The Best Baby Wraps & Slings for 2020
|Model and Link to Amazon||Our Rating|
|#1. Solly Baby Wrap|
|#2. Boba Wrap Classic|
|#3. CuddleBug Baby Wrap|
|#4. Moby Original Baby Wrap|
|#5. KeaBabies Baby Wrap|
Here are the Best Baby Wraps of 2020!
The Solly Baby Wrap is an excellent spring, summer and autumn wrap with its highly breathable, super soft, and high quality fabric that tends to be a bit more breathable than the others on this list. That's awesome for helping both you and your baby stay cool during hot weather. It achieves its high breathability by using Modal fabric (made by Lenzing and sourced from Austrian beechwood trees), which is a semi-synthetic rayon fabric with great properties - it resists shrinking, stretching, and pilling better than a cotton baby wrap. And it's also super low-weight and can be easily folded and stuffed into a much smaller bag than the other, larger baby wraps on this list. And the soft baby safe fabric comes in tons of different styles, colors, and patterns, some of which are truly beautiful, and all of which are made with sustainably-sourced fabric. Solly is American-owned and sews their wraps in Los Angeles, CA, where they run a highly responsive, eco-friendly, and charitable company that gives back to at-risk moms and babies around the world. There is a lot to feel good about with this wrap, and it also feels really good when it's on you and your baby! The Solly wraps can be used from newborn up to about 25 pounds, which means they'll probably last you for about the first year of life. That's quite a bit lower than most of the other wraps, which tend to support up to about 30-35 pounds, but it's great that you can start baby-wearing with a Solly wrap just after birth. Other things we liked include: the little pacifier pocket on one end of the wrap, the personalized instructions and virtual tutorial sessions on the Solly website, the availability of larger sizes (default is 5.5 yards length) making this is a great baby wrap for plus-sized moms, and there is also the fact that it is made right here in the USA. So that's a lot of great stuff! The only real drawback is price, with this wrap coming in at $65. And it's only available through the Solly website, though personally we think that's better than supporting Amazon. Overall, we think this is a truly amazing baby wrap that not only feels good, but you can feel good about using. If you can splurge with the extra 20 bucks, you'll end up with the best baby wrap on the planet! Note that Solly also makes some amazing and absolutely adorable swaddling blankets and sleepers. Interested? You can check out this Solly Baby Wrap here.
The top-selling baby wrap on a ton of different websites for some very good reasons, this wrap has quickly become the leading wrap in America. This has been at the top of our best baby wrap list for 2 years now! In our testing, we found it comfortable, soft (French terry cloth!), and suitable for a variety of body shapes and sizes. We found it suitable for both newborns and babies up to about 18 months old. The fabric has a bit of stretch to it, which is nice, and we didn't experience any sagging. Our favorite way to wrap it was the "Love your baby" hold, which provides really nice C-shaped spine support. One of the chief complaints about the Moby Wrap (below) is that the fabric tends to stretch and loosen around the baby with time, even after just a couple months of usage. We found that the Boba is less likely to stretch with extended use, as it contains a soft blend of both French terry knit and spandex to keep things tight. This wrap lets you wrap in a near-unlimited number of styles and wrap configurations. Because it's a bit more stretchy, it tends to be more forgiving while you learn the wrap styles. The only downfall we found is that the fabric is nice and warm during the fall, winter, and early spring, but can get quite hot in the summer. There are various ways to tie the Boba baby wraps, and some of them are better for the summer than others (so check out their tutorials); also be careful to dress your baby in lighter layers during the summer to help keep things cool. Overall, this is the best baby wrap available this year, and we highly suggest trying it out! Interested? You can check out the Boba wrap here.
