What is better for a newborn – a wrap or a carrier?

It’s a well-known fact that a direct skin-to-skin contact with their mother – and subsequently with a father or other care taker – helps newborn babies thrive and gives them multiple health benefits. Thus the question of many parents is no longer whether or not to babywear – but rather what kind of a carrier to choose.

If you need some help to get oriented in the wide offer of carriers available today, check our overview. If you are already a pro, you can take a look at our current offer of newborn wraps and ergonomic carriers

A woven wrap is the legend and the most recommended babywearing aid when carrying newborn babies. Some people might get scared by the first impression of complexity, however they soon find out there is no science about using it. The wrap is unbeatable when it comes to its flexibility to adapt to the body of the babywearer and the baby. In every single developmental stage the wrap gives enough support from knee to knee and for the whole height of the back of a child, thus securing the right ergonomic position. A wrap is stretchy and tight at the same time, also being soft enough to give the baby safety and support while not limiting them when wrapped properly.

Many parents-to-be find a soft structured carrier to be the more simple and comfortable way to babywear their child. Carrier is undoubtedly a very practical choice – and when chosen thoroughly it is also very comfortable. With a bigger child, many parents prefer an carrier over a wrap.

However, when choosing a soft structured carrier for a newborn, it is important to pick one designed for such a small baby. That means the carrier must adapt to the baby and not vice versa. The carrier should fit the newborn perfectly – whether from knee to knee or by supporting the back (not making it straight). Also the padding of the carrier should respect the tiny body of your newborn. Invest your time when looking for one – search for the most detailed data and ask the sellers in case of any questions, so you buy a product that is best for both you and your baby.

A newborn baby might be 2,5kg or even 4kg heavy, have a different ability to stretch their legs and different spine curvature or muscle tone. All these specific features should be respected; we should never force the baby to adapt to the babywearing aid, but choose such one that adapts to the little body perfectly, respecting its natural development while providing the baby with perfect and gentle support.

It is also important to realize that a soft structured carrier that would perfectly fit a one week old baby AND a three years old toddler does not exist. Every stage of the development of small children (and toddlers alike) is very different and requires individual parameters that the construction of one single carrier simply cannot fit. It’s the same with footwear and clothes – once the child outgrows them, we have to buy bigger ones :) According to our experience the most active babywearing period is up to 1 or 2 years long. Bigger children are carried too, of course – but this is very individual and varies from child to child.

Our newborn Carrier ONE was designed with all this in mind. There is no infant insert and the smallest width of the seat starts at 12cm (and grows with your baby). A very soft waist belt with the BellySupport construction supports the postpartum belly. The carrier can be comfortably used from birth to 1,5 - 2 years according to the size of your child. More about its super features can be found here.

When talking about carrying a newborn, we have always preferred a wrap over any other carrier, as it always fits perfectly. If you still prefer a soft structured carrier, choose wisely and pick one that meet the needs of your baby.