Are you looking for a baby sling? There are two types of wraps: a woven and a stretchy wrap. Each of them having their own advantages! We understand that it may be difficult to decide which one suits your situation best. But honestly, you can’t make a wrong decision: both types are ergonomically for you and your baby. You are providing the best support with a wrap from Slings & Things!
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Are you just starting babywearing and is your child over one year old? Then we recommend using a woven wrap. A woven wrap provides more support as your baby is getting bigger and heavier, because you can tighten and adjust the wrap where necessary. A stretchy wrap on the other hand, stretches along as the name already implies. Slightly depending the type of fabric and personal preferences, this won’t provide sufficient support to you and your growing child. However, this type has the softest fabric and is pretty easy to use.
By answering the questions below, you will find oud which wrap suits you and your child best; a stretchy wrap or a woven wrap!
- How old is your child?
- Do you want to start wearing your child from birth for a longer period (a few years) or will you most likely use it only in the first year?
- Would you prefer pre-tying your wrap prior to inserting your child in the wrap, or won’t you mind tying the wrap while holding your child?
- Do you think it would be fun to try out different carries with a wrap?
- Do you wish to carry on your back after a while?
- If you are pregnant at this point: are you expecting your baby during the summer months?
- Do you like to have a lot of options in terms of colors, prints, etc.?
How old is your child?
Have you just started babywearing and is your child over one year old? We recommend using a woven wrap. Depending personal preferences, brand and fabric, a stretchy wrap can be used up to about 1 year old. But you will probably need more support and comfort when your child is getting heavier. A woven wrap will definitely meet this need.
Do you want to start wearing your child from birth for a longer period (a few years) or will you most likely use it only in the first year?
Depending the brand, the fabric and your personal preferences, you can wear your child ergonomically in a stretchy wrap up to about 1 – 1,5 years old. From own and professional experience, we feel that a stretchy wrap provides the best support in the first year. A woven wrap allow you to wear your little one as long as you and he/she like to.
Would you prefer pre-tying your wrap prior to inserting your child in the wrap, or won’t you mind tying the wrap while holding your child?
You can pre-tie a stretchy wrap. In other words: you tie the wrap around you, and put your child in afterwards. Pre-tying has many advantages. Are you on the go? Then you can pre-tie the wrap at home and put your child in the wrap once arrived at your destination. The perfect solution if you are hesitant to tie a wrap on the streets or in stores. In addition to that, it is quick and easy. Also, if you wish to be able to take out your child and wear him/her at a later point in time again without unwrapping the sling, the stretchy wrap is perfect to use. To name a few examples in which this comes in very handy: when it’s time to feed your child, or change a diaper!
Tying a woven wrap -while holding your child- has advantages too. Because your child is in the wrap already, you know exactly how much fabric you need to get the wrap nice and snug. And if you have tighten your woven wrap properly, it will stay in place for a long time. This is very comfortable supportive. It takes a little practice but once you get the hang of it, you will see it’s very quick and easy too!
Do you think it would be fun to try out different carries with a wrap?
If your answer is yes, you have to pick a woven wrap! A woven wrap has many wrapping options next to the ‘basic’ FWCC. You can also experiment with many different variations and finishes. It allows you to carry your child on your belly, hip and back. You can only use one type of carry with a stretchy wrap: the PWCC. This is a 3-layered front carry. Although some instruction manuals may inform differently, we strongly advise not to use other types of carries with a stretchy wrap as we feel these are less safe, especially regarding back carries.
Do you wish to carry on your back after a while?
We explained in the previous alinea that a stretchy wrap is not suitable for back carries. So, if you wish to do back carries with a sling, you should choose a woven wrap. Again, we strongly recommend to NOT do any back carries in a stretchy wrap as this can lead to very dangerous situations.
If you are pregnant at this point: are you expecting your baby during the summer months?
In general, we prefer woven wraps over stretchy wraps during warm summer months. This is due to the fact that a stretchy wrap requires you to apply 3 layers of fabric over your child. This, plus your own body heat, can quickly lead to overheating. For those parents that really prefer stretchy wrap over woven wraps, we have a few options that are a bit cooler and airier than a regular stretchy wrap. For example, the VipCarrier which is made of bamboo fibre. Bamboo has the characteristic of being really soft and has a cool and airy touch, making it more suitable during warmer days. Also, the Tricot-slen Cool is a good option. It is made of a unique technical ‘high performance’ fibre from recycled PET-packaging, which is known for it’s moisture regulating capability, feels cool in summer and is very maintenance-friendly.
Nevertheless, woven wraps allow you to wrap your child in a ‘single-layered carry’. Single-layered carries, such as the FWCC, are less warm then a wrapping with a stretchy wrap. We have some special summer-wraps that are thinner and softer then most woven wraps, or made of breathable fibres such as bamboo, linen, etc.
Do you like to have a lot of options in terms of colors, prints, etc.?
Woven wraps are made in a huge variety of colors , patterns and sizes. Whether you like plain, stripes or another pattern, you will always find a wrap that meets your preferences. You can choose a wrap with all the colors of the rainbow, single colors, or even a gradation of colors; Slings & Things has it all!