Things to consider when choosing a wrap includes the colourway (you are going to be wearing this a lot), the thickness (thinner wraps are good for hot climates, whereas thicker wraps are more supportive for older children are are more suited to experienced wrappers), and how much work a wrap may take to break in or become more comfortable to wrap with (typically jacquards (patterned wraps) and diamondweave wraps come softer out of the box). All wraps will wrap more easily after a few washes and some use. Here are some comments on the wraps carried at Woven, these are listed in general order of quality:
The original German wrap brand, Didymos wraps are more expensive than some but also have a good resale value. They are available in many blends (cotton, silk, wool), weaves (indios, stripes, jacquards), and thickness – something for everyone. The thicker hemp and linen blends in particular make great 'toddler worthy' wraps, that are great in a shortie length. Didymos regularly releases limited edition wraps in addition to their regular line.
Ellevills are currently offered in three main lines – Zara, Jade, and Paisley, these are all jacquards which is a complex weaving process that creates a pattern in the fabric, and usually results in a wrap that is soft out of the box. Ellevill comes in cotton, silk, linen and bamboo blends. They are medium/thin thickness and come in a beautiful array of colours. Ellevill wraps have longer tapers than most brands, making it easier to tie them off.
Girasols are a medium wrap that comes in stripes and diamondweaves. They have a more blanket like feel than some brands. Girasols are soft and easy to wrap with without any breaking in, and even more so for their diamondweave wraps. They are mostly medium/thin thickness, with medium weight toddler wraps (currently only the girl or boy design).
This is the most established of the Polish brands, and the best quality of the cheaper wraps. They come in stripes and very reasonably priced jacquards. The stripes are medium/thin, and the jacquards are medium/thick in weight.
These have a medium weight thickness, and are lovely and soft out of the box. Lovely for little babies, and great for bigger kids too.
These are a medium/thin thickness wrap, designed for small babies, but surprisingly good with bigger kids too, and are reasonably cheap. They come from Poland. They come in a limited range of colours and fabrics (cotton, linen and merino), in stripes. The agat and opal wraps require more effort to break in than the other colourways, and I'm not currently stocking these colourways at Woven.
What size wrap do I need?:
Wraps are most commonly referenced by their size equivalents:
Sizes vs Carries
Most people start with a size 6, but if you are plus sized then a 7 is a better option. If you find your wrap is too long for you, you can always have it hemmed down.
Most people buy a shortie as a second wrap, with a long shortie being a good, versatile option.