Moby Wrap Baby Carrier

Updated on June 12, 2008
M.M. asks from Bothell, WA
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Has anyone out there tried the Moby Wrap or one of the other Moby products? I found some information on it, but want to get any feedback from someone who has used it before I purchase it. I have tried many baby packs (so I can pack my baby around with me when I need my hands free) and none of the ones I have used are kind to my back and shoulders.

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Thank you so much for your responses regarding the Moby Wrap. The information was just what I was looking for to make a decision. It is amazing how much money can be spent on carrying your children! I am in the process of getting some material and making myself a wrap.

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P.C.

answers from Seattle on

I've tried it with my infant son. Once you get the hang of wrapping it around it is pretty simple - great for skin to skin/kangaroo care for newborns. My son liked it best at 1- 2.5 months, it was soft, warm, and cozy for him, but now he likes the baby bjorn carrier better since he can see better while facing me.

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K.R.

answers from Portland on

I ordered a Sleepy Wrap and I LOVE it and I have had a long history with back pain. It is less expensive than the Moby. Google it, you will find it. I am very happy that I got one!

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A.H.

answers from Portland on

The Moby style wrap was my favorite until my son was about 1. After that I switched to the Mai Tai (asian style carrier).

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J.V.

answers from Seattle on

I have one (actually Made myself) that I used for my twins. I still use it to carry them on my back. they are three now. I have a bad back and it was the only carrier that I found that didn't give me back pain. It is very easy to make instead of spending the money to purchase one. It is 8 yards of jersey knit material. Jersey knit comes 60 in. wide and so you can get 3 out of one 8 yd piece. no sewing involved because jersey knit rolls on itself. I know a web site where you can buy for $1.60 a yd. that is only 12 bucks for three instesd of $40 for 1. if your interested e-mail me and I'll give you.
the site address. good luck, J.

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A.G.

answers from Portland on

The moby is great! It is affordable and very, very comfortable on your back, shoulders, and neck. It can be intimidating at first glance, but once you practice wrapping it a few times, you will love it! You can wear it so many ways.

Once your little ones get a bit bigger, consider an ergo--they are great for heavier babies and toddlers and also very easy on the back and shoulders. But the moby is definitely the most comfortable of all the carriers I've used (backpack, bjorn, sling, etc.).

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S.W.

answers from Seattle on

M.~

I bought one before my son was born. I found it difficult to use, I tried it when he was a newborn and because he was so close to me he got confused and started rooting every time he sat in it. Now we just use to bejorn. I think if you can figure it out then it would probably work for you. You would need help putting it together the first couple of times.

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L.A.

answers from Seattle on

We had the moby wrap it was OK - it really is only for a very small baby so we couldn't use it very long. As your baby gets heavier it starts to stretch out. It was also kind of hard to put on - you'd have to have it on before you went out - if you were in a parking lot it was a little too much to put on. The great thing about it was I could put it on my husband and he'd need me to take my daughter out.

I really recommend the Ergo for longevity - you can wear it longer - and there is a new born insert. I know lots who wore it for a very long time - but it wasn't kind to my back after 35 lbs which I think is the recommendation. http://www.ergobabycarrier.com/

If you are looking for a wrap rather than something with hardware - then there is a woven wrap - I can't remember the name for the life of me - but it is very much like the moby wrap except made out of woven fabric rather than knit.

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M.C.

answers from San Diego on

The Moby was AWESOME for the first 2-3mos. My second daughter loved it -- I think it seemed almost like the womb. I could put her in it a walk or dance and she would be out like a light. It is pretty comfy until they start to get a little heavy and it is a little bit time consuming to get on (even after you get the hang of it). I didn't find it useful for being out and about due to the effort to get it on and the fact that it dragged on the ground as I was doing so (HORRIBLE in our rainy climate). For outings, I used to Baby Bjorn for quickness (once she was big enough). However, at about 3 months of age, both the Moby and the Bjorn were hard on my shoulders, so I switched over to the Ergo. It's great for the hip carry for shopping and very comfy to have her on my back when out for walks or longer trips.

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K.A.

answers from Portland on

Hi M.~ I am a SAHM mother of twin 2year olds and a 8month old. I just bought a Moby wrap because I needed to have my hands free too! I am so impressed with the Moby Wrap....it took a couple times (following the directions) to get use to wrapping my self up for my baby and it works for carrying one of my twins at a time too. I am pretty fast at getting it on now PLUS it evenly distributes the weight of the baby...soo no pressure on our backs or anywhere else!
I was nervous spending the money on another gadget to help me out however I would highly recommend it! My littlest loves to hang out or fall asleep in the Moby Wrap. Just be patient at first trying to wrap the material. Once your baby is in you can stretch the material out for complete support. Also I got mine under a Moby Wrap web sight and it gave me a 30 day trial so maybe check that out! I am completely satisfied.
K.

