Your baby is a love sponge and so are you. If you could, you probably would be snuggling and cuddling him/her all the time. If only, right? Wait. You can! That’s what baby wraps are for. You can enjoy loads of skin-to-skin contact with your little one while you go about your day by wearing the origami of baby carriers. You just have to know how to use it, but that’s a different topic altogether.
So, baby wraps. How does one find the piece of fabric that will best hold your baby comfortably and safely while ensuring that not only is your baby comfortable but you as well? After hours and hours of practice and walking around just to test these babies (we mean the wraps, of course), we finally created the list of the best baby wraps that are in the market and we’re sharing it with you.
Top 10 Baby Wraps Of 2020 Reviewed
1. CuddleBug Baby WrapBaby Wrap For Plus-size Moms
The CuddleBug is another great choice for new baby wearers. Like the Boba Wrap, it is made out of 95% French Terry cotton and 5% spandex. It’s soft yet supportive. Like the other wraps reviewed before this, it also has an issue with breathability during the summer but it works great during any other season.
We love the fact that it’s so easy to use. It has a slightly different wrapping style than the Boba Wrap, though no less secure. We love it because it’s a lot easier to do than the Boba. It comes in 9 different designs so you’re bound to get one that suits your style. And it’s really affordable (less than $40 in Amazon). If that’s not enough to convince you, the manufacturer offers a 30-day money-back guarantee and a lifetime replacement guarantee. Keep in mind that this wrap comes in only one size – 4.5 meters long.
- Money-back and replacement guarantees
- Easy to use
- Can get hot in the summer
- Some users still found this too long
- Some users found this too stretchy; not tight enough to secure a baby
2. Baby Wrap Carrier by KeaBabiesBest Baby wrap for newborns
This Baby Wrap Carrier by KeaBabies is, in a nutshell, one of the more affordable baby carriers out there. It is specifically made using stretchy fabric to reduce strain from the baby’s weight on your back and shoulders. This also gives it the perfect amount of elasticity to keep your baby snug inside the wrap without needing constant readjustments.
Because of its elastic nature, this carrier is able to wrap around your body easily, no matter your size. It is designed to redistribute weight evenly so that you can stay hands-free. The carrier can hold a newborn baby till they weigh 35lbd. With this, you can keep your baby close and soothed, or even breastfeed without getting tired. Also inclusive in the package, is a thoughtful, random gift from KeaBabies.
- Stretchy expandable material
- Relatively cheap
- Baby shower gift from KeaBabies
- The process of putting it on maybe a hassle
- May seem a bit long for shorter people
- The material tends to get hot in the summer heat
3. Sleepy Wrap Comfortable Cotton Baby CarrierInexpensive Baby Wrap
The Sleepy Wrap is specifically designed for newborns though it can carry up to 35lbs. It comes in only one color – dark gray – so that’s a drawback for those who want other color options. It’s made out of 95% cotton and 5% spandex. One thing you should know about Sleepy Wrap is that it is sold by the same company that sells Boba Baby Wraps so you can be sure that the quality is still the same, only at a lower price.
Also, the length of the Sleepy Wrap is smaller – 4.5 meters only – but it is only for newborns. It will start to sag once you carry a baby that weighs over 10 pounds. This is definitely not a wrap that you can take with you until your baby grows into a toddler.
- Soft, stretchy and comfortable
- Only comes in one color
- Only for babies 10 pounds or lighter
- Can get hot
4. Lightweight My Honey Wrap – Natural and Breathable Baby CarrierBaby Wrap For Newborn
Unlike most of the other wraps out there, which are bulky and heavy, My honey wrap is designed to avoid just that. Made using 100% natural fibers, it comes out both incredibly lightweight, soft and breathable. The unit features a standard wrap length, which allows it to comfortably fit most moms and dads. It also has an innovative adjustability feature, where it uses elastic bands to lengthen or shorten its sides if desired.
