To find out about Soft Structured Carriers and their different features and options, read the information page here: About Soft Structured Carriers.
There’s a huge range of SSCs because different shaped carriers suit different shaped/sized parents and babies. Many people find they need to try out several carriers to work out which suits them best.
The South London Sling Library currently has the following SSCs:
Action Baby Carrier – compact and very easy to use, this misleadingly simple looking carrier has a sleep hood and a hidden internal harness to support your baby’s weight (fun ‘see through’ photos of an ABC here). In a gorgeous gender neutral patterned fabric and suitable from newborn-toddler (8 to 40 lbs) – loan fee is £6, deposit value is £65
BabyBjorn Comfort Carrier – this carrier has a wider seat and seperately fastened waist support to allow for a more ergonomic carry for both parent and baby than other similar carriers. Suitable for babies from 3-15 months for front carries only. Allows for an outwards facing position*. Loan fee is £10, deposit value is £100.
BabyBjorn Miracle Carrier – made from breathable mesh fabric, this carrier provides fully adjustable support for a newborn baby and for the carrying adult. Suitable for front carries only from 8-24lbs, this carrier is less suitable for carrying babies older than about 4-6 months. Allows for an outwards facing position*. Loan fee is £9, deposit value is £90
Babyhawk Oh Snap – The buckled version of the popular Babyhawk Mei Tai, this is a larger sized (it has a larger body size than the Mei Tai) and attractive carrier with a fold down head/back rest and plenty of adjustments to fit different parents. Suitable from 15-45lb, this carrier is best for bigger babies and toddlers – loan fee is £9, deposit value is £95
Beco Butterfly 2 - A soft and comfortable carrier, this has a removable infant insert and sleep hood, plus an internal harness to assist with safe back carries and passing the child and carrier between parents. Suitable from newborn (7 to 45 lbs) and for front and back carrying positions – loan fee is £9, deposit value is £90
Beco Gemini – A comfortable carrier that holds baby’s weight close to your body and is great during the first year. Suitable from newborn to toddler and can be worn in front, hip and back carrying positions. Allows for an outwards facing carry position from 3 months*. Loan fee is £9, deposit value is £90
Boba 3G Baby Carrier – Great quality, adjustable carrier that has a removable hood, small pocket and even stirrups to support a better and more comfortable seating position for bigger babies and toddlers. Also features a pop-down body to fit from newborn without inserts. Suitable for babies and toddlers from 7lbs – 45lbs and can be used in front and back carrying positions – loan fee is £9, deposit value is £90
Boba Air Lightweight Baby Carrier – The same fit as the Boba 3G, but unpadded and made from lightweight waterproof fabric. The Boba is very compact and packs away into an attached zipped pocket, so great for holidays or for when you need something to easily fit in your bag for emergencies. Loan fee is £5, deposit value is £50
Catbird Baby Pikkolo – A lightweight buckle carrier that has no waist padding and fits more like a Mei Tai. With dual-adjustable straps and an adjustable seat width, this is a great buckle carrier for using with newborns without an additional insert. Allows for an outwards facing position from 3 months*. Suitable from birth for front, back and hip carries – loan fee is £5, deposit value is £60
Concerti Carrier – A lightweight and sporty looking carrier suitable for front, back and hip carries. With a fold-down head support and an integral harness to aid safe back carries, this norwegian carrier best fits bigger babies and toddlers from about 12 months – loan fee is £10, deposit value is £100
Connecta Integra Baby Carrier – A very lightweight and easy to use carrier that fastens with buckles but has no waist padding and fits more like a Mei Tai. Features shoulder padding, a tuck away hood and is reversible to plain. This popular and comfortable carrier is suitable from newborn and can be used on the front, back and hip – loan fee is £6, deposit value is £65
Connecta Solarweave Baby Carrier – an extremely lightweight yet comfortable and supportive baby carrier. Made out of breathable, UV-protective and non-irritating solarweave fabric with polyester shoulder padding, this carrier can safely get wet and also has a hood/sunshade. Suitable from birth to toddler (3.5 – 16 kg) and can be using in front, back and hip carrying positions – loan fee is £5, deposit value is £55
Emeibaby Carrier – A unique wrap-hybrid buckle carrier that combines the adjustable fit and comfort for baby that you achieve with a wrap with the easy to use and more structured shape of a buckle carrier for parent. Suitable from birth to toddler and for front and back carries. Loan fee is £10, deposit value is £100
ERGObaby Original Carrier plus ERGObaby Infant Insert- One of our most popular SSCs that works well for a wide range of different sized children and adults. Suitable from birth with the newborn insert, or from 4 months up to 20kg without. Can be worn in front, back or hip carrying positions – loan fee is £9, deposit value is £90 for the carrier alone or £100 with the infant insert.
