One of my favorite must-have baby accessories for infants and small babies is the baby wrap. It’s a bit of an obsession finding the perfect wrap or soft-structure carrier to wear your baby in, especially with so many options. Not only is babywearing the perfect way to get in those extra snuggles—especially when your child is feeling particularly clingy, but it also leaves your hands free for anything else you might need to do. Even my husband is obsessed with wearing our baby and always offers when we’re out and about. For this reason, I was especially excited to try out the Lollie Wrap.
The Lollie Wrap is a hybrid stretch wrap baby carrier with a patent-pending design. The company advertises that it allows for the comfort and closeness of stretch wrapping, but with the ease of being able to be slipped on and tied. It also provides moisture wicking support with one size fitting most. They currently have two colors available—a pretty and neutral “Gray Arrows,” as well as a slightly brighter “Ice Mint Quadrefoil.” I decided to go with the bright mint because the color seemed fun and appropriate for spring.
My first impression was a good one. The wrap arrived promptly with both a paper and DVD set of instructions, as well as a personal note from the creator herself, letting me know she was available for any questions. Eager to try it out, I found that I didn’t even need to watch the DVD, since the written instructions were so clear and precise. I absolutely love the addition of the DVD for the parent who needs that extra help.
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The fabric itself was very pretty and seemed to be both sturdy and comfortable. I was thrilled at the wrap’s moisture-wicking capabilities, especially as summer approaches.
Putting my baby into the wrap wasn’t the easiest, but once he was in it, both he and I were comfortable and felt secure. It was wonderful being able to clean up the kitchen and fold laundry, while still being able to get my son the attention he wanted.
At $70, this wrap is affordable as well, especially in a market where baby carriers can run up to $200.
I did find myself disappointed that both the back of the main piece of fabric and the “seat belt” support wrap were made of a stark white material, instead of the pretty printed fabric. It seemed a shame to have to cover up a good portion of the colorful print with the plain white fabric and the back ended up looking a bit like a bra peeking out.
The shape of the Lollie wrap and the fact that part of it is already sewn into place also reminds me a lot of the Baby K’tan. However, the Lollie wrap has more fabric, making it difficult to put it on while holding a baby in one hand. I decided to get a second opinion and had another baby-wrap-loving friend try it on with her four-month-old. My friend wears a few sizes bigger than me, usually size 8 and up. We discovered that while the Lollie Wrap is supposed to fit most sizes*, she could barely squeeze into it—and she’s not anywhere near plus-sized. Once she got the wrap tied on and her baby in, the tails of the wrap were too short for her to tie properly and the seat belt piece wasn’t long enough either.
** Update: After speaking with Jessica, the owner of Little Bug Creations and creator of the Lollie Wrap, I’m embarrassed to realize that my friend and I were actually tying the wrap wrong! Unlike many traditional wraps, the Lollie Wrap is not and should not be tied behind the waist. By bringing the fabric passes to the front of the wearer and tying it, the back piece is then engaged, making it supportive, and making it easier to put the baby in it as well, and it also leaves enough length for tail – making it perfect for users of all sizes!
The bottom line
I love that there are so many varieties of wraps available and I was delighted to try the Lollie. I think this would make a good entry point for the novice baby wearer. I loved the moisture-wicking on this wrap and the beautiful fabric, but I’d like to see additional, larger sizes available. It does look like this design is fairly new, so I’ll be interested to see how it changes as the company grows.
Meghan Ames says
I have also reviewed the Lollie Wrap and am a size 12-14 and it fit me just fine with tails to spare. I’m guessing you may not have worn it correctly. Please watch my video linked below to find a correct fit that will fit most wearers. https://youtu.be/jQTIMx55bkQ
Lindsay | Paperclips & Pacis says
I have been using the LollieWrap for almost 2 months now and I really love it! This is my third baby (a girl) and both my boys hated being worn. With then I tried the Chicco carrier and the Baby K’Tan. I decided to try something new this time around just in case and I’m really glad that I did because it definitely works! My baby LOVES her LollieWrap and mama loves the cuddles! I foudn the directions for how to put it on very helpful. I had my husband help me the first time, and after that it was easy enough for me to do it by myself! I really like the back piece and find it gives great support, and also makes it so much easier to just loop the fabric through before tying it in the front. I find I have plenty of extra fabric. I have no idea what size I am, but I just had a baby and gained plenty of weight that I haven’t lost yet. Maybe a 6? I have the grey and white LollieWrap. I went with a neutral color so it matches everything but the teal/mint color was my next choice! I think the reason the belt portion (the white part) doesn’t match is because it’s a different type of fabric and isn’t as stretchy as the main part. I’m not sure. For me, I care more about if it works, if my baby is happy, and if I can put it on easily. So for me, it checked all three boxes! (You can see a few pictures of mine on Instagram @paperclipsandpacis)