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The current term for placing a baby in a wrap, sling, soft structured carrier or hard structured carrier is “babywearing”.
I am a member of the non-profit organisation Babywearing International. I adore wearing my five-month old son in several different baby wearing items I own, and I write this review of the Moby wrap from the perspective of a parent and not an expert.
Readers should note that there is very specific safety guidance surrounding baby wearing young infants and sadly deaths due to misuse are not unheard of. Guidance includes ensuring the baby’s head is easily kissable by the wearer, the baby’s face can be seen at all times by the wearer, and there is a two finger wide space between the baby’s chin and chest. All these pieces of advice reduce the chances of the infant’s airway being compromised.
The Moby wrap is a long and wide piece of stretchy, soft, breathable,100% cotton that is available in a number of different colors and is suitable for infants 8-35 pounds. It is also very suitable as a first wrap, as the stretchiness of the fabric means that the wrap can be wrapped around the adult and a knot tied prior to the baby being placed amongst the various passes/folds/areas of the fabric.
This manufacturers of this wrap recommend inward-facing front carrying and hip carrying. Moby has withdrawn its suggestions of forward facing carries.
The nature of this item means that it evenly distributes the baby's weight across the wearer’s body. Moby markets this wrap as being “plus size friendly”.
As a hand-me-down, I was not provided with any instructions for use. However there is a downloadable PDF from the Moby website. More importantly, there are dozens of youtube videos demonstrating different ways of putting this wrap on, known as “wrapping”. This makes wrapping VERY easy.
This wrap is very durable. Potential users should note that the wrap needs to be tied much tighter than you might think necessary, as it stretches a lot within a few minutes of the baby being worn and it can become very loose.
It is possible to nurse while wearing the wrap.
My son loves being in this wrap and often falls asleep with minutes of being placed in it. The only drawback is that I can get too hot while wearing him in it.
This wrap is very easy to care for as it is machine washable and can be tumble dried.
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As soon as I unwrapped the Moby wrap and put my newborn son in it he fell asleep straight away. I found it was fantastic in the early months as he had pretty bad reflux and it took us a while to get medication sorted, but putting him in the moby wrap always seemed to settle him down. It is so comfortable for me and I assume for him as well as he seems to love it. There are also so many different positions to try so if one doesn''t work you can just try another. It is a bit fiddly, and I think it would be impossible to figure out without the instructions. You also get loads of useful information in the instructions as well like exercises to do while you''re wearing it and stuff. My son is now 8 months old and 9kg, and I haven''t used the wrap for a while but tried it the other day and it''s still very comfortable for both of us, I can now use other positions which is great as he loves facing out an I have my hands free. We live in a third floor flat and carrying him up the stairs is getting difficult so I am planning on using the wrap and storing it under the pushchair when we go out. I should probably mention we have one of the more traditional baby carriers also, however it isn''t much easier to figure out and I found as the baby got heavier it got more and more uncomfortable.
Long before he was born, I knew that I wanted to use a very natural, attachment based style of parenting with Baby JJ, which included carrying him as much as he wanted, which is otherwise known as Baby Wearing. Having an older special needs child, who also demands a lot of my time and attention, means that simply carrying Baby JJ in my arms was not an option and so I looked into slings and wraps that allow me to carry him hands-free. There is a huge amount of choice when it comes to slings/wraps, but after some research I decided that a Moby Wrap would be perfect for our needs.
The Moby Wrap comes in a vast range of colours, from super bright pinks and blues to more neutral creams and even embroidery. The particular colour Moby that I bought is Pacific, which rather than being blue as the name suggests is a very deep green and cost me £39.95 including free Prime delivery from Amazon. The Moby is supplied neatly rolled up in a "handy" storage bag along with instructions for using it. The bag is a great idea, except I've never been able to roll the Moby up small enough to fit back in it and it seems a lot of hassle when I use the wrap for long periods every day. The Moby Wrap itself is simply a hemmed length of Jersey-like fabric that is folded in half lengthwise and then wrapped and tied around your body in such a way that it holds your baby securely against you. While I found the supplied instructions perfectly adequate, I would recommend taking a look at some of the videos available on You Tube, as tying the wrap correctly does take some practise.
