The thing I hear more times than anything is "I have no clue what they wraps do I just know they are suppose to be helpful". I figured, if that many moms are confused about wraps, I would share the little bit of knowledge I have.
Now, this is NOT a post on how to wear, tie, or wrap your baby. In fact, my son wasn't cooperating this day so I used a stuffed animal in my pictures rather than a baby. That being said, please don't comment on my wrapping technique or use this as a guide on how to wrap your baby. There are plenty of good youtube videos to help you with that (which is how I learned). This is simply a breakdown of the different kinds of wraps and how to pick the correct one for you.
There are a few version of the Baby K'tan and I own a "Active in Black". The active is a little bit more expensive than the original, but I love the mesh like material which is great for summer months. They also have "Breeze", "Organic" and "Print" options in addition to "Original" and "Active".
Here is what makes the K'tan wrap so unique and amazing. Unlike other wraps that are one LOOOONNNGG piece of fabric that you have to tie around yourself, the K'tan is two separate pieces, and most of the wrapping has already been done for you!
You slide the two looped pieces around your body, put baby, in, and secure the wrap with the second piece by wrapping it around your midsection (this piece also doubles as the carrying bag!). I know that wasn't a great explanation, but you can read the detailed instructions here.
I have never seen any wrap with this style and that is this easy to use, so if you are scared of baby wraps or have lots of kids and need to put yours on in a hurry, this is the perfect wrap for you. I can get it on and baby in it in about 30 seconds!
Nuzzle is not a big name in the wrap world, but I wanted to include it because it is cheep yet good quality. I got this wrap on Amazon because it was cute and cheep, and I was so pleased with the quality. It has an inner lining which makes it less breathable, so this would be a good fall or spring wrap rather than the middle of summer.
The nuzzle is just one long pieces of cloth (like most wraps), so you do need to know how to wrap it properly. If you don't want to shell out $60+ dollars when you aren't sure if wrapping is for you, this is a great place to start.
The main difference between the Boba wrap and my others is how HEAVY it is. The material is super thick so it is a great winter wrap. Oliver was born in May so we didn't get much use out of this one because I would just be drenched in sweat! But if you are looking for a full thick wrap for the winter month, you would want a Boba.
I lent my Boba wrap to my cousin who is expecting her baby soon, so I don't have it for current photography. Here is a photo from their website. Mine is a dark forest green color which they don't carry anymore.
The Moby wrap is similar in thickness but is between $45 and $60, so I would recommend Boba over Moby.
If you are looking for something light and soft, Happy Baby Wraps are 100% the way to go! I have tried a Solly Wrap before, and the Happy Baby is just as soft and light while being $20 cheeper, an organic fabric, and comes with a carrying bag (Solly does not). I would definitely go with a Happy Baby Wrap over the Solly.
Their fabric is amazingly soft and is so light making it perfect for summer wearing. Similar to the Boba and Nuzzle, the Happy Baby Wrap is one long piece of material, so you will do all of the wrapping yourself.
Easiest to use: Baby K'tan
Softest and best for summer use: Happy Baby Wrap