Stretchy wraps – Great value and ideal for newborns
Stretchy wraps are long pieces of soft jersey fabric that you wrap around yourself and your baby using different tying methods. 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.
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 £35 to £50.
Stretchy Hybrids – Great for breastfeeding and ideal for newborns
Stretchy hybrids like those made by Close Parent (aka ‘Close Caboos’) are made of a similar stretchy jersey fabric but come in two parts use rings to tighten and loosen them, making them particularly helpful for breastfeeding on the go.
Other brands include: Moby, Kari-Me, Amawrap, Funky Flamingo Lillebaby, Liberty slings.