I love my Moby Wrap. I have used it so many times I can’t even count. For me, it was very important to find a type of carrier that I could wear that will not hurt my back. I needed something with support and something that could hold infant up to toddler. This is the carrier!
Basically it is a long piece of fabric that you wrap in a certain way to create a pocket for the baby. There are multiple ways to carry the baby depending on the age and development of the baby. In the beginning, I held Ryley in the newborn hug hold, which has him nestle right up against my body. As he got older and had more head control I was able to put him in the hug hold, where his body is still facing me. Now that he has great head control, I am able to have him facing out. He loves it! Click here for instructional videos.
I recommend it for anyone who is looking for a carrier that offers great support without having straps that could dig into your shoulder.
2 thoughts on “Product Review: Moby Wraps”
The moby is good expecially for beginners because it is forgiving when you are first learning.
A lot of people don’t know, It is usually not recommended to face babies out because it creates a “hollow back” (a considerable amount of stress on the spine) and puts a lot of strain between the legs. It’s called “crotch dangling” and it puts a lot of pressure on the baby where it shouldn’t be (especially boys. It also puts a lot more stress on the wearer. Bjorn carriers are especially bad.
There is a way to wear a baby facing out that puts weight on their bottoms properly. It’s called the kangaroo IIRC. Their legs are tucked in froggy style or cross-legged IN the wrap…not dangling out. For older babies the moby can be worn cross wrapped on the hip. Otherwise, babies should always always be facing toward the wearer either chest to chest, their chest to your side, or their chest to your back. Though if any one wants to back carry a 4 weay stretch Moby should never be used — only non stretch fabrics or fabrics that stretch only on the diagonal.
yeah, i have to agree w/ everything said by the previous commenter. also, once a baby reaches between 15 and 20 lbs., even though you can TECHNICALLY still use a moby or other stretchy wrap, it isn’t comfortable. you have to pull the fabric VERY tight in order to keep baby where they belong and not down by your crotch. when they reach a weight where the wrap starts to sag, it’s time to switch to either a woven wrap (you can make your own for cheap by buying cotton broadcloth or quilting fabric and sewing the selvages together, them hemming the ends of the tube. you want at least 5 yards unless you know how to use a shorty wrap – i’ve never mastered that one though), mei tai (asian style baby carrier; i LOVE my baby hawk; i’ve also made several for myself – if you’re interested, i can do a guest blog tutorial on how to make one), or ssc (soft-structured carrier like an ergo, paptum, beco, boba, etc.). all over these provide wonderful support for larger babies and toddlers. i can still wear my 4 year old in my babyhawk! the plus on mei tais and ssc’s is that they aren’t as hot as wraps b/c there’s far less fabric. wraps for gorgeous, but can get pricy if you don’t make your own (going rate for USED ones is generally $100 or more; new ones can be a little less, but need a lot of work to break in properly so they’re comfortable for you and your little one).