The leaflet gives two different methods for tying the wrap and four different holds, with you choosing the combination most suitable for you and your baby. The one hold that I've not tried as Baby JJ is just too young is the hip hold, which is only suitable from about 6 months. As I first started using the Moby when Baby JJ was just a day or so old, I started with the newborn hug hold, which involves tying the wrap around yourself before slipping baby into a pocket formed between the shoulder and waist and then pulling a strip that is across your tummy over baby in what Moby calls a seatbelt. To be perfectly honest we only used this hold a couple of times, Baby JJ is not what you'd call a small baby, he is very long and was unable to fit into newborn clothes even at birth. He simply looked too squished in the newborn hug hold and although he did sleep, he didn't look particularly comfortable.
The next hold that we tried out was the Kangaroo Hold, and this is probably the easiest and quickest way of tying the wrap. With this hold you partially wrap the Moby around yourself and then finish off the tying around both yourself and baby. While (in my experience) this is the easiest hold to master and the quickest to tie, it's not the snuggest of holds and I found I couldn't quite manage to consistently tie it tight enough.
My favourite hold by far is the standard hug hold, where I tie the wrap into place before slipping Baby JJ in so his little legs hang loose and he is snuggled up to my chest. Baby JJ has had really good head control from about two weeks and so I started using this hold then, but having five other children I know that this is quite unusual so you may have to wait until your baby is a little older to use this hold. Although the instructions talk about wrapping the ends of the Moby all the way round your waist to tie at the front, I'm a larger than average girl with a pronounced baby belly so I can only tie it at the back, which has proved perfectly secure. While it took me a good ten minutes to tie the wrap and place Baby JJ in on my first attempt, it now only takes me couple of minutes and the great thing about this hold is that I can take Baby JJ out, change or feed him and then put him back in without having to undo the wrap.
Both Baby JJ and myself find the Moby incredibly comfortable even over several hours. The way the wrap is tied means that Baby JJ's weight is evenly distributed over my shoulders and back, and it certainly feels more comfortable than the old fashioned front slings I used with my older children. Baby JJ loves being in the Moby and even when he is at his most unsettled will quickly calm as he is held next to my chest. I'm sure it's almost like being back in the womb for him as he lays his head next to my heart and drifts off to sleep and to make him even more snugly I pull one of the shoulder pieces across his head to block the light.
When I first started putting Baby JJ in the sling I was very wary about moving around and doing things with him in place, making sure I kept a hand behind his head and being very conscious that I needed extra space. As time has gone on, I've greatly gained in confidence and can now perform most day to day tasks while wearing Baby JJ, up to and including changing his older brother's nappy. As well as wearing Baby JJ in the house, I also use the Moby when out and about as his older brother has physical difficulties and can't walk for far. While the Moby is obviously not wind or water proof it is very snug and I find that as long as I put a hat and warm trousers, socks and booties on him JJ is quite warm enough. In fact the Moby is so snug and warm that I have to remember that he needs fewer clothes than he would out of it. While in the house I tend to have him in a long sleeved bodysuit, his cloth nappy and a pair of baby leggings and he is more than warm enough. If he's in a sleepsuit then he gets far too hot in the Moby, so bare that in mind. When we go out I add a hat, jumper, socks and booties, pull the shoulder pieces over his head and then wrap my coat round him and he is as snug as a bug in a rug.
As Baby JJ is still so young, he does tend to spit up after milk time and the white milk curds really do show up on the dark fabric of the Moby Wrap. Because of this I have had to wash it on more than one occasion and it takes a long time to dry (especially as it has to be dried indoors in this weather), although the instructions do state that it can be tumble dried on low, I haven't actually done this. I have found that after washing the Moby does feel as if it has shrunk slightly, but after wearing Baby JJ for a couple of hours it seems to have stretched. In fact I feel like the Moby stretches slightly during use whether or not it has just been washed and because of this I tend to tie it so that Baby JJ is ever so slightly high to start with and then find it settles after about an hour.
Baby JJ and I officially love our Moby Wrap and have had far more use out of it in a month than I had with a basic (much cheaper) sling over five children. We use it every day and it allows me to satisfy Baby JJ's need to be close to me without being tied to the settee. I find carrying him in the Moby also helps Baby JJ get his wind up as he is in an upright position and is great for settling him when he is colicky. The only slight niggle I have is that I hoped to be able to feed him without removing him from the sling, but neither of us can get the hang of that so he has to come out at boobie time. But other than for feeding and changing, Baby JJ will happily spend all day in the Moby and I don't have any difficulty carrying him all day. I certainly don't get back ache even after a day out at the zoo, where I carried Baby JJ for seven or eight hours. Of course this may change as he gets heavier but even at a month he's no lightweight, I don't know what he weighs now, but he's just about to move into 3-6 month clothes and was much heavier than average born.
