The first carrier I ever used was a Moby. At this point I hadn’t heard of babywearing as a concept. I didn’t really think about my options or if I even wanted a carrier. At a local consignment sale, I found a brand new Moby and decided to give it a try (note consignment sales are a great place to get carriers).
The Moby is basically a very long piece of fabric. The middle is noted with a Moby Logo. I used the middle as a marker for when you are figuring out how to tie the wrap. The fabric is sort of thick. Like a sweatshirt material. This is probably great over winter months, but as it gets warmer it definitely makes it harder to use.
Here is a video that I watched over and over and paused and started again and again while trying to figure out how to wrap:
The following are pros for the Moby Wrap:
- Pretty inexpensive- These are not super expensive and they are easy to find. Making it a great wrap for a first try.
- A great way to carry newbornsI loved the feeling of pumpkin snug against me. It was amazing for our bonding and for skin to skin time.
- Easily portableThe Moby Wrap could fit in a diaper carrier if you have the space. It’s easy to port around with you.
And here are the cons to the Moby Wrap:
- Fabric is so thick! The fabric is thick and not very breathable. Plus when you wrap it all around it adds to the layers. At times pumpkin and I would be sweating from all the fabric. Not pleasant.
- Fabric is quite long The fabric is sort of one size fits all. With other kinds of wraps and carriers you can alter, but with the Moby there will always be some excess fabric you will be trying to figure out what ot do with.
- Can be hard to wrap in public Until you are really comfortable with wrapping the Moby (if you ever got comfortable, I never did), it can take quite a while to wrap and feel like you have it tight enough before you put your baby in it. I probably looked so awkward to people at times.
Here are my recommendations with the Moby:
- Get someone to show you before baby comes Go to a babywearing group or ask a fellow mom to show you how to use the wrap. Yes, there are videos on YouTube, but it may drive you crazy trying to watch them to figure it out.
- Wear little clothing with it or use during cold times. It’s just too warm to wear when it’s hot.
- Have the Moby for use early on.I found that once pumpkin got to a certain size, she would push away and made it difficult to stay in the Moby. I had a hard time trusting my wrapping skills would keep her in the wrap. In my opinion, the best time to use a Moby is the newborn stage and then have another carrier as they get bigger.
I’d love to see your Moby cuddle pics!