Ergobaby Aura Baby Wrap Review

The Ergobaby Aura Baby Wrap is a pretty impressive stretchy wrap. It is ideal for newborns from day one and will fit everybody. It’s the most lightweight stretchy wrap around. Here’s the lowdown.

Ergobaby Aura Baby Wraps are available at our online store and at our London Boutique. 

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 swap 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, from our YouTube channel –  they are quick to master and totally worth the effort. I have terrible hand-eye coordination, no spatial 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.

newborn baby wrap

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.

ergobaby newborn baby wrap sling

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!


Ergobaby Aura Baby Wraps are available at our online store and at our London Boutique.

Hannah Wallace
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9 Comments

  1. Dumpor.Com on March 13, 2020 at 2:22 am

    The fabric is lovely and soft. Stretchy but not too stretchy and my little one, Tilly, felt very supported and secure. I carried her on several long walks and she remained in a secure position the whole time.

  2. Juliet on April 8, 2020 at 6:49 am

    Hi ! Thanks for sharing this review 🙂
    I am hesitating between Hana organic / regular wrap and the ergobaby aura wrap.
    I understood both were quite nice for summer time. What are the pros and cons for each of them / which one would you recommend? Does the aura feel more stable (i.e. might be used longer) as there is no elastane ?

    • Hannah Wallace on April 8, 2020 at 10:40 am

      Good questions!
      Pros of the aura:
      Will last longer (ie be more supportive for heavier babies) than the Hana so you’ll get longer out of it (several months) because it’s less stretchy than the Hanas; so yes, definitely more ‘stable’ than the (very ‘bouncy’ Hana wraps)
      Is the most lightweight wrap – both in weight and feel
      Pretty patterns 🙂
      Tucks into its own integrated pocket so easy to keep it tidy and tucked away when you’re not using it
      Pro’s of the Hana (I’d go organic – not prone to bobbling, cooler bamboo blend and softer feel, esp after washing)
      Very very stretchy so you can’t really get it on too tight and v.comfy to wear – is still stable but you’ll need to ensure you do it up tight enough
      Nice bright colours
      Perfect for even very small babies
      Hope that helps? As you’ve mentioned stability then I’d suggest the Aura, if you like the idea/feel of a more stable and less springy wrap 🙂

  3. APKun on April 22, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    A wonderfully lightweight and stylish baby wrap that is easy to master and makes carrying your little ones effortless. It supports both carrier and carried very well and is easy to clean.

  4. Worries on April 23, 2020 at 12:52 am

    A wonderfully lightweight and stylish baby wrap that is easy to master and makes carrying your little ones effortless. It supports both carrier and carried very well and is easy to clean.

  5. Daysis on April 24, 2020 at 12:11 am

    I didn’t try this, but you can breastfeed in the wrap. It also makes a good shawl for maintaining a bit of privacy when breastfeeding in public. Priced at ?49.90 this wrap is slightly more expensive than some of its competitors, but some of the established brands are similar in price. The classic Moby wrap is also around ?45, while the Baby K’Tan retails at ?50 and the Je Porte Mon Bebe basic sling is ?38.

  6. Danielle on September 23, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    I have a 6 1/2 week old and he currently weighs 12 1/2lbs I have the boba but I get so hot in it and it is so stretchy. Does this support both baby and moms back? and how long do you think I could use it for with him already being 12 1/2lbs? I really want a light weight wrap to carry him in comfortably and support us both at same time and get to use it for a mouths to come. Are you guys willing to do a sample for a review on which one is better boba or Ergobaby Aura?

    • Hannah Wallace on September 23, 2020 at 3:36 pm

      Yes, it will be supportive for you both, so long as it’s tied snuggly and fitted correctly. We offer a free video fitting service with every purchase so we can certainly help you both to get comfy! I have worn my own 2 year old in the Aura briefly – it definitely holds up!! But realistically I’d say it will feel supportive babies until they are 3-6 months at a minimum (that is the age most babies move on from any stretchy wrap); it depends really on how wiggly (rather than heavy) your baby is. The Boba is VERY stretchy, bouncy, made of cotton with some elastane, and quite thick so needs be tied on a lot tighter than the aura to get it feeling supportive. The aura is made from lighter but stronger plant fibres, is LESS stretchy so offers more firm support, and is much thinner,doesnt need to be tied quite as tight, is lighter and more breathable than the Boba. Hope that helps?

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