Cotton Cradles Carrier Comparisons
EllaRoo Wrap vs. Hug-a-Bub®
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So you'd like one of our coolest wraparound carriers, possibly for daily use for a couple of years or more, but you're not sure whether to go "sturdy" or "stretchy"? Or not sure whether to go "ethnic" or "sporty"? If you really are going to use it every day, then why not get one of each, so that you'll always have a clean one? Over two years, it would still be less than 25¢ per day to own both! OK, so you want to be sensible and start with one. Then decide what you're looking for and read our opinions below.
Physical Characteristics: The EllaRoo is woven fabric, while the Hug-a-Bub® is knit (cotton jersey, like a t-shirt). The EllaRoo is about twice as wide as the Hug-a-Bub®, and it has a short fringe on the ends. The Hug-a-Bub® is dramatically tapered at the ends, with no fringe. The Hug-a-Bub® also has a pocket in the middle which can be inverted to hold the carrier itself.
Versatility: The EllaRoo is more versatile; you can use it for the full range of wraparound carries, on your front, back, or hip. If you prefer it narrower like the Hug-a-Bub®, it is easy to fold it lengthwise and just leave it that way, but then to unfold it whenever you really want to envelop the baby. The Hug-a-Bub® is designed specifically for one particular tying method: the "pocket wrap cross carry". Then the baby's position in the wrap can vary according to age and preference, but the baby is always on your front. Children outgrow front-carrying before back-carrying, so the EllaRoo is useful for longer (for example,our 4-year-old is too tall for a Hug-a-Bub® front carry but not for an EllaRoo back carry).
Ease of Use: The Hug-a-Bub® is narrower and stretchier, and these characteristics make it easier for the beginner. The video which comes with it is excellent. It's also quicker to get baby into, once it's tied on. Sometimes the EllaRoo is easier to get a good wrap with, though, because it doesn't stretch out after tying.
Comfort: Tough call. With a heavy child the EllaRoo is more comfortable, long term, because of the superior support it provides. It might take a bit more adjustment to get to that "sweet spot" of comfort though. "Pressure points" are easier to avoid in the Hug-a-Bub®.
Style: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we suppose, but still we have to give the advantage to EllaRoo here. The richly colored stripes or squares will uplift your spirit on those hard-to-be-a-mom days. The solid colors are gorgeous as well. This handwoven fabric is something really special that you just can't get elsewhere in the U.S. Our baby is definitely attracted to the colors and soft fringe of our EllaRoo Wraps.
Some North American moms and dads just aren't comfortable with the ethnic look though; if you want to blend in more or be more casual, then the Hug-a-Bub® has a great sporty style to it that goes with everything and can look somewhat elegant as well.
Special Situations: No more hedging. Here are our choices for a lot of special situations. Feel free to suggest a situation for us to add!
- if we could have only one: EllaRoo (versatility and beauty)
- running errands in the car: Hug-a-Bub® (more comfortable knot, easier in/out)*
- sitting down: Hug-a-Bub® (more comfortable knot)
- very hot weather: EllaRoo (more breathable and shorter fabric)
- very cold weather: EllaRoo under coat (wider fabric can cover more)
- with a newborn: not sure---advantages both ways
- with a 6-12 month old: Hug-a-Bub® (quicker in/out)
- with a toddler: EllaRoo (more supportive, better back carry)
- on a hike: EllaRoo (back carry, ability to use back and front)
- while cooking: EllaRoo (better back carry)
- sleeping baby: EllaRoo (prefer to tie on wrap while holding baby in this situation)
- nursing baby: probably Hug-a-Bub® (stretch makes positioning easier)
- travelling lightly: Hug-a-Bub® (compact in carrying pouch)
- vigorous activity: EllaRoo (less bounce)
- in a rush: Hug-a-Bub® (faster tying)
- overall short carrying: Hug-a-Bub® (a bit more convenient)
- overall long carrying: EllaRoo (a bit more comfortable for long term)
*Please Note: of course you should never wear your baby in the car---babies belong in their carseats during car rides! But it's very convenient to keep your wrap tied on while driving, then just pop your baby in each time you stop to walk through a store, etc.