This is another fantastic option, that is highly competitive with the Boba Wrap. We absolutely loved the silky-soft fabric (French cotton terry) of this wrap, that has just the right amount of elasticity (5% spandex) to make wrapping easy and comfortable without getting too stretchy. The length of this wrap is very similar to the Boba, and we found that it fits both average (about 5'-5") and plus-size women without any challenges. By default, it wraps in a slightly different way than others. CuddleBug put an excellent video on their Amazon page (here), that gives a tutorial on not only how to wrap the CuddleBug, but also how to position your baby in the wrap. Of course, it's a very versatile wrap so there are additional wrapping methods that you can use, which is helpful for finding the perfect one to make both you (and your back!) and your baby comfortable for hours. We tested the wrap on two different babies (3 months and 6 months), and both really loved it; the first couple times we put the baby in, it was a bit difficult with our wiggly baby, but once she was in she fell asleep within 5 minutes and was there for over an hour! We also tried it out as a nursing cover and a sling. That's money well spent. And there weren't any scratchy annoying labels that will tickle and itch your side and back, though the cute subtle CuddleBug logo looked nice and simple when positioned in the front. Because it's French cotton terry, it's not super breathable, it's more of a medium-thick high quality fabric. It works great for the spring, fall, and winter, though we thought it would be a bit heavy for hot summer days. In those cases, you might consider a highly breathable baby carrier (we review those here). Interested? You can check out this Cuddle Bug wrap here.
One of the originals, and for a long time this was the best-rated baby wrap on the planet until it was surpassed by the Boba. Moms love it, and so will you, once you learn how to properly wrap and tie the darned thing! The wrap can carry in a near-unlimited number of styles and wrap configurations, making a custom and comfortable fit for you and your baby's unique needs. Our favorite was the "Newborn hug" hold, which gives some really nice support for a newborn, with a nice acute angle to make contact with mom in all the right places. It's a great carrier for early newborns over 8 pounds, though it is rated for up to 35 pounds. Practically speaking, you're unlikely to use it once your baby is over 20-25 pounds since the fabric begins to stretch and sag a bit with time, which is the primary detractor for this wrap, at least in comparison to the Boba. But overall, this Moby Wrap Baby Carrier is an excellent baby wrap that is second only to a couple baby wraps (the Boba Wrap and Cuddle Bug Wrap). Interested? You can check out this Moby Wrap here.
Want to save some cash and get a baby wrap that is basically just as good as the Boba and Moby, but without the brand recognition and price tag? Check out the KeaBabies baby wraps! Like the other wraps on this list, this uses a soft cotton and spandex blend to get the perfect amount of stretch. How perfect? Well, not so firm that it doesn't let you compensate for a poor tie or give your baby form-fitting support, and not so stretchy that it loses its support and require readjustment every 20 minutes. Just like the big brands, this does a great job finding that middle ground of elasticity. Coming in at over 200 inches long, this is a great baby wrap for plus-size parents who find other wraps to be a bit too short to effectively wrap. If you're petite, you might be better off with a shorter wrap, but you can always just wrap it one more time around the waist to compensate for the length. This wrap works great for newborns all the way up to 35 pounds, matching the weight limit of the Boba. We tried it out with 3 moms and 1 dad, carrying babies as little as 8 pounds and a toddler that was 30 pounds. The babies were wrapped snug as a bug and the wrap worked wonderfully to support them - one slept like never before against her mom's tank-topped chest! The toddler was clearly much heavier and the wrap did sag a bit, which isn't surprising with that type of weight. We definitely recommend something like the Baby K'Tan or a baby carrier if you're looking to carry a heavier toddler around. The fabric is a bit warm for the summer, but works well for spring, fall, and even winter. Overall, it's a fantastic new addition to our list for the year 2020, and we're happy to have gotten the chance to try it out! Interested? You can check out the KeaBabies baby wrap here.
