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Moby Wrap Modern Review
Price: $45.00 List
Pros: Breathable, close/secure hold, weight distribution
Cons: Cumbersome, arduous, lacks support
Bottom line: Close snuggle w/ better breathability than Moby
All three of the wraps we tested are designed alike and function in the same way, but our favorite is the economical and breathable midweight Moby Wrap Modern. It offers the same close, snuggly hold that the Moby Original does, but the breathable fabric keeps baby and wearer much cooler. It also has a little stretch to it (but not as much as the Boba Wrap), which prevents sagging and makes it easier to get baby in and out of.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Moby Wrap Modern scored a 6 of 10 for Baby's Safety. We found that it secured tighter than the Boba Wrap, which we thought sagged no matter how tight we pulled it. We also found the material to be easy to adjust to ensure a smaller baby's head, neck and hips were supported. However, it's generally more difficult to ensure a clear airway in a wrap and they don't provide as much security as soft structured carriers do when using with a squirmy toddler.
The midweight Moby Modern scored a 7 of 10 for Baby's Comfort. It was noticeably cooler than the Moby Original, but all that fabric can still get a little warm. Like the other wraps we tested, we liked that it kept baby cozy and covered, which also means that other people and their (unwashed) hands couldn't touch him as easily as they could otherwise. Younger babies fell asleep and stayed asleep in this carrier.
The Moby scored a 7 of 10 for Parent's Comfort. It is designed to distribute baby's weight evenly through your whole back, shoulders and hips while keeping baby as close to mom or dad as possible. It delivers in that regard when wearing a small infant, although not as much with an older baby, and definitely not with a toddler. Even though the Modern is cooler than the Original, we weren't as cool as we were in some of the higher scoring soft structured carriers we tested.
Ease of Use
Ease of Cleaning
It is machine washable and scored an 8 of 10 for Ease of Cleaning in our comparisons. You can tumble dry or air dry, but the manufacturers warn that it may shrink in the dryer.
This wrap is great for everything from breastfeeding to naps to walks in the neighborhood, and is wonderful for calming a fussy baby. Like the other wraps we tested, it is useful for young infants, but does not provide the support needed for older babies and toddlers.
You should get a lot of use out of the Modern for the first several months of your baby's life, and at $45, it's a good value.
This carrier is soft, supportive, and cozy for newborns and small infants. The midweight fabric is an improvement over the Moby Original, while the 100% cotton provides more support than the Boba Wrap. That said, the Modern still ended up toward the bottom in our comparisons because it has a steep learning curve and doesn't work as well with older babies and toddlers.
Other Versions and Accessories
Moby Wraps range in price from $45 for the Modern and Original in a single color to $140 for a "woven" wrap made from Dolcino Jaquard. In between, you'll find a few other options like ones with designs such as almond blossoms and butterflies ($50), UV protection ($56), and organic cotton ($60).
— Adrian Hogel & Juliet Spurrier, MD
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