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Price: $48 list | Available for $32 from Amazon
Pros: Cozy material, close/secure hold, excellent hip/spine positioning, good weight distribution
Cons: Cumbersome, time consuming, complicated instructions, lacks support for bigger babies/toddlers
Bottom line: Offers a great close snuggle, especially for babies under 3 mos., but be prepared to invest some time in learning how-to and in actually using this carrier.
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 for sleep deprived parents compared to competing options. Lastly, we found that the Moby 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 since they are probably not endorsed for good reason).
Our younger testers (9 mos. and under) loved being in the Moby Wrap. They were closely snuggled up to mom, almost completely swaddled by all the fabric with baby's weight well-distributed. They often fell asleep and while their little heads could 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 its chest. We felt that baby's hips and spine were supported in the proper position with the Moby Wrap.
We also like the fact that the Moby Wrap is offered in an optional sunscreen cloth version, the Moby Wrap UV SPF 50+, which blocks UV and offers SPF 50 sunscreen protection for baby.
Additionally, we like how the weight was distributed on the wearer, and were able to don this carrier for extended periods of time as long as we weren'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.
There were several things about the Moby Wrap that we didn't appreciate. First of all, the plethora of fabric can get very warm for both mom and baby. We tested during a cooler time of the year and still found ourselves getting overheated. We can only imagine the discomfort of wearing this in the hot, muggy summer months.
We found this carrier to be best for babies under a year. In our toddler tests, we found it tricky to get into the carrier without help and just didn't feel that secure of a hold compared to some of the more structured carriers. We also felt that for a toddler, the Maya Wrap is just too confining in many positions.
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 to 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.
— Lindsay Ellis
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Most recent user review: October 18, 2013
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