Padded straps vs wrap straps vs padded-to-wrap straps: what is the best?
If you want a meh dai, half buckle, onbuhimo or podaegi one of the things which you can choose is the style of strap – padded straps, wrap straps and padded to wrap straps. These different straps affect how the carrier feels and is tightened. Here is a round up of the different shoulder strap types and some pros and cons of each!
Padded straps are usually padded from the top of the panel along some length of the strap before becoming a narrow fabric strap with no padding. The length of padding can vary between carriers as can the width and depth of the strap.
Examples of padded strap carriers are the Storchenweige half buckle, Tula half buckle, Cybex Yema, Bondolino
Pros of Padded Straps
- Sometimes more comfortable with heavy toddlers, potentially easier to get pressure spread evenly on the shoulder
- Narrow straps can be easier to fit around small babies
- Some people find narrow padded straps easier to get to grips with
Cons of Padded Straps
- Straps with long padding can be difficult to tighten well enough when back carrying or when you are petite because the padding gets in the way
- Straps can creep up to the neck on some people
- Cannot cap the shoulders
- The width of the strap will affect whether you can use the strap to add support under baby’s bottom
Wrap straps are wide fabric straps. These straps vary in width depending on the carrier.
Examples of wrap strap carriers are the Hop-tye, Didy-tai, Didyklick
Pros of Wrap Straps
- Wrap straps are very mouldable around a wide variety of people and babies
- Wrap straps can be spread over baby to make the carrier more supportive for heavier and older babies
- You can more easily strand by strand tighten to give a supportive carry
- Tightened evenly the weight will be evenly distributed across your shoulders
- You can cap the straps on your shoulders and spread wide on your back for comfort
Cons of Wrap Straps
- Spreading wrap straps is more tricky to get to grips with
- If you don’t hold the tension well when tying off it is very easy to introduce slack into the straps and create pressure points on your shoulders
Padded to Wrap Straps
Padded to wrap straps have a section of padding in the strap, and flare out to wide wrap straps. The padding is often only on half the width of the strap so that they can be flared out at the shoulder and tightened similarly to wrap straps. They can be the best of both worlds if they are comfortable for you.
Examples of padded to wrap strap carriers are the Fidella Flytai and to a lesser degree (the straps aren’t quite full wrap width) the Limas half buckle and Tula half buckle.
Pros of Padded to Wrap Straps
- Padding can spread the pressure evenly on your shoulders
- Padding can be more comfortable for some people with heavier babies
- Wide wrap straps can be used spread over baby to provide extra support
- If the straps flare they can be spread on your shoulder
Cons of Padded to Wrap Straps
- Padded straps can be harder to tighten well if the padding is very long
- Padded straps can more easily creep into your neck
- It is not really possible to strand by strand tighten even with wide wrap straps
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