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Moby Wrap Classic Review

Comfy option that is easy to clean but much harder to use
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Price:   $45 List | $40 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to clean, comfy for baby and parent, economical
Cons:  Hard to use, lots of extra fabric in the way
Manufacturer:   Moby
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Feb 19, 2018
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  • Child Comfort - 25% 7
  • Parent Comfort - 35% 7
  • Ease of Use - 30% 4
  • Ease Of Cleaning - 10% 9

The Skinny

The Moby Wrap Classic is a wrap style carrier made of a single piece of fabric. This wrap is super easy to clean and the four available wraps are all nice and cozy for little ones. The stretchy fabric provides 360 enclosure for a snug secure fit. The wrap style is great for all body types and the wide fabric provides a comfortable fit with no pressure points. The downside is this is a harder to use carrier with extensive instructions that can take much longer to figure out and remember. You need to put the wrap on while you hold the baby to you making it harder than those you can attach prior to adding baby. overall, however, the Moby is an interesting option with a budget-friendly price. Unfortunately, for the Moby, the Boba Wrap is virtually identical and has a lower price tag.


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Price $45.00 List
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Pros Easy to clean, comfy for baby and parent, economicalEasy to use, comfortable to wear, cozy for baby, lower priceComfortable, easy to adjust, pocketEasy to put on, super comfortable to wear, cozy for kidsBudget-friendly, easy wrap, machine wash and dry
Cons Hard to use, lots of extra fabric in the wayHang to dryHang to dry, rough fabricLong drying time, lots of buckles and straps, expensiveSize specific, no adjustability
Bottom Line Hard to use wrap that is comfortable but can get hotComfy sling to wear and sit in with an easy to use designComfy for baby and parents but the fabric could be softerComfortable and easy to attach with a cozy place for babyBudget-friendly wrap style that is easy to use and comfy enough
Rating Categories Moby Wrap Classic Nalakai Ring Sling Maya Wrap... BabyBjorn One Baby K'tan Original
Child Comfort (25%)
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Parent Comfort (35%)
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Ease Of Use (30%)
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Specs Moby Wrap Classic Nalakai Ring Sling Maya Wrap... BabyBjorn One Baby K'tan Original
Min/Max Weight 8 - 35 lbs 8 - 35 lbs 8 - 35 lbs 8 - 33 lbs 8 - 35 lbs
Carry Positions Kangaroo Position (< 8 lbs)
Facing In (Newborn - 35 lbs)
Hip Carry (5 mo - 35 lbs)
Facing In (8 - 35 lbs)
Hip Carry (8 - 35 lbs *BGL recommends Head/Neck/Torso Control)
Facing In (0 - 3 mo)
Facing Out (3 - 6 mo)
Hip Carry (6 mo - 35 lbs)
Facing In (0 - 36 mo./33 lbs)
Facing Out (5 - 15 mo./26 lbs)
Back Carry (12 - 36 mo./33 lbs)
Kangaroo Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Hug Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Adventure Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Explore Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Hip Position (8 - 35 lbs)
Weight 1.3 lbs 0.9 lbs sm 0.92
lg 1.16 lbs
2.26 lbs sm 0.89
lg 1.04 lbs
Packable Size Small Small Small Large Small
Fabric 100% Cotton 58% Bamboo
42% Linen
Cotton, Polyester Cotton, Polyester, PU Foam 100% Cotton
Hood No No No No No
Storage Options None Pocket on the tail Zippered pocket on tail None Pouch on the belt.
Other Features & Notable None None None Adjustable Seat Width,
Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Class 1
Azo Dye-free
Included Accessories Stuff Sac None None None None
Care Instructions Machine wash cold, tumble dry low. Machine wash cold, hang dry. Machine wash cold, hang dry. Machine wash warm, hang dry. Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.

Our Analysis and Test Results

MOBY (MOther and baBY) introduced their classic wrap in 2003 and quickly became synonymous with babywearing. Moby understands the importance of keeping babies close to encourage bonding and calmness with their Close Enough to Kiss™ campaign. The Moby carrier designs adapt to growing babies providing comfort safety and style. Moby continues to expand its carrier lineup working with new materials and designs to meet the needs of modern parents. Moby has won consumer and industry awards, and they are still evolving.

Performance Comparison



The stretchy fabric and the design of the Moby creates a 360 secure and snug feel for little ones.
The stretchy fabric and the design of the Moby creates a 360 secure and snug feel for little ones.

Baby's Comfort


The supportive structure of this wrap helps increase the comfort for the baby as it wraps and holds them from all sides. The slight stretchiness of the fabric provides a snug but not restrictive fit providing good 360 support to little ones helping them feel secure. The fabric is soft, but the all-around restriction of the fabric may be frustrating for some older babies who may want more freedom of movement.

The wide fabric on the Moby means better adjustability and more surface area for parent comfort than narrower or stiff straps found in soft structured carriers.
The wide fabric on the Moby means better adjustability and more surface area for parent comfort than narrower or stiff straps found in soft structured carriers.

Parent's Comfort


The Moby is relatively comfortable, and the lack of structure is what helps the wide swathes of fabric cover more area for less pressure on a small surface. The design of the Moby means you can make adjustments as necessary for a custom fit and it works well for all sorts of body types. Unfortunately, the layering of the fabric means you could end up with 2-3 layers of fabric on your body as you hold your baby close. This design translates to a lot of trapped heat and potential overheating for the wearer. While this could be an advantage in the winter or fall, it could be a serious disadvantage in the summer on outdoor adventures.

The wrapping instructions for the Moby make it far harder to use than most of the competition with a higher learning curve and the hassle of holding the baby while you put it on.
The wrapping instructions for the Moby make it far harder to use than most of the competition with a higher learning curve and the hassle of holding the baby while you put it on.

Ease of Use


This carrier is one of the more difficult options to figure out, and even once you do become familiar with the different wraps, it still takes more time and energy to put it on each time. First, the fabric is long and can be arduous to wrap. Second, you have to hold your baby to put them in while you are flipping the fabric around. Last, even after you manage all this, you can still end up with a long trailing piece of fabric hanging from your back and getting in the way. In short, there are a lot of instructions and once you get it on you'll still need to readjust your clothes.

The Moby is one sheet of fabric and it can be put in the washer and dryer using a cool setting for both.
The Moby is one sheet of fabric and it can be put in the washer and dryer using a cool setting for both.

Ease of Cleaning


The entire thing being machine washable and tumbles to dry making it one of the easiest options to clean. Being able to throw a carrier in the dryer is rare, and it is a huge benefit because it means less downtime with no carrier. The Moby is also easy to clean on the go should you little one spit up or have a blowout. A quick scrub in a sink and air drying will let you stay on the go with only a short interruption.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team