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:
Multi-way SSCs Suitable from Newborn (may require inserts or adaptions):
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
Babymoov Anatomical Carrier – A great value, lightweight yet supportive buckle carriers with a wide range of options for fastening he straps to distribute the weight comfortabley. Height adjustable and come with a UV protective cover too! Suitable for 8-40lb and front, back and hip carries – Loan fee is £6, deposit value is £60
Beco Gemini – A comfortable and easy to use carrier with wide, padded shoulder straps and great weight distribution for comfortable carrying. Suitable from newborn without needing inserts or adaptions and offering front, hip and back carrying positions. Allows for an outwards facing carry position from 3 months*. Loan fee is £9, deposit value is £90
Beco Soleil – The brand new product from the makers of the super popular Beco Gemini. The Soleil is supportive for carrying much bigger babies and toddlers than the Gemini, and it’s suitable for front, back and hip carries. Loan fee is £9, deposit 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 Air 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 £9, deposit value is £90
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 (3.5 – 16 kg) and can be used on the front, back and hip – loan fee is £6, deposit value is £65
Connecta Solarweave Baby Carrier – The super lightweight version of the Connecta Integra. With the same fit and features, but made out of breathable, UV-protective & non-irritating solarweave fabric with polyester shoulder padding. This carrier can safely get wet and also has a hood/sunshade. Suitable from birth (3.5 – 16 kg) and for front, back and hip carries. We have this carrier with both standard and petite length shoulder straps – 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 Sport Carrier – a soft and lighter weight version of the popular ERGObaby original. This model has longer padded shoulder straps to better suit taller or broader parents and still provides excellent support for babies 4 months up. Can be worn in front, back or hip carrying positions – loan fee is £9, deposit value is £90.
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.
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. Loan fee is £10, deposit value is £120
Lillebaby Complete Carrier – A multi-size, multi-position carrier designed to fit from newborn to toddler. With comfortable padding and soft organic fabrics this carrier has lots of thoughtful features and offers front, hip and back carrying positions. Allows for an outwards facing carry position from 3 months*. Loan fee is £10, deposit value is £110
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. Our review of this carrier. Loan fee is £9, deposit value is £90
Pognae Baby Carrier – A great value, yet excellent 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 £6, deposit value is £60
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
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 £6, deposit value is £60
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
Larger sized SSCs:
Action Baby Toddler Carrier – the toddler version of the great value and comfortable Action Baby Carrier, with a bigger body panel to fit toddlers and preschoolers from about 18 months – loan fee is £7, deposit value is £75
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
Bamberoo Solarveil SSC – A larger sized carrier that best suits from about 12m+; the straps can be crossed on the back for a front carry, and the light, breathable solarveil panel is great for increasing airflow during hot weather – loan fee is £10, deposit value is £100
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 Toddler Carrier – the toddler version of the ever popular lightweight Connecta Integra, suitable for toddlers from about 18 months. We have this carrier with both standard and petite length shoulder straps – loan fee is £7, deposit value is £70.
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 £10, deposit value is £100
Kinderpack – A very comfortablecarrier with attractive fabrics, adjustable shoulder strap length and a hood that folds away into the headrest, this carrier is really comfortable and easy to use. The SLSL stocks the “Standard” & “Toddler” sized Kinderpacks, which will fit best from about 15-24m+. Suitable for front and back carries. Loan fee is £10, deposit value is £150
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. A comfortable, attractive carrier with a tuck away hood, this works especially well for front carries (though great for back and hip carries too) as you can easily cross the straps at your back for excellent weight distribution. Loan fee is £10, deposit is £100.
Rose and Rebellion Preschool Carrier – suitable for carrying larger toddlers and pre-school 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
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
Wompat Toddler Carrier – Made from attractive woven wrap fabrics and with soft cord straps and cozy pixie hood, this carrier is very comfortable for carrying even very big toddlers. Loan fee is £10, deposit is £130.
Front-only SSCs (plus those best designed for a particular carrying position):
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
Moby Go – The brand new, super easy to use carrier from the makers of the Moby wrap. A lightweight yet sturdy and supportive carrier suitable for front carrying bigger babies and toddlers. Loan fee is £6, deposit is £60
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
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.
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.