Rebozo Mexican Baby Sling Hip Wrap & Hip Slung Carry Instructions

2.- The Hip Wrap is for babies with good neck control who can sit up, approx. 6 months through toddler.

2-1. Begin with the shorter end of the rebozo draped over one shoulder (for variety, here we see the opposite shoulder than used in the newborn wrap), and the longer end behind the body to the waist.

2-2. Bringing the longer end to the front to be tied to the shorter end in a double knot between wearer's shoulder and breast, here we see the sling created for babe to slip into, a good amount of material that will accommodate various positions.

2-3. Babe can be picked up while wearer stands or sits, and slipped into hip position, straddling wearer's hip with both legs --the weight and shape of baby's bum provides the counter pressure that stretches fabric and keeps rebozo taut. Very comfortable and social for wearer and baby, child's weight rests on wearer's hip, and taking her out of wrap is as quick and easy as putting her in. This wrap also imitates a common way babies of this age are carried when not tied on; with the rebozo, both wearer's hands can be free while child is secure and close.

4.- Hip Slung Nursing/Sleeping Wrap. For child approximately six weeks to toddler.

4-1. and 4-2. same as the three previous wraps - please remember to keep switching the shoulder over which the rebozo is draped, each time you put the rebozo on again. This is especially important when babe is nursing from one breast while in rebozo, so that she sucks from one side and then the other.

This wrap is easily slipped into from the sitting wrap, by pulling fabric up to child's chin, or over head, as babe's legs are let free from about the knees down, or from the hip wrap, when legs are already out but rebozo fabric is opened up behind babe to at least chin height, and child is tipped back, back into nursing/sleeping posture.

4-3. As one gets used to using the rebozo, we find that there is a contact point for the baby's bum that we aim for as we slip baby in. In this wrap, that point is lower than in the sitting wrap, and probably the hip wrap - there is a lot of material (approx. 30" wide) in the rebozo, yet it is so light, it is not bulky when there's no need to open it fully, as in the sitting wrap. Then when we want or need the full width of material, as when we want to nurse discreetly or sling baby for sleep, not for quiet alertness, it is available to us. When we put babe directly into the hip slung wrap, maybe when they are fussy and the movement in rebozo will lull them to sleep, we find that contact point that allows us to stretch the fabric up to baby's chin or even completely covering head, and lets legs dangle out from the knees (the lower bum provides the tautness that keeps this wrap secure). The shape the child's body forms inside the rebozo allows maximum rocking while wearer is strolling, if that's what's wanted, and/or easy discreet access to the breast, whether wearer is sitting or on the move. At this age (after 6 weeks), we recommend stopping to nurse, sitting or standing, and resuming our course of action, without needing to remove rebozo or child, once babe is satisfied and/or has dozed off.

[adapted from Rebozo Way literature, by Barbara Wishingrad]