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Soft Structured Baby Carriers
Suitable from birth:
For older babies and toddlers:
For exact age recommendations please see the product details for each carrier.
What is a Soft Structured Carrier?
Soft structured carriers are more conventional looking than ring slings and wraparound carriers. They have an approximately rectangular section which holds your baby securely against your body and straps to attach the carrier to you. Some tie on and some fasten with clips. They are generally easy to use and distribute the weight of your baby evenly, much like a rucksack or backpack.
Age range: newborn to toddler
The Beco Baby Carrier is another fabulous soft structured carrier from the US. Famed for their beautiful fabrics the Beco Carriers are also one of the best and most versatile baby carriers around. The Beco Gemini is a 4-in-1 baby carrier that adapts perfectly to the changing needs of you and your baby as they grow. Some of its great features include:
The Beco Gemini baby carrier features a supportive waistband and wide padded shoulder straps that can be worn backpack style or crossed on your back in a front carrying position for better weight distribution.
The padded headrest can flip up for neck and head support (for a sleeping baby for example) or can be cuffed down and fastened with snaps. If your baby likes to face out, the headrest also serves as a padded spot for their head or chin to rest against.
The seat width of the Beco Gemini can be adjusted to make it narrower for newborns, or for older babies in a facing out position if you prefer.
The Beco Gemini Baby Carrier is not only a versatile and practical carrier, it also looks great and comes in some gorgeous fabrics as well as plain black.
Beco Gemini Baby Carrier Fabric Information
The Beco Gemini is brushed 100% cotton canvas and can be machine washed if necessary. The padding is 100% polyester
The Beco baby carrier is currently available in the following fabric choices. Click on the swatch photo for a larger image where available.
Age range: newborn to toddler
As the successor to the Boba 3G Carrier, the NEW Boba 4G (4th generation carrier) retains all your favourite features with key enhancements made to the infant support system that allows the user to fit different size infants (from 3.2kg) with even greater ease.
The insert adjusts to two different positions allowing children to grow into the carrier - when snapped, the integrated insert lets newborns (7-10 lbs) sit higher up, while the second position leaves the insert unsnapped so a slightly bigger child (11-15 lbs) rests lower in the carrier but still higher than the base. The Boba 4G Carrier also comes with numerous savvy features including a smartphone pocket, a removable sleeping hood and a breastfeeding buckle.
Compatible to most body types, the Boba 4G fits heights 5 ft ’0-6ft 3, has a waistband range of 25” to 58 inches and consistent with all Boba products, creates a nurturing and calming environment for both parents and their children.
Made with the help of mountaineering professionals in Boulder, Colorado, USA (thus the name "BO-BA" from BOulder BAby Carrier), the Boba 4G carrier is built so babywearers around the world can continue to enjoy the great outdoors with their growing babies, from birth to pre-school - the perfect carrier for babywearing families!
Age range: newborn (with infant insert) to toddler/pre-schooler
The Beco Soleil Carrier is the newest addition to the Beco family (summer 2013). Famed for their beautiful fabrics the Beco baby carriers are one of the best and most versatile baby carriers around. Although the Beco Soleil baby carrier can be used from birth (with the infant insert), it is particularly well suited for carrying older babies, toddlers and even pre-schoolers. The Beco Soleil is very much designed to last as your child grows so that you can carry them for as long as you (and they) want.
Beco Soleil Baby Carrier Fabric Information
The Beco Soleil carrier shell is 100% cotton, with polyurethane padding in the body and straps, and polyethylene padding in the waistband. The Beco Soleil can be machine washed if necessary.
The Beco Soleil baby carrier is currently available in the following fabric choices.
Age range: newborn to toddler
The Connecta Standard is a UK designed, soft structured baby carrier. It is very versatile yet simple to use. The softness of the Connecta fabric makes this a great choice for a newborn yet it will last as it adapts well to carrying older babies and toddlers too.
The Connecta Baby Carrier features an integrated sleeping hood that is a seamless addition to the top of the carrier. It also has the clever ability to tuck right away inside the carrier as shown below, which also creates a handy pocket for soft small items when the hood is not in use. You simply separate the front and back layers of the carrier and tuck the hood away inside.
Connecta Standard Fabric Information
All Connecta carriers are constructed with two full layers of 100% cotton drill fabric in the body with an extra layer of light padding for softness and support. The padding is 100% polyester.
The padded fabric straps on the Connecta Standard are black, the lining is black and so are the webbing straps and buckles. The outer body of the Connecta Baby Carrier is available in a choice of fabrics. The current fabric choices for the Connecta Standard are shown below. Please click on the small swatch pictures to see larger images of the prints where they are available.
Connecta Baby Carrier Accessories
There is an optional Connecta Waist Adaptor available which increases your comfort when carrying heavier babies and toddlers in the Connecta Standard carrier.
