails of fabric over your shoulders with the fabric secured to your chest versus loose and hanging!
Rucksack Carry (RC)
We love this back carry as it required the least amount of steps. For the babies and children that love to be wrapped but sometimes do not like the process of being wrapped, this carry is fantastic as it usually is the quickest too! It can be a tricky carry to “perfect” as like its sister front version, the kangaroo, it does require precise adjusting and tightening to get “just right”! Typically the rucksack is done with a mid-size or short wrap but it can also be done with a long wrap by tying around the waist an extra time or tying Tibetan-style.
Ruck Carry (RC)
Reinforced Ruck Carry (RRC)
Ruck Tied Tibetan Carry (RTT)
*this is the knotless version*
Double Hammock (DH)
Have you mastered a beginner back carry with your Didymos long woven wrap and would like to now try some other carries? We recommend the Double Hammock! A fabulous carry that evenly distributes the baby’s weight from shoulders throughout the torso and to the waist!