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.