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Soft Structured Carriers Guide

Soft Structured Carriers Guide

Baby Carrying Made Easy

On this page we show you what makes a good soft structured carrier or SSC, what the differences are between the main styles, how to get a SSC comfortable and why they are so good at getting baby from a to b as well as helping baby sleep when you need your hands free!

We compare the main soft strurctured carriers we offer from Beco, Boba, Ergobaby, Tula, Lillebaby, Manduca & more. Only the most popular varients are shown below to provide an overview of the main differences between each manufacturer.

We love baby carriers at The Sleep Store. They're a great alternative to buggies that keeps baby close, helping them to relax enough to sleep and enable you to get on with the day, carrying baby in comfort with your hands free.


Soft Structured Carriers or SSCs are a very popular choice in the baby carrier range. They typically consist of a buckled, padded waistband, buckled padded shoulder straps and a back panel with a sleep hood. They are super quick to pop on and very supportive. SSCs do not require any learning or technique in the way a woven wrap does.This style of carrier is very popular with parents looking for a carrier that's quick and easy to put on, take off and adjust. This style covers brands like Ergobaby, Beco, Boba, Lillebaby, Mandca and Tula. Our in house team of qualified baby carrier consultants hand pick every carrier that goes in to our range.  


What to look for when choosing an SSC

While you and your baby may take a little time to get used to carrying and working out the most comfortable position for you both, SSCs do not require any learning or technique in the way a woven wrap does.

Soft Structured carriers can be used for front or back carrying and from newborn (though with some carriers you’ll need a separate infant insert). Some styles can be used hip carrying too, though they are a little fiddlier to set up this way than a Ring Sling. Unless specified, carriers are only used with baby facing inwards towards the adult, ie front carry facing parent or back carry like a piggyback position. While some new models of carrier have an adjustable position for facing outwards with older babies, the recommended position for babies is facing towards the adult.

Soft structured carriers are fabulous for going hiking and provided fantastic support for long term wearing. They are our most recommended option for a comfortable way to carry children for longer periods of time.

In the chart below we focus mainly on carriers that can be used up until your baby is around 2 years old and in most cases up to 20kg. Tula and Beco even do specific toddler carriers to keep the knee to knee support for your child which means big hikes are possible even when 3 yr olds get pooped – they’re not heavy like framed backpack so are easily carted along.

The different brands have different fabric and may differ in the height of the back panel and the length of waist band.


Comparison Chart - Soft Structred Carriers that can be used from newbown (do not require an additional infant insert)

This comparison chart groups together SSC that do not require an additional infant insert to carry a newborn (over 3.5kg). Some carriers like the Ergobaby orginal and Tula Standard require a cushion-like accessory that raises a newborn baby to a safer height and position in the carrier.

Carriers such as the Beco Gemini adjust their shape so that there is no need to add an infant insert. As baby grows the carriers can adjust or adapt their shape to support baby accordingly. We think the Beco Gemini and Je Porte Mon Bebe Physio Carrier are amongst the best carriers designed to carry a newborn and an up to 2 year old baby.

 

Beco Gemini Beco 8 Boba X Boba 4GS Ergobaby Tula Tula Je Porte Mon Bebe Diva Milano

Gemini

8

X

4GS

Omni 360

Explore

Free To Grow

Physio Carrier

The One

RRP

$219

$269

$249

$169

$339

$349

$279

$259

$269

Why we love it

Simple, versatile and comfortable. One of our most popular carriers.

Best value carrier with a front facing position for baby.

Genuine newborn to toddler carrier as it includes toddler seat extender

Amazing value and simple to use

The well-known brand

The best positioning for the baby facing out option

Good cotton carrier and easy to use from newborn

Loved by baby wearing consultants for it's ergonomic design. Best summer option. Baby can be back carried from an early age

A lovely, soft woven fabric that moulds well to baby

Front Carry

Back Carry

Baby Facing Out Option

Use from Newborn

Maximum Weight

16kg max

20kg max

20kg max

20kg max

20kg max

20kg max

20kg max

20kg max

20kg max

Sleeping/Nursing Hood

Cross Strap Friendly

Storage Pocket

Waist Belt Length

60-136cm

65-150cm

36-147cm

66-140cm

68-144cm

70-135cm


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