“ Brand: Ellaroo / Carrier Type: Sling / Carrier Position: Front „
The first wraparound carrier I ever bought was an Ellaroo and it was a revelation! I was able to cuddle my baby up close to me and still have my hands free for other children, shopping bags, piles of washing and all the other things in a mother's day. The wrap spread the weight so well that I could barely tell she was there. With just a little practice I could even breastfeed in the wrap - and nobody ever noticed! My baby loved it and was instantly soothed by being swaddled up next to me, and I was able to adjust the carrier to support her head in sleep or let her look around when awake.
Once she was a bit bigger (and heavier!) we switched from front to back carries. It was a bit scary to get her on the first few times so we practised kneeling on a double bed and soon had the tying time down to less than a minute. Hip carries are possible too - this is a very versatile carrier.
The Ellaroo weave is very light and thin, so it is good for summer, but it is quite grippy which makes it easy to use as it holds the knot well. A small amount of diagonal stretch means that it moulds itself well both to you and your baby, which makes for a comfortable carry, but also allows it to stretch a little with a heavy baby, so it is not quite as supportive as some other, sturdier, weaves.
Woven in Guatemala, it is made of 100% cotton and dyed with non-toxic dyes, so even if your baby likes to chew on the wrap you can be sure it will do them no harm. It is available in three sizes, but unless you are very petite or very large a Medium (4.6m) will work for most carries you are likely to want to do.
My Ellaroo was lent around lots and converted several other mums to wrapping, especially those with sicky or colicky babies, as a wrap holds them in a good position for comfort and is easy to clean. The manufacturers recommend handwashing for this wrap, but I just threw mine in the washer on a wool cycle with no problems; you can even tumble dry if need be.
It is a great starter wrap which comes in some gorgeous colourways (or plain black if that's more your thing) at a very reasonable £49 or so, but if you wish to keep carrying as your baby gets heavier (beyond about 18 months/2 years for most) you may want to look into the more expensive German-style woven wraps. It may also help to know that there is a thriving market for second-hand wraps and carriers, so there is a good chance you will be able to sell or trade it on when your carrying days are done or you fancy a change. I no longer have my Ellaroo as one mum who borrowed it couldn't bear to give it back - I sold it to her and replaced it with a Didymos :)
Designed for comfort, a lightweight, durable cotton material. Can be worn on the front or the back. Great to use from birth to 35 Ibs.