I'm not an intense baby-wearing momma -- and by that I mean, I don't own a lot of baby carriers, I have two SSCs and I had two stretchy wraps. I did a lot of research though about baby-wearing and which carrier or wrap would best fit our family.
My first stretchy wrap was a Boba, I chose this one because of the reviews I read about (compared to Moby) and I think the fact that it wasn't as stretchy as Moby was what drew me to it. I bought mine months before I gave birth from a store in North Vancouver. I picked the colour black because I thought it would be a nice and basic colour regardless of what I wear and my husband can use it too.
What I love about Boba:
What I didn't like about Boba:
My next and probably my most favourite stretchy wrap is the Solly Baby Wrap. I've been eyeing this wrap even before we got our Boba, but I couldn't justify the cost.. it was a little bit more expensive than any other stretchy wraps. Plus I couldn't find a retailer (at that time) that sold this wrap locally, so I couldn't even see or feel it first before purchasing it (I'd have to order from the US). But my dad gave this to me as a Christmas gift so YAY!
What I love about Solly:
What I don't love about Solly:
So, I love the stretchy wrap because you can (usually) wear it as soon as your baby is born. Our boys were born 4 & 5 lbs and I think I started wearing them a few weeks after they were born. However, being a twin mom, it took too much time to put on the wrap and take it off while two babies are waiting (I'm sure it'll probably work ok if you have one baby) - which is why as soon as our babies could fit our SSC, I mostly used that with them. Another downside for me is that there is not much support, so if you're wearing your baby for a longer period of time (especially when they're a bit bigger & heavier), I found that it hurt my shoulder a bit. Another downside for me is that I have never been able to successfully transfer them out of the wrap while they are sleeping (they always wake up!!!), I think mostly because there's not an easy/fast way to take the wrap off (plus my babies are ninjas and can sense when you are putting them down!!). Another reason why I used my SSC more - one buckle and you can take them out
So, here are the SSCs we own:
Lillebaby - Lillebaby was our first SSC, I love it because I can wear our baby as early as 7 lbs. without an infant insert - not having to buy an infant insert mattered to be because carriers are already expensive, I did not want to have to buy an insert that I can only use for a few months. I also love the fact that there are 4 ways of wearing the baby (forward, front-facing, hip carry & back carry) and the lumbar support is GOLD! -- we have the older Complete Airflow, and as far as I know, the only major difference is that it the older model doesn't have pockets on the waist band.
What I love about our Lillebaby:
Tula - I chose Tula primarily because I LOVE the print!! But after trying it on, I realized what the big fuss was all about - it's a pretty carrier and it's also comfortable and pretty easy to use.
What I love about my Tula:
What I don't love about my Tula
I love both of our SSCs and they have been a lifesaver when we travelled to Asia (when the boys were 4 months old). We used our SSC on the plane too (we had them on during landing and take off) and it is the reason why our trip went pretty smoothly.