This is one of several "All About" posts where each is about a particular type of commonly used baby carriers. I WANT HELP with pictures, comments and tricks to each brand you have experience with, how to use it properly, different carry options, and more! So please offer input to help supplement my information.
Wrapping involves taking one piece of cloth and using it to go around you and the baby. There are two main types of wraps, stretchy wraps and woven wraps.
Stretchy wraps (Sleepy wrap, Moby, etc) are very forgiving wraps due to the stretch. You don't have to do a great wrapping job for it to be comfortable on you and to it have it work well for a small baby. There are a few ways of using it for front carries and hip carries. With practice, you can even nurse in one. The downsides are that they are very long (it's a "one size fits all") and they can be warm (due to the nature of the fabric used). These types of wraps are great for newborns and small babies. Most people find them to be not as supportive (due to the stretch) starting at about 15 pounds. While they say they're good for up to 35 pounds I've never personally known someone who has used it past 20 pounds. One final note about stretchy wraps: NEVER EVER DO A BACK CARRY IN ONE. No stretchy wrap is currently recommend to be worn for a back carry by any company.
Woven wraps are a single long piece of fabric, but they do not have the same kind of stretchiness to them (there is usually just a very slight stretch on a diagonal). They can be worn in a variety of ways (UNDERSTATEMENT :lol:) for front carries, hip carries, and back carries. Since there is no vertical or horizontal stretch, woven wraps are much more supportive for older babies and can be used for a very long time from newborn through toddlerhood. There is a higher learning curve for woven wraps since a better wrap job will be more comfortable. Usually a bit of patience and video watching will have you feeling like a pro soon. Woven wraps also come in a variety of lengths. The carries you can do depend on your size and the length of the wrap.
Stretchy Wrap Brands
Boba Wrap (Boba is the same as Sleepy Wrap, just changed over to Boba recently)
Stretchy Wrap Help
Woven Wrap Brands
(and like a dozen more that I can't remember off the top of my head right now :lol:)
Reinforced Rear Rebozo Rucksack back carry with a baby (but works for toddlers too)
Rucksack back carry tied in front and tied under bum
Double Rebozo Shoulder to Shoulder (DRS2S)
Giselle's Back Carry (GBC)
Secure High Back Carry
(This is a post most definitely in progress. :lol:)