Wrap or ergo? - Page 2
They are one shoulder carriers that are excellent for newborns until about 7 months, at which point it can become a lot of weight to carry on one shoulder. I do love them for toddlers also though because they are really quick to use so perfect for a toddler who can't decide if they want to snuggle or walk.
The downsides are that they can be very warm and we are all due with April babies. They can also really only be used for front carries, hip and back are unsafe because of the stretch. They also start to become very saggy with a baby more than 17lbs or so.
A K'Tan is kind of like a pre-tied Moby that you slip on over your head. It's nice because it's even faster and less fabric. The downside is it can't be adjusted so it's important to get the right size. Most people seem to find that they fit best in one size down from what the box recommends.
There is also a hybrid wrap made of stretchy gauze. A fair amount of WAHMs will also have this style wrap. They tend to be more supportive and less hot then a Moby but still easy to use. The big brand name of these is the Gypsy Mama Bali Breeze. This type of stretchy can be used for back carries but ONLY this type.
A Mei Tai is one of my fav carrier types. It's basically a rectangle of fabric with two straps on the bottom to tie around your waist and two long straps to go over your arms and around the baby. Kozy Carrier, Catbird Baby, and Babyhawk are all brand names of Mei Tais.
The other types are all different variations on that basically. The Pod has no waist straps, the Onbu has rings on each side instead of straps, etc... None of them are really mass produced but there are WAHMs who make them like Two Momma Designs and others where I am totally blanking on the name lol.
The only carrier I've used was a Moby and I loved it. I picked up a Babyhawk Mei Tai at a consignment sale in great shape for $20 so I'll probably use that and the Moby in the newborn stage. I'd love to try out a Baby K'tan also, but with already having a Moby and Mei Tai, I think I'll save my money for a SSC (Ergo, etc.) for when Baby gets a little bigger - unless I can find one used or on consignment for a good price.