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A.Z.

answers from Portland on

Hi M.,

I sell the Moby Wraps and you are more than welcome to come over and try it on. I can show you several different positions and ways to carry your baby from newborn through toddler years. Many parents struggle with carrying their children past the 20 lb mark in a Moby, but there are a few simple tricks I can show you to make it work through 35 lbs. I have some slings, pouches, ergos, etc. But my husband and I both prefer the Moby because of the comfort and versatility the Moby provides. It evenly distributes the weight across your entire back making it a lot easier to carry even a 35 lb child for hours at a time.

If you would like to try one out to see if it's something you really want, you are welcome to come by. No obligation to buy!

A.
www.punkinbutt.com
Phone: ###-###-####

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G.G.

answers from Portland on

LOVE IT!!!

I put my boy in it at 3 days old and he practically lived in it for the first three months. Now that he is 9 months (and 20 pounds) I still have him face out when we go to the zoo or on short walks. I couldn't recommend it highly enough. It does take some practice putting it on at first, but be patient with it and it will treat you VERY well.

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S.E.

answers from Portland on

LOVE IT!

I have used it since my twins were born. It does take some practice to get used to putting it on but if you spend a half an hour and just do each hold 10 minutes you should get the hang of it. My twins are 6 months and I can still carry both of them. I do a modified hip carry and if I have help I can have one on my front and one on my back! Yes both of them on me at the same time. I love the versatility of it and plan on using it until it wears out and falls apart. Obviously as the get older I won't be able to do both in the Moby but I have found that I can use it and another carrier at the same time and still have total functionality.

As for the shoulder thing, I completely understand I am the same way. i love the Moby's since you can draw it down your arms. But i have also found that it doesn't dig into me when I have it bunched up on my shoulders. So it just depends on what I am wanting that day. Pulling fabric down my shoulders when they are in a back carry brings them closer to me.

There is a DVD called Tummy to Tummy. Or if you are in the Portland area there is a store called Milagros who has baby wearing classes and a several different types of carries that you can try. They are great at helping you find what you need.

Ok sorry for the book. Good luck

S.

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C.M.

answers from Richland on

I love my Moby wrap. It is especially great for newborns that are fussy and nothing else will calm them. The only hold that I found hard to do by myself is the backpack carry. The side hold is great for hands free carrying.

I never had back pain after using it like some other backpacks and slings that I have tried.

C.

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R.D.

answers from Seattle on

i have tried one and think they take alot of getting use to, but those who use them all the time love them. i own Green Mammas www.greenmammas.com my suggestion is to pick out a fabric you love and have one made for you! it will save you tons of money! but check out my site i love all the options offered there, with the Mei Tais being my new found favorite. and please email me if i can help anwser more specific questions.

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J.P.

answers from Portland on

I started using my moby when my son was 3 months old and my only regret was that i didn't use it sooner!! i loved, loved, loved it!! i will use it again when my second child is born in a few weeks.

don't be alarmed by it's length. it takes a couple tries and you will be an expert!

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L.C.

answers from Seattle on

I have a Moby and it is fine, if you enjoy wraps/slings/etc. It takes some getting used to at first (for you and baby), but most moms I know love theirs. I've also heard great mom reviews on the Ergo, but they're about $100. Good luck

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J.K.

answers from Seattle on

I've noticed a lot of good wraps at mamabargains.com

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M.B.

answers from Portland on

I haven't tried the Moby, but also reccommend the Ergo carrier. I carried my 8 month old around Disney Land for a few hours at a time for a week long trip without any problems or pain. I did not use the infant insert, so I don't know how it is for babies under 4 months. Also babies can't face forward in it. It works well as a front pack & back pack & should last a while with the high weight limit. I know that's not what you were asking about, but might be worth taking a look at. A lot of smaller/specialty baby stores carry them. Good luck!

M.

