Product Type: Moby baby products
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The Moby saved my sanity....and my relationship with my daughter!!
Moby Wrap Baby Carrier
Member Name: pootlegirl
Moby Wrap Baby Carrier
Advantages: Your baby can feel secure, whilst you get on with your life!
Disadvantages: Can get a little warm in summer!
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.
Summary: A well made wrap that lets you have day long cuddles with your baby
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