Onya Baby is a small, family owned business. They currently sell two Soft Structured Carriers (SSCs). The Onya Baby Cruiser is the carrier we were given. Compared to other SSCs, the padding is much lighter and the body of the carrier is much bigger. There is some light padding around the leg for baby, and the chest strap is much smaller. You will have to come try it out yourself! This carrier might be a good solution for anyone who finds that other SSCs come up to short on their child when back carrying.
Olives & Applesauce is a company that was started by a Mama who couldn’t find the right carrier for her, thus a business is born. She makes SSCs and does custom work. BBW was donated a Standard carrier in infant size. This means it has an infant panel, which allows for proper infant positioning. We are excited to have another SSC in our library that is usable for infants.
The Versatile is more of a shirt than a standard baby carrier. They advertise that it can be worn before, during and after pregnancy---as a shirt and then as a stretchy wrap. It is sort of like a light sweater or jacket with two very long front pieces that you can tie multiple ways. They sell a cummerbund separately that is recommended (but which we do not have) which provides more support for baby.
We have all heard of Britax, but did you know they also make baby carriers? Their SSC is very different than most. It can only be worn in a front carry, and has a non-adjustable back strap. It is rated for children 8 to 32 pounds. The straps and material are also a little different: There is a extender seat that is sold separately, which we also have. This allows a better seat for older children.
Did you know Sakura Bloom carriers are made in Massachusetts? They also use the finest materials which makes their carriers extra beautiful. We already had a Sakura Bloom Ring Sling in silk in our library, and now we have a single-layer linen ring sling also. It has a completely different feel---linen is very light, while still being supportive.
Kindercarry states that it has one of the widest carriers available. They offer four different sizes to help provide the best fit. We have added a toddler-sized Kinderpack with a kool-nit center panel to our library. The toddler size is recommended for 18 months to 4 years old. All Kindercarry carriers are rated up to 50 pounds. This is one of the more expensive SSCs out there, but it can provide your older child a more comfortable ride for both child and parent.
Wrapsody is another great company that was started by a mother. We are happy to be adding another Wrapsody Bali Breeze to our library. This will allow us to have one in both our weekday library and our weekend library. It is a nice light woven wrap, making it a wonderful carrier for New England summers. Since they are so lightweight, they are available in a reasonable price range, usually under $75.