Author: Drew Joseph, ABE
Carry Introduction: Secure High Back Carry (SHBC) is frequently recommended to babywearers that are just beginning to learn back carries. Particularly with this version of the carry, in which the wearer secures the baby to their hip with the wrap before scooting baby to the back, SHBC provides the wearer with quite a bit of security as they navigate back wrapping for the first time. Unlike Ruck, SHBC combines many different types of spread passes, including both a cross and a reinforcing pass, both of which go under baby's legs, for extra security against babies wriggling out of a carry. SHBC also spreads baby's weight across a chest belt, widened shoulder straps, and multiple spread passes, which many wearers find more comfortable than the single pass and shoulder straps in a ruck tied in front.
Although the name indicates the carry will get the baby particularly high up on the wearer's back, most babywearers find that this isn't the case with SHBC, due to the nature of the passes. For this reason, SHBC isn't a great choice for particularly tiny babies.
If you are new to woven wraps, here is a great post to get you familiar with them and with key terminology. BWI of Atlanta has also created a video on wrap basics and terminology.
For some information on how much fabric should be between you and baby, and how to make a good seat, Modern Babywearing is a good resource.
And as always, please keep in mind some basic safety considerations from Babywearing International.
There are different ways to get baby on your back - the tutorial below shows a hip scoot with a pre-tied chest belt. For other methods, please check out this video.
Wrap You in Love's SHBC with a pre-tied chest belt
Wrapping Rachel's SHBC
SHBC tied Tibetan
Step by step picture tutorial
Personal Review: While I don't tend to do this carry on a regular basis, as I don't care for the half knot in the chest belt, or tying in front, I do find it a rock solid carry for a variety of children (leaners, leg-straighteners, infants to preschoolers). I particularly like this carry for folks who are new to back wrapping and feel less confident about a superman toss, or the single pass of a ruck. The pre-tied chest belt is something that I consider "training wheels" for hip scooting a child onto a wearer's back, but it's great for teaching someone how to back wrap while feeling confident that their child won't fall.
Tips: One of the most important aspects of getting this carry comfortable is the tightening. If the initial rebozo pass isn't re-tightened after the hip scoot, the child is likely to sag down the wearer's back, and cause quite a struggle to get the rest of the carry secure. The second pass that comes over the shoulder can also be tricky to get tightened across the child's back, but strand by strand tightening with this pass allows for even distribution of the child's weight over the wearer's shoulders.