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A pair of aluminium rings are securely attached to the end of a 2.1m long piece of fabric. The tail end of the sling is threaded through the rings to adjust to the wearers body. The weight of the child in the carrier secures the rings against slipping. Ring slings are available in a variety of fabrics. The long tail of the sling can be used for many things including a sun shade, nursing cover, light blanket, or hand hold for older children when your hands are full. Ring slings are excellent for newborns and for toddlers who want quick up and down carries.
A meh dai has a panel of fabric with two shorter straps that go around the waist and two longer straps to wrap over the shoulder. Soul meh dais have straps that are padded and wide (known as “wrap straps”) to provide extra comfort for the wearer. Because they lack buckles and are tied to create a custom fit each time, meh dais are easily shared between multiple caregivers. They are easy to learn how to wear and can be used for front, back, and hip carries. Meh dais are ideal for older babies (4+ months) and toddlers.
Woven wraps come in a variety of lengths. Wraps can be used to carry an infant, toddler, or child in a variety of positions including front, hip, and back carries. They are infinitely adjustable to meet the specific needs of the individual wearer. Learning to wrap may seem intimidating at first but can be mastered with practice. Their lack of hardware makes them ideal for snuggling newborns but wraps are wonderful for babies and toddlers of any age. A Soul woven wrap will last you throughout your whole babywearing journey.
FULL BUCKLE CARRIERS:
Buckle/soft structured carriers (SSCs) offer a mix of comfort, convenience and accessibility that is appealing to many caregivers. Soul buckle carriers feature a padded waistband and shoulder straps for a comfortable, ergonomic fit and can be used for front and back carries. The straps are adjustable for a custom fit. These carriers have the additional feature of a sleep hood. Buckle carriers have a low learning curve because they go on and off like a backpack but offer the same skin-to-skin benefits. They are available in 4 different options - standard, toddler and the AnoonA and AseemA which are fully adjustable carriers suitable from birth to toddlerhood.
An onbuhimo has no waist belt making it a great option for pregnant mamas, tandemwearing and quick ups and downs with a toddler. It has adjustable, padded straps and features a sleep hood. Onbuhimos are traditionally used for back carries however, they are suitable for front carries as well.