Because SSCs are more structured than woven wraps or ring slings, they may lack the support needed for newborns to maintain the natural C-curve of their spine, and a newborn's head needs to be visible and not hidden inside the carrier in order to maintain an open airway. Some SSCs like an Ergo or Tula have infant inserts that can be used with newborns or small infants until they meet the weight and height limits of the carrier. Babywearing International has a great graphic on optimal positioning while in a SSC.
BWI of Birmingham has a variety of SSC options in the lending library for you to try on and check out. Our resident SSC expert and VBE Tonia Mayton put together a great summary of our SSCs in the library. This blog is part one of a series of three blogs that will highlight our different SSCs and their features. We hope this will help you find the perfect SSC to meet your needs! And as always, if you need help with your carrier or have any questions, please reach out to one of our educators or come to one of our three monthly meetings. We are here to help!
And now, our SSC reviews...
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Under this umbrella fall the sport, performance, and original carriers. The weight accommodates a baby between 7-45 lbs. The newborn insert is strongly recommended for use with a newborn. We have several to choose from in our lending library. The waist accommodates anywhere from 26”-55”. All carriers come with a non-detachable hood, a zippered pocket, and padded shoulders that can cross in back if so desired. The carrier can be used on front, hip and back.
We have both the Soleil and Gemini versions. Both carriers come with detachable hoods, pockets for your valuables, and crossable, padded straps. The waist can accommodate a wearer anywhere between 27”-59”. The Soleil has a weight range of 7-45 lbs. with a recommendation to use the infant insert when wearing a newborn. It can be used in a front, hip or back carry. The Gemini can be used in front facing in or forward facing out, hip, and back carry. The weight range is from 7-35 lbs. with no infant insert needed.
We have both the Complete and Everywear versions. Both carriers boast a weight range of 7-45 lbs. Both accommodate a wearer’s waist between 26”-55” with the shoulder straps having the ability to cross in back, if desired. Also, both have removable hoods and adjustable neck support. The Complete is the newest version that is more padded with very soft fabric, good neck support, and a removable lumbar support panel. They both can be used on front facing in and out, hip, and back.
Tula makes both a standard and toddler version and we have both in our lending library. Both carriers come with a detachable hood and pocket on the waistband. Shoulder straps do not cross. The standard can be used from birth with the infant insert and from 15 lbs. without the insert on up to 45 lbs. They do make a leg extender to widen the seat on the standard to accommodate a toddler. The toddler version weight range is from 25-50 lbs. The shoulder straps are very thickly padded and it makes for a very nice long-term carrier for a heavier kid. The waist strap webbing fits a wearer’s waist anywhere from 28”-55”.
This includes the original, the We, and the One carriers. The Original carrier is the older design but still works great for 8 lb. on up to 24 lbs. Forward facing in and forward facing out are the only options for the Original. The newer We and One designs can accommodate a weight range from 8-33 lbs. The We can be used forward facing in, hip, and back. The One can be used forward facing in and out, hip, and back. There is a learning curve with these as the design is very sleek and different than any other buckle carrier, but is extremely comfortable once you get the hang of it. Instructions are printed on the carrier itself for quick tutorial.