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Torso carriers such as the Korean Podaegi are ideal for working around the house or enjoying walks around the neighborhood.
A torso carrier can be used on your front or back. The podagei is primarily designed for a back carry – wonderful for keeping your hands free and baby happy.
A torso carrier can usually be worn strapless, which some moms like. They can also be worn with straps over the shoulders.
Carriers like the Korean Podaegi are rectangles of fabric with two long tails. The top rail of the fabric is lightly padded.
There are two styles of Podaegi, one with a wide rectangle of fabric and one with a narrow rectangle of fabric. The wide fabric choice can be used to make a strapless carrier, whereas the narrow cannot.
There are a few different ways to carry your baby in torso carries. If you choose a short piece of fabric you simply put baby on your back and drape the fabric around her in a “pouch” (under her knees and high up her back), then bring the fabric forward under your armpits and tie in a secure square knot over your breasts.
To begin each back carry you need to get your baby onto your back. You can do it in a couple ways:
You can always have someone help you as you’re getting used to getting baby onto your back. Soon it will seem natural and quick to hop baby up and get the carrier around him or her!
The strapless back carry – also called the traditional carry – is similar with both a wraparound and with a podaegi. Starting with your baby on your back:
You’ll want to learn to do a torso back carry with straps as well. If you are a nursing mother having some of the baby’s weight on your shoulders can keep pressure off your breasts, which is a good thing.
If you’re using a podaegi, the straps are very comfortable because they are padded nicely. You begin with your baby on your back and the straps pulled taunt in front of you, right under your armpits.
Here are instructions with pictures. This with my third baby, Brennan, when he was around 5 months old.
You can reverse the back carry with straps to a front carry that cuddles your baby snugly against you. This carry is good for newborns that need help supporting their heads.
It’s also a good carry to nurse an older baby in – you may want to drop your baby down a little so that his head is at breast height. You can pull the fabric of your podaegi up to hide your baby’s face if you want to.
If you enjoy walks or have work to do around the house, you’ll enjoy having a torso carrier. Get everything in your busy schedule done – and let your podaegi do the hard work for you!
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