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A.A.

answers from Eugene on

I used the Moby with baby #1, it's basically 10 yards of fabric you twirl yourself into. We had two yellow labs and I found that it was filthy by the time I was all wrapped up because you can't keep the exess fabric off the ground. I love my mai tai I made, much simpler and same ergonomic benifits. Here's instructions. http://thosemartins.com/bmt/

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J.B.

answers from Eugene on

Hi M.,
I haven't tried the Moby Wrap baby carrier, but I can definitely recommend the Ultimate Baby Wrap. It's basically a 25-ish foot long, 1.5 foot wide piece of cotton jersey that you wrap yourself and then insert baby. It actually wraps in such a way that the weight is carried on your hips rather than on the shoulders. My little girl is about 25 lbs now and I am amazed that I can still carry her quite comfortably when we go on walks.
Jennifer

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S.L.

answers from Portland on

I had a BabyBundler which is a different brand, but aside from the tag it's indistinguishable from the Moby Wrap and I loved it for babies from birth up to about 20 lbs (for my kids this was 5 or 6 months). It's the most comfortable thing I used and it seems comfy for the babies too. After 20 lbs, though, their more active--wanting to get in or out more--and the stretchy fabric that was so nice for newborns is not structured enough to keep the baby right where you want him or her--they sag down a little bit. Some women can wrap a baby on their back by themselves, but I could never do it without help. If you do need something for an older baby, the Ergo or Ergo-like packs are pretty comfortable and pretty easy to wear on front or back. Good luck.

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J.L.

answers from Sacramento on

Everyone I have talked to says to invest in an Ergo. You can wear it on your front, hip, or back and it's great as your child gets older too. If you want to invest in two carriers, the Moby would be a great second choice.

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L.C.

answers from Portland on

Love my Moby wrap. I have taken my now 7 month old hiking, snowshoeing, walking, through the airport, vaccuuming, doing housework, etc. Love it! The best part is that it grows with your child and that you have both hands free. The only time I've had sore shoulders is if I didn't adjust the fabric over my shoulders to be more spread out. Super easy to put on, takes 45 seconds or so then an additional minute or two to get the baby situated.
To a large degree, you feel pregnant with it on because you have a baby on your belly and just need to be aware of that so you don't unnecessarily bump them.
L.

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S.F.

answers from Yakima on

My sister-in-law has a Moby Wrap and she loves it. It does take some practice to get down all the different ways to wear it but seems worth it. I want one for when we have our next child.

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H.B.

answers from Seattle on

I don't know anything about the Moby Wrap, but I used a Baby Bjorn for 9-10 months and it worked great! I have back and neck problems, and because of where the "cross" is and the soft straps are, it didn't bother my back at all, in fact, it stregthened it. You can use it forward facing for newborns and then forward facing when they can hold thier heads up. My son doesn't have any leg problems(there was a rumor that went around about causing leg problems), and it was a perfect thing for us.

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S.B.

answers from Corvallis on

We tried our son in the Moby when he was 1-2 months old and it never worked very long. By the time I figured out all the fabric he had lost patience and fussed a lot. Or, he would tolerate it for a few minutes and then fuss. At ~4 months we purchased the Ergo and love it! He's still in it, happily, at 8 months and 22 lbs.

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R.S.

answers from Seattle on

I haven't used one, but am going to purchase one soon. My son is 20 months old and still wants to be carried from time to time. A freind said this wrap would work great and she uses it for her 3 year old still. I agree that most other carriers are not good. I hope this works out for you, I am looking farward to using mine when I get it.

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K.K.

answers from Seattle on

I've tried a lot of baby carriers and I love the Moby Wrap - especially for when the baby is new and wants to snuggle all the time. It's very easy to use and distributes the weight of your baby all across your entire back. I've got back issues and found that this was the only one that didn't hurt to wear. I tried using it with my one and half year old, but unfortunately she can wiggle her way out of it so I don't use it with her anymore. The only other downside is that it's a lot of fabric and can get really warm in the summertime. For summer, I recommend a mei tai wrap which is usually a lighter cotton and has straps instead of just one large piece. There are expensive ones out there, but I prefer the mommy-made ones on eBay. The straps should be wide and able to spread across the back, not thin otherwise they will pull down on the shoulders and put pressure on the upper back and neck as well. I hope that helps!

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S.S.

answers from Seattle on

I haven't tried the Moby wrap, but know a lot of women who loved it. For me, though, I really loved the Ergo carrier. It is soooo comfortable and you can get an infant insert if your baby is still small. Plus you can wear it on your back when your baby gets bigger and I think you can carry a toddler over 30 pound in it... Can't remember the exact weight. In any case, you can look up the details on their website http://www.ergobabycarrier.com/.

