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Jasmine’s Tandem Hip Carry: A Photo Tutorial

Jasmine’s Tandem Hip Carry is a great pre-tied tandem solution for wearing two babies of similar size in a single shorter woven wrap.  Using a wrap as short as a Base-3 and two or four large sling rings, the wearer can have the effect of wearing two ring slings without the added expense of buying two carriers.  What makes Jasmine’s Tandem Hip Carry unique is that once prepared the wrap can be left threaded through the rings and removed for wear at a later time.  Once added to the carry the baby is secured and tightened before adding the next baby.  This removes the need to hold tension and balance as seen in Amanda’s Tandem Hip Carry.  There are two methods for tying the beginning knot.  The carry can be prepared with a cow hitch knot or simply threaded through the rings without the extra work of the knot.  The rings act with passive resistance, the fabric passed through the ring holding the tails in place with tension and pressure.  Tension is a force acting on the wrap when it is pulled tight equally on the tails from opposite ends.  This secures the wrap  often tighter than a knot but without the added pressure of a large knot against your chest or back.

Benefits of a Jasmine’s Tandem Hip Carry

Using a two or four ring finish in Jasmine’s Tandem Hip Carry allows you to have a pretied, adjustable carry where each baby is secure once tightened and independent from the other baby.  The two ring variation tightens both babies through the same set of rings independently but loosens both babies at the same time when the lower ring is lifted.  The four ring variation allows both independent tightening and loosening, as each baby has their own set of rings.  The drawback to the four ring variation is the extra pressure at the sternum of the four rings layered on top of each other.  While Jasmine’s takes skill to setup, wearing has the same learning curve of a ring sling where creating a seat, tightness of the rails, and positioning are your only concerns.

Jasmine’s Tandem Hip Carry also uses a shorter wrap from Amanda’s Tandem Hp Carry.  Using a Base -3 woven wrap, roughly the same size as a Rucksack carry, Jasmine’s can successfully be completed at less expense than the Base or Base+1 length needed for Amanda’s Tandem Hip Carry.  Security is another great benefit of the ring finish.  The ring holds the carry tight, without the wrap slipping or sliding back with baby’s every bounce.  Often the amount of pressure baby places on the seat can make the carry loosen and previously unseen slack is noticed.  In a ring finish you can work the slack around toward the two tails then strand by strand tighten rather than needing to untie the double knot and start again.

Image of a brown skin woman wearing twin toddlers, one on each hip, in a rainbow colored woven wrap with two rings at the chest
Jasmine’s Tandem Hip Carry in Little Frog Sunny Agate

Safety Considerations

Always use the correct ring size for your carry.  A ring that is too large will not hold tension and the ring will slip, loosening the carry.  A ring that is too small will produce puckering, bunch the wrap within the ring, and prevent strand by strand tightening.  Placing the rings high on your chest for this carry will help with weigh distribution and prevent the yoke like feeling of the babies low on the hips and the wrap pulling at the neck.  Always check your woven wrap for visible damage.  Broken threads, punctures, and wear may compromise integrity of the carry and endanger both the wearer and the babies being worn.

The back view of the tandem hip carry showing the rainbow wrap crossing in an X pattern across the brown skin woman's back. Babies are worn in the wrap one on each hip
Back view of Jasmine’s Tandem Hip Carry in Little Frog Sunny Agate

Selecting the Correct Ring Size

I only use tested, non-toxic, and lead free aluminum rings from Sling Rings.  The rings from this particular company are an industry standard, having passed testing through the American Standards and Testing Materials International Institute (ASTM).  This means that each batch of rings produced are periodically tested and weight rated to maintain a high quality standard and consistent performance.  Nylon rings are also available and work best with soft, slick fabrics such as athletic mesh.  The rings are available for sale in pairs of small, medium, or large.  A medium ring is great for wraps 220 gsm or lower.  The large ring is best on wraps 220 gsm and higher including the big fluffy handwoven wraps under 220 gsm.  The wrap should pass through the ring and not bunch or fold on itself in the ring.

Two images side by side show a medium ring finish and large ring finish on the same wrap. The medium ring fits snugly but the wrap is puckered and tight in the ring. The large ring shows a more even distribution and relaxed fit of the wrap in the ring
Medium versus large ring finish. The image on the left shows the medium ring and the image on the right snows the large ring finish. This is the same wrap in both image, Oscha Slings Copper Beech

Jasmine’s Tandem Hip Carry, Two Ring Variation

The image shows a gray and white woven wrap with repeating circular pattern neatly folded with two large silver aluminum sling rings on top
Risaroo Kerrington Carbon and Two Large Sling Rings
Cow Hitch Knot
  1.   After determining which ring is the correct size for the wrap you are using the next step is to complete your carry.  I am wearing a two ring variation in a Base -3 which is a size 4 for me in Risaroo Wovens Kerrington Carbon and a two large Silver sling rings.  The first step is to thread the wrap through both rings at the middle marker.

