Soft-Structured Carrier Comparison Matrix

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Carrier Can it be used for newborns with no other modifications? What size wearer is it best for? What types of carries does it do? What type of head support does it offer for sleeping babies? Do the straps move for different carries? What is the upper weight limit of the carrier? What else do I need to know about this carrier?
Action Baby Carrier No—needs a receiving blanket or something to support newborn Average, plus-sized Front-facing in, back Attached sleeping hood Can cross straps across back for front carries, can move straps for hip carry 40lbs Lightweight body makes it IDEAL for hot climates!
Angelpack No—needs a receiving blanket or something to support newborn Petite, average Front-facing in, hip, back Removable sleeping hood Can cross straps across back for front carries, can move straps for hip carry 40lbs Lightweight body makes it IDEAL for hot climates!  Reversible to plain side so that wearer can change based on preferences.
Beco
Butterfly 2
Yes! Petite, average, plus-sized Front-facing in, back Removable sleeping hood No 45lbs Customizable through Pimp My Carrier program or with a Cutie Cover slipcover!
Beco
Gemini
Yes! Average, plus-sized Front-facing in, front-facing out, hip, back Flip-up headrest Can cross straps across back for front carries, can move straps for hip carry 35lbs Customizable through Pimp My Carrier program or with a Cutie Cover slipcover!
Ergo Classic No, requires a special heavily-padded insert which adds bulk and warmth Average Front-facing in, hip, back Non-removable sleeping hood Can move straps for hip carry 40lbs Front panel is much shorter than most other carriers, meaning that older/taller kiddos may not have as much back support.
Pikkolo Yes! Petite, average, plus-size Front-facing in, front-facing out, hip, back Attached sleeping hood Can cross straps across back for front carries, can move straps for hip carry 40lbs Standard waist belt is unpadded; optional waist support belt available for babies over about 15lbs.
Olives and Applesauce Yes! Petite, average, plus-size Front-facing in, back Attached sleeping hood Can cross straps across back for front carries 30lbs for the infant harness, 40lbs for the carrier Contoured straps mean that no chest belt is required for back carries!
Boba Only for babies 15lbs and up Petite, average, plus-size Front-facing in, back Removable sleeping hood No 45lbs Removable foot stirrups help provide extra leg support for children older than 2 years.
OhSnap! ONLY for babies that are at LEAST 6 months AND 15lbs. Average, plus-size Front-facing in, back Flip-down headrest Can cross straps across back for front carries 45lbs Carrier seat is much deeper than most other SSCs, allowing greater comfort for larger children.
Scootababy Only for babies 5 months and up Petite, average, plus-size Front-facing in (one shouldered), hip, back (one shouldered) None No 37lbs Dedicated hip carrier works for short-term back and front carries as well.

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*happy babywearing*

2 thoughts on “Soft-Structured Carrier Comparison Matrix

  1. I actually found the Oh Snap to fit a petite wearer well. It cinches down small enough and the contour of the straps can be adjusted as well. The boba didn’t cinch small enough for me.

  2. This chart needs to be updated to include the Boba 3G which CAN be used to carry newborns with a small adjustment.

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