Carrier Types

Carrier Types

Pouch Sling

• Simple tube of fabric, worn over one shoulder
• Primarily used for front and hip carries
• Easy to pop baby in and out, very easy to learn, folds up small for purse/diaper bag
• Sling is sized for user, so not always easy to share between multiple wearers, one-shoulder support
means not as supportive for long-term wear with bigger baby/toddler

Ring Sling

• Length of fabric with rings at one end, worn over one shoulder
• Primarily used for front and hip carries
• Easy to pop baby in and out, easy to learn, easily adjustable for different users, great for
breastfeeding
• One-shoulder support means not as supportive for long-term wear with bigger baby/toddler

Mei Tai (pronounced may tie)

• Rectangle of fabric with long straps in each corner, worn over both shoulders
• Primarily used for front and back carries
• Fairly easy to learn, fits users of different sizes, good for breastfeeding, weight is distributed
between both shoulders and waist
• Not as easy to use with a newborn, ideal from a few months old through toddlerhood

Soft Structured Carrier (SSC)

• Similar to a mei tai, but straps buckle instead of tie; worn over both shoulders
• Primarily used for front and back carries
• Very easy to learn, fits users of different sizes, not all brands ideal for very large or small wearers
• Weight is distributed between both shoulders and waist/hips – many have a structured, padded
waist belt which distributes more weight to waist/hips
• Not as easy to use with a newborn; some offer a newborn insert
• Great for bigger babies/toddlers

Stretchy Wrap

• Long piece of stretchy fabric that ties baby to wearer’s body, worn over both shoulders
• Primarily used for front carries, usually “Pocket Wrap Cross Carry”
• Takes a little longer to learn, but easy once you get used to it
• Fits users of different sizes
• Can be pre-tied, then you can pop the baby in and out, good for breastfeeding
• Fantastic for newborns, not as supportive for bigger babies/toddlers
• Not suitable for back carries

Woven Wrap

• Long piece of non-stretchy fabric that ties baby to wearer’s body, worn over both shoulders
• Many different carrying positions including front, back, and hip
• Fits users of different sizes, different sized users require different lengths for various carries
• Greater variety of carrying positions than any other carrier type, great for breastfeeding
• Some carries can be pre-tied and “poppable”
• Very supportive for heavier babies/toddlers, great for back carries
• Steepest learning curve, but gets easier with practice
• Ideal for newborn through toddler