Ruck Tied in Front
- Size: Base - 2, possibly Base - 3.
- Start: Middle marker.
- Layers: One.
- Start in a ruck pass, with both tails over the shoulder.
- Take one strap under the same arm as the shoulder it's over, then do a reinforcing bunched pass (over first leg, under the other.)
- Do the same thing with the other strap.
- Tie in front.
Nowadays, I prefer the "seatless" method. Don't worry -- your carry will still have a seat! But the way the seat is created is more conducive to the high carry with a shallow seat that works best. Here's Portage Babywearing with a demo:
You can also wrap this with a more typical seat, although then you'll have to be conscious of keeping the carry high, and of not lifting baby's knees too much as you make the seat. Here's a tutorial for this method by Wrap You in Love:
Both the above tutorials sandwich the shoulders -- that is, fold the wrap in half on your shoulders. While this can provide cush, this can also make tightening more difficult (especially in the "seated" variation.) Here's a tutorial without sandwiching by Wrapping Rachel. Notice the careful strand by strand tightening and how she deals with leg straightening:
Tips and Tricks
- This is a very high carry. You want the top rail at about the level of your shoulders (a tiny bit lower if baby is arms out.)
- Rucks work best with a shallow seat. You still want knees above bum, but not very much above.
- Strand by strand tighten the top third of the wrap carefully. Don't just tighten the top rail hard, that will dig on both you and baby.
- Great for leaning.
- Good for mild but not serious leg straightening.
- All the weight is on my shoulders:
- This carry will hang off the shoulders unless it's high and with a fairly shallow seat. If you have trouble accomplishing that, try the seatless ruck method.
- Make sure you're tightening the top third of the wrap evenly, and not just yanking hard on the top rail.
- The top rail is digging into my shoulders:
- Make sure you're strand by strand tightening the top third of the wrap, and not overtightening the top rail.
- If your carry sags as you wear it, that will tighten the top rail and may cause dig. See the tips for preventing sag here.