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Carry of the Month: Secure High Back Carry


Please read our disclaimer before trying this carry.

Okay, so this post is way over due. Secure high back carry (SHBC) is one of the most common beginner carries; one of the first carries you’ll try when you start wrapping. It can be done with a base size as well which makes it even more perfect. It has a nice stopping point thanks to the half knot so if you find yourself winded and baby is getting upset, it’s a great time to stand up a little and soothe baby.

I admit this isn’t a favorite of mine though. I find that it is difficult to get everything nice and even so that the rails of the wrap aren’t cutting into you and depending on your chest size, the knot may irritate you. With that said, practice will help with all of these issues. You learn to use the rails (the long hems on each side of the wrap,) and tighten them to what’s comfortable and you’ll learn just how tight to pull on the chest knot. I will say that it is a very quick multilayer pass and it does have a lot of variations so you can really customize it to your liking.

So for the tutorial I used a size 6 beautifully dyed “DIY” wrap. You could use a smaller wrap, you may just have to adjust where you start the carry on your baby’s back, like a couple inches off to one side but because of the nature of the passes, you will need just enough to tie in the front.

For this carry, I wanted to demo a little bit on the hip scoot. I think it’s one of the easiest ways to get baby on your back especially if you’re using a baby that is small (around 6 months or so) and when you go to unload baby from the wrap, you can essentially do a reverse hip scoot. It’s great for big kids too when they get just too old for superman tosses and great for small babies when they outgrow the santa toss. To hip scoot with the wrap and a pretucked seat, I’ve place the middle of the wrap on my baby’s back and brought the tail of the wrap behind my back and over my opposite shoulder like in the first photo. I’ve grabbed fabric and pulled it up between my baby’s legs and spread it from knee to knee. This helps keep a seat in place so that all I have to do after baby is on my back is some minor tucking here and there to make sure the wrap stayed in place. For a photo tutorial of the hip scoot, check out our Ruck post.
The beginning of this carry starts with one pass over the shoulder and the other under your arm. Make sure everything is really tight and snug and that the wrap is as high on baby’s back as possible just like I have in the third photo. You can always store passes between your knees as well so you don’t create any slack while tightening the other pass.
Someone was kind enough to capture my goof up!
Now the knot is always what confuses me. Tie it the wrong way and you have a mess. If you were at the Virginia Beach meeting this July, you totally saw me mess up! To be fair, the only wrapping I do is at meetings for tutorials! So I was thinking about it and I came up with the best way to remember it; “The wrap OVER your shoulder goes OVER the other pass.” Okay so it’s not as catchy but the

“over, over” thing really helped me remember. So again, the pass over your shoulder goes over the pass under your arm and then you pull it up through and knot. If you want your shoulders capped, I’d try to cap your shoulder now otherwise it’ll be difficult to loosen it to pull it over your shoulder later.

This next step is easy peasy. The pass that is on the bottom of the knot or the pass that sits on the side where the wrap is over your shoulder goes under your arm, over baby’s knee (like the first photo) and then under baby’s knee on the other side (second photo.) Now you can just pull the pass in front of you and store it between your knees. That first pass over baby’s knee should really overlap the fabric that makes baby’s seat so it stays in place. If you’re wanting to try some variations, you can spread this pass super wide or you can bring it over both of baby’s knees. This is just the original carry version. 
This is a really great time to take a break if you need one because now you have that secure knot and your baby’s seat is secured by a pass. If you absolutely feel you need to take a break, just put a hand on baby’s bottom, stand up and breath!
This pass is just a bit more difficult but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy as well. The other pass in front of you will now go over your shoulder. Spread it out super wide, flip it over your arm and push it to your back. Lift it as high as you possibly can to get it over baby’s bum. It’s very common to get it stuck so just keep trying and pulling. Grab the top rail with your hand and pull it up as high as you possibly can over baby’s back. Now you can start to mold it to your baby’s back and your shoulder just how you like it. In the third photo, I’m molding it to my shoulder by pulling on the wrap and using my thumb to pull some of the slack out on my shoulder. This pass is referred to as a rebozo pass because it goes over the shoulder and under the other.
This pass in the original version goes right over baby’s knee but because the other pass that we worked with goes under baby’s legs, I feel it can get a little lopsided so personally, I like to put it under baby’s knee. It’s up to you though. You simply finish off here by double knotting the passes at your waist.
That’s it! I know the blog post was wordy but it does only take a few second to wrap up and it is super easy! 
You can email questions to our Education chair at
Education (at) BabywearingHamptonRoads (dot) Org any time. 
Photo tutorial not doin’ it for you? No worries. Check out Babywearing International of Hampton Roads’s YouTube channel for more information and tutorials!

2 thoughts on “Carry of the Month: Secure High Back Carry

  1. Would you please tell where you got this fab DIY wrap? I love the tie-dye!


  2. It was donated to us! I'm not quite sure who made it but I bet the tie dye could be replicated 🙂


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