Even with the breastfeeding niggle, I would still recommend the Moby Wrap to anyone who is looking for a way to carry their young baby, whether that is because they plan to babywear, need to be able to get on with housework while holding their baby, have a colicky baby who won't otherwise settle or have another pushchair using child and don't want to resort to a double buggy. I feel the Moby is more than worth what I paid for it and only wish that I had bought one when my three year old was a baby rather than the cheap sling that barely got used.
The Moby baby wrap carrier is basically a large long sheet of fabric which is slightly stretchy.
The item comes with an instruction booklet and I would recommend watching videos on Youtube to see the sling in action as putting it on can be tricky the first few times but it is definitely worth persevering with as it is such a comfy carrier for the wearer and the baby.
There are many different hold that can be achieved with the sling to suit many sizes of baby and the carrier is also suitable for a wide range of wearer shapes and sizes as it can be adjusted to fit everyone. This is also useful if the carrier will be used by a number of different people.
The carrier is supportive to the baby. It can cradle them close to the wearer and also hold their head when they are tiny for hands free use. The carrier spreads wide across the wearers shoulder and doesn't strain the back making it comfortable.
The carrier is available in many colours. I had a summer baby so found the UV version reassuring too.
Due to the stretchy nature of the fabric I would say that the carrier is good for babies up to about 6 months. As they get heavier and more able to sit up I would recommend of soft structured carrier but the Moby is perfect for small babies.
I purchased the moby wrap with my first baby and honestly fell in love with it.
Essentially the wrap is a long stretch of soft cotton material that can be tied and wrapped in many different positions that allow you to carry or wear your baby hands free. The wrapcomes rolled up in a cotton bag that matches the colour you choose for the wrap. It is widely available online but I have not ever seen it actually in a store although I'm sure some shops must stock it. Typically you are looking at paying between £20-£30 depending on where you purchase it from. I bought ours from ebay in brown and paid £25 which I was happy with. There are many different colours to choose from too so you can really choose one to match you or your baby.
In the bag is a very detailed leaflet on the ways to wrap your baby. I'd definitely recommend buying it and trying it out with a doll before using it with your actual baby. I tried and tested the different wrap styles a lot before baby arrived so that I was confident using it. The instructions definitely make things easier and if that fails there are so many videos on youtube that can help with this.
The wrap is suitable from birth which is great as many other carriers aren't or you have to buy another part to make it for newborns. It can be safely used up to 30lbs. My almost 3 year old isn't that heavy yet! Its definitely good value for money in that respect.
The wrap is nice and long so it will fit women of every shape and size. I was a plus size when I first used this and it fit me fine with spare material.
I found it really comfy to carry my newborn in as the weight was spread across my back and shoulders which you definitely need after just hsving a baby. I loved the bonding experience it gave me with baby and also allowed easy skin to skin with both me and my husband. Its a brilliant cover for easy breastfeeding on the go enabling you to feed baby discreetly.
Overall I have nothing bad to say about this wrap.its comfy, affordable and amazing for bonding, whats not to love?!
I had seen these carriers a lot in magazines and had seen some celebrities with similar things and was keen to give one a try so prior to giving birth in October I bought one of the Moby carriers. The reason I had decided on a moby one was mainly due to the name because it is a great brand and very well known. There are lots of cheaper brands on the market but I wanted to make sure that I bought one that would last so I chose Moby.
I bought mine on the internet and I paid around £35. I was very excited when it arrived and looking forward to the arrival of my baby so I could give it a try.
The sling itself is very simple it is really just a very long and stretchy piece of material. It is 5m long. The carrier came with a booklet explaining how to use it. The booklet was very good and made it all sound very easy. It had lots of pictures in it so you could see step by step what you needed to do.
The carrier can be worn in many different positions and can be adapted as your child grows and changes which I really liked. It can be used from birth and right up to around age 2 if you want to.
This baby is my 3rd child and over the years I have tried several carriers. I have not found any particularly good which is why I was so excited about this one it was very different to anything I had used before. I wanted a carrier as we have a Springer spaniel dog who likes walks on the beach and in the woods which are not great places for prams so I thought if I had one of these it would make taking her out easier.
