Which Soft Structured Carrier is Right for Me?
What is a Cairis Carrier?
Simple & stylish, the Cairis is a lightweight tie-strap, or half-buckle, carrier. Made from our ethical British made fabric, the Cairis features a unique Strata-linea® padded waistband with a buckle fastening and half wrap-width shoulder straps which provide adjustability, comfort and support. These tie straps are padded over the shoulder before flaring out in order to mimic the snug feeling of a woven wrap and to provide extra support under baby’s bum.
Many customers love this style of carrier as there are no buckles or webbing on the shoulder straps, allowing for easy adjustability, a cosy, snug feeling and no digging.
The Cairis Baby Size is suitable from newborn to toddlerhood and the Toddler Size from toddlerhood to preschool age. Both carriers allow you to carry your child on your front and back.
✔ Ergonomic Position
✔ Strata-linea® padded, buckle waistband
✔ Adjustable tie straps
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Cairis Key Features
Padded, Flared Shoulder Straps
The shoulder straps provide just enough padding for your comfort whilst being flexible enough to contour beautifully to your body. Our specially developed ‘wrap straps’ then fan out from the padded section, these are simply tied to offer flexible support for your little one. you can also spread the fabric out over baby’s bum to increase support.
This unique waistband is gently padded and beautifully contoured with rows of stitching. It prevents digging in at the waist, which you will find in regular baby carriers from webbing and buckles.
The hood is handy to support baby’s head when they fall asleep. It is made in the same soft, beautiful fabrics as the carrier and can be easily poppered on or off. The hood can also be cinched on each side to fit your little one more comfortably.
The Cairis ensures an optimal hip position for your little one. It has been approved by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute as a ‘Hip Healthy’ product, this means it will hold your child in the ‘M’ position, supporting from knee-pit to knee-pit. The Baby Size comes with a ‘Cynch’, so you can draw in the body panel for the perfect width for tiny babies.
Colour Matched Webbing & Webbing Tidies
Webbing is matched with the woven sling fabric unlike most buckle carriers, this adds to the aesthetics. You can also find small elastic loops at the end of the webbing so you can roll it and secure with the loops to tidy it away.
✔ Baby: up to 2.5 years
Toddler: up to 5 years
✔ Front & Back Carries
✔ Newborn Cynch included
✔ Strata-linea® waistband & padded shoulders
✔ Tie straps
✔ Buckle waistband
✔ Suitable for breastfeeding in
Discover the Cairis Features
Which Size to Choose?
The Cairis carrier is available in two sizes, each with unique features to suit your child as they grow.
The Baby Cairis is suitable for most uses, it is highly adjustable and will work from newborn up to around 30 months old.
The Baby size comes with a Cynch, which can be used to narrow the seat for babies under 4 months. This allows you to adjust the size of the body panel to exactly fit your growing baby so that it fits from knee-pit to knee-pit for comfort and optimum hip development.
Baby Cairis Carrier Measurements
✔ Body panel (excl. waistband): 16″/41cm wide x 18″/46cm to top of the curved headrest (16″/41cm with headrest folded down).
✔ Waistband: adjustable from 26″/66cm to 54″/137cm.
✔ Shoulder straps: 83″/210cm.
Extra padding has been added to the waistband of the Toddler Cairis for additional lumbar support. The body panel has seat darts & ‘legs out padding’, contouring a larger child’s shape & aiding comfort.
Toddler Cairis Carrier Measurements
✔ Body panel (excl. waistband): 18.5″/47cm wide x 19″/48.5cm to top of the curved headrest (17″/43cm with headrest folded down).
✔ Waistband: adjustable from 26″/66cm to 54″/137cm.
✔ Shoulder straps: 87″/220cm.
Not sure which size is right for you?
Take a look at Carin’s review video.
You can easily use the Cairis to lend a support during nursing, check out the video below.
Always ensure your baby’s head is supported by your hand during nursing, not the fabric of the carrier so that they can latch on and off freely. Ensure their nose is free and clear without any fabric, clothing or breast tissue over their airway. Always return your baby to the full upright position after breastfeeding.
Using The Cairis
This can be used to narrow the seat of the carrier. A Cynch is included in baby Cairis, but can be purchased separately for use with the Toddler size.
Strap protectors fasten around the shoulder straps to protect them from little mouths and extend the life of your carrier. These are sold separately.
What is a Tie-strap or Half-buckle Carrier?
Tie strap soft structured carriers may also be referred to as a Meh Dai, Bei Dai or, previously, a Mei Tai (MT). They are very similar to a Full Buckle Carrier except that there are long lengths of fabric for the straps which are tied in a knot instead of being buckled. They also have a ‘body panel’ to seat the baby in.
Why Choose Oscha?
Founded by mum Zoe, Oscha began when her love for wrapping became a day to day life-saver after her twin boys were born just 16 months after her daughter. With a passion for slings and for design, Zoe’s vision of a wrap company which offers parents elegant, colourful baby carriers quickly became a reality. Zoe and the Oscha team continue to design unique woven patterns and use innovative weaving techniques to make baby carrying a beautiful and comfortable experience for all. Read the full Oscha Story.
Oscha is a carbon-neutral company and our baby carriers are made with zero-waste. Our fabrics are woven in the British Isles from responsibly sourced yarns before they are lovingly handcrafted into slings in our solar-powered Scottish workshop. Plus, each sling sold contributes to our growing Oscha grove which is helping to reforest the Scottish Highlands. Read more about our ethics.