Age range: birth to toddler
The Catbird Baby Mei Tai is a really beautiful but practical tie on baby carrier based on a traditional Asian design. This mei-tai is suitable to be used from birth, although a newborn will usually need to have their feet tucked in rather than outside the carrier. The Catbird Baby Mei-Tai may be used for carrying on your front, back or hip. For more information on the carrying positions please see the manufacturer's website. It's a lovely versatile carrier and is lightweight and compact.
The body of the Catbird Baby Mei Tai is generously sized so it gives good support even with bigger babies and toddlers. The body of the carrier is unpadded so it is compact and cool to wear in warmer weather. The Catbird Baby Mei Tai has a straight top edge with a sleep hood that can be used to give head support for a sleeping baby. The sleep hood can be tucked inside the body of the carrier when not in use.
This is a lovely comfortable carrier which gives excellent weight distribution, even with heavy babies and toddlers.
Catbird Baby Mei-Tai sizing
The Catbird Baby Mei-tai is a one-size fits all carrier. The straps are long enough to fit most people so this is a good carrier if you and your partner are quite different sizes.
Catbird Baby Mei-Tai Fabric Information
The Catbird Baby Mei tai is 100% brushed cotton with light padding in the shoulder straps The padding is 87% cotton, 13% polypropylene. The brushed cotton is lovely and soft while still being very sturdy.
The carrier is made of plain coloured brushed cotton with a contrasting patterned panel. This can be worn on the inside if you just want the plain fabric showing but is normally worn on the outside.
This carrier is currently available in the fabrics shown below.
Age range: 5 months approx to toddler
The Patapum Baby Carrier is a comfortable and very affordable lightweight pack-style carrier. The Patapum has a wide waistband and rucksack style straps with a chest strap to stop the shoulder straps from slipping. Ideal for carrying heavy toddlers, the weight of the child is felt mainly on your hips so you can carry them for long periods in comfort.
Your baby is held with their legs wide apart with their back well supported. This is the optimal position for healthy growth of the pelvis and spine. It is suitable for babies from around the age of 5 months up to 40lb. The manufacturer recommends up to 18 months but it is perfectly possible and safe to use this carrier for longer (2-3 years depending on the size and weight of your child).
The fabric is durable 100% cotton, apart from a soft polyester jersey which is used on the inside of the waist and shoulder straps for extra comfort. There is no padding in the body of the carrier so it is cool for you and your baby and packs up small for travelling.
The Patapum Baby Carrier is machine washable if necessary although generally we recommend spot cleaning rather than regular machine washing. The design is simple and is very unisex so this carrier often appeals to the fathers!
The latest version of the Patapum Baby Carrier comes with a detachable sleep hood made of soft cotton mesh, which snaps onto the body of the carrier and can be used to support the head of a sleeping child. The sleep hood can be rolled up and tucked through two elastic loops when not in use.
Another handy new feature of the latest version of the Patapum Baby Carrier is that the carrier can be rolled up and secured to the waist band with a row of poppers, so it can be worn around your waist a bit like a bum bag when not in use. This is ideal if you are using it with an independent toddler who likes to do a fair bit of walking.
The Patapum Baby Carrier only comes in one size which will fit most people as the waist and shoulder straps are very adjustable. The waist strap is now fully adjustable to fit a maxium waist of 55 inches, eliminating the need for an extension strap. If you are small waisted the straps can be rolled up and secured by an elastic loop so you won't have long ends hanging down.
Patapum Fabric Information
The main body of the carrier is 100% cotton, with polyester jersey on the inside of the waist and shoulder straps. The Patapum Baby Carrier is available in black, navy, khaki, red, indigo, sand and chocolate.
The Waist Pouch is available to purchase on our Accessories page. This is a handy pouch which slides onto the belt of the carrier, an ideal size for a wallet, phone and keys.
Patapum Baby Carrier photo instructions
Age range: 18 months and upwards
The Connecta Toddler carrier is a UK designed, soft structured baby carrier. It is very versatile yet simple to use. The Toddler Connecta is the same basic design as the Connecta Standard Baby above, but is sized up to make it more suitable for use with toddlers.
The Connecta Toddler features a integrated sleeping hood that is a seamless addition to the top of the carrier. It also has the clever ability to tuck right away inside the carrier as shown below, which also creates a handy pocket for soft small items when the hood is not in use. You simply separate the front and back layers of the carrier and tuck the hood away inside.
Connecta Toddler Fabric Information
All Connectas are constructed with two full layers of 100% cotton drill fabric in the body with an extra layer of light padding for softness and support. The padding is 100% polyester.
The padded fabric straps on the Connecta are black, the lining is black and so are the webbing straps and buckles. The outer body of the Connecta Toddler Carrier is available in a choice of fabrics. The fabric choices for the Connecta Toddler are shown below, but availability can be patchy. If something is out of stock, you will be unable to add it to the cart. Please click on the small swatch pictures to see larger images of the prints where they are available.
Connecta Baby Carrier Accessories
There is an optional Connecta Waist Adaptor available which increases your comfort when carrying heavier toddlers in the Connecta Toddler carrier.
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