When I tried the carrier for the first time I was really disappointed with how long it took to put on and how difficult it was. There was no way I would have been able to do this by myself so it was a good job my husband was there to help me.
Once you have managed to get the wrap on then the baby is very happy in there and snuggles up and goes to sleep. The carrier does feel secure so you don't feel like the baby will fall out like you do with some of the others and it does leave both your hands totally free.
I did try it quite a few more times after this but just could not get the hang of putting it on by myself so in the end I gave up and sold it on ebay. I wouldn't recommend this unless you have another adult with you who is able to help you. Overall a big disappointment!
I had a sling when I had my daughter 3 years ago but very rarely used it. Although styled like a Moby, it was a metre longer. I'm only 5"2 and always felt swamped in material when I tried it. However, when I had my son last year I found myself using it more and more. He suffered from reflux and rarely slept during the day (or at night!). Still not really liking my original sling but knowing a sling was going to make my life a whole lot easier I decided to invest in a Moby. It was quite possibly one of the best decisions I have ever made!
Like all wrap slings the Moby is basically a long piece of fabric. The Moby is 5m long and is made of a stretchy jersey fabric. It is supplied in a little drawstring bag so it's easy to transport and comes with a detailed instruction book of how to put it on and the different ways in which you can carry your baby in it depending on their age. It can be used from birth to 35lbs. However, I stopped using it much earlier than this (my son was around 5 months) as I found that his weight would stretch the fabric so if he was in it for any length of time he would start disappearing towards my knees! Another reason I stopped using it was because summer was approaching and the Moby does and several layers to your outfit. This was a big advantage in winter but can make you far too hot in summer.
Putting the Moby on can be very daunting at first, but it soon becomes as natural as brushing your teeth! I recommend a few practices when baby is nice and calm and someone is around to assist if possible. I also never had any problems fitting it back into its bag, I would just fold it to the correct width and roll it up!
Using the Moby really did my make life a whole lot easier! My son would only sleep for 20 minute burstts in the day, but in the Moby he would sleep for 2 or 3 hours. He would still wake every 20 minutes or so, but he would just look up at me, rest his head back on my chest and drift off again. It was such a wonderful feeling having him sleeping on me and knowing that he was so comforted by our closeness. This was time I could play games or read books with my then 2 and a half year old daughter safe in the knowledge that I wouldn't have to break off to give him attention, for even if he woke up he would be quite happy. In the early days this quality time with her was priceless, it got to a point where I felt I was contstantly telling her 'I couldn't' or 'in a minute' or 'I've just go to...' I'm sure anyone with a fussy second baby will have experienced this. But once my baby was in the sling I could devote my time to my daughter just like before. There were times I worried that he would never learn to sleep out of the sling, but he did. At around 5 months he suddenly started having two hour naps in his bed without any trouble at all.
From a practical point of view, using the Moby when we were out and about having both hands free to deal with a a two and a half year old was far preferable to pushing a pram one handed and trying to hold my daughters hand. The pram became totally redundant, and still is! Even though we have stopped using the Moby, we are still massive sling fans!
I was given a Baby Bjorn carrier which I would leave in the car and use when nipping my daughter into pre-school, this saved me having to remember to take the Moby with me! When my son was around 3 months old even the short trip from the car to pre-school and back (10 minutes) carrying my son would make my shoulders and the top of my back ache. I could carry him in the Moby for hours without so much as a twinge! The weight of your baby is distributed so evenly that you really don't feel it.
The Moby washes really well, my son favoured sucking on the material so it needed regular washing but still looked new when I finally parted with it.
I purchased a Moby wrap for my baby girl as she was a very high needs baby and wanted holding all the time. With a toddler to look after aswell I really needed my hands free.
I did a bit of research and decided the moby looked the easiest thing to use on my own.
It arrived quickly in its own little bag and a great book of instructions. I also found many videos on howto use it on Youtube, these were great as I need a visual guide as well!
There are different ways of tying the wrap, but the easiest one to start with is were you pre tie it round yourself then slot the baby in.
You can carry them in a cradle position - great for newborns or an upright position, facing into you. This is great if your baby suffers from reflux and prefers being upright. There is also the option to have them facing out once they have head control but this isn't really recommended by experts as it puts pressure on their spine.
You have to make sure you tie the wrap tightly or the baby may feel a little insecure, but once you get the hang of it it is really easy. I often pre tied before going out in the car and would then pop her in once we got to the shops.
