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Moby Wrap Baby Carrier Review

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Moby Wrap Baby Carrier
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Moby Wrap Baby Carrier Features

The Moby Wrap baby carrier is pretty simple wrap-style baby carrier. It's a long segment of stretchy cotton fabric that measures about 2 feet by 15 feet. The structure of the baby carrier comes from the way you wrap it around your body.

Several colors are available. Most are solid colors, with a few patterns offered. Regular cotton and organic cotton varieties are available.

The Moby Wrap is designed to fit any size parent or caregiver. It works for babies from 5 lbs to 35 lbs. However, if you're using this baby carrier for a baby who weighs less than 8 lbs, the manufacturer suggests that you talk to your baby's pediatrician first to make sure babywearing is safe for your tiny one.

There are no additional straps or buckles on this baby carrier. You can do several traditional babywearing carries with the Moby Wrap, including tummy to tummy, kangaroo carry and hip carry.

The Moby Wrap costs $40-$60, depending on the fabric type and whether or not the carrier has any designs on it.

What I Like About the Moby Wrap

Once you get the Moby Wrap on the way you want it, this baby carrier is very comfortable. The fabric edges are just serged, so there are no seams to add pressure, and there are no extra straps, buckles or rings to pinch or hurt. The Moby Wrap does a great job of spreading baby's weight over your whole back and shoulders.

Once you get the hang of wrapping the Moby, it's easy to get it set up for baby each time. The length is plenty to accommodate parents of all sizes. Since you just tie it to fit your body, it's easy to switch from parent to parent, even if one of you is much larger or smaller than the other.

Baby fits very snugly inside this carrier. I can move freely, bend down, or go about my chores without feeling that my son might slip out. The manufacturer call this "triple-wrapped" security. The wrap crosses over your body diagonally on each side, plus it goes around your waist once. You keep baby snug by pulling each of the three wrapped sections around him or her. You can really tuck baby in for naps by pulling one of the diagonal sections forward more, or let your baby see the world by gathering the fabric in more.

You can machine wash and dry your Moby Wrap. It's very easy to care for.

What I Don't Like About the Moby Wrap

How can something so simple be so complicated? There's definitely a learning curve for getting the Moby wrapped correctly. The colorful instruction book does help, and if you need more assistance, the manufacturer offers instruction videos on their website.

You can't hold your baby while wrapping the carrier around yourself, at least not very easily. That means you'll need someone to hold the baby or somewhere to safely lay the baby while you get wrapped up. That's not always convenient when you're out running errands. If you intend to put baby in the Moby Wrap when you get out of your car, you may want to get the carrier situated before you start your drive (it's like a second t-shirt layer, so it's not bulky under your seatbelt). Otherwise, the super-long ends of your Moby will drag on the ground if you try to get wrapped in the parking lot. Just a little gross when it's warm and dry, but in rain, snow and slush, you'd have the soggy ends of the wrap hitting your legs for the rest of your journey.

The Moby Wrap can be warm to wear for very long. The fabric is thick and sturdy, which can result in a sweaty baby and parent.

I wasn't able to get the hang of nursing while wearing this carrier. The fit is very snug when tied properly, so it's very secure, but that can mean baby is smooshed against the breast or can't get into a good position if you're trying to nurse.

Since the Moby Wrap is so long, it's not easy to stuff in a diaper bag. It comes in a little storage bag, but I can't get it folded small enough to go back in the bag.

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