Stretchy wraps are great value and ideal for newborns.
WHAT IS A STRETCHY WRAP?
Stretchy wraps are long pieces of soft jersey fabric that you wrap around yourself and pre-tie before putting your baby in.
They are very supportive and brilliant for carrying small babies and even tiny newborns. They are most commonly used until babies are 3-6 months old.
Being able to pre-tie them, and simply take your baby in and out through the day. makes them incredibly convenient. Don't be put off by the long piece of fabric: with a bit of expert advice, they are very quick to master!
Some stretch width ways and length ways (‘2-way stretch’), making them especially easy to tie, perfect for those new to babywearing. Others only stretch width ways (‘1-way stretch’); meaning a little more technique is generally required to get a perfect fit. Most are not suitable for back carries.
Prices range from around £38 to £50.
WHAT ABOUT THE ONES WITH RINGS?
Caboo carriers from Close Parent work just like a stretchy wrap but are 'ready made.' They are made from slightly stretchy fabric, sewn into the same shape you make when tying on as a stretchy wrap, with two metal rings through which you tighten and secure the fabric around your baby (but are not to confused with Ring Slings). They come in 2 parts, and both layers should be used to ensure baby is secure.
They are ideal for newborns and have the same maximum shelf life as an average stretchy wrap (3-6 months)
WHICH STRETCHY WRAP TO BUY
Our stretchy wrap recommendations:
- Izmi Wrap
- Hana Baby Organic
- Lifft Stretchy Wrap
- Boba wrap
- Close Caboo + Cotton
- JPMBB Original (ideal for carrying twins and very long lasting)
Other brands include Moby, Kari-Me, Amawrap, Funky Flamingo, Liberty slings.