The length of it can look quite offputting but it really is easy when you know how.
The only danger is you get addicted to buying more and more slings once you're used to the handsfree lifestyle!
I owned two Moby wraps and absolutely adored them - as did my son who quite happily slept in it. The Moby wrap is a length of stretchy thick jersey cotton which comes in a variety of colours. You start by wrapping the Moby around your body and then you slide your baby into it and voila you are hands free and away you go. The instructions provided with the wrap are fantastic and show several methods to carry your baby although I must admit I primarily used the Hug/Kangaroo holds as they were the most comfortable carry for both my son and I.
I used this carrier on a daily basis and purchased two as my son was ill on the first one and I was stuck waiting for it to dry for 2 days after I washed it (30 degrees) - You can tumble dry the Moby but I do not own a tumble drier. I would highly recommend this carrier to all mothers as it is a reasonably priced stretchy wrap which is ideal for newborns; however i stopped using the Moby wrap when my son was 5 months old as it became uncomfortable around the shoulders/back as he was too heavy for it at 17lbs which is typical of a stretchy wrap and so I went on to use a woven wrap instead.
The Moby is lovely on cold days but it may become too hot to wear in the peak of summer so I would recommend you look for a lightweight wrap for the summer period. I definitely believe that carrying my son since birth has helped with our bonding and using the Moby for skin to skin contact (using the Kangaroo hold) also had a positive influence over breastfeeding.
I had a normal baby carrier and I could only carry my son in it for 20 minutes or so before my back felt sore and at this point my son only weighed 8lbs! I had read about the moby wrap and how comfortable it was so ordered one.
I found it very easy to put on and get my baby in and out of and it is super comfortable - I wore my son in the sling for 7 hours whilst I went to a friends wedding when he was 6 weeks old and my back felt fine.
I think it looks much nicer than a normal carrier and I always get lots of comments when I have it on. I also used to put my son in it around the house as it leaves your hands free and he used to drop off to sleep in a matter of minutes!
For women who breastfeed this wrap is fantastic as it allows really easy and discreet feeding.
My son is now 20lb and it is now starting to get harder to carry him in the sling although I managed to go for a 20 minute walk with him at the weekend on the beach.
Washes really well.
Top Tip:- Moby wrap comes in a tiny bag which can be tricky to fold the sling back into but on youtube there is a tutorial showing you how to fold it which is a lifesaver!
Ok, I have 6 kids (for those that have read my other reviews, yep I mention that a lot!) Having my first baby ,it took me ages to get to grips with the demands of caring for a new baby. Then number 2 came along when number 1 was just 19 months old. All of a sudden I realised how easy having onebaby had been! Then came number 3, which actually didn't turn out as challenging as I had prepared myself for. Somehow I muddled through number 4,but she was a great sleeper and very easy baby.
Then came number 5. She hated sleep.She hated,pretty much everything in fact,other than being held. By the time she arrived I had travelled a long way on my parenting journey, and my own personal parenting style was more about gently meeting the baby's needs, rather than the strict "shut them in the room and leave them to cry" advice I had been bombarded with when my first was born. So I wanted to be able to calm and settle my new baby when she needed it. Unfortunately she needed it a lot!
Trouble was by this point my older kids also needed taking to school, help with homework, feeding. My toddlers also needed cuddling and playing with, taking to the playground and stories reading to them. So...what I needed was a solution that enabled me to get on with these things, whilst comforting and holding my newborn.And that is where the Moby wrap saved the day!
The Moby sling or wrap is basically a long piece of soft slightly stretchy cotton material, similar to T-shirt type material. It is about 5M long with slightly tapered ends.How you use it is complicated to explain,but once you get the hang of it itis actually very easy to use. Like others I too had owned a Tomy baby carrier in the past, and found it both uncomfortable and awkward to use. The moby however was both easy to use (admitedly after a bit of a learning curve!) and supremely comfortable. There are basically several different ways you can wrap the length of material around you and your baby so that you baby is held snuggled close in to your body. The baby's weight is perfectly and evenly distributed,ensuring no aching backs or tired shoulders. Importantly as well, the baby is held in positions which offer them total support and don't put pressure on their developing body,in particular thepelvis, which can be a problem with some of the more convential carriers available.
