Transform your bag into a babywearing bag

7.21.13 017I’ve been lamenting not having a babywearing bag lately. I’ve been doing more back carries which means that I can’t carry our regular go-to backpack since the baby is already back there. And most of my shoulder bags or tote bags are too little to use as a diaper bag. But, this last week I found a solution! You only need two supplies – a medium to large bag out of your closet and a scarf. Let me tell you what I did. It’s so comfortable to wear, even when jammed full of stuff.

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I pulled out this bag which only has a tiny shoulder strap. I never used it because it would constantly slip off my shoulder. But, I was desperate the other day and realized that if I tied a scarf on to the rings that it would be a comfy cross-body babywearing bag. It holds the weight well, and the scarf spreads nicely across your shoulder like a wrap would. I can wear it with any type of carry front, hip or back because I just put it opposite the baby. If she’s on the front I wear the bag on the back, if she’s on my hip I wear it on my other hip and if she’s on my back I wear the back on the front. And it’s adjustable. I can make the strap longer or shorter just by re-tying the knot. It’s wonderful.

If you don’t have a bag with rings you could get some of these metal book rings to clip around the strap or loops of your bag and tie your scarf to. The scarf that I used is like these Slub Scarves. They are woven, spread nicely and I think hold the weight well. They’re pretty too.

Action Shots:

Not the best shot I know, but not bad when taken by your 5-year-old daughter. ;)

Not the best shot I know, but not bad when
taken by your 5-year-old daughter. 😉

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Hip carry with a sarong. Bag is over left shoulder
(same side as baby).

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Looking from the side.

Back carry. Bag in front.

Back carry. Bag in front.

Better shot taken by my husband.

Better shot taken by my husband.

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6 thoughts on “Transform your bag into a babywearing bag

  1. That looks like a GRAND idea. I would love to see some more photos of you wearing it with your baby on your back.

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