A Wrap is a long length of material that is wrapped around the baby and the wearer and then tied. They are very versatile, allowing a complete range of carries on one or both shoulders, can be used by different sized adults and are very comfortable for long periods. They can be used from newborn stage.
A stretchy wrap is the go-to choice for many when carrying newborns. They are generally pre tied which makes them very easy to use for those new to slings. Due to their stretch most users find that they want to move on to another carrier around 6 months.
Woven wraps have a diagonal weave which many people find adds to the comfort when carrying a child. The are made in a range of cotton or cotton blends such as bamboo, hemp, wool, silk or linen.
Gauze wraps have a straight weave. They are often thinner as well, making them ideal for summer.
Some wraps have qualities of both a stretchy and a woven wrap which is why they are referred to as Hybrid wraps. It may for example be possible to back carry with a hybrid wrap which has a large amount of stretch. The material is often lighter than that of a stretchy wrap, making them ideal for warmer weather.
A Rebozo is fringed shawl, which originated in Latin American countries. It is used for a variety of purposes including that of a baby carrier. It is a short (2m or 3m) wrap, usually worn shoulder to hip similar to a ring sling or pouch, but fastened by knotting or twisting the ends together as with a longer wrap.