Amanda Enderle of Excelsior, Minnesota is a fan of baby wraps — and she's experimented using several with her now 12-week-old son, Owen. Owen was born on July 13, 2016 and his favorite carrier is the Solly Wrap.
I met Amanda during our birthing classes, and she has been a great support during my journey as new mom. Never underestimate the power of supportive women in your life!
Each time I see her she has great tips for how to use different baby wraps/carriers, so I wanted to share her experience for all new (and seasoned) moms that are interested in wraps.
Dabble | What is your favorite carrier?
Amanda | My favorite carrier is a tie between the Solly Wrap and the LI´LLE´baby. The Solly was perfect when he was smaller, but as he's getting bigger I find myself reaching for the LI´LLE´baby more.
D | Does your husband have a favorite wrap?
A | He doesn't use them yet — he doesn't feel comfortable wrapping Owen. The LI´LLE´baby is fitted to me, so I would rather not have him mess up the fit. We do have an Ergo that he's planning on using once Owen doesn't need the infant insert anymore.
D | What baby carriers have you experimented with so far?
A | So far I've tried the Moby Wrap, Baby K'tan, Solly Baby Wrap Carrier, Ergobaby Original Carrier, and LI´LLE´baby. I also have a Tula Carrier, but haven't tried it yet because I don't have an infant insert.
D | For those of us who haven't tried these carriers, what are your reviews on each you've worn?
A | Moby: Super soft, but too bulky. It's nice for newborns, but I prefer the Solly hands down.
K'tan: I love the ease of this one, but it comes in different sizes so it's harder to get the great fit like you can with the Moby or the Solly.
Solly: I love this one because it is so soft and light! Owen is a heater so the Moby was too hot to be outside with. This one is super breathable and light! I also love it because it folds up really small and easily fits in the diaper bag.
Ergo: I've only used this one a few times because the infant insert is essentially a sleeping bag for the baby. It was way too hot for Owen to be in most of the summer, so I always opted for another carrier. I do think this one is super easy to use and will be nice once it's cooler and he's out of the insert.
Lillebaby: I ordered this one when Owen was a month or so old. I love the soft sided carriers for quick trips to the grocery store or walks around where you don't want to use a stroller. This one is super easy to use and I got the airflow so it's really cool too. The things that sold me on the Lillebaby were: 1. You don't need an infant insert, 2. There is lumbar support for the lower back, 3. You can wear the carrier six different ways — including facing outward which I know Owen's going to love when he's old enough (recommended 6 months or when baby has really good head control).
D | What is the washability of these? Is one easier than the other?
A | All of these can be washed! The only one I've personally washed so far is the Solly and I was pleasantly surprised with how perfectly it washed up!
D | Which of these has the most versatility?
A | For versatility the LI´LLE´baby trumps them all! There are 6 ways you can wear it — including facing outward.
D | What can you say about the support these wraps provide for the wearer?
A | The wraps (Moby, K'tan, and Solly) have similar support. They work best for little babies, and aren't recommended for wearing for babies over 25 lbs. Owen is 14lbs now and I don't think it'll be comfortable to wear him in the wraps for much longer. The soft structured carriers (Ergo, LI´LLE´baby, Tula) you can generally wear up for 45 lbs. The LI´LLE´baby has lumbar support which is helpful for people with lower back problems (me!!). Besides the lumbar support, the three carriers have a similar feel and I think it totally depends on the person which one they find most comfortable.
D | Is there just one color for each carrier?
A | There are so many colors and patterns for all of the carriers!!! I don't even know where to begin. There is definitely a style for everyone. There are neutrals, bright colors, bright patterns and everything in between. I would find a carrier you like and is comfortable and then consider color/pattern.
D | Which wrap/carrier do you find the easiest to put on? What do recommend for people that are new to baby wearing?
A | The K'tan I think is the easiest to put on. It only has a few options for wear, which makes it pretty simple to figure out. The soft structured carriers are also easy to put on since there are just a few buckles. The wraps are definitely the hardest to get a hang of, but once you do they are super easy and really comfy for you and babe.
D | Any other tips/tricks/suggestions?
A | When Owen was first born I was terrified of putting him in the carriers. I was afraid I would drop him/hurt him/wake him. The only thing that made it easier was doing it over and over — especially with the wraps.
I would also check out Solly Baby's YouTube channel and watch their technique videos. Those really helped me get the wrapping down! There are also a few places in the Twin Cities (Buy Buy Baby, Lil Tulips, Baby on Grand — to name a few) that you can try on different carriers. I would highly recommend that so you don't end up with as many carriers as I have.
D | Thanks Amanda! If you try any other wraps/carriers out, let us know!