This is one long piece of woven material that comes in many different sizes ranging from size 1 – size 8. Sizes between 2 and 6 are more commonly used.
There are a lot of different carries to be done with a woven wrap. Baby can be on your front, hip or back.
Size 6 is often recommended as a starter wrap and most carries can be done with this length. The length may differ slightly between brands but the sizes are normally as follows:
Size 8 – 5.6m
Size 7 – 5.2m
Size 6 – 4.6m.
Size 5 – 4.2m
Size 4 – 3.6m
Size 3 – 3.1m
Size 2 – 2.7m
Size 1 – 2.2m
They all can be bought from a lot of different retailers – therefore different colours, designs and materials! Some of the retailers are; Lenny Lamb, Oscha, Kokadi, Hoppediz, Natibaby, Wrapsody…..and the list goes on!! Therefore come in many different blends of material – Bamboo, Cotton, Linen, Hemp, Cashmere, Wool and Silk.
Woven wraps can be life-long friends but they do take a little more time to master!
These are similar to Wovens as they are one long length of material but they are made of a stretchy fabric. Two types – One way stretch and two way stretch.
Some types of stretchy wraps may only be supportive until baby gets to around 6 months due to the weight of baby. Whereas other types (such as Je Porte Mon Bebe JPMBB) can be supportive for much longer and each retailer recommends what carries can be done with their wrap.
Stretchy wraps are often recommended for front and hip carries only but wraps like JPMBB can support baby carried on your back. TICK guidelines as well as the manufactures always need to be followed to keep you and baby safe and comfortable.
The great thing about stretchy wraps is that any size parent can use them and the famous pre-tie can be used to take baby in and out how you please without adjustment. Therefore making them extremely easy to use. Some brands of carriers are made of this material and are used for the same age children such as the Close Caboo or the Papoozle.
Places to purchase stretchy wraps include; JPMBB, Moby, WAHMs, Wrapsody and Kari-me plus many others!
A Mei Tai is a panel of fabric with waist straps (to be tied in secure double knot) and shoulder straps.
The can be purchased in many different forms but regularly come in one size, or baby & toddler.
They can be easy for quick ups and downs for older babies and require less work to be put on. They can be made from woven fabric or cotton etc. They can also be created from a woven wrap by a professional converter. Straps come slim or in wrap fabric (able to spread).
Front, hip and back carries can be done with a Mei Tai and they can be adjusted for any age.
Mei Tai suppliers include; Lenny Lamb, Baby Hawk, Palm and Pond, MNS and many others.