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 £35 to £50.
WHAT IS A STRETCHY HYBRID?
Stretchy Hybrids are 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.
WHICH STRETCHY WRAP TO BUY
Our stretchy wrap recommendations:
- 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 Lillebaby, Liberty slings.