The Ergobaby Aura, is a pretty impressive stretchy baby wrap. Here’s the lowdown.
ERGOBABY AURA CAN BE USED FROM DAY ONE
This truly is a newborn baby wrap. It’s suitable from day one and will softly mould around your new baby’s body, supporting their entire physiology. Like all slings, it’s designed to fit snugly with baby high up on your chest. (See our stretchy wrap safety tips here.)
There’s a good chance you’ll want to use it A LOT until baby is 3 – 6 months old, depending on baby’s weight, wiggliness and your personal preference. You’ll likely want to keep using it occasionally for many months after, but by that point you’ll probably want to move on to a more supportive carrier when you’re carrying for longer periods of time.
It’ll fit both Mum and Dad, with no fiddly bits to adjust when you swop it between you.
THE AURA WRAP IS SIMPLER THAN IT LOOKS
The first time you watch someone putting on the Ergobaby Aura, or any stretchy wrap, it might look like some sort of full body origami. Don’t panic! The 5 metres of fabric may look intimating when laid out, but as soon as you’ve tied it on it’ll feel just like you’re wearing a lightweight t-shirt.
With some help from your local babywearing educator – or online tutorials like this one – they are quick to master and totally worth the effort. I have terrible hand-eye co-ordination, no spacial awareness and am VERY impatient. So if I can easily use this baby wrap, SO CAN YOU!
YOU CAN PRE-TIE THE ERGOBABY AURA
Like all stretchy wraps, Ergobaby Aura is essentially a long piece of fabric that you wrap around yourself and pre-tie before putting in your baby. Being able to pre-tie, and simply take baby in and out through the day, makes it incredibly convenient.
LIGHT AS A FEATHER
The Ergobaby Aura baby wrap weighs less than 400 grams (14 ounces). Ergobaby’s previous cotton stretchy wrap, retired by the brand last year, weighed in at over 900 grams (32 ounces). So it’s fair to say they’ve done some serious streamlining.
The Aura Baby Wrap is almost the same length and width, just delightfully thinner. It’s made from Viscose (a.k.a. Rayon, and derived from eucalyptus and acacia plants) so it’s soft, silky, breathable and strong. It’s still machine washable so easy to care for, no matter how mucky it gets.
CLEVER LITTLE DESIGN FEATURES
This is how you know Ergobaby have really done their homework. Each hem has different coloured ‘guiding’ stitching, making it easier to follow the tying instructions without getting the fabric twisted. Best of all there’s an integrated pocket, so the whole wrap can tuck in on itself. You’re left with a neat little package that you can pop in your bag.
STRETCHY, BUT NOT TOO STRETCHY
The Ergobaby Aura baby wrap is a not-very-stretchy stretchy wrap. This makes it comfy and forgiving, yet still feels pleasantly strong and supportive. (If you’re interested in the geekery, I’d say it’s a 1 to 1.5 way stretchy; so it stretches a lot width-ways, with only a tiny bit of stretch down the length of the wrap.)
Normally I prefer super-elastic ‘2 way’ stretchy wraps like the Hana Baby, Boba and Lifft wraps. They are really easy for beginners. But bigger babies will exploit their bounciness, meaning they tend not to feel fully supportive once baby is past 3-6 months old.
However, I briefly carried my nearly 2 year old in the Ergobaby Aura Baby Wrap this weekend. He went straight to sleep! Now, I wouldn’t recommend carrying a toddler for long in this wrap, even though it’s technically been safety tested to carry 30lbs (13.6kg). But for a half hour snuggle on the sofa it was suitably supportive and surprisingly comfy – for both of us.
Ergobaby, you’ve done it again!