The wrap style carrier is a popular carrier for newborns and young infants although most fabrics and brands can accommodate up to 35 lbs. Wraps are made of a long piece of fabric that is crisscrossed and wrapped around the carrier’s body, then the infant can be placed inside. There are variations for the way the wrap can be put on, as well as how the baby is carried (i.e. front, back and hip carry). The fabric is typically 5 yards in length an around 20″ wide. Popular fabrics used in wraps include knit, woven cotton and fleece.

Pros: Baby is against your clothes or skin without any fabric in between. The fabric can also be spread widely over the wearer’s shoulders for support and under baby’s thighs to best align their spines. Newborns are put in with their legs inside the wrap and I’d compare it to their position in the womb. Comfy for baby and caretaker!

Cons: Lots of fabric to work with and takes time to be able to put on the wrap with ease. I did not like to put on wraps outdoors, because the fabric would drag on the ground, but the wrap can be left on throughout the day and you can pop baby in and out as you need.

Some brands that we have reviewed that sell wrap style carriers:

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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