That fiddly baby carrier chest strap!

That fiddly baby carrier chest strap!

Chest strap, back strap, connecting strap – what ever you call it, that fiddly baby carrier chest strap is often the one thing that puts people off using a baby carrier in a front carry when the straps can’t be crossed over your back.

Here are a few ideas to help you fasten that strap – try them out and see how they work for you!

The main thing to remember is that the baby carrier chest strap is not fixed in one position. Slide it up and down the shoulder straps until you find a place you can reach, and feels comfortable on your back. They also adjust in width – have someone help you and experiment with how short or long you want to have this strap. Having the shoulder straps sit a comfortable distance apart can make a big difference.

1: Loosen off your shoulder straps before you start.

Having the shoulder straps too tight can make it difficult to reach and fasten the connecting clip.

Loosen the shoulder straps before you start

Loosen the shoulder straps before you start

2: Try having the connecting strap low down on the shoulder straps.

Position the connecting clip low on the shoulder strap

Position the connecting clip low down on the shoulder strap

Reach behind your back and fasten it from underneath.

Reach behind your back and fasten from undereath

Reach behind your back and fasten from underneath

3: If that doesn’t work for you, try sliding the connecting strap up towards the top of the shoulder strap.

Slide the chest clip towards the top of the shoulder strap

Slide the connecting clip towards the top of the shoulder strap

Reach over your head and fasten it from above.

Reach up and fasten the connecting clip from above

Reach up and fasten the connecting clip from above

Note – if you have the shoulder straps loose, the connecting clip will move further down your back when you tighten the shoulder straps.

4: If you can’t reach the connecting clip on your back at all, you can fasten it first, loosen off your shoulder straps, and put the fastened connecting strap over your head. (This is often called the “t-shirt method”).

Fasten the chest clip and loosen off the shoulder straps

Fasten the connecting clip and loosen off the shoulder straps

Lift the fastened chest clip over your head

Lift the fastened connecting clip over your head

Then you can carefully slide your baby in from the top of the panel.

Carefully slide the baby in from the top

Carefully slide the baby in from the top

OR you can position your baby on your chest before you lift the panel and bring the fastened clip over your head.

One last thing…..

Remember to adjust the width of the connecting strap – it helps if you have someone there to help you get it right at first. Getting the shoulder straps a comfortable width apart can improve the weight distribution, and can move strap padding from under your arms so the carrier feels less bulky.

In the photo below, the shoulder straps are sitting too wide on my shoulders for me. They don’t feel very supportive, and I have padding rubbing on the backs of my arms.

This is too wide for me

Connecting strap wide

Pulling in the connecting strap pulls the shoulder straps into a more comfortable place for me. The padding is away from my arms, and the weight feels better distributed.

Connecting strap pulled in

Connecting strap pulled in

Everyone is different, so make the most of the adjustability in these straps and try different things to get it to work for you. Make sure you follow the TICKS guidelines to keep your baby safe.

Above all, enjoy carrying your baby!

(This is illustrated with a Boba 4G, but you can try this with other rucksack-style strap carriers like Tula, Ergo and many more.)