Double Hammock (Chunei) Carry from Wrap Your Baby

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Newborn in a double hammock or chunei back carry. Demonstrated with a 12 day old baby and a 4.2 EllaRoo wrap.

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February 15, 2010

1joybygrace @ 7:24 pm #

This is a new carry for me, but looks GREAT!! Looking forward to using it with my next little-one due in July. Thank you.

November 14, 2010

froschenteli @ 5:48 pm #

This Back Carry is NOT recommended for newborns!
Your baby should be able to sit alone, when using this back carry. Here, the frog position of the legs (very important for hip development!) is not possible, neither a rounded back, nor a head support!
Also babys feet inside the wrap gives too much pressure on the newborns joints.
Do NOT wear your baby under 6 months in this back carry!

December 7, 2010

WrapYourBaby @ 12:50 pm #

Actually, I DO recommend this carry for newborns, as long as the person wearing the baby is competent to do it safely. It is my favorite newborn back carry.

Double Hammock provides great head support when the two crosses cross right at the nape of baby’s neck, without covering the baby’s head, which some babies hate, although there is no reason why you could not use the wrap to cover the back of the baby’s head if you wanted to.

WrapYourBaby @ 12:53 pm #

In a Double Hammock Carry the baby’s legs can certainly be frogged, and I’m not sure why you think that is not possible. Similarly, the baby’s back can maintain it’s natural rounded curve, and the joints should not be under pressure. The beauty of the wraparound carrier is that the fabric can be manipulated to hold a baby’s body in the same position as a mother’s arms. This is a very supportive, safe, and comfortable carry for infants and older babies, too.

froschenteli @ 3:03 pm #

Well, that’s your point of view. As an instructor for baby wearing, I can not recommend that.

Babys feet should not get pressure as long as it can not stand and/or walk by himself. Which is absolutely not guaranteed when the feet are inside the wrap.

You can tie the wrap in a way, that babys back is rounded. But then, the wrap is not tight enough to support it properly. If you tighten properly, babys buttom is pressed at your back, which means,

froschenteli @ 3:08 pm #

that it’s legs are spread too much into splits (not so good for the hips!) and the back is not rounded anymore.

For the head support: The wrap forms a “V” with the two crossed wraps. Means, that the head is maybe supported sideways, but not to the back. The head can “fall back”, so absolutely not to recommend with a newborn!

Anyway, I see that obviously techniques & safety/health concern in Europe and elsewhere are very different in babywearing. I am not critising, I would like to exchange

January 6, 2011

Rachel Brown @ 4:16 pm #

Hi, I like the look of this carry for my 12 week old son, but wondered how would I get him down safely? Is it just a matter of reversing the process? I’m a little worried about getting the crossing of the fabric in the right place at the back of his neck, and tucking in under his feet/bottom so he doesn’t fall out. How do I know I’m doing it right without dropping him?! Help.

April 13, 2011

ummayesha2009 @ 1:48 pm #

I am african and we have been wearing our babies for centuries in a back carry like this so the age thing is nonsense

froschenteli @ 2:34 pm #

@ummayesha2009
Beeing african does not make it better. A kanga wrap is by the way better than the double hammock for a newborn.
Please read about the points I mentioned. I refer to the natural development of backbone and hipjoint and the whole physical development from the newborn to a toddler.
But feel free to wear your babies as you like.

WrapYourBaby @ 3:56 pm #

I’m so sorry I didn’t see your question until now. He’s not quite a newborn anymore, is he?! The answer is, yes, you reverse the process to get him down, peeling one layer off at a time, then pulling him under your arm around your hip just as he went up. Practice this carry while sitting on the edge of your bed so there is no danger if you mess up. Then check everything in the mirror to see that it is positioned where you want it at his neck and under his bottom.

September 17, 2011

K Walker @ 12:59 pm #

: so I should not lay my baby down because he might feel pressure? He’s not got a curved back while he is sleeping on his back, or lying on his side to breastfeed, or spending some time on his tummy. So should he not do those things too? Since I am sure that he is spending significantly more time nursing and sleeping than he is in a baby carrier.

froschenteli @ 2:38 pm #

the baby should not sit before it is able to keep this position by himself. same for standing. newborns have e reflex to stand when their feet feel ground.
please study the development of the newborns backbone. the spinal disc is not like an adults, the muscles are not like an adults etc. the “upright position” is good for your baby, but only with the right support. the difference with beeing in a bed or nursing is, that in this way, no pressure is on any of his joints or backbone.

froschenteli @ 3:23 pm #

my english is not good enough to explain that theory in 2 words.
on the website of sleepywrap you can find a very good article about all that. (>learn > research >Strollers, Baby Carriers, and Infant Stress)

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