I'm totally confused by the number of woven wraps onthe market. Is ther anyplace that compares the major brands? Also, how do I know what length to get? I want to be able to do forward and back carries...Thanks!
460cm is the average wrap length that for most people will allow for front and back wraps.
When deciding on a woven wrap consider where you live. Are you in a four season climate or one with less than that?
Most woven manufactures their core or standard line of wraps feature 100% organic cotton fiber as the genesis for their carriers.
The differences usually are how the wraps are woven, the patterns used and the threads used.
The list of these manufacturers would include but not limited to
Didymos, Hoppediz, Storchenwiege, Girasol, Vatanai, Bebina, Walters, Natibaby, and Wrapsody Baby.
There are a few wrap manufactures that create limited edition wraps that feature blends. Didymos, Natibaby, Wrapsody to name a few.
Of the cotton wraps manufactured Vatanai and Hoppediz both create a light weight cotton wrap. Wrapsody Baby is a gauze wrap that is very lightweight.HTH
I'd go to the FSOT forum on thebabywearer.com and look for something you like in your price range. There is literally a ton on there. Size 6 or 4.6m is most common, and works for little and big babies, front and back, but will be long for some carries. If you want to wear 2 kids at once in the same wrap, or do some other less common things, you might need a size 7. I prefer a size 4 for a simple toddler back carry, but started with just a 6. I never got one of the expensive Didymos (I have two Neobulles and one Storch) mostly because I am fairly cheap, and I love the wraps I have. I think pretty much any of the wovens are high quality enough to be quite comfy.