Updated: 10/19/2016 to reflect BWI terminology change.
Author: Brooke Bateman-Plumb, VBE
Carry Introduction: The term rebozo refers to a traditional fringed shawl of handwoven cloth fabric from certain Mesoamerican countries, which is sometimes used for baby carrying and has in the past been synonymous with short woven wraps and this carrying style. However, Babywearing International has adopted new terminology following recent conversations in the babywearing community in regards to the use of the term “rebozo” (http://babywearinginternational.org/2016 /06/25/a-statement-on-rebozos/). The Rebozo pass will now be referred to as a sling pass, and the front/hip Rebozo carry will now be referred to as the Traditional Sling Carry (TSC).
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Traditional sling carry tutorial showing you how to tie the slip knot
The traditional sling carry is a great one to have in your wrapping repertoire because it allows for quick ups and downs, you can pre-tie and leave it on while popping baby in and out, it is quite breathable for warm weather carrying as it doesn’t use much fabric, and it can be done with a shorty wrap (size 1-3). It can be done both as a tummy-to-tummy carry and a hip carry (for older babies). It is also great for nursing/feeding and sleep transfer due to the simplicity of the carry recipe. Shorter tails also mean it is a great winter or rainy weather carry so you don’t get dirty from dragging on the ground! It functions similarly to a ring sling, but instead of tightening the fabric that goes across baby's body, you tighten the fabric that comes over the wearer's shoulder.
The tricky part of this carry is learning the slip knot technique, but once you get the hang of that, it is one of the fastest and easiest carries out there! This video gives a great visual on how to do a slip knot.
If you are new to woven wraps, here is a great post to get you familiar with them and with key terminology.
Here's information on how much fabric should be between you and baby and how to make a good seat.
Step by step picture tutorial
*Please note that whichever shoulder you place your wrap over will be the shoulder that the carry is worn on. This is personal preference - some prefer to keep their dominant arm free and place the carry on their non-dominant shoulder, while others like to use the opposite shoulder to the hip that they naturally hold their baby on (for older babies using hip carry).
The basic slip knot rundown- take the tail that is under your arm and bring it across and on top of the tail hanging down in front over your shoulder. Wrap the tail you bring across around the back of the tail hanging down and back up in between the loop made by the now taught fabric on your shoulder and the tail that was brought across. Switch your hands on your tails, so now each hand is holding the other tail. Take the tail you just brought through and bring it behind the tail hanging down and then back through the loop you just made. You should have two loops around the tail hanging down and one loop/knot that holds them in place.
Variations: No Sew Ring sling - a variation of the traditional sling carry without the knot! If you have a hard time with the slip knot, and you have a pair of baby sling rings (size large is best for a woven wrap), try this variation. For this carry, you will use these rings like a ring sling to finish your carry instead of a knot. Check out this tutorial to see how it is done. (SlingRings.com is a great place to source rings that are rated to baby carrier strength!)
Assessment of carry by me: I have found a new love for the traditional sling carry now that my daughter is a toddler. It is great for quick ups, and I love having a shorty wrap in the car at all times for trips to the shops. I also love it for nursing and nap time, as you can easily switch to a cradle position for nursing and then nap transfer to the sleep surface. It is such a great carry to have for toddlers who don’t always have the patience for a lot of passes and more complicated carries.
Who might like it: Those who like to wrap nurse to nap transfer, those who don’t like getting wrap tails dirty, those who have babies who don’t have the patience for long or more complicated wrap carries, those who are heat sensitive as this carry has less fabric and passes
Who might not like it: those who don’t do with one shoulder carries, those with seat poppers, those who have a hard time with knots
Tips: Make sure to feed the fabric from your baby’s back around your back, over your shoulder, and to the slip knot from the top when tightening to remove slack in fabric. I find with heavier babies, you may need to re-tighten this carry over time.
Tricks: I like to ‘set’ my slip knot after I have adjusted the carry properly. To do this, I take the slip knot tail that is not the one where the knots slide up and down and pull taught. This will tighten the knots and help keep your carry in place.