    Image shows a closeup of the middle marker held close to the camera by a brown skin woman
    Starting at your middle marker
  2.  Accordion fold the woven wrap to thread it through the rings.  This step allows the wrap to fold evenly and neatly through the rings preventing bunching.

    Image shows the brown skin woman folding the wrap at one to two inch intervals end over end
    Folding the wrap at the middle marker
  3. Fold the wrap in half lengthwise making a loop at the middle marker.  Pull the loop through both rings to give approximately four to five inches through the top of the rings.

    Image shows the brown skin woman feeding the looped wrap through both of the large silver aluminum sling rings
    Feeding the loop through the rings
  4. For the Cow Hitch knot you will fold the loop down over the two rings.

    Image shows the woman folding the looped end of the wrap down over the two rings
    Completing the cow hitch knot
  5. Pull tightly, strand by strand, on the tails to secure the knot.  Make sure it is very tight, all of the weight will rest on this point.

    Image shows the woman holding the rings in one hand as she pulls on the tail of the wrap to tighten
    Tightening the cow hitch knot
  6. Your completed cow hitch knot should be very secure, does not slip, and should make parting the rings a little bit of work.
    Image is a close up of the woven wrap threaded over the rings and pulled tight, ready for use
    Completed cow hitch knot from the front

    Close up of the back of the woven wrap threaded over the rings. The wrap feeds through from two directions showing the tails hanging in the back
    Back view of the cow hitch knot
  7. Place the ring high on the center of your chest with one tail over each shoulder.

    Image shows the threaded wrap placed over the chest of the woman with one tail over each shoulder
    Rings placement
  8. Cross the tails across your back making an X-shape.  Make sure the tails are spread wide, this will help distribute weight across your back.

    Image shows the woman crossing the tails in an X over her back
    Crossing the tails
  9.   The next step is to accordion fold the tail to prep for threading.  This is an important step for this carry.  Take the time to fold the wrap end over end before threading through the rings.  This ensures that the wrap is not bunched and can be easily tightened once baby is added to the pouch.

    Image shows the woman folding one to two inches of the tail of the wrap end over end
    Accordion folding the tail for threading
  10. Thread the folded tail through both rings.

    Image shows the woman threading the first folded tail through both rings
    Threading the first tail through the rings
  11.  Make a pouch for baby to sit no larger than the size of your arm folded inside the pouch.  Now lift the top ring and spread the rings.

    Image shows the two rings parted so that the wrap is passed through the lower rings only
    Threading through the lower ring
  12. Pass the folded wrap through the bottom ring only.  Pause to fan out the wrap in the space between the rings.

    Image shows the woman gently pulling on the pouch at her side to create a space for baby to sit
    Adjusting the pouch size
  13. Tighten the tail strand by strand through the rings to secure the pouch.

    Image shows the woman tighening the tail of the wrap strand by strand
    Strand by strand tightening the first tail
  14. One side completed.  Now let’s work on the other side.

    Image shows the first tail of the wrap threaded and secure with a small space for baby to sit
    Completed first pouch
  15. Repeat the accordion fold for the other side.

    Image shows the woman folding the second tail end over end at one to two inch intervals
    Accordion folding the second tail
  16. Thread the tail through both rings.

    The woman is seen threading the folded tail through both sling rings
    Threading the second tail through both rings
  17. Spread the rings and thread the folded tail through the bottom ring only.  Spreading the rings may take some force at this point.  That is a good sign that your carry is tight and will be secure.  If it is too tight to move the rings you may need to try the simple threaded version or move up a ring size.  Currently the largest sling ring is the large ring, if there is difficulty in separating the rings try the simple threaded version.

    The image shows the woman spreading the rings to thread the folded tail through the bottom ring only
    Spreading the rings to thread the bottom ring
  18. Take a moment to fan out the tail in the rings.  Tighten the tail strand by strand to secure the carry.

    The image shows the woman threading the tail through the bottom ring
    Tightening the tail through the bottom ring
  19. Completed setup with both tails threaded and the two pouches for your babies.

    The woman is seen extending the size of the pouch to show where baby will sit
    Your pouches for baby to sit

Simple Threaded Variation

  1. Accordion fold the wrap at the middle marker.  This will make sure the wrap is easy to spread once threaded in the rings.

    Image shows woman holding the wrap at the middle marker
    Starting at the middle marker
  2. Thread one tail completely through both rings so that the rings rest at the middle marker.

    Image shows the woman holding the rings showing the wrap threaded through both rings
    Threaded through both rings
  3. Place the rings high at the center of your chest with one tail over each shoulder.  Note that the other side of the wrap will be seen on the opposite shoulder.

    Image shows the wrap positioned high at the center of the woman's chest with one tail over each shoulder
    Positioning of the ring on the chest
  4. Cross the tails over your back spreading wide to distribute weight.

    The picture shows the woman spreading the tails across her back in an X format
    Spread the tails across the back
  5. Accordion fold the first tail

    Image shows the woman folding the tail end over end at one to two inch intervals
    Accordion fold the tail
  6. Pass the folded tail through both rings.  Leave space for a pouch for baby to sit at your hip.

