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Wraps

Also called slings, this is a looooong piece of fabric that is tied to carry your baby. They come as elastic wraps, which is suitable for newborns and smaller babies, and woven wraps, which are woven in a way that they are only diagonally elastic. Wraps come in different lengths, and the length that you need is dependent on how tall you are, your build, and the ways you want to tie your wrap.

Pros

  • Most traditional and simple
  • Very versatile
  • Suitable from birth to end of carrying period
  • Large variety of designs and fabrics

Cons

  • Tying and fastening the wrap needs practice
  • Handling long wrap tails while tying is sometimes inconvenient, i.e. outside when they fall on the floor

 

Soft-structured Carriers / SSC

This type of carrier, sometimes called full-buckle carrier, is probably the easiest to use without much practice, as it doesn’t require any tying of fabric. Instead, it has buckles and adjustable straps, that ensure the proper fit. The waist and shoulder straps are usually padded for cushioning. SSCs provide a good mix of comfort, convenience and accessibility. Most carriers have additional features such as sleep hoods, pockets, adjustable seats, etc.

Pros

  • Easy handling without tying
  • Quick to put in and take out your baby
  • Relatively high cost compared to wraps

Cons

  • Limited versatility
  • Needs readjustment from caregiver to caregiver

 

 

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Mei Tai

A Mei Tai (also found as “Meh Dai”) is made of wrap fabric, but is easier to use as it needs less time, knowledge, and practice to tie. It’s constructed as a rectangle of fabric, that has four straps attached at each corner, two shorter straps that go around the waist and two longer straps to wrap over the shoulders. This made tying easier than with a wrap, while still providing comfort and versatility.

Pros

  • Can easily be shared among different caregivers
  • Easier to use than tying a wrap
  • No need for adjusting buckles or other hardware
  • Can be used for front, back, and hip carries

Cons

  • Still requires some tying and handling of long wrap straps while tying

 

Soft-structured Carriers / SSC

This type of carrier, sometimes called full-buckle carrier, is probably the easiest to use without much practice, as it doesn’t require any tying of fabric. Instead, it has buckles and adjustable straps, that ensure the proper fit. The waist and shoulder straps are usually padded for cushioning. SSCs provide a good mix of comfort, convenience and accessibility. Most carriers have additional features such as sleep hoods, pockets, adjustable seats, etc.


Pros


  • Easy handling without tying
  • Quick to put in and take out your baby
  • Relatively high cost compared to wraps


Cons


  • Limited versatility
  • Needs readjustment from caregiver to caregiver

 

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