My honey wrap supports babies from 8lbs to 30lbs, and if it doesn’t live up to your expectation, the 100% money-back guarantee from Sweetbee will have you covered. Although, you probably won’t need to use it anyway. If you are new to the game, the carrier comes with its own step by step manual with video instruction to get you started. It’s machine-friendly too. Judging by all this, plus its really friendly cost, you simply have no reason not to give this lightweight champ a chance.
- Super lightweight
- Material is made from natural fibers and is really breathable
- Super soft
- Some users complain that the fabric has too much stretch
- It is prone to get holes due to its thinness
- Tends to lose its elasticity quick
5. Boba WrapBaby Wrap For Back Pain
This wrap is made out of 95% French Terry cotton and 5% spandex which gives you a fabric that’s incredibly easy to use with just the right amount of stretch to create that custom fit. It’s good for babies newly born up until 18 months (or 35 lbs). It’s machine-washable which is means one less thing to worry about. And you can use it for breastfeeding as well.
Did we mention that it’s organic? So, what’s the catch? Well, it’s only intended for front-face carry positions. Another drawback is that it can get a bit hot in the summer. Lastly, it only comes in one size – 5.3 meters long. It’s great for women of all sizes but those who are more on the petite side may have some extra fabric to contend with.
- A bit stretchy so you can sit your baby tight in the wrap
- Easy to use
- Only comes in one size
- Can get hot in the summer
- Can only do front-facing positions
6. Baby K’tan Original Cotton WrapEasy Baby Wrap
Technically, this is not a wrap since you don’t need wrapping skills. It’s already structured to be worn as soon as you get it, just like a t-shirt. It’s made from 100% natural cotton constructed in jersey-knit style. Finally, it’s really soft and is machine-washable. Unlike the Boba Wrap, this comes in various sizes, from XXS to XL. You can switch your carry position easily while wearing the wrap. However, since it comes in different sizes which are based on your clothing size, it isn’t a good wrap for multiple users. Also, the wrap stretches out a bit after use. The good thing is that you can shrink it back to its original size just by washing and drying it.
If you’re intimidated by the skill required to wrap your baby or do not have the time to learn one but would still like to use a baby wrap, then this is the perfect one for you.
- Easy to use
- Very comfortable
- Excellent customer service
- Not for use by multiple caregivers
- Size chart is hard to use
- Can get hot
7. Moby Wrap Baby Carrier for Newborns + ToddlersBaby Wrap For Breastfeeding
The Moby Wrap Classic is similar to the Boba Wrap and probably has the same number of users. It’s also made out of 100% natural cotton fabric (without the spandex though) and feels like a thick t-shirt. Hence it’s soft, comfy, and easy to use. It’s highly versatile; the company even offers a guide and contact with a babywearing expert through its “Let Us Help You” program so you don’t have to worry about learning new types of holds.
Its length is 18 feet so you may need to figure out a way to keep the extra fabric from getting dragged on the ground. On the plus side, it can be used by different caregivers of varying sizes. Keep in mind that, just like the Boba, it can get hot in the summer. Also, it is only intended for forward-facing carries.
- Easy to use
- Comes with a guide
- Very long, can be a hassle to keep extra fabric from dragging
- Not for petite babywearers
- Can get hot
8. Baby K’tan BreezeBaby Wrap For Summer
If you love the Baby K’tan Wrap but find that it gets too hot, then you’ll be happy to know that there’s a cooler alternative – the Baby K’tan Breeze. Unlike the original, only one-half of the loops are 100% jersey-knit cotton while the other half of the loops are cotton-mesh for improved airflow.
Other than that little detail and the price, everything about the Baby K’tan Breeze is the same as the original. This one costs $10 more but it’s definitely more versatile since you can choose whichever loop to cover your baby with (cool in the summer, warm in the winter).
