I have to say I missed the boat on babywearing with my first baby. I didn’t even own a baby carrier. Why? I have no idea. Looking back, I think I was intimidated by the idea of having to learn how to tie or buckle or fasten the contraptions.
The buckles and straps on most carriers look uncomfortable and hurt your back after a short time wearing them.
But the Moby always looked like it might be a comfortable carrier to me. Baby always seemed snuggled and happy and all the moms I have observed are either great actors or really were comfortable wearing the Moby.
The Moby Wrap is certainly an intimidating baby carrier. You basically are taking 18-feet of fabric (no, it really is 18-feet long) and creating a baby carrier out of it…It can, um, take some practice.
Case in point:
If you are doing it correctly, it will look something like this:
The Moby Wrap is designed to use your entire back, as well as your shoulders, to carry the weight of your baby. Unlike other carriers, which have narrow straps or go across one shoulder, the Moby Wrap is a wide piece of durable fabric that is wrapped over both shoulders. There are no buckles, snaps or other fasteners.
It is easy (so they say) to adjust the fit of your Moby Wrap by varying how tightly you wrap yourself and baby. Moby Wraps are one size which means all caregivers can easily and comfortably share one wrap.
Watch How to Tie the Kangaroo Wrap with the Moby:
My Love/Hate with the Moby Wrap
It truly is a love/hate relationship.
I borrowed a friend’s Moby to try with my second baby. He was small so I used the Newborn Hug. He loved it. Fell asleep almost right away. I loved that the wrap was so comfortable to wear. It distributes the weight of your baby really well so your back and shoulders aren’t taking the brunt of the weight.
I had a ring sling with him too and oh my goodness, my back would be killing me about 10 minutes in. The Moby never hurt. I was impressed.
I could see easily carrying a toddler around in it.
My HATE relationship really has to do with how complicated it is to figure out. There are 1,000 videos on You Tube that you can watch to see how to tie the different wrap options but don’t expect to be an expert right away.
The learning curve is steep. I had to start over about 100 times and honestly, my first attempts weren’t too far from the silly pictures posted above.
It takes some getting used to. But with practice, like with most anything, I can see how you could get really good at tying the Moby.
The other thing that stood out to me is that because it can take some time to tie the Moby, it isn’t the best to be worn on a quick outing. You might spend twice as long in the parking lot put the thing on then you will in the store.
Although, a friend of mine shared a genius idea which was to put on the Moby before you leave the house and then simply put your baby in it when you reach your destination. Seems reasonable to me…
Breastfeeding in the Moby Wrap
One of my favorite things about babywearing is breastfeeding my baby in the carrier. This makes outings much easier since I can nurse while walking, standing, sitting, etc. No need to stop and make a big fuss.
Breastfeeding in the Moby Wrap can be intimidating especially if you just learned to tie it.
Taking the time to learn a few simple maneuvers of the Moby can easily take you from a carrier to hands-free nursing in no time. This is one of the best features of the Moby Wrap. You can get your baby into a great position to nurse. That can be difficult with other carriers.
This video has two great holds for nursing while wearing your Moby Wrap. I have watched a lot of these videos and felt this one has two of the best because of how she secures her baby. A lot fo the holds leave baby dangling to the side. That can be dangerous and really doesn’t offer a hands-free option.
Another thing I like about the Moby is that there are so many design options. I mean they really are endless.
They have organic cotton, cotton, bamboo, designer prints, solid prints, specialty prints…the list goes on.
Love Baseball? They make Moby Wraps with your favorite MLB team on it too!
The only issue I have with this is that the options are too vast! I want one of each. My favorite is the Lotta Collection. The Bloomster is gorgeous! But really, there are so many to choose from.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Moby Overall Rating: 8 out of 10
I like the Moby a lot. It is a fantastic baby carrier with a lot of hold options. The added ability to maneuver it easily to breastfeed in makes this a top wrap in my opinion.
But I think it is a little complicated to figure out for a first time user.
If you can take the time and effort to figure out how to tie it and make it work for you and your baby, then I think you will love the Moby.
It is cheaper than most baby carriers making this a good option on a budget and it has so many styles to choose from! You could spend all day going through the various print patterns.
What do you think of the Moby Wrap? Leave a comment and let us know!