I was told this was mythical…
“But I can show you!” I say. So… here we go!
To explain it:
- You’re going to want to place your hand between your back and the strap at your waist, palm out, against the buckle.
- Gently push out (away from your back) and squeeze the buckle- you will feel them stick in a half latched/half unlatched position.
- Keeping the pressure, you can release your fingers from the side prongs, and use your thumb to push in the middle security button on the buckle.
- Hold your baby with your other arm because at this point, the carrier will snap open.
- And poof! You opened your carrier with one hand!
If you want, you don’t even have to release the top of the carrier- even if you do wear it crossed along your back. Just unbuckling your waist strap will allow your babe to slip down and toddle away.Make the #myth a reality with just one hand! #babywearing #naturalparenting @Becobaby Click To Tweet
In the video, I am using my Beco Toddler Carrier and Millie is (exactly) 18 months and over 27 pounds.
The one-handed release can be done with most (any) carrier, but your baby will always need your support when released. ALWAYS HOLD YOUR BABY WITH ONE HAND- DO NOT JUST DROP THEM DOWN!!! If you aren’t comfortable taking your baby out of a carrier standing, you can kneel, allowing their feet to almost touch before they are released. Always exercise caution for yourself and baby- and ask for help if you need it! I cannot tell you how many times another parent (a total stranger) has helped me put a baby on my back, or helped me buckle a carrier because I needed help!
Do you have any questions about the one-handed release? Do you have a baby-wearing skill you’ve mastered? Share your secrets in the comments!