What Are The Differences Between Baby Wraps and Baby Carriers?

Updated: Nov 16

father wearing miamily hipster plus baby carrier and pointing to the birds illustration to his son

Babywearing naturally comes after birth, and it does wonders for developing a stronger attachment and bonding for both the parents and their baby. As much as you want to hold your baby all the time, it’s also more practical to be hands-free at times so you can still go about your daily routine. With such a wide variety of options for babywearing, let’s take a look to see if a baby wrap or carrier is better for you.

Baby Wrap vs Baby Carrier

A baby wrap is typically a long piece of fabric you tie around your body to hold your baby. It is soft-structured and comes in a one-size-fits-all design. On the other hand, a baby carrier offers a more structured design with straps, buckles, or loops to secure your baby in place.

Here are some important aspects to consider when choosing the best option for you and your baby.

1. Comfort and fit

Comfort is extremely important not only for your baby but for you as well.

A baby wrap has a swaddle-like design that mimics the feeling of the womb, making it especially comforting for newborns. Given the flexibility and stretch of the fabric, a baby wrap can easily adjust to different caregivers’ bodies. It also allows for a variety of carrying positions, but learning how to use it takes some effort and time to master. Wearing it for extended periods will likely take a toll on the caregiver’s body due to a lack of structure and inadequate support.

father wearing hipster plus in stone grey and looking at baby boy lovingly

A baby carrier is more structured and typically comes with padded shoulder straps and lumbar support, offering more shoulder and back support for the designated caregiver. MiaMily Hipster Plus: 2-in-1 Carrier & Hip Seat comes with an ergonomic seat to ensure your baby’s legs remain in the hip-healthy “M” position, for optimal hip development which is something new parents tend to overlook. Following the guidelines of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, all MiaMily Baby carriers are designed to ensure your baby is kept in a comfortable, ergonomic "M" sitting position with knees supported at hip level for healthy hip development.

With the adjustable waist and shoulder straps, it is easy to switch between different caregivers and enjoy up to 6 unique carry positions to suit your growing baby. Travel light with a detachable hip seat, and keep cool with a removable cover to reveal a breathable mesh layer - making the Hipster Plus a classic essential baby carrier.

2. Lifespan and care

lady with single shoulder strap for carrier with baby sleeping soundly in it

Baby wraps tend to have a shorter lifespan compared to baby carriers as what was previously comforting to newborns becomes restrictive to a toddler. As baby carriers can accommodate a wide age range, they typically require an additional infant insert for newborns up to a few months old - depending on their size. The Hipster Plus Trio: Baby Carrier + Single Shoulder Strap + Infant Insert</