How to safely boost your baby in a soft-structured baby carrier

How to safely boost baby in a soft structured baby carrier

Does your soft-structured baby carrier (SSC) feel just a tad too tall for your baby? In the long run, that’s a good thing. You’ll be able to use your carrier for a long time if it has a tall body. You’ll stay comfortable, too, since your baby won’t be able to lean sideways or backwards and throw you off balance. But, for now, you need a solution to lift your baby a little in your carrier. Here’s how you can give your baby a boost safely and with an item you already have around the house. You can use a receiving blanket or a hand towel. A very small pillow would also work, if it doesn’t feel too bulky to you. For our photos, we used a small hand towel.


The first step is to roll the cloth. Just fold it, then roll it. The first two photos who you how we did it:

use a rolled towel to boost your baby in a soft-structured baby carrier

Start with something like this…

Use a towel roll to bump up your baby in your soft-structured baby carrier.

…roll it up…

Of course, the larger the roll under your baby’s bum, the higher your baby will sit. Go with what works for your baby’s size.

A rolled cloth will lift your baby in your soft-structured baby carrier

…place it in your SSC…


 Once you’ve got your rolled cloth ready to roll, place it in your baby carrier. It will be resting on the inner top of waist band, where your baby’s bum would normally rest.
Check out the photo (right) to see what we mean:


Place your baby’s bum on the rolled cloth. By placing your baby’s bum on the roll, you’re able to give her a boost while keeping her in an ergonomically correct position, i.e., spread-squat, in your baby carrier. See below (left):

The roll will lift your baby safely in your soft-structured baby carrier

…sit your baby’s bum on it…


Now, just put your baby carrier on the way you normally would. You’ll see that your baby is safely boosted and now she can see, too.

Lift your baby safely in your soft-structured baby carrier

…and you’re ready to roll.


Close enough to kiss, baby.




So go forth, mommas and papas, and get long life from your baby carrier.

 How about you? Have you ever used a rolled cloth to give your baby a boost in your SSC? Tell us about it…

Happy babywearing!

11 Comments on How to safely boost your baby in a soft-structured baby carrier

  1. Marie Bergeron
    September 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    If we boost our baby like that in the Onya Outback baby carrier, do you think we can safely and ergonomically use the carrier for our 5 week baby who is around 10 pounds ? Instead of waiting until he is 3 moths and 15 ponds…. Let us know ! Thank you !

    • Diana
      September 28, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Sorry for the delay in replying, Marie! As long as your baby has good head/neck muscle control, he should be fine. Just be sure to always keep him visible and kissable. Also be sure that his chin isn’t slumping forward onto his chest, which can restrict airflow. Please feel free to continue asking questions if you have them.
      Thank you and happy babywearing! :)

  2. Sarah
    February 22, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I show my mom friends that trick all the time – rather than buying expensive inserts…

    • Diana
      June 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      It’s a great tip to show them, Sarah! :) Thanks for taking the time to comment.
      Happy babywearing!

  3. Jennifer Crum
    November 5, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Thank you so much for this simple tutorial!

    • Diana
      November 26, 2013 at 6:54 am

      You’re welcome, Jennifer! We’re so glad that you found it helpful!
      Happy babywearing!

  4. ChellPhoenix
    July 6, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I did this with a Tula from when my bub was 4 weeks old until 4 months, when he didn’t need it any more. Your guide is very useful for showing people what I mean when I describe it!

    • Diana
      July 10, 2014 at 8:13 am

      We’re so happy you found it useful!
      Happy babywearing! :)

  5. Alexis
    August 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    For clarification- are the baby’s feet resting on the cloth, or splayed around it? In the pic it looks like the feet are off the cloth…or put another way, does the cloth go across the whole bottom of carrier- or nestles just under the bum? Thanks!!

  6. Ulfa
    September 7, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Hello diana,i have try this trick for my baby., but some friends say this position isn’t good for her backbone growth., do you have any refference?

  7. gallopgal65
    November 2, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Yes, the babies legs are sticking out the side of the carrier, you can make the blanket narrow enough so that baby’s legs aren’t spread too wide. And there is absolutely nothing about this position that will hurt baby’s spine. This is an anatomically correct ergonomic position!


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