Because of the materials slight stretchiness it is possible to first tie the sling around you and then just pop the baby in. This makes it ideal when you may need to take baby in and out many times a day,as you can pretty much leave the sling tied on all day. It is possible to carry the baby in several different positions , including a cradle type position,ideal for sleepy new borns,and an upright front carry. The sling comes with thorough instructions showing you how to achieve each dofferent carrying position, and really it soon becomes second nature. It is also possible to breastfeed in the sling, making life with a newborneven easier!
This sling allows the baby to beheld close to you in a very natural position. It will usually very quickly calm and sooth the baby, and they love sleeping peacefully snuggled up to you! Because of the total support that this offers your baby it really does leave you hands free to get on with other things, such as doing a jigsaw with the toddler, or getting them a snack,or even doing some housework (if you are mad enough to even contemplate this with a small baby!) It really is a product that lets you do more than 2 things at once!
It also provides aunique and beautiful bonding experience between you and your baby.It enables your baby to feel safe and secure,and leads to a calmer, more contended baby.
I have used these with all my subsequent children and really can't fault them at all. My only regret is not discovering them sooner!
With my daughter I bought a pushchair without thinking about it and she was in it from the very beginning. We bought a Tomy sling but I could never work out how to put it on and my husband found it uncomfortable after a month or so. It took two of us to get her in it and the faff meant it was abandoned almost unused. This time around with an extremely active four year old and a house that is not suited for a pushchair I decided to look into slings a bit more and ended up buying this sling for £38.
What is a Moby wrap sling?
Just a long shaped piece of stretchy cotton material that comes in a variety of bright colours - mine is a pretty mid-blue. It arrived all rolled up in a small cotton bag with a very useful instruction leaflet detailing all the different holds which include a back carry (for older children), hip carry, newborn pouch or cradle carries and a front carry where they can face outwards or inwards. Once unrolled it is an intimidating 5 metres long and needs to be folded in half along the length, tricky at first but after a while very easy to do - it took me a few pre-baby practices and a few days once he was actually born. You wind the length of the material around your body and tie it at the front; once this is done you can put the baby in a number of different ways according to their size and your personal preference. Once they are in you pick up your handbag/other child/shopping and off you go. I can tie mine on first thing in the morning and pop him in and out throughout the day as required without removing the sling inbetween; it takes just seconds to get him in and out and the sling doesn't interfere with any of the household jobs or get in my way at all, even with his 11 lbs in it!
Doesn't it hurt your back or the baby?
No, the sling is designed to spread the weight across your whole upper body, I can wear him for a whole day, going up and down stairs etc without noticing anything other than a very slight ache between my shoulderblades. Because he is strapped tightly to me (and my centre of gravity) he cannot lean backwards or throw himself around too much, but he can also see everything which keeps him very occupied and less frustrated. The Tomy sling dangles all of the weight off the shoulders which can be very painful after an hour or so. In addition the Tomy sling is not good for the baby's hips and pelvis as they are basically supporting the whole weight of the body, the Moby wrap sling supports the pelvis and promotes healthy hip development. As a newborn the baby stays in the 'froggy position' which they assume naturally having been scrunched up in the womb, once they are older the sling forms their legs into a 'straddle position' which is recommended for hip dysplasia and is very comfortable for them. The upright position is recommended for babies with reflux and being close to a parent is soothing for a colicky baby; in addition skin-to-skin contact is recommended for all newborns but especially for premature babies as it helps to regulate their breathing/temperature control. If that isn't enough then the Moby sling can increase head control by strengthening neck muscles (as it is like 'Tummy time' all the time) and reduces 'flat head syndrome' caused by babies lying on their back all the time in cots/bouncers/car seats etc. Phew, not bad!
What if you fall?
Then you will usually have both hands free to save yourself from falling heavily and the baby will be tightly strapped to you, which will be safer than if you were just carrying them in your arms. Your natural instinct is always to protect the baby.
Won't it make my baby clingy?
In my opinion either a baby is clingy or it isn't just as a fact of nature. If you have a clingy baby then this is great for satisfying this need without having to hold them all the time, if not then surely it can just increase their confidence. My son astounded us by being able to get to sleep completely by himself from 4 weeks, just put him down and he dozes off by himself. In my opinion this is because his need for contact is well satisfied, he is confident that we are there and he is happy to be left. Just my opinion though!
Any other positives?
+From a vanity point of view it covers up all of my lumps and bumps when I wear it, very kind to my postnatal body!
