We've been playing with our 2Lambie Creations Reverse Onbuhimo - there are so many ways to tie off the wrap straps! This half wrap conversion carrier was made with the "long option" staps so we have lots of potential for fancy finishes. Let me tell you what I've come up with so far!
My passenger's patience for continued experimentation is short, unfortunately, and after what I feel is not nearly enough time he began to thrash to the sides. But this carrier wasn't going anywhere. I was impressed that it stayed put so well despite the best efforts of my baby... er um I guess toddler now. (Cue all the sad crying faces)
So finishes - in addition to the photos and descriptions below, our Facebook Live last week was all about many of these finishes, so I'll point out timestamps in the video as we go. The video is also embedded at the very end of this article.
In our video I did many of the finishes listed here but definitely not all of them, and the list here doesn't include everything we did in the video. That's one of the cool things about these wrap straps is there are SO MANY options for using them that you can really just make it up as you go along. This post is for ideas; it is certainly not an exhaustive list. We couldn't possibly cover every single option that can be done with this carrier. So for this post we're confining ourselves to a couple rules: these are symmetrical finishes, they're also all finishes that start with the wrap straps crossed. Crossing the straps is optional. You could wear the Onbuhimo with ruck straps (like backpack straps) and then spread the wrap straps to cross the chest... or don't, it is up to you! How do you think the options presented here would change if the first spread layer isn't there?
Before I get to the tie-off, though, let's talk about how to set up what I've done for this particular series. A Reverse Onbuhimo can be worn a couple ways - I have chosen to cross the wrap straps on my chest before securing them in the rings that are sewn to the shoulder straps. In the video linked below I show how I cross the straps at about 10:30 in. This is not required but for my body, crossing the straps gives me a good comfortable fit. I also like this method because it gives me a nice foundation on which finishes can be layered over.
Also, after I've secured the wrap straps in the sling rings, then I have one of two options for starting the finish. 1 - bring both straps under arm and cross at baby's bum or 2 - cross the straps on my chest again (usually bunched but I could spread them) then bring them behind and cross at baby's bum. When the straps cross at baby's bum, they can be spread out like a wrap (image "a" above) or bunched (image "b" above). They can also be cross above baby's legs (like images "a" and "b") OR cross the straps over baby's knee then bring each one under a knee (like in image "c"). Placing a strap under baby's knee might give you a little more wriggler protection, although the integrated panel of an Onbuhimo does prevent seat-popping so no worries there. I really just put the straps under knee when I need to make the most of the length I have. Just remember if you choose "c" as your method - OVER one knee, the under the second (not under both knees).
I show all 3 methods in the video at various points, but method "a" of spreading the straps wide over baby's seat is shown first at about 13 minutes in.
Okay let's get to these finishes! Here's how I did each one. We also did a Facebook Live video for fancy finishes, so if a finish from the collage made it to the video then I'll point out the timestamp for it in the video. The video is posted at the end of this article, or you can find it here on the Amy Wraps Babies Facebook page.
Did you pick up some good ideas? Please show and tell! I'll be tagging my photos #fancyfinishfriday as I do for any type of carrier done fancy, and I'm adding #fancyreverseonbuhimo to collect these Reverse Onbuhimo finishes on Instagram. Join me in the fancy Friday of your choice!
Finally, here's the video we did live on Facebook all about fancy finishes for the Reverse Onbuhimo:
Our live videos for the month of March are sponsored by 2Lambie Creations. Thanks 2Lambie!
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