I will answer this question quite comprehensively, beginning with my own experience – how and in what I started to wear my daugher (you can read everything about why I became a wearer in this article). I am a wrap freak, everybody who knows me just a little can be sure about that. Of course, there are some carriers I really like, but I have not found a carrier that would be as comfortable as a well-tied wrap for me yet.
My first wrap was elastic – I bought it blindly, without any research and looking for advise on the Internet. By that time I had no idea that all the babywearing world lives on social networks! The elastic wrap, however, seemed somehow naturally as the best and logical choice for a newborn baby – a soft, pliable material that supports and embraces the baby perfectly, I also found the manipulation with this type of wrap easier. I carried Emilka in this wrap for the first two months of her life, but later I realized one wrap is not enough and, moreover, my babygirl became a very agile infant, making the elastic wrap her very first trampoline. Therefore, I decided on buying my first non-elastic wrap, the turquoise Storchenwiege Leo (again, I bought it blindly and only thanks to our friends who gave us a gift certificate to the V Bavlnce shop – an only shop in Ostrava with babywearing gear). And the third time’s the charm – with a fanfare, when Emilka was nearly 3 months old, we bought a carrier blindly! 😀 It was Manduca – it did not take much time since we realized that it did not fit our little baby very well. We waited for a couple of months and started to use it when Emilka was about 4 or 5 months old. When I look back on our babywearing beginnings, I wonder how it is even possible that we did not make any fundamental mistake when choosing our babywearing equipment.
It is quite obvious what my personal opinion on the ‘wrap or carrier’ dilemma is. 😉 Therefore, I will pose a different question – what are the advantages and disadvantages of a wrap and what are of a carrier?