A ring sling is a bit different than a conventional baby wrap, in three primary ways. First, it reduces the complexities involved in wrapping a traditional wrap, providing a ring that serves as a quick adjustment tensioner, making it much faster and easier to put on and take off (and put your baby into without a helper). Second, its a looser hold with fewer layers of fabric between your baby and the environment, which can be more comfortable for you and your baby durign the hotter months. Third, a ring sling is pretty stylish and fashionable right now, so that's worth mentioning! The downfalls with a ring sling is that you shouldn't use it with a newborn for safety reasons, and most ring slings should only be used with a baby at least 8-10 pounds. But once you start using it, you can put your baby and toddler in the ring sling all the way up to 35 pounds. When we got our hands on this ring sling for testing, two things stood out. First, the bamboo is incredibly soft, challenging even the softest swaddling blankets! Second, the fabric was really great quality, and the rings were the perfect size (sometimes they can look excessively large on more petite women). We tested the Nalakai with a 3-month old (10 pounds) and 10-month old (16 pounds), and both of them seemed to find it really comfortable, and comforting to be up against mom! What we really loved is that you don't need to shift to a new wrap tie style simply to transition an older baby or toddler to a head-out and looking-around position. So when they wake up from a nap, you can simply reposition the sling around their back and arms, and make for a completely new hold. The bamboo didn't stretch at all after about a dozen uses, though I'm not sure we would notice because you could simply tighten it up. When it got dirty, we machine washed it in cold water on the gentle cycle, and then hung it out to dry. It did get a little wrinkly after drying, so we tossed it in the dryer for about 5 minutes and that helped a bunch. Because it's bamboo, it only gets softer after each wash, which is hard to imagine given how soft it was to begin with! Cons? Well, the ring slings have faced some controversy over the years because of safety concerns related to improperly placing under-weight newborn babies deep into the sling. These slings are made in compliance with modern safety standards, and you must be careful to read the instructions before use! Also, while these ring slings are designed in Costa Rica, they are made in China, for what it's worth. Interested? You can check out the Nalakai Ring Sling here.
This is another great new product from the Nuroo line of baby gear, which also includes some excellent swaddlers and scarves. Known for high quality, comfort, and style, the Nuroo pocket carrier is designed to promote skin-to-skin contact by incorporating a carrier into a maternity shirt. In our testing, we didn't think this was really a "going out" type of carrier; instead, it was great for getting some skin-to-skin time in the house and around the yard without being completely naked! The way it works: you drape it over your shoulders like a cardigan, hold baby against your chest, pull left arm over and put the baby in the pocket, then cross and hug with the right arm. There's also a cute padded belt to position under your baby's bum for extra support. So it's a little complicated to hold your baby while wrapping it up, but no more so than any other type of wrap - plus there's no tying or knotting, so that's definitely a bonus! Machine washable and suggested for babies from 4 to 45 pounds, we think this is an excellent way to get skin time while not having to wear a wrap without a shirt, and promote healthy brain development. Interested? You can check out this Nuroo Pocket baby wrap here.
OK we cheated here a bit, this isn't technically a wrap, it's a carrier that looks and feels like a wrap but without the headache of actually wrapping. Something they are calling a "ready-to-wear wrap." So it's somewhere between a wrap and a soft structured carrier; has the convenience of the carrier with the comfort and look of a wrap, and no complicated snaps, buttons, rings, or zippers. It has a single adjustable back strap for sizing comfort. In our tests, we found there were no fabric stretching issues, it has a nice soft fabric, and the configurations were perfect particularly for younger infants. We did find that the Baby K'tan has some limited versatility in terms of ways to configure it on your body, and ways to position your baby. You can learn more about those by visiting the company's website to help you learn how to use it in unique ways. Also, while you're at it, check out the other great Baby K'Tan wrap options: the more breathable cotton mesh Breeze, and the moisture wicking Active. Interested? You can check out this Baby K'Tan baby wrap here.
The Baby Ktan baby carrier, including the Baby Ktan Breeze and Baby Ktan Active, is a great option for parents who find the wrapping process too complex, too time-consuming, or too cumbersome to be worthwhile. Each of the Baby Ktan carriers are basically half wrap and half carrier, allowing you to wrap a smaller circle of fabric into a wrap configuration. They work pretty well, but they are not baby wraps in the conventional sense. Just like the Baby Ktan we review above.
Final Thoughts: The baby wrap is the ultimate way to snuggle and cuddle your newborn in a customizable wrap solution that is safe (breathable), convenient (just a long piece of cloth!), ergonomically appropriate, and comfortable for both you and baby. Wrap carriers are a bit more time consuming than soft-structured baby carriers (we review those here), and can present a major learning curve for new users. Wraps are thus for the relatively adventurous new mom who is willing to spend the time to learn the perfect wrap technique. Once you get it right, you won't want to go back! Wrap infant carriers are awesome for getting in good skin-to-skin contact during the newborn weeks, and the good ones can provide the correct fetal tuck for newborns, and frog leg ("M") position for growing infants. Note that we do not recommend the cocoon-style sling carriers, which are somewhat controversial due to suffocation risks.