+It can be used as a blanket/sunshade/impromptu highchair if needed (tie the baby to the chair!)
+Easy to wash, bung in the machine on a cold wash.
+You can carry children from birth to 35 lbs (apparently as I haven't tried it myself, but I am carrying my 11 lb son without effort)
+Fits different size people without adjusting buckles or straps. Fits up to a size 18-20
+Improves milk supply if breastfeeding. Apparently you can breastfeed whilst wearing the wrap.
+Comes in lots of bright colours
+I find my son sleeps longer in it than he does anywhere else.
+They get eye contact with you and other people. Also improves communication as you can talk to them/they can listen to your conversation/other people talk to them.
+People talk to you much more, it's a great conversation starter
+Often you see parents carrying their baby and pushing their pushchair, this cuts out the middle man, saving your back and freeing your hands.
+Cost per use is miniscule, especially compared to a more expensive pushchair
+Because they are wrapped in three layers of material they and you need fewer warm clothes- I haven't needed a coat all yet.
+You can manage steps, rough ground, narrow pavements, narrow shop aisles/doorways and public transport without hassle. I took my two children to London when he was three weeks old and we had no problems with the bus, tube or museum stairs and my daughter got to go on the huge escalator at the Geological Museum which would have been impossible with a pushchair.
+You have to check if your baby is breathing/sleeping/hungry/tired/hot/cold/dropped their dummy much less.
+You can wear it with nothing on underneath around the house and still look 'decent'
+You always have two hands free!
OK! Wow, sounds like a wonder product. Any negatives?
- You have to learn how to put it on. It took me three goes to be completely confident.
- The ends drag on the floor/in the mud when you put it on when out, obviously if you put it on before you go out this is not a problem.
-People talk to you all the time about it! Sometimes people express negative opinions about clinginess/heat/suffocation, which I just ignore.
-Can get a bit warm wearing it, but there are lighter weight wraps than the Moby.
- You are limited to buying only what you can carry with no pushchair to sling it under/hang it off. I solved this problem with a granny trolley which I use to shop in town.
-Because it is stretchy it needs the occasional gentle readjustment every few hours.
-The logistics of getting to a purse etc takes some getting used to. I have a rucksack on my back and have to swing it off to get my purse out, but I am planning to get a small handbag to solve this problem.
-When it comes to bending etc you have to be a little more agile. Again not a problem for me even postnatally.
- Being where they are means they have unlimited access to things they can pull, grab, poke and scratch e.g hair, glasses, noses etc
-You cant cook etc whilst wearing it but that's common sense!
For me the Moby wrap sling was the best thing I bought for my newborn and I only wish I had had it for my daughter as well. I really could eulogise about it all day.
You can also buy the more expensive Moby D which has an extra front panel for 'contrast and support' but is £11 more expensive. I find the basic wrap suits us just fine though. There are lots of other brands of sling as well, woven, lightweight, fleece, pouch, ring, mei-tei etc in case the Moby wrap isn't quite to your taste or needs.
Moby website (American):
This shows some of the different holds:
More information on slings etc:
At the time of my buying, there were two different Moby Wraps available.
The basic Moby, and the more luxury Moby D.
Being on a tight budget I opted for the basic Moby, as it does the same job as the luxury wrap and still looks good. I got mine for £29.99 with free delivery. I'd advise you to look around a few websites for the best price. Google is your friend.
There are lots of colours available in this 100% cotton wrap, I went for the natural shade as I felt it wouldn't clash with anything I wore and as it was lighter in colour baby deposits would be less noticeable. You can get lilac, navy, black and red to name a few of the eleven colours available.
If you had decided to spend the extra ten pounds and get the Moby D, then you would have the choice of eleven wraps with a special central fabric in either silk, woven cotton or fleece. They did look very pretty, but I wanted the wrap for it's function rather than it's looks, so couldn't justify the money. If you want to look like a yummy mummy I'd go for the Moby D, there are some very lovely colours and prints on the panels.
The basic idea of this baby carrier is that it is one long piece of shaped material, five and a half metres of cotton in this case, which is wrapped in a certain way around the body to form a means of "wearing" baby.
I have to admit, that even with the very helpful instruction leaflet which has colour pictures and step by step instructions on how to wrap the Moby around yourself, and how to insert baby in different ways to use the five holds, I struggled the first couple of times. This was made much easier by a video on YouTube by another mother showing you how to wear it, I would recommend anyone struggling have a look.
