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Price: $45 list | Available for $33 from Amazon
Pros: Excellent ergonomics, close/secure hold, good weight distribution, cozy material
Cons: High learning curve, cumbersome, hot, lacks support for bigger babies and toddlers
Bottom line: Close snuggle for young babies under 3 mos, patience is a must at first
Many babies and parents love the close hugging nature of the Moby Wrap. It was one of the first widely accepted wrap-style carriers, giving parents another option besides go-to's such as the BabyBjorn Original and ERGObaby Original. While we love the Moby Wrap for its range of front carry baby wearing positions and snug hold, it also is a lot of fabric to wear and manage with a steep learning curve compared to competing options. Lastly, we found that this wrap is best suited for infants under 1 year of age.
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BabyGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The Moby Wrap concept is simple. It is one long piece of soft, stretchy, 100% cotton fabric that wraps around you and secures your baby to you in a variety of different ways. By long, we're talking 18 feet long! But honestly, in hand, it doesn't quite feel that outrageous. However, the complexity of getting the fabric wrapped properly around you and your baby in a semi-fluid-like motion is the trick. We did discover that once you've done it a few times, it only gets easier and faster.
The Moby Wrap offers 4 baby wearing positions: Newborn Hug Hold, Hug Hold, Hip Hold, and Kangaroo Wrap. The first 3 positions can be approached with either the fabric Wrapping Folded or Wrapping Gathered. Although neither advertised on the Moby website nor officially endorsed by Moby, front carry facing out and back carry are also possible with the Moby (but not recommended and not endorsed by Moby or BabyGearLab for good reason).
Our younger testers (9 mos. and under) love being in the Moby Wrap. They are closely snuggled up to mom, almost completely swaddled by all the fabric, with baby's weight well-distributed. They often fall asleep and while their little heads can be tucked securely under the fabric, always make sure that baby's face is visible to the wearer and that baby's chin is resting comfortably away from his or her chest. Based on our experience, baby's hips and spine were supported in the proper position with this wrap.
Additionally, we like how the weight is distributed on the wearer, and are able to don this carrier for extended periods of time as long as we aren't getting too hot.
Lastly, we like that this carrier is made of 100% cotton and that Moby also offers eco and health-wise options with organic fabric. This wrap is simple to clean by throwing in the washer and dryer.
Moby Wrap Modern has attempted to address this problem with a lighter, midweight fabric.
The Moby also scored considerably lower in our Ease of Use evaluation because there is such a steep learning curve. We had to really study the instructions and practice a few times before feeling confident enough to add a baby. It is also inconvenient when on the go because it inevitably drags on the ground while putting it on. One solution to this is to put it on at home and wear it in the car without baby and then add baby when you get to your destination. Of course, this isn't always a practical or comfortable option.
The material of the Moby Wrap began to sag and lose shape the longer we wore it, especially with the heavier babies. It does shrink somewhat in the drier and stretches out again with wear.
We found the Moby Wrap to offer a close, secure hold, best suited for babies under a year. While it comes with a steep learning curve and is a lot of fabric to manage, it can be a lifesaver for a fussy baby who wants to be swaddled ultra-close to mom. It tends to be a warmer carrier to use, so dressing lightly is important if wearing baby for a prolonged period of time. For a more practical wrap-style carrier, check out the Baby K'tan.
— Adrian Hogel & Juliet Spurrier, MD
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Most recent user review: June 18, 2015
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