This is going to be the first of several "All About" posts about a particular type of commonly used baby carriers. I WANT HELP with pictures, comments and tricks to each brand you have experience with, how to use it properly, different carry options, and more! So please offer input to help supplement my information.
First up, soft structured carriers (SSCs)! SSCs are the baby carriers you see with buckles. There are easily a hundred different SSCs available on the market today and they're not all the same at all. Each brand has differences in body size, strap and waist length, padding, materials, hoods, webbing, structure, and more. If one SSC doesn't feel comfortable to you, there may very well be another SSC that's different that solves your problem. People loves SSCs because they're easy to use the first time with little knowledge and it's easy to find certain brands in stores. On the flip side, a SSC that works well with a newborn does not work well with a toddler and vise versa. There aren't many different ways to carry with most SSC either (pretty much limited to a basic front carry, back carry, and for some a hip carry). Also keep in mind that not all SSCs will work for very petite mamas and plus size mamas (though there are SSCs available for each). My favorite part about SSCs though? How easy they are to use with back carries!
SSC Brands: (if you reply below with info about a certain SSC I'll add it to the list and link to your post!)
Ergo - more info 1, more info 2, more info 3, more info 4 (pics from newborn on up in different positions!)
Bjorn and Infantino (see this post and this post for more information about choosing one from these brands that work better than others)
Olives & Applesauce
KinderPack (part of KinderCarry)
Action Baby Carrier
Oh Snap (by BabyHawk)
SSC Brand Comparison - google docs, not complete but still very useful
Back carry with a 2 year old ("superman toss" method)
Back carry with an older baby (hip scoot method)
Back carry using a SSC with an internal harness
"Circus flip" for a back carry (forgive how scattered I look. :lol:)
Older baby on back - hip scoot WITH the carrier