It comes in a nice little drawstring bag which is great for storing it at home, and that it sits nicely in a big changing bag or under a buggy or pram. The wrap itself can be a bit of a mission to fold or roll up simply because of the length, it might be easier with help.
So far it has washed really well, only a little bit of wear on it and it's been in constant use for three and a half months nearly. It does seem to shrink a little when it's been washed - it's fully machine washable on a cold setting and suitable for the tumble drier on a low setting - but it soon stretches back to the usual size.
I really like it as there are no straps, no buckles and it's so simple to wash. I found with other carriers in the past that they could be hard to keep looking fresh, clean and new. This is not a problem with the Moby. The material also spreads the load across a wider area round the shoulders and back, which carriers with straps often don't, so it is more comfortable to use. My little girl is quite heavy and I don't find her too heavy to use this carrier.
It would definitely suit being used by a bigger mum or dad, which some other carriers do not. I'm a bigger lady and the Moby fits with cloth to spare.
My little girl loves the wrap, it settles her down whilst leaving me with two hands free. She spent a lot of time in it as a newborn simply because it lulled her to sleep and meant I could get on with things around the house, and the hands free aspect left me able to spend time with my slightly jealous toddler. It's also great for breastfeeding, especially if you want to be discreet while out and about, although I would imagine more suitable for those with smaller breasts than those with larger as I have found it difficult to latch her on sometimes.
There are a couple of issues I have with it. I feel I can't wear it when my little girl is not in it as you are wearing five and a half metres of cotton on top of your clothes, but it is difficult to fold and put away, so sometimes when out and about it is not the best carrier to have. It's not something you can just grab and run with. I'd recommend it as a wrap, but think that if you plan to use carriers a lot that it's not something that fits all purposes, so you might need to budget for another carrier for when you are in a hurry.
There is also a design issue, which I think has been righted in the most recent wraps, certainly in the Moby D wrap anyway, in that the most natural place to tie the knot is in the small of your back, which isn't exactly comfortable when you sit down.
A muslin cloth is a life saver with this wrap, I found when I carried my girl in the newborn hold she dribbled and sicked a lot, so I put one between my clothes and her. Don't wear lower cut tops with the wrap without a muslin either, unless you want a drooly cleavage.
Great for breastfeeding
Better on your back
Easy to keep clean
Brilliant instruction manual
Versatile, lots of different positions for baby, for use from birth until toddler and even suitable for twins
Comes with a handy little drawstring bag
Design fault can make it uncomfortable to use when sitting
Not a grab and go carrier
Can seem complicated to new users
This flexible wrap around sling has been an absolute godsend with my son. It securely holds him so that I have my hands free to be able to get on with other things. There are a variety of ways to tie it as they get older, with options where they can see the world and face out or be held facing in more snuggly. As your child grows you can also use it to carry them on your back, though I haven't tried this yet. It spreads the weight equally across your shoulders, back and hips for comfort. I can walk for over 2 hours with my 14lb+ son without any aches. The wrap has an amount of stretch in it, which makes it easy to fit, though a few practices are required to ensure you've got the weight distribution right. One size fits all and it comes in a wide range of colours. I have found it really convenient on public transport - no struggling with buggies over steps, no waiting for another bus because the buggy space is taken on this one etc. It has really helped bring up wind and sooth my son to sleep. The only problem we've had is that it is a bit warm when the temperatures are 20 degrees celcius + and I really struggle when mine is in the wash.
I love my sling! And so does my daughter!
I have had loads of comments about how snug she looks in it and it also feels really secure to wear. As it spreads babies weight over both shoulders and your back even though my daughter is now over 12lbs I still find it comfortable to wear, and as there are so many different ways to wear it it will grow with her as well.
When I first got it the instructions seemed a bit bewildering but after practising a few times to wrap it and also putting a doll in and out we were ready to go. I have used it from my daughter being 2 weeks old - although it can be used from day 1.
She really enjoys the closeness it gives her, and in those precious early weeks when she just wanted to feel safe and secure it created a very loving environment for her to settle into. At times popping her in the sling was the only way to settle her and she will always settle whenever I put her in it now. She loves sleeping in the hug hold.
The only down side I can find is that it can be a little tricky to get the hang of - definitely practise with a doll before using it with your baby.
One tying method and several carrying positions! Carry baby on front, back or hip.