Rebozo Tutorials

Rebozo
Rebozo (Photo credit: Roshnii)

I asked what carriers you wanted to learn more about and you answered! This was one of those carriers. Read on to learn about the Rebozo.

I have some great tutorials for you today made by a lovely babywearing mama here locally, Wadette. Since I don’t have expertise on how to wear a Rebozo, I asked for some help and she gladly offered it! Before we jump right into the tutorials though, I’d like to first off explain what a Rebozo even is. The traditional Rebozo comes from Mexico and is a shawl. They all have a pattern, normally from the ikat method of dying, and have fringe on the ends.

Taken from TheBabyWearer.com:

Rebozos are generally about 30 inches (75 cm) wide, varying in length from about 80 to 110 inches (200 to 275 cm). They are traditionally hand-woven of cotton or silk, and finished on the ends with fringe, which can be knotted simply or braided elaborately. Modern technology and materials have affected rebozo-making, like everything else. Today the most commonly available rebozos are machine-woven, often of acrylic or rayon, sometimes with hand-tied fringe. This makes them affordable for the people who use them most, but the quality and durability often leave something to be desired. Weaving rebozos by hand is quickly becoming an art form, rather than a viable career choice.

What is neat about a Rebozo is you can wear it as an article of clothing long after your babywearing days are past. It also has functions before you even have a baby! It can ease pregnancy discomfort (get someone to “sift” your belly”) and is useful during labor for pain relief. So, now that I’ve told you a little bit about a rebozo, let’s move on to the tutorials, shall we?

First up is how to wear a Traditional Mexican Rebozo. Wadette shows how to tie a knot, place baby on your hip with the knot in front, place baby in front with the knot in front and place baby in front with knot in back. She also demonstrates adjusting the knot and getting baby back out.

Wadette’s next tutorial is how to wear your toddler in a Traditional Rebozo. She demonstrates a front and back carry.

Next we will switch gears a little bit. If you don’t have a Traditional Mexican Rebozo you can still rock the Rebozo babywearing. Just use a short wrap! The next video will show how to tie a Rebozo knot with a woven wrap. Wadette uses two different wraps so you can see the transitions more clearly.

This last video is something a little different and requires you to have a Sling Ring. Wadette demonstrates how to use a shorty wrap and a sling ring in a short cross carry.

A big thank you to Wadette for all her wonderful tutorials! I also wanted to share a resource Wadette shared with me for learning Rebozo Carries. The website Nurturing Across Cultures shares photos and instructions on 6 different ways to wear a Rebozo.

Shared at The Tuesday Baby Link-up

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