Wearing Instructions: JumpSac Orbit Carrier- Back Carry using the Hip Scoot Technique
Best for:Baby/Toddler under 13kg
Difficulty Level: Advance
1 x Orbit carrier
1 x baby / toddler(4 months till 4 years old max recommended)
The buckles on your JumpSac Orbit shoulder straps must already be fastened, and the shoulder straps not crossed. And the waistpad must already be worn on your waist/hip area. Chest strap must be left unfastened before scooting the baby to your back.
Make sure you really really loosen the webbings on both the shoulder straps almost all the way, so that there'll be ample room for the straps to sit on your shoulders when you need to grab them later.
You have already experienced Back Carrying with someone's help.
This technique is generally suitable for lifting a child under 13kg.
Best for hip scooting 4 months old till toddler age. (For preschoolers, it is faster and better to use the Back Climb Technique).
Best for scooting a sleepy child on your back (yes, including preschoolers, if you must).
Back carrying is recommended for tall, big or heavy toddlers for the feel of weightlessness, without having your kid's head blocking your view.
Step by Step Instructions:
Here's how you Back Carry your baby/toddler in the JumpSac Orbit soft structured carrier, using the Hip Scoot technique, explained step by step. And please watch this video too:
Loosen both of the shoulder straps webbings(black strap) almost all the way
Put on the waist pad like you would do a front carry. Let the body panel hang down your thighs.
Turn and bring the Orbit body panel to your right side
Sit your baby on your right hip. Please ensure that baby’s bum is aligning with the center of the dangling body panel.
Bring the dangling body panel up, covering the baby’s body. Please ensure that each of the baby’s legs are positioned on each sides of the body panel. You can bounce a bit to ensure baby get’s a deep seat.
Hold your baby firmly in this position together with the body panel, by bringing your right arm over her left shoulder, passing her back all the way to her bum(over the body panel).
Now, bring your left hand to your back, and grab hold of your baby’s thigh. Find a rhythm and start scooting your baby once or twice towards your back. Bouncing while scooting helps you get a rhythm.
While your right hand is still supporting the baby, use your left hand to reach for the shoulder straps(with the webbings already loosen substantially, otherwise this wouldn’t work), and bring it onto your left shoulder
Tighten that shoulder strap you just put on your shoulder, by pulling on the black webbings. This would also help block your baby from falling.
Continue scooting your baby towards your back(once or twice). While your left hand holds the right shoulder straps(the one that is not yet on your shoulder), move your support hand(right hand) over your baby’s head…
…and bring that hand under that shoulder strap, slowly easing the shoulder strap onto your right shoulder.
Tighten that shoulder strap webbings, so that baby is well supported all the way behind her back, sitting close to your body. Please check that the headrest is supporting baby’s neck(for a small baby under 6 month old) and baby is not leaning back far away from you.
Fasten the chest strap, and tighten.
Stand up straight. If it still feels loose, grab both shoulder straps and pull upward and forward. Tighten some more till there is no gap between you and your baby.
At this point, it’s all about tightening and re-adjusting the webbings till you feel comfortable and that there’s little to no gap between you and your baby
Tighten the other side too, if it feels loose.
And you’re done!
It will take time, so be patient.
Practice when baby it already fed and well rested. A tired and cranky baby will not cooperate and will only result in a stressful back carry practice session and a frustrated you.
Having someone watch you as you go will help give you assurance over baby's safety as you learn this technique, and boost your confidence over time.
Practice with an experienced person, if you have the opportunity
Talking to your baby/toddler that he/she is going up on your back and that you'll need him to cooperate for his safety will help prep him/her. Also tell that it'll be a lot of fun riding on your back :)
Practice, practice, practice(in front of the mirror preferably) so you’ll know what to pull, able to gauge where the straps reside when you’re going to grab them, etc.
Warning & Safety Precautions:
If this is your first time trying this method, please have another person watch you as you go.
Practice scooting a doll before you scoot an actual kid to your back. Get use to the scooting rhythm. Do not hesitate.
The buckles on your JumpSac Orbit shoulder straps must already be fastened, and the shoulder straps not crossed. And the waistpad must already be worn on your waist/hip area. Chest strap must be left unfastened before scooting the baby to your back. If you're unprepared, an injury could occur. Make it a habit to check on your carrier buckles before putting it on.
Make sure you really really loosen the webbings on both the shoulder straps almost all the way , so that there'll be ample room for the straps to sit on your shoulders when you need to grab them later.
If you forgot to loosen the shoulder straps webbings, please restart. Don't loosen it on the fly if it's too short, because when you're fiddling the unnecessary(i.e. what you could easily have done earlier), you might loose your momentum and focus, and your bub might stop cooperating too. So, please restart
Also make sure you cover your baby's body with the body panel as much as you can, preferably till the nape of their their neck, for safety purposes. And that their legs are not accidentally"parked" within the shoulder straps loop, as that would be dangerous. So, check before you start scooting your baby towards your back.
Practice grabbing the shoulder straps, so that you could gauge their location later when you need to grab the shoulder straps when you actually have a kid on your back.
Practice on soft-ish landing, with pillows around you or you could also stand near a mattress or bed(without sharp bed frame corners), to avoid any mishap.
For big toddlers / pre-schoolers whom can already understand your command / instructions when spoken to, you might prefer the Back Climb technique.
If you prefer tossing a child on your back(also suitable for small babies / little toddlers) try the Superman Toss technique.
If you feel that you and your child are not ready for Back Carrying, do the Front Carry instead.