Baby Wrap vs. Carrier: What You Need to Know
Life with a baby is busy, and unquestionably full of many decisions—like, which carrier type best suits the needs of both you and your baby? Babywearing provides many benefits for babies and their parents, when done right. Some of these benefits include promoting social and cognitive development for your baby, bonding, and keeping your baby calm and happy! Not to mention, you as a busy parent can get a lot more done when you free up a hand by babywearing.
With so many types of baby carriers on the market, you may be wondering where to even begin. If you’re one of the many parents wondering what the difference between a baby carrier vs wrap is, you’re not alone. In this blog, we will review the main differences between the two carrier types and how The Snug and Tushbaby Carrier have combined the best of both worlds— making this decision a no-brainer!
Table of Contents
- Baby wrap vs. carrier: What’s the difference?
- What to know about baby wraps
- What to know about baby carriers
- Should you choose a baby wrap or baby carrier?
- Tushbaby and The Snug: the ultimate cross between a baby wrap and carrier
Baby wrap vs. carrier: What’s the difference?
When it comes to a baby wrap vs carrier, there are a few key differences in the design of the two.
Baby wraps are traditionally made from one long piece of fabric that is wrapped around your abdomen and shoulders, creating a soft pouch for your baby to rest in. Because you do the wrapping, wraps can be pretty versatile in that you can wear them over one shoulder or two. You likely will need some practice to get the hang of a traditional wrap, but The Snug has made wearing a wrap simple with its easy buckle design.
A baby carrier can come in a variety of forms, from hard-structured carriers like over-the-shoulder carriers to soft baby carriers like the Tushbaby hip seat carrier. Each carrier type can provide an array of benefits to the wearer and may be best suited for childlong-termrtain stages of development.
What to know about baby wraps
Baby wrap pros
- Adjustable: With one long piece of fabric, you’ve got some flexibility when it comes to sizing and tying your wrap just right.
- Comfortable: Typically made from soft fabrics, baby wraps can be comfortable for both the baby and whoever is babywearing.
- Easy care and storage: Because wraps can easily be folded, they can be easier to store in small spaces. Keeping a wrap clean can be easier than a carrier, especially if they’re machine washable.
Baby wrap cons
- Strain on body: While the fabric can be soft, babywearers can feel some strain with long-term babywearing using a wrap, especially if it’s not tied or worn correctly. This can include strain on the shoulders, arms, and lower back.
- Difficult to take on and off: Baby wraps can take some serious practice to get just right when it comes to all the twists, turns, wraps, and ties it takes to get it just right.
The Snug combined with the Tushbaby carrier solves all of the common challenges of baby wearing with a wrap, as this wrap/carrier combo is easy to get on and off, while still getting ample support from Tushbaby’s ergonomic waistband design that is easily adjusted to fit the wearer just right. The Snug can be used with any Tushbaby or Tushbaby Lite and easily attaches to make your Tushbaby a hands-free carrier.
What to know about baby carriers
Baby carrier pros
- Easy on and off: Baby carriers are typically much simpler to get on and off as they don’t involve twists, ties, and wraps like a baby wrap does. This easy on and off is especially key when you have a little one who wants to be held one minute and put down the next, making it great for older babies and toddlers.
- Support: Baby carriers often provide the wearer more support than a traditional baby wrap.
Baby carrier cons
- Age limitations: Baby carriers are often intended for use by older babies and toddlers, because it requires them to hold their head up on their own. Because of this, carriers are sometimes not ideal for newborns. That is, of course, unless you are using your Tushbaby hip seat carrier in the feeding and burping positions for your newborn.
- Bulky: Carriers can be trickier to store as they are often bulkier, especially if you have a hard structured carrier. Tushbaby carriers, like The Snug and the Tushbaby Hip Seat, can be easily folded and stored in a small space.
Should you choose a baby wrap or baby carrier?
- Lifestyle: Choosing a carrier can depend on what you’ll be doing day-to-day. The choice you make if you’re looking for a baby carrier for around the house may be different than if you’re looking for a carrier to take your baby out hiking in. Tushbaby carriers like the Snug can be a perfect choice for both active parents and parents just looking for some added support to get your household chores done.
- Age of children: Many carriers are designed for a certain age or stage of development. When choosing a baby wrap vs baby carrier, keep in mind how long the carrier will last you or which carrier is suitable for your baby’s needs at that stage. With Tushbaby carriers, your carrier can come along for the journey from newborn to toddlerhood and serve a variety of purposes (baby carrier, feeding support, a place to stash your stuff, and more). The Tushbaby features four carrying positions, storage pockets, an ergonomic design, and much more. Intended to make your day-to-day life with a baby easier, while providing support for both of you.
- Body type: A carrier should always work right for your body. Having an adjustable carrier or a carrier with a waistband extender, like the Tushbaby can help ensure your carrier is always snug for the best carrying support.
- Price point: Budget is of course an important consideration for choosing a baby carrier. If you’re looking for something with longevity that’ll give you more ‘bang for your buck,’ Tushbaby is the choice for you. As we mentioned, the Tushbaby can serve a variety of needs for various stages of your baby’s growth.
Tushbaby and The Snug: the ultimate cross between a baby wrap and carrier
At Tushbaby, we thought it was about time for parents to stop having to choose between two carrier types that both provide so many benefits— so we made The Snug! It’s the ultimate cross between a baby wrap and carrier, meaning you actually do get the best of both worlds. The Snug baby carrier/wrap paired with the Tushbaby Hip Seat provides ergonomic support, storage for all your things, and a comfortable wrap for your baby to feel nice and secure next to their caregiver. If you’ve been deciding between baby wrap vs baby carrier, the answer is BOTH! Check out The Snug and all the ways you and your baby can enjoy the benefits of babywearing, making the day-to-day a little bit easier.