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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
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Manufacturer:   Moby

The Skinny

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

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD
Mom-in-Chief
BabyGearLab

Last Updated:
Sunday
June 21, 2015

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Even with a 17-pound baby  the 100% cotton of the Moby Modern provides a lot of support and keeps baby close to mom.
Even with a 17-pound baby, the 100% cotton of the Moby Modern provides a lot of support and keeps baby close to mom.
The midweight Moby Wrap Modern was brand new to the market for 2014. It's the same design as the uber-popular Moby Original, which consistently ranks as a parent favorite. The most common complaint about the Moby is how hot it is, and the midweight Modern improves on that problem. The fabric has a lower thread count than the original Moby, making it less thick or heavy, but the integrity of the fabric is exactly the same. The 100% cotton wrap is designed for babies between 8 and 35 pounds. Read on to find out how it performed in our tests.

Performance Comparison



Baby's Safety


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.

Baby's Comfort


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.

Parent's Comfort


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.
The wide fabric on the Moby Wrap Modern distributes baby's weight evenly across your back and shoulders.
The wide fabric on the Moby Wrap Modern distributes baby's weight evenly across your back and shoulders.


Ease of Use


Wrap length comparison: the Boba Wrap is on the left  the Moby Wrap Modern in the middle  and the Moby Wrap Original on the right.  This is a lot of fabric and can be a bear to wrestle with if you are out and about.
Wrap length comparison: the Boba Wrap is on the left, the Moby Wrap Modern in the middle, and the Moby Wrap Original on the right. This is a lot of fabric and can be a bear to wrestle with if you are out and about.
The Moby Wrap Modern scored a 6 of 10 for Ease of Use, performing better than the Boba Wrap because it offers more carry positions. Out of the box, the Moby can be somewhat overwhelming due to its length. It's a lot of fabric (18 feet!) and it drags on the ground when trying to put it on. However, the descriptive picture directions are easy to follow, and with practice, we eventually figured out how to wrap it correctly. We like that we can comfortably wear the wrap around the house while not wearing baby and then quickly and easily put baby in. We also like that you can lift the shoulder straps to cover baby's head while feeding, sleeping, or to block from the sun. Unfortunately, like the other wraps we tested, the Modern has no storage pocket for storing things like keys, cell phone, etc. It does, however, come with a storage pouch for stowing the wrap itself, which is nice.

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.

Best Applications


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.
Newborns love the coziness of the Moby Wrap Modern.
Newborns love the coziness of the Moby Wrap Modern.

Value


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.

Conclusion


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).

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