- Improved airflow
- Easy to use; no wrapping required
- More expensive than the original
- Hard to get the right size
- Differently sized babywearers need their own wraps
9. Hip Baby WrapBaby Wrap For Summer
Yes, this is also a 100% cotton wrap but it’s a completely different kind. Unlike all our other picks, this wrap can do the front, back, and hip carries. You get a great deal of versatility with this Hip Baby Wrap. It’s also much more breathable. It only comes in one size – size 6 – and is made out of hand-loomed, breathable fabric. While it is 100% cotton-like most of our picks, this is not a stretch wrap. Because it is woven, it is much stronger and therefore safer for back carries. However, since it is woven, it does require a bit of breaking in.
One thing we love about this wrap is that it comes in so many colors and styles. And it’s not just one single piece of color either. The designs are beautiful and eye-catching. The quality of construction and design is definitely right up there with some name brands that cost a whole lot more. You’ll be getting more than your money’s worth with this purchase.
- Versatile; lots of carrying positions including hip and back
- More affordable than others of this type (woven cotton wraps)
- Bleeds dye initially
- Requires breaking in
- A bit of a learning curve to use
10. Beachfront Baby WrapBaby Wrap For Summer
If you want a wrap that will allow you and your baby a safe way to have fun in the sun, then the Beachfront Baby Wrap is just what you’re looking for. It is made out of performance athletic mesh which makes it really breathable and adds the right amount of stretch to the fabric. By the way, the fabric only stretches one way – at the width of the carrier – to prevent sagging. It is lightweight and dries quickly so you can easily wear it in the pool, at the beach, or even in the shower. Made in the USA, it is CPSIA and ASTM safety standard F2907-14b compliant and is also a member of the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance.
The wrap comes in three sizes that are supposed to fit different clothing sizes. Compared to standard wraps, Beachfront Baby Wraps are a tad shorter to lessen the amount of fabric covering you and the little one.
- Much cooler compared to other similar wraps (i.e. Mobi wrap)
- Comes in three sizes
- Dries quickly
- The material is slightly slippery
- It can bunch up at the shoulders and cause you to feel pressure
- Not easy to use
Choosing The Best Baby Wrap – The Ultimate Buying Guide
Of all the baby carriers in the market, you’ve chosen to use a wrap. In case you have no idea what a baby wrap is (you just love the idea of snuggling with your baby and a wrap sounds divine), here’s a short description: a wrap is basically a long piece of fabric – could be knit jersey, gauze, cotton, linen, wool, and other types – that you can tie around yourself and your baby, enabling you to carry him on your chest, hip, and back. The fabric will be going around your torso and shoulders to distribute your child’s weight equally across your hips and shoulders, making her comfortable and close to you.
Since it doesn’t have straps and buckles, you and your child won’t be feeling anything hard digging into your body. Multiple individuals can use this wrap and able to cater to their specific needs. What’s great about wraps is that they come in a variety of beautiful designs to suit your style. It’s obvious that we love wraps and we believe you can find one that suits you to a T.
The only problem is in deciding which is it. This is where our guide comes in. And because a baby wrap is a very personal choice, we’ve added some questions you’ll need to answer to be able to narrow down our list of 10 to just one.
Types of Fabric
There’s no right or wrong fabric when it comes to choosing a wrap because this part always boils down to preference and the weather. But we decided to give you that little bit of insight you might need to make your decision.
Perfect for first-time wrappers because the fabric is easy to use, soft, supportive, and doesn’t need much maintenance.
While this takes some time to break-in, it is one of the best fabrics for a baby wrap simply because it’s sturdy and supportive. Its overall durability is also excellent; it will definitely last a good long while. Since it’s thin and breathable, you and the baby will be comfortable using this. Plus, it’s easy to maintain.
Like linen, hemp is a fabric that’s easy to care for, breathable, and supportive. It is thicker and feels crunchy initially. But once broken in, it’s a great option for those who want a wrap for colder weather. It’s very easy to care for but it’s definitely not cheap to buy.
