There are now many brands of soft structured carriers (SSC) available in Australia. It can be hard to make sense of them all! What are the reputable brands? What are the features available on each? Where do you get them?
This post is a basic comparison of the ones currently available and a list of some reputable vendors. Please note that no money has been received for these reviews. No free carriers, no advertising fees. The community is encouraged to leave their feedback and reviews in the comments section of the relevant posts for the relevant brands.
Here is a very basic comparison of these brands. You can find a downloadable version of this chart on our resources page here along with vendors who stock these products in Australia.
Which features are important to you?
• Body Height: A longer body keeps a taller baby or child closer to your center of gravity, especially when they fall asleep. On the other hand, a very tall body can swamp a small baby or a child that prefers to have their arms out. Some people prefer a shorter body height, others a larger one. Others like an adjustable carrier. Some people don’t like the feature!
• Body Width: A wider body provides support for a larger baby or child, but like height, a body that’s too wide can be difficult to use with a small baby without an insert.
• Waist Band Length: Particularly of concern for larger or smaller wearers: will this carrier fit around your waist and be comfortable? Be advised that many of these carriers also sell extension waist bands separately, so feel free to contact your vendor to find out if you think you need one.
• Infant Inserts: Some brands have them, some don’t. Some have them inbuilt, others sold separately: which one is best? None of them! It’s all down to personal preference. What suits you best as a parent?
• Crossed Straps: Some parents find being able to cross the straps of their carrier more comfortable than a chestbelt and like this feature. Others prefer the chestbelt: it’s up to you!
Other things we haven’t included but might be important to you: strap length, price of additional accessories such as waist extenders, inserts etc.; availability of accessories.
If you’re new to baby wearing and don’t know which features matter to you: ask your local babywearing community or sling group! At sling groups you can try on the different carriers before buying. There is one in every capital city and many in regional areas.
Remember to check reviews and ask your local community.
The following brands make SSCs available in Australia and are in the process of being reviewed by our community. Follow the links to check out the reviews, or add your own.
- Action Baby Carrier