Soft Structured Baby Carriers – The Popular Choice

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Some parents get nervous around babywearing, perhaps they have fears about safety or even style, well for these parents I would always recommend a Soft Structured Baby Carrier. These are essentailly Mei Tai Baby Carriers with buckles, fasteners, clips and adjustable straps. Just to clarify a Mei tai is a main body to hold baby with four straps to attatch to the wearer, a Soft Structured Baby Carrier keeps these as its design root but the addidtion of the buckles makes this a really safe and rugged carrier for you and baby.
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There are so many different designs and makes out there, all with their own special features and additions making there an ideal carrier out there for you with a bit of hunting. The differences between could be in the carrying positions offered, ergonomic weight distribution, buckle angles, size of panel ie: amount of baby support, etc, etc.
Why Choose A Soft Structured Baby Carrier?
  • The easiest method of Babywearing to master, putting one on really is as easy as putting on a backpack or rucksack
  • An Ergonomic Design can mean Baby or Toddlers weight (up to 40 plus lbs) is balnced and distributed across both shoulders
  • When asked most parents agreed that they could carry baby for the longest time in a Soft Structured Baby Carrier
  • Front Facing, tummy to tummy, and On the Back Positions available in most Soft Structured Baby Carriers, some design will offer more carrying positions
  • On and Off quickly and easily
  • No wrapping, tieing knots
  • One size fits most, making soft structured carriers great for sharing between carers
  • Look more mainstream than other Babywearing methods, making this the number one choice for Dads
Why might I prefer a different Carrier?
  • If you don’t adjust the buckles correctly some parents can find these uncomfortable and difficult to master the ideal strap and buckle size adjustments (item0 A lot of soft structured carriers are not ideal for newborns to 4 months (when your little one won’t have head control)
  • Some parenst find that they don’t have the same hug, cuddle, closeness which you would get with slings or Mei tais
  • Not the easiest for nursing, and not the most discrete. Although you may find accessories for your carrier to help with this
  • Not compact and foldable. The Buckles and padding mean this isn’t easily stored in your bag
  • Often the most expensive of the Baby Carriers due to the workmanship and manufacturing that comes with a Soft Structured Carrier
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As a Soft Structured Baby Carrier can be used for both baby and toddler I would recommend when choosing to look for a Carrier with Back Packing technology, one with wider shoulder straps, padding in the perfect places for extra comfort, and a supportive waist band meaning baby’s weight is distributed evenly across hips and upper thighs meaning its unlikely to cause any straining on your back, shoulders or neck.
The Soft Structured Baby Carrier
Here is a quick introduction to the different types and styles of Babywearing
  • a length of fabric attached to sturdy rings making an adjustable sling with a pouch or pocket which baby fits snuggly and safely inside
  • a length of fabric sewn into a loop, to be worn across the body as a sling with a curved pocket or ‘pouch’ for baby, these are easier to pop on and off, but lack the flexibility of a ring sling
  • Rectangular or Square body with four straps attached (shoulder and waist), worn as front, hip or back carriers with babies weight spread evenly across shoulders and hips
  • Inspired by the Mei Tai and rucksack/backpack design but with buckles to clip and close to hold baby in place. Usually with supportive shoulder padding and main supportive panel
  • For babies who can sit up on their own, over 4 months recommended, perching your baby on your hip with the help of a little support. These are probably best suited for short carries only but are fantastic for a quick fix of Babywearing
Click on the above to explore the different styles and carriers in the Babywearing World
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