Wool is soft and warm, perfect for cuddling your baby close. As a wrap, it’s very cushy as well as great at temperature regulation. It offers great support as well. The biggest drawback is it requires a lot of maintenance in both washing and drying.
Elegance and beauty. Silk wraps are perfect for those who want the fabric’s luxurious feel. Silk is very strong and supportive so you’ll be able to keep your baby secure yet comfortable. However, you will need to make sure that the weight and thickness of the silk wrap you’re buying can handle the weight of your child. Also, silk wraps are high maintenance.
Hypoallergenic, super soft, and 100% biodegradable. It’s also breathable, keeping you cool in the summer, and insulating, keeping you warm in the winter. What’s not to like? Well, it can be very slippery and hard to tighten so it’s not recommended for first-time wrappers.
Believe it or not, baby wraps come in different sizes. The base size, as it is called, is actually based on your t-shirt size and how much fabric you’ll need to do a Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC). Average-sized individuals are recommended to get the size 6, more petite ones can go lower while plus-size babywearers can go higher. For reference, below is a general guide to wrapping sizes and its corresponding length in meters:
- Size 1: 2.0 – 2.2 m
- Size 2: 2.5 – 2.7 m
- Size 3: 3.1 – 3.3 m
- Size 4: 3.7 – 3.9 m
- Size 5: 4.2 – 4.3 m
- Size 6: 4.6 – 4.9 m
- Size 7: 5.2 – 5.4 m
- Size 8: 5.5 – 5.8 m
How Thick Should Your Fabric be?
The thickness of a woven wrap will allow you to determine how supportive the wrap will be. Typically, a thick wrap will be harder to manipulate or tighten and not for novices. It’s also better for toddlers. The ranges for thickness are as follows:
- Thin wraps – up to 200 g/m2
- Medium wrap – 200 g/m2 to 250 g/m2
- Medium-thick wraps – 250 g/m2 to 300 g/m2
- Thick wraps – above 300 g/m2
Tip: if you are new to wrapping, stick with a thin or medium wrap.
How Long do You Plan to Use it?
Woven wraps are perfect for carrying your baby from his infancy up to that time when your child indicates that he is no longer comfortable being carried in such a way or you are no longer comfortable due to your child’s weight. Some wraps, however, have weight limitations while others are only recommended for babies (toddlers not allowed).
Are You the only one Using this Wrap?
While Multiple caregivers can use most wraps, the size of the wrap will help determine what types of carrying you can do. If you plan on using this wrap for a while and hope to have other caregivers use them (a.k.a partner and grandparents), then you’ll need to choose a base size that will allow the biggest person to use the wrap comfortably in various carry positions. Everyone else can just loop or tie the extra material around their waist if needed.
What’s Your Budget?
Good quality wraps are sold at various prices, ranging from $30 to $175. This is great news for babywearers because you know you’ll find something at your price point.
How easy is it to Use?
We all know that using a wrap takes skill and a lot of practice. So most wraps aren’t really in the “easy-to-use” category. However, some wraps are easier to use in comparison to others. You need to choose a wrap that is easily adjusted just by pulling the fabric such as when you’re breastfeeding.
It should also be relatively easy to put on and off as well as put your baby in or out of the wrap without the second pair of hands assisting you. Are you able to tie and untie the fabric without any difficulty? Here’s a tip: Try before you buy. Because a baby wrap is very much a personal choice, it’s best to get a feel of what you like and don’t like.
In the end, choosing a baby wrap comes down to your personal preference. Do you prefer a lighter of heavier fabric? Are you willing to spend those extra 30 minutes learning how to wrap that long fabric? Do you need a carrier for the short term snuggling purposes or one that will live on till their later toddler years? These are all factors you should consider when making your choice. We hope our top selection will help keep your small one close and strengthen that mother-child bond.