The Pros & Cons of the Top Baby Wraps and Carriers

Keeping an infant wrapped up close to you is a great way to bond with your child from birth onward. Even better, a baby carrier allows you to be hands free to grocery shop, chase an older sibling, eat a meal, brush your hair finally (we've all been there), while still keeping your infant nestled up close to you. Wraps and carriers are considered baby necessities, right up there with diapers and pacifiers.

If you're a new parent, it may be hard to decide which baby carrier is right for you. Should you get a wrap or a carrier? Is one better than the other? There are a few key considerations to keep in mind that will help you figure out the right one for you.

Baby Wraps vs. Baby Carriers

What’s the Difference?

If you’re not sure if you want a baby wrap or a baby carrier, there are a few key differences that may help steer you toward one or other. Although you could easily purchase one of each and use them for different occasions, owning multiple baby carriers may not be in your budget (or you may simply not want extra baby accessories clogging up the nursery). Let’s look at the pros and cons of baby wraps and baby carriers.

Let’s start with baby wraps.

Baby Wraps

Baby wraps are long pieces of fabric (or sometimes loops of fabric) that are wrapped around your body tightly before you place baby inside the crossed fabric. Baby wraps are generally one size fits all and best for younger kids, although most can accommodate children up to 35 pounds. Baby carriers enable you to hold baby on your chest facing inward or outward.

Baby Wrap Pros

  • Baby wraps enable you to snuggle a newborn baby tightly to your chest
  • Baby wraps come in a single size and can fit a variety of body types. Because baby wraps are long pieces of fabric, they can be adjusted to fit any parent or caregiver, and their tightness can be adjusted to accommodate your baby
  • Easy to clean, baby carriers can be tossed in the washing machine
  • Baby wraps are super portable. Simply roll up the fabric into a slim tube and stick the carrier in a diaper bag or stroller
  • Baby wraps can used with newborn babies and accommodate toddlers up to about 35 pounds (around 3 years of age), although they are most comfortable with young babies
  • Easy on your back, baby wraps help evenly distribute your baby’s weight so your back doesn’t get sore
  • Easy on the wallet, baby wraps are less expensive than many baby carriers

Baby Wrap Cons

  • Baby wraps can be tough to wear in the summer. Because baby wraps are one long piece of fabric that require a lot of wrapping, they cover your body in a lot of material, which can make them quite warm to wear in the summer
  • Baby carriers can be tough to use the first few tries. It takes some time to get used to the wrapping process and can be flustering if you have a fussy baby. Be sure to practice a few times at home before you take a baby wrap on the go with you
  • Baby wraps are easier to wear with younger children. Although they can be wrapped tightly and used with older toddlers, your older toddler might not feel as secure in a wrap. An older child would probably feel more secure in a structured baby carrier.

Best Baby Wraps

If you are ready to invest in a baby wrap, GoodBuy Gear carries a wonderful selection of preloved baby wraps that will enable you to keep your baby warm and safe next to your heart while you go about your day. Consider these top baby carriers.

Moby Wrap: The Moby Wrap hit the market in 2003 and was instantly beloved by parents. Available in several colors, this wrap helps you secure your infant to your chest so you can run errands, read a book or so much more! Purchase this wrap from Good Buy Gear for less than half of what it would cost you full price.

Boba Wrap: Boba wraps are made of one long piece of fabric that has a slight stretch to it. It comes in multiple colors and works best for small babies because it helps snuggle them tight to your body. The long piece of fabric can be easily tucked into a diaper bag, and if you are confused as to how to properly tie it, there are plenty of videos tutorials online to help with that!

Now, let’s take a look at baby carriers.

Baby Carriers

Baby carriers are structured lightweight holders that strap onto your body and hold your child. Baby carriers can be worn on your front or your back, and most accommodate babies facing in toward your chest or outward to see the world around them.

Baby Carrier Pros

  • Baby carriers are structured and generally easy to take on and off. They usually have padded straps that clip together on your back (or front, if you are wearing your child on your back)
  • Baby carriers are more comfortable in you have an older child because the child will feel more secure
  • Wear your baby on your front, facing you, on your front, facing outward or on your back, facing forward. There are so many options for your child when you use a baby carrier
  • With padded shoulder straps and a wide waistband, most carriers evenly distribute your baby’s weight across your body so you don’t end up with an aching back
  • Baby carriers come in a variety of colors, patterns and materials. You can find baby carriers that use breathable mesh to keep you and your baby cool. You can also find baby carriers in loads of different colors and patterns so you can pick one that suits your personal style
  • Most baby carriers come with a pocket on the carrier so you can stash your wallet and keys inside the pocket and forgo the purse over your shoulder
  • Most baby carriers are machine washable
  • Lot of baby carriers come with privacy hoods so your baby can sleep or nurse privately while strapped to you

Baby Carrier Cons

  • Baby carriers are generally bigger and bulkier than baby wraps, making them harder to fit in a suitcase or diaper bag than their wrap counterparts
  • Most baby carriers can be adjusted to fit a range of parent and caregiver sizes, although, unlike baby wraps, they are adaptable to all body types. If you are especially tall or short you may find some baby carriers uncomfortable to wear
  • Baby carriers can be quite expensive. Many cost upwards of $100
  • Some baby carriers require a special insert if you want to carry a newborn in the carrier. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s guide

 Best Baby Wraps

If you’ve decided you want to invest in a baby carrier, you won’t regret it! However, if you’re having a hard time deciding which one is right for you—or which one will fit within your budget—here are a few top options. Consider purchasing these carriers preloved from GoodBuy Gear to save money while still getting the baby carrier you want.

Bjorn Mini Carrier: Available in a variety of neutral colors, this lightweight carrier is perfect to use with your newborn baby as soon as you get home from the hospital! These carrier packs up tightly to fit in a diaper bag for on-the-go. Your baby can face toward you or outward to the world around them.

Ergobaby Omni 360: This baby carrier enables you to carry your baby four different ways with one lightweight carrier. Use this with your baby from day one all the way until age four! This carrier comes with a hefty price tag, so be sure to check with Good Buy Gear to get an Ergobaby Omni 360 (or other model) in great condition at a fraction of the retail cost!

 

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