You’re probably wondering if there are other kind of baby carriers and slings you can use if you feel that wraps and ring slings are not your cup of tea. Don’t despair lovely mommas because there are tons of carriers that are available in the market today for you to choose from. Aside from Wraps and Ring Slings; there are Mei Tais, Pouch Slings, Onbuhimos, and Soft Structured Carriers.
Since we’ve been carrying with wraps for the longest time, it was a refreshing change for us to be able to host two great products from one of our favourite local sling manufacturer, QB Collection.
QB or Quality Brand is one of the first wrap maker that we encountered in our babywearing journey. I still remember the giddy excitement I felt when I first heard of QB Collection. Since my wrap budget was low to nonexistent at that time, I was on the look out for an affordable alternative other than DIY-ing it,
My first QB Collection wrap was an Orange Rainbow in 3.5 yards. It was our beater wrap and we loved it! Best of all, the shorty wrap only cost me less than 500 pesos! Plus, the owner, Jonalyn was such a sweetheart. The money I sent via bank transfer was 5 pesos short but she wrote that off and sent my order through without blinking an eyelash! I’ve been stalking QB’s pages since then and have considered myself a staunch supporter of their business.
There are a lot of things to love about QB and it would probably be a separate blog post if I list all of them here, So let me just point out one of the things I adore about this company. They have a great ear for feedback and they always strive to create new products and improve their existing line.
So when Jonalyn agreed to send us two of their buckle carriers, a Soft Structured Carrier or SSC and an Onbu, I was thrilled to be given the privilege of testing their redesigned SSC.
Let us begin with their Rainbow Kulibangbang Half Conversion Soft Structured Carrier.
The fabric used for this SSC is the Rainbow Kulibangbang wrap. They call it a half conversion because the colorful wrap was used only on the panel (body) of the carrier. The waist belt and straps were made of a different material. For a full conversion SSC, all parts of the carrier should be wrap material.
This SSC has a bright and happy vibe to it. The intense colours are so vibrant it would be the first thing that you’ll notice about it. This rainbow is a definite eye catcher!
The name of this beauty comes from the design used in its weave, the “Kulibangbang” or butterfly. It’s a popular and beautiful design commonly used in Cordillera weaving. I scanned every inch of this carrier and was totally impressed with its craftmanship. It felt solid and sturdy and its stitching was impeccably done.
To make sure that you look great with your carrier when you’re out and about, all QB SSCs come with matching drool pads, hood, and reach straps. Priced at 2700 pesos, this SSC set is a steal!
We had a lot of opportunities to test this carrier since SSCs are generally easy to use and convenient to bring along most especially if you have a toddler who can’t make up her mind if she wants to walk on her own or have an uppy with mommy.
It was easy to put on even with the cloth straps. Just buckle it up and adjust to your frame. However, I had some issues in taking it off. As a right handed person, I usually reach up with my right hand to unbuckle the straps between my shoulders. I noticed that the buckles on this SSC when I wear it is not mid-line. It was placed an inch or two to the left. So when I reach up and back with my right hand, I end up not reaching the buckles at all. I have to switch hands and use my left instead to unbuckle.
The tester sent to us was a standard size which can be used for babies who are 3 months (with good neck control) until 2 years of age. With a panel length of 14 inches, Sophia was already too big for this size. However, she still looked comfy when worn in the SSC.
We used the carrier in the height of summer and as expected when babywearing (with any carrier) it did get a little warm for both Sophia and I. But a brisk wrist action with a fan and a towel was all that we needed to beat the heat.
I am very careful in choosing my carrier most especially when it comes to comfort for both wearer and wearee. One special consideration that I always look at was how my shoulders and back would fare after an extended period of carrying my heavy toddler.
As someone who has very picky shoulders, I found the shoulder straps of the QB SSC to be on the thin side compared to the other SSCs that I was able to use. A bit more padding perhaps would make this carrier fabulous!
Overall, the QB Collection Standard Size Half Conversion SSC is a good option for mommies and daddies who are after the comfort and convenience of a soft structured carrier without breaking the bank or becoming lusak.
QB has a great selection of carriers and their customer service is superb. They are always eager to develop their product and at the same time provide livelihood and training opportunities in their community.
For more information on this amazing company, you can check their Facebook page on www.facebook.com/QBCollection/
They also have a chatter page where you can connect with QB mommas and ask questions and feedback or share your experience with the brand. You can join the group, QB Circle of Friends by clicking on this link.
See you there Fluffinay friends and stay tuned for my next review on the lovely QB Collection Onbu. ❤
Type of Carrier: Half Conversion SSC
Brand: Quality Brand
Fabric Content: 100% cotton
Suitable for newborn? Yes (toddler size also available)
Type of Carries done: front and back carries
Local Retailers/Distributors: Quality Brand – QB Collection