Reinforced Rear Rebozo Rucksack, Half Jordan’s Back Carry, and Double Rebozo are all very similar carries that can be done with a very short wrap (size 3 for most moms). All three carries have rucksack straps, two passes over baby, and tie at the shoulder with no waist belt or crosses in front. For this reason these carries are:
- a cool option for hot weather
- flattering (avoiding the muffin-top effect of a waist tie)
- fast to accomplish
Because they can be done with a much shorter wrap, the wrap is:
- less likely to drag on the ground when you wrap up
- easier to fit in a diaper bag
What’s the difference between RRRR, HJBC, and DR?
When you get to know some wrap carries you start to recognize the same passes are used in different combinations to make different carries and offer different support and weight distribution. Some of the most common passes are Cross Pass, Rebozo Pass, Horizontal Pass and Rucksack Pass.
Reinforced Rear Rebozo Rucksack (RRRR) uses a Rucksack Pass followed by a Horizontal Pass (or Torso Pass).
Half Jordan’s Back Carry (HJBC) uses a Rebozo Pass followed by a Cross Pass.
Double Rebozo (DR) uses two Rebozo Passes.
Short Back Cross Carry (SBCC) could also be included in this list, using two cross passes. Because two cross passes alone may not be safe for all babies or children, I am leaving this one out of my instructions.
All About Double Rebozo (DR)
Double Rebozo is so named because there are two rebozo passes over your baby. A well done Rebozo Pass is great for holding your baby very close and preventing any possibility of leaning back so your carry will stay comfortable for the duration. With Double Rebozo, there are no passes going between your little one’s legs so it’s important to pull the bottom fabric of each pass down to form a wide seat under your baby and pull any slack up to baby’s knees and tighten the rail (edge) along the knees well to hold them higher than baby’s bottom. View the full photo tutorial for Double Rebozo Carry here.
This is a very fast, very secure carry and is one of my favorites:
All About Half Jordan’s Back Carry (HJBC)
A full Jordan’s Back Carry is composed of three passes: rebozo pass, cross pass, horizontal pass. The shorter variation known as Half JBC has just two passes: rebozo pass and cross pass.
Because a Rebozo Pass is great for keeping babies and kids from leaning back, and a cross pass is perfect for keeping a good seat under baby if yours likes to try to straighten his or her legs and pop the seat, HJBC is a very effective wiggle-proof carry.
Half Jordan’s Back Carry is exactly like Double Rebozo Back Carry, but the second pass coming over your shoulder goes between baby’s legs, spreading wide from knee to knee, and then around your side to tie in front. If you have any trouble making or keeping a good seat with Double Rebozo, try HJBC instead.
Double Rebozo and Half JBC both involve a shoulder flip, meaning the fabric coming under one arm, flips up over the shoulder to the back again to form a rucksack strap. Some people find shoulder flips tricky, so you can also do Half JBC slightly differently. Instead of having the long end under your arm, you have the long end over your shoulder, bring it straight down and under the same arm to form the rucksack strap, then bring it up between baby’s legs and spread upward to the opposite shoulder. Here’s Babywearing Faith showing how to do this variation of the Half JBC:
All about Reinforced Rear Rebozo Rucksack or the Pirate Carry
Reinforced Rear Rebozo Rucksack is often called ‘the Pirate Carry’ because the abbreviation (RRRR) could be read like the caricature of a pirate’s growl, “Aaaarggh!”
If you’ve wondered how RRRR got it’s confusing name, it is because it is a Rucksack Carry that is Reinforced by the horizontal pass and done with a short wrap or Rebozo on the back (Rear): Reinforced Rear Rebozo Rucksack.
The name can be confusing as there is no rebozo pass in this carry, and a rucksack is, by definition, on the rear. Additionally, a horizontal pass is not usually referred to as a reinforcing pass. So it is not a particularly apt name, but it had alliteration going for it and once a carry becomes popular, whatever name it goes by usually sticks. If I had named it, I would have called it a Reinforced Rucksack Tied at Shoulder, since it is exactly the same as Ruck Tied at Shoulder, but with the bunched horizontal pass behind the knees spread out over the back and under the bottom.
Most people can’t remember the long name and it is popularly referred to as RRRR (when written) or verbally as “the Pirate Carry.”
RRRR uses a Rucksack Pass followed by a Horizontal (Torso) Pass.
The Rucksack Pass, when done well with a properly tightened top rail (edge) will prevent your little one from being able to lean back in the carry. The Horizontal Pass adds an extra layer for support.