They are both real parents who were “figuring out” the Moby Wrap. As you can see, things can go wrong.
So how do you actually tie the Moby and make it stay?
In this post, I will go over all four Moby Wrap holds including when to use each hold and how to achieve it. I will even include visuals for those who prefer picture books. Here we go!
Moby Wrap Holds:
First – Wrap Yourself:
All the Moby Wrap Holds (with the exception of the Kangaroo Hold), start with this basic setup. So follow these steps first, then proceed to the desired hold.
Moby – Getting Started Wrap Video Demo:
Moby – Getting Started Wrap Steps:
1 – Begin with your MOBY logo section centered at your navel.
2 – Fold the MOBY Wrap in half and place across your waist with the stitched edges on top, like a taco.
3 – Cross the two ends behind your back and bring one end up and over your shoulder.
4 – Bring the other end over your opposite shoulder creating an “X” on your back.
5 – Tuck the ends of the wrap under the logo section from top to bottom.
6 – Cross the end pieces in the front making an “X” across your chest.
7 – Bring the fabric ends behind your back and tie a knot here, or continue to wrap around to the front of your body.
8 – Tie a double knot on your back, hip or front.
9- Tie where knot comfortably lands.
Newborn Hug Hold:
Made for Babies: Newborns (8lbs+) to 3 Months old
Newborn Hug Hold – Video Demo:
Newborn Hug Hold Steps:
1 – Locate the shoulder piece that is nearest your body. Open seams to create a pocket for baby.
2 – Place baby on the shoulder opposite from the piece of fabric closest to you.
3 – Slide baby down your chest and into this pocket. The baby’s legs will remain in the fetal position.
4 – Spread the fabric over the baby’s body including the shoulders, back and bottom.
5 – Locate the opposite section of fabric and spread over baby’s body.
6 – Find the logo and pull this section of fabric up and over baby. You may tuck baby’s head under one of the shoulder pieces for additional support.
For Babies: 3-4 Months and older. Introduce once your baby is able to fully stretch legs.
Hug Hold – Video Demo:
Hug Hold Steps:
1 – Locate the shoulder piece that is closest to your body.
2 – While holding baby on your opposite shoulder, carefully put baby’s first leg through the shoulder piece.
3 – Spread the fabric over baby’s bottom and shoulder. Keep spreading until the fabric is to the hollows of baby’s knees.
4 – Place baby’s second leg through the other shoulder piece while supporting the upper body.
5 – Spread the fabric to the hollows of baby’s knees, covering baby’s bottom and shoulders.
6 – Locate the logo and gently put baby’s legs through this section.
7 – Continue pulling this section of fabric up and over baby’s back and shoulders.
8 – You may tuck baby’s head under one of the shoulder pieces for additional support.
For Babies: 5 Months and older. Introduce when your baby has excellent head & upper body control.
I don’t have a fancy video for this hold but it is fairly simple.
Hip Hold Steps:
1 – Wrap so that the shoulder piece closest to your body is the side on which you will carry baby.
2 – Shift the MOBY so that the fabric “X” is moved from your front to your side.
3 – Place one of baby’s legs through the shoulder piece closest to your body, so that baby straddles your hip. Spread the fabric over baby’s bottom and shoulder.
4 – Fully spread the fabric, ensuring it is to the hollows of baby’s knees and over baby’s entire back.
5 – Locate the logo and gently put both of baby’s legs through this section. Pull fabric up over baby’s back and shoulders.
6 – Baby should be seated comfortably at your hip with baby’s shoulders secured by two layers of fabric.
Kangaroo Wrap & Hold
For Babies: 8lbs and older. This hold is called a Front Wrap Cross Carry in the woven wrap world and is similar to the Newborn Hug but the fabric is tied with the horizontal pass underneath.
Kangaroo Hold – Video Demo:
Kangaroo Wrap & Hold Steps:
1 – Place the MOBY Wrapacross your waist with the logo centered at your navel.
2 – Wrap the ends of the MOBY behind your back. Make an “X” on your back by crossing the two ends up over your shoulders.
3 – Now it’s time for baby. Hold baby up on your shoulder.
4 – Gently lower baby into the fabric section with the logo. While baby is in the fetal position, pull the fabric up to baby’s shoulders and down under baby’s bottom.
5 – Holding baby securely with baby’s legs tucked in; bring one fabric end over baby’s back towards your opposite hip and guide under baby’s bottom.
6 – Repeat with the other fabric end, making sure you keep both fabric ends pulled snugly as you wrap.
7 – Wrap fabric ends around your body. Double knot at your back, hip or front.
8 – Tuck back of baby’s head into a shoulder section for additional support. Make sure baby’s mouth and nose are visible. Feel to make sure chin is lifted off chest.
One thing that is very important is to constantly be checking and double checking that your baby is positioned correctly and the wrap is tight enough. You wouldn’t want any accidents to happen. Here are a few simple things that Moby suggests you check often:
Chin is off chest and baby’s face is visible.
The logo section (“seat belt”) is securing baby’s entire back and shoulders.
Baby is in a seated position with knees up above bottom.