ERGObaby Performance Carrier - Compared to the Original Model Ergo, this carrier is much more lightweight and less bulky to wear. The shoulder straps are thinner and contoured, offering a slightly different fit, and the hood tucks away completely. We’ve also found that this model fits a slightly older child age range best. It can also safely get wet without holding water. Our Review. Loan fee is £9, deposit value is £90
Infantino Flip Carrier – this carrier has a wider seat and seperately buckled waist support to allow for a more ergonomic carry for both parent and baby than other similar carriers. Suitable for smaller babies for front and later back carries. Allows for an outwards facing position from 3 months*. Loan fee is £5, deposit value is £35.
Infantino Support Carrier – a lightweight, yet comfortable carrier that’s great for babies and toddlers. Suitable for front and back carries; this is a great value option that still provides the support that you and your baby need. Loan fee is £5, deposit value is £50.
Kinderpack – A very comfortable toddler sized carrier that fits best from about 15 months up to 4-5 years. With attractive fabrics and a hood that folds away into the headrest, this carrier is really comfortable and easy to use with older babies and toddlers. Suitable for front and back carries and a great one to try if you feel that your standard sized SSC is getting too small. Loan fee is £10, deposit value is £120
Kitten Creations Full Buckle Carrier – custom made wrap conversion carrier that is dsigned to fit more like a wrap than an SSC and is therefore incredibly soft, lightweight and comfortable. Suitable for front and back carries and can be commissioned in a range of sizes – the Sling Library has the baby size to fit up to age 2-3.
Manduca Baby and Child Carrier – A very popular, high quality carrier suitable from birth (3.5kg) up to 20kg. Features include an integral infant insert, fold away sleep hood, adjustable length shoulder straps, and an adjustable height body that grows with your child. Can be worn in front, back or hip carrying positions. The Newstyle Manduca has an extra seat dart for better positioning of child in the carrier and other small changes. Our review of this carrier. Loan fee is £9, deposit value is £90
Olives & Applesauce 16″ Buckle Carrier – this is a fantastic carrier with an integral insert to help it to fit from newborn, and to aid with safe back carries with older babies. We find this a slightly bigger fit than SSCs like the Ergo so we think it would happily see most families through to age 3, and it’s especially comfortable for front carries as you can easily cross the straps at your back for excellent weight distribution. Loan fee is £10, deposit is £100.
Pognae Baby Carrier – A great value and lightweight, yet good quality and feature-packed carrier made in Korea. Features a zip-away hood, a flap-down body panel section for better air circulation in hot weather and a removable head support for smaller babies. Fits from newborn and suitable for front, back and hip carries depending on age – Loan fee is £5, deposit value is £50
Rose and Rebellion Baby Carrier – A lightweight and funky baby carrier with a fold away sleep hood and reversable to plain black. Suitable from 3.5kg for front, back and hip carries. We find that this carrier has a smaller fit than other SSCs like the Ergo, but it’s great for up to around 12-18 months – Loan fee is £7, deposit value is £70
We now also have the Rose and Rebellion Preschool Carrier – suitable for carrying larger toddlers and children from about age 2 upwards. Our preschool R&R unfortunately doesn’t have it’s removable hood – loan fee is £10, deposit value is £100
Scootababy – A well designed and comfortable carrier that’s really quick to use. Comfortabley cups one shoulder and is primarily designed for quick hip carries, but can be used in front and back postions as well. Suitable from about 5 months – Loan fee is £8, deposit value is £85
Sleepy Nico Baby Carrier - A super-soft, lightweight and compact carrier with beautiful embroidered design on lovely velvetty and cord fabrics. Suitable from 3 months and can be worn in front and back carrying positions. Not the model in the picture – Loan fee is £5, deposit value is £55
Tula Baby Carrier - Great quality, comfortable and adjustable birth-toddler carrier made entirely within the EU. Suitable for front and back carries from about 5-6 months (or from birth using seperate insert) to toddler. Unfortunately our Tula has already lost it’s hood! Loan fee is £9, deposit value is £95
Tula Toddler Carrier – the fantastic toddler version of the Tula Baby Carrier to fit for even longer! With all the same great adjustability and features of the standard Tula, this is suitable from aprox 18 months to 4+ years. Loan fee is £10, deposit value is £105
Accessories - Various accessories which can be used many of our Soft Structured Carriers are also available to hire – for more details see our Accessories page.
Coming Soon…… Connect Toddler Size, Kinderpack
We’re on the lookout for new carriers all the time – if there’s anything you’d like us to stock please let us know and we’ll add it to the wish list!
For Demonstration only:
We also have an example of a very cheaply made, unbranded SSC carrier that is available on eBay so that you can compare the quality of materials and constructions techniques between carriers that do/do not meet European Safety Standards for baby carriers.