The Moby Wrap
Many people are familiar with the Moby Wrap. The Moby is made out of three layers very stretchy, soft cotton jersey material. It is fairly easy to use (with a small learning curve), and easy to find at most big-box stores. However, you are much more likely to find more design options at an online retailer. Overall, the Moby is an excellent carrier for newborns and small babies who like to be snuggled close to their hands-free mom or dad. The biggest benefit to the Moby carrier is probably the price. As baby wraps go, the Moby is one of the least expensive options – at about $50. The problem most parents run into is that the Moby is only going to take you so far. It is tested up to 35 lbs, but most baby wearers will tell you that it is really only comfortable until about 20. Personally, I found it to be closer to about 15. The three layers of stretchy cotton jersey material, while snuggly, are very
sweaty warm. So if you are like me and you don’t care for the heat, this might not be the carrier for you. Although, they do have a mid-weight version that claims to be just as snuggly, but lighter (I have not tried this myself). Lastly, because they Moby Wrap is so stretchy, it can only be used for a few front carries. You might think you don’t want the versatility of carrying a baby on your hip and/or back, but try to think long-term! Back carries are a life-saver once baby is big enough to sit up on their own!
Overall, the Moby Wrap is a great carrier for new wrappers and wrap-ees. It is going to be on the warm side, and is not very versatile as far as carrying options go. I enjoyed the Moby Wrap when my baby was a newborn. However, because of it’s super stretchy-ness, and the fact that I was new to wrapping at the time, I wasn’t able to pre-tie the carrier tightly enough to get a snug and supportive carry. This caused the carrier to feel saggy and uncomfortable pretty quickly. You really have to tie the Moby pretty tight to get it supportive. This takes practice, especially if you pre-tie and pop the baby in.
Here is J and I using the Moby Wrap early on. Clearly I could have used a little help at the time. I am well aware that this is completely incorrect form. However, much of the reason I am wearing him this way is I found the Moby to be slightly “saggy” after some time, due to the fact that I wasn’t able to get it tight enough to keep him high, supported, and close enough to kiss
If you are not sure if your babywearing form is correct and safe, be sure to ask for help!
But he sure was snuggly!
Here is J and I rocking the Moby Wrap now (he is 15 months old, 26 lbs, 32 inches tall). As you can see, it didn’t stay snug and supportive very long. Toddlers can be wiggly characters!
Moby Wrap Pros:
Soft and snuggly, perfect for newborns!
Fairly easy to use
Moby Wrap Cons:
Not very versatile, can NOT be used for back carries
Only comfortable for up to 15-20 lbs
VERY stretchy material, some people might find this difficult to wrap tightly enough to be comfortable
Can be overly warm to some
Design options are limited
Not great for the wiggly toddler or baby, due to the lack of support
Only available in one size (approximately 5.5 m)
The Moby Wrap comes with a fairly brief instruction booklet (left). I found online video tutorials to be significantly more helpful. Every Wrapsody Baby carrier comes with a step-by-step instruction booklet AND an instructional how-to DVD (right).
Here is a comparison of the Moby Wrap to a Wrapsody Stretch-Hybrid. You can see the Wrapsody (right) has hemmed edges for added support. While the Moby does not.
The Wrapsody Stretch-Hybrid
Wrapsody Baby offers their own version of a “stretchy wrap”, but it is not really a “stretchy wrap” in the strict sense. It is hemmed along the edges, and it only stretches widthwise, not length wise. Thus, the name stretch-HYBRID. It has all of the “stretch” you love about the Moby (see: extra snuggly softness) with the support of a woven. Even though the Wrapsody Stretch-Hybrid is supportive like a woven wrap, it is much more forgiving of sloppy or quick wrap jobs. Making it much easier for the beginning wrapper (or the experience wrapper always in a hurry! – cough cough: ME!). Unlike the Moby, the Wrapsody Stretch-Hybrid comes in many different cotton fabrics that are hand-dyed or hand-batiked by a family-owned company under fair trade conditions. Most importantly, Wrapsody baby carriers are made with close attention to quality, sustainability, and ethical manufacturing. Due to the supportive nature of the Wrapsody Stretch-Hybrid it is comfortable for newborns and toddlers up to 35 lbs. It can also be used safely and comfortably for front, hip, or back carries. Even though the Wrapsody Stretch-Hybrid is very supportive, it is actually thinner than the Moby Wrap, making it much cooler and comfortable in warmer weather.
Overall, the Wrapsody Stretch-Hybrid is going to get you a lot more bang for your buck. The Wrapsody Stretch-Hybrid is available for $89 at many online retailers. While it is slightly more expensive than the Moby Wrap, it is worth the extra money in the long-run. You will use the Wrapsody Stretch-Hybrid LONG into toddlerhood, and it is much more versatile as far as carrying options go. Consider it an investment in your future, you won’t be disappointed!
Wrapsody Asha (Carry Me Away Exclusive Design)
My very first back carry in Wrapsody Arieko
Wrapsody Stretch-Hybrid Pros:
Beautiful hand-dyed designs
Ethically manufactured and made from quality, sustainable materials
Comfortable for children up to 35 lbs
Made of soft and snuggly semi-stretchy cotton jersey material, perfect for newborns to toddlers up to 35 lbs
CAN be used safely for front, hip AND back carries
Made of lighter but still very supportive material so it is not overly hot
Very versatile, can be used much longer than the Moby Wrap
Wrapsody Stretch-Hybrid Cons:
Can be slightly more difficult to use at first, but worth the extra effort
Slightly more expensive
Only available in one size (approximately 6 m)
Only you can decide which carrier is right for you. I started babywearing with the Moby Wrap – and it was the gateway to a beautiful world for me. I would never discount the Moby Wrap. For me, it was an excellent “starter wrap”. However, if you are looking to make a long-term investment, I would definitely go with the Wrapsody Stretch-Hybrid versus the Moby Wrap. Without a doubt! It is worth the extra cost for a beautifully crafted, highest quality, incredibly versatile, perfect for anyone carrier! It is everything the Moby Wrap is, and SO much more. Trust me, you will not be disappointed!
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