    The image shows the woman threading both tails through both rings
    Thread the tail through both rings
  7. Spread the rings and pass the wrap through the bottom ring only.  Take a moment to fan out the wrap between the rings.  Now tighten strand by strand.

    Image shows the woman threading the folded tail through the bottom ring only
    Thread the tails through bottom ring
  8. Accordion fold the second tail

    The image shows the woman accordion folding the second tail
    Accordion fold the other tail
  9. Pass the folded tail through both rings leaving a pouch for your second baby to sit.

    Image shows the woman threading the second tail through both rings
    Threading through both rings
  10. Spread the rings.  Pass the folded tail through the bottom ring only.

    The image shows the woman threading through the bottom ring only
    Threading through the second ring
  11. Take a moment to fan out the tail to make sure you can strand by strand tighten.

    Image shows the woman spreading the fabric between the rings to prevent bunching as she strand by strand tightens
    Spreading the tail between the rings
  12. Your setup of the carry is now completed.  You should have two pouches for your babies to sit.

Pre-tied Solution, No worries

As previously mentioned Jasmine’s Tandem Hip Carry is a great pre-tied solution that you can prepare then take off and store ready for next use.

Getting out of the carry
  1. Slide your arm out of one side of the carry.

    Image shows the brown skin woman pulling her arm through the loop on the left side of the wrap
    Slide your arm out
  2. Slide your other arm out of the carry.

    Picture is of the woman pulling her other arm out of the wrap leaving just her head in the wrap
    Slide out your other arm
  3. Lift the ring over your head.
    The picture shows the woman lifting the wrap up and over her head
    Up and over your head

    Off for storage and ready to wear

    Image shows the cow hitch knot at the center and the two loops coming up and out of the rings
    Prepped and ready for next use
    Getting back in
  4. Start by holding the ring and both loops in one hand.

    The woman is seen holding the loops over both hands
    Placing the loops one on top of the other
  5. Pass the entire carry over your head.

    The woman is seen placing both loops over her head with the cow hitch knot in front
    Place both loops over your head
  6. Slide your arm into the carry.

    The woman is seen sliding one arm into the wrap at a time
    One arm in at a time
  7. Slide your other arm into the other loop

    The woman is seen sliding the second arm into the other loop
    Slide the other arm in
  8. Spread the passes in back

    The image shows the woman spreading the passes over her back to create an X-shape
    Spreading the passes
  9. Spread your shoulders and you are ready to add your babies.

    This image shows the carry over the woman's body ready to wear
    Ready to wear!

Getting out of a Jasmine’s Tandem Hip Carry

Now that you are all secure and babies are hopefully asleep in a wrap nap, you have to get out of the carry.  This is also easier and more secure than untying a knot.  The ring finish is all tension so releasing the tension is all you need to do.

  1.   Release the tension from the ring by gently lifting up on the edge of the ring where the tail last passes through the ring.  This can be either the bottom or the right side of the ring.  I recommend the right side of the ring as it will continue to hold tension on the other tail giving you a moment to release the wrap from the ring.

    Image shows the brown skin woman lifting up on the ring with one hand while unthreading the tail with the other hand
    Removing the tail from the ring
  2. Loosen the one side and lift baby up and out to a safe place.  Repeat for the other baby again lifting on the edge of the ring to loosen the carry.  Now you can start unthreading the first tail passed through the ring.

    The image shows the woman lifting on the ring and pulling the other tail from the ring
    Unthreading the other tail
  3. Repeat for the other side, loosening the tail from the rings.

    Image shows the woman holding the rings in one hand and the released tail in the other hand
    Both tails released
  4. Remove the rings from the wrap and you’re done.

    The woman is holding both rings in one hand and the woven wrap at the middle marker in her other hand
    Ready to fold & store

Want to see the four ring variation and prefer to work along in a video, I’ve got you covered.  If you prefer to watch it directly in YouTube click the arrow pointing right in the upper right hand corner.

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2 thoughts on “Jasmine’s Tandem Hip Carry: A Photo Tutorial Leave a comment

  1. Hi
    I think you are my new babywearing crush! (I first got into BW watching the wrapyouinlovw lady). I love reading your reviews on carriers and your fantastic description of them. I love the “geeky” stuff such as weight weaves etc. Thank you for sharing your wealth of experience. It doesn’t hurt that your girls are adorable. I have only gotten into wovens recently (my daughter is 2) and so wish I had started earlier but you encourage me to know I can do it for a while yet. Thank you to you and your beautiful family.
    A fan from Australia.

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    • Thank you Mai!
      The ladies are adorable, though I say it myself. Babywearing has been a blessing for my family. My girls are so much happier and in turn the entire family. We are working on some exciting new things for the page as we transition to offering more content as well as in-person babywearing consults. Thank you for following and allowing us to be a part of your babywearing journey ❤️.

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