NOTE: Another long post with a video…so, you’ve been warned. 😉
When I first started babywearing with Annie, I used cheap carriers. While they did the job, they weren’t very comfortable…and then I met the Moby Wrap. I remember the first time I wore Annie in my Moby – I remember thinking “Now THIS is how it’s supposed to be!” It just felt right…snug and secure. I fell in love with it immediately.
When I am in the front-carry stage, the Moby Wrap is hands-down my favorite carrier. I like the fit – I like how it feels so secure – I like how fast and easy I can put it on – I like that I can put it on before I leave the house – I like that it’s machine washable when it gets baby snot all over it…or when Mama drops hot dog chili all down the front panel.
The Moby Wrap CAN be used for back carry – I’ve seen people do it. I’m not comfortable with that carry method. I feel like I cannot get it very tight and it takes a long time to get it tied on that way. Not for me…but I have friends that do it. When I want to move to back-carry I use my Ergo or Boba.
Also, Moby Wrap does not recommend back carry.
I began wearing Andy very early so that he would get used to it (I waited too long for Annie) – before he was even a week old. When wearing a small baby, you should always exercise caution and do safety checks. Always make sure the baby has room to breathe and that their chin is off the chest – ALWAYS. When I’m baby wearing, I am constantly aware of my babies…that might be my favorite part of it.
I love that this wrap is so snuggly that Andy almost always falls asleep when I wear it. The best part is, even when they’re very little with no head control, you can use the side panels to keep their head stable. When he falls asleep, I just tuck his head on my shoulder and slide it into the shoulder pocket. Again, please always do safety checks. I am the Queen of Safety! Stop-drop-and roll!
When I am going to be out and about with Andy, I tie my Moby on before I leave the house. That way I don’t get the straps dirty in a parking lot or on the floor of the grocery store. When I reach my destination, I can just pop him right into the carrier and be on my merry way – quick and easy. Have I mentioned that I LOVE THE MOBY WRAP?
There are also “woven wraps” which differ from the Moby in that they are not stretchy at all. The Moby is very stretchy and that’s why I like it. I prefer stretchy wraps while Brandy prefers woven wraps.
So, see below for my video of how I do the front-carry in my Moby Wrap…with my lovely assistant, Andy – whom you also hear in the background chewing on a toy.
For another couple of how-to videos you can check out Kitchen Stewardship and she’ll even show you how to breastfeed in your Moby! Also, on the Moby website there are 6 different hold options that you can try. Obviously my favorite is the way I show you in the video. 😉
Why You Might Want To Buy A Moby:
- You want to be able to keep your baby near
- Your baby has difficulty sleeping and/or has colic. This is very soothing to them and they sleep easier.
- You want to be hands-free.
- You don’t want to put your baby in a stroller.
- You want something that is easily washable
- You want a carrier that doesn’t take up much space
Why You Might NOT Want a Moby:
- Your baby doesn’t want to be near you to sleep.
- You’re afraid of large pieces of material.
- You cannot tie a knot.
- You have difficulty following instructions.
- You have no intention of exercising SAFETY (have I mentioned I’m the Safety Queen?)
- You don’t like kissing your baby’s head about 1 million times a day.
The Moby will cost you around $50 depending on the type you get…you can spend more. That’s VERY affordable – especially if you get one carrier and plan to use it for all your children. They are worth every single penny – a good carrier cannot be beat.
When I do any public speaking, I almost always wear Andy – and he almost always sleeps. Please ignore the dumb look on my face…I have those a lot.
So there you have it. I might be biased – okay, so I AM biased because I just love my Moby. I really, REALLY do. I cannot recommend them enough.