To practice African-style babywearing, one only needs a piece of (non-stretch) cloth of an average 1m70 long and 90cm wide (a little smaller works too, especially if you are particulary thin), about the size of a large beach towel (which actually works just as good). Any type of non stretch fabric will do, I have worn my daughter in a beach towel on many occasion if nothing else was at hand.
Ask someone to stand aside for a first couple of trials until you feel secure. They can help you put your baby and on your back check if the cloth is well positioned.
I'm not sure it works for men, my husband once try but didn't succeed. I have seen young children carrying their siblings like that, though. It is done from two weeks old and onward, and I've even seen four year olds being carried. I have only started doing it when the little one was 10 months old, so you'll have to await a second baby for a small baby tutorial :)
It might seem a little scary the first time around, but it is really rather safe and millions of babies are worn that way from dusk til down without accidents. Once you get the hang of it, you might come to love it, as I do, as there is no strain on your shoulders or arms like other ways of carrying might involve.
|Tuck the end under the fabric wrapped around your hips|
I hope you liked the tutorial. If you have any remaining questions, feel free to leave them in the comment box below.