A soft structured baby carrier offers excellent support for baby and comfortable, often ergonomic, straps for parents. Soft structured carriers are a nice option for parents who like the flexible style of a wrap baby carrier, but want more structure without going all the way to a frame-style backpack carrier. The baby carriers below are some of the best available today. They provide lots of adjustments for comfort and convenience, and some can even be used with various babywearing holds beyond... the basic front carry.
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Ergobaby is probably the best known soft structured carrier, and for good reason. It's amazing! You can comfortably carry a baby up to 45 pounds in it, and the padded, carefully engineered straps make hauling that toddler a breeze. Using a newborn insert, you can also carry tiny babies, even down to 7 pounders, without them being lost in a large carrier or having their head flop around. The Ergobaby Original allows you to carry baby on the front, back, or hip. The carrier is made of... machine-washable cotton, and the shoulder and waist straps are adjustable to fit a very large range of parents.
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The memory foam in the shoulder straps makes the Pikkolo carrier very comfortable for parents, whether you're using it to carry baby in the front, back or on the hip. The straps are also tapered for a better fit when you back carry. This carrier adjusts to accommodate a newborn without a special insert, and can hold a baby who weighs up to 40 pounds. There's a sleeping hood that tucks into the carrier when you don't need it.
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The Gemini can safely hold a newborn from 7 pounds with no extra insert required, and then carries older babies up to 40 pounds. There's an adjustable, foldable headrest and adjustable width seat for baby's comfort, and for parents, the waist and shoulder straps adjust to fit almost any size. This carrier is simple and easy to use, and it looks great to boot!
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You won't find a lighter structured baby carrier than the Boba Air. It's made of super-light but durable nylon, and it even packs into its own zipper pocket if you need to stash it in your diaper bag. This carrier can be used for front and back carries, and is appropriate for babies from 15 to 45 pounds. There's a tuck-away sleeping hood, and the shoulder and waist straps are adjustable for parents. There aren't a lot of bells and whistles, but this simple, comfortable carrier... also costs less than many of the same type.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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This is a modern baby carrier from an iconic baby carrier brand - BabyBjorn. I love that this carrier allows you to switch baby to a back carry so easily. The shoulder straps say on your body as you move baby around, which means you don't need an extra set of hands to safely make the switch. The seat portion is adjustable in height to accommodate newborns and older babies alike. They've even designed this carrier so it rolls up nicely, with no straps or buckles dangling about. Suitable... from birth to three years.
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If you've loved the Moby Wrap for your infant, the Moby GO carrier is a nice next step for older babies. It's made for babies who weigh 15 to 45 pounds. The wide shoulder straps distribute weight comfortably for parents, and the straps cross in the back to help even out the weight. The waist belt is also wide and is padded so it doesn't dig in. The Moby GO is also less expensive than many other structured carriers.