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J.C.

answers from Seattle on

I used the moby for both my kids and loved it. So did they. Plus, it is one of the more affordable carriers (you can make your own too). There are some draw backs (as with any carrier). My kids were both big, so there was a limit as to how long I could carry them on the front. Also, with the lenghth of material, it is a committement to get into! Its not the kind you can slip on and off easily. It is very, very comforting for a newborn and infant. I switched to the ergo baby carrier when they got too big for the moby and easily sold the moby on craigslist when the time came. There are a lot of carriers out there so you are right to do your research.

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J.F.

answers from Seattle on

We have a moby wrap, and we haven't used it as much as I thought we would. We liked it best when our daughter was little (like up to 3 months old) and now we prefer our Eurorider by Infantino.

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T.G.

answers from Seattle on

M.~

I wanted to love the Moby because so many of my friends had such wonderful thing to say about it. Unfortunately for me, my son hated it. He's a pretty hot and sweaty kid, and the Moby just added to his heat. So after trying all different carriers, I finally went with the Mai Tai http://catbirdbaby.com/shop/
I love it! I'm able to carry my son around and still be hands free. I use it all the time, and even carried my son on the air plane with it.
Good Luck!
~T.

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D.A.

answers from Portland on

I absolutely lllooovvveeee my Moby wrap. I used it during a trip to Paris where strollers are difficult to use. My daughter was 5 months (small for her age), but did the walking tour cards and walked everywhere. It was so nice and I didn't learn how to nurse in it until my son was born. I use it w/ my son now, he is 8.5 mos. and we have used it since birth. He loves hanging out or snuggling and sleeping. Nursing now involves only one hand while I shop or walk. His body is supported by the wrap. If you are in the Portland metro area, you can try one out at Mother Natures in SE Pdx. Or contact me and I'll let you try one of mine, yes, I have two. One is lighter weight and nicer for the warmer days.

I also like that I can put on my Moby in the morning and leave it on all day. Not caring about fashion statements here. I just slip my son in and go. These days he is either facing out if awake or toward me if asleep or it is chilly outside. He has also taken his best naps in it. It was the only way he would sleep longer than 20 min. from about 2 mos. to now.

I highly recommend the Moby wrap!!!
D.

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J.H.

answers from Seattle on

i have one, it's the most comfortable baby carrier i have ever used; HOWEVER, it is a bit of a hassle getting it on bc it is really really long.

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T.R.

answers from Portland on

Yes, and we love it! We haven't used it in a while because we now use the Ergo and a hiking backpack more. We used the Moby from about 2 months old to 7 months very regularly. I haven't gotten it back out to try the other holds now that he's bigger, but I do plan to. He loved the moby.

I suggest going to Milagros in Portland or another baby product store where you can try the carriers on with you and your baby. Milagros is great, off NE Killingsworth, about 28th.

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B.D.

answers from Seattle on

I have not used the Moby wrap but I have tried the ultimate wrap from Babierus and it is to strechy I never felt my son was secure. I ordered a Sleepy Wrap on Ebay and I love it! I think it is cheaper then the Moby Wrap and it is the same concept. I have tried pocket slings and snuggly carriers and the Sleepy Wrap is the most comfy and the baby is right against you. My daughter falls asleep every time she is in it.

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B.M.

answers from Seattle on

We have the moby wrap and used it a lot when my daughter was 0-3. After that we didn't use it as much, and she didn't seem to like getting all tied up.

The moby looked very confusing to us until we took a "baby wearing" class at Gracewinds in Ballard. The class was free when we took it, but now it's $10 or something. It was very helpful, and they discuss different brands/types, and then you get to try them all out (peanut shell, ergo, bjorn, moby, etc.).

HTH

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I.J.

answers from Seattle on

My daughter is a Navy wife, living in Hawaii, and writes articles for a local magazine there. The following is an excerp from an article she wrote on babywear:

Be sure to ask questions of yourself, too. Summer-Lee Faria, a local Moby wrap distributor, counsels, “Go in knowing what you want from your carrier.” Consider the following to save time narrowing down your search for the perfect babywearing carrier:
Support – Your child’s weight can be distributed over one or two shoulders, with or without lower back support. When baby is little it might not matter, but it’s a proven fact that babies grow. If you want just one carrier to take you from birth through preschool, it pays to think ahead.
Comfort – Cindy Urbanc, owner of Baby aWEARness in Manoa frequently fields questions about the heat factor. “In Hawaii, everyone wants to know what won’t be hot. Carrying a baby is hot,” she warns. Some carriers, like slings and some soft structured carriers, allow you to take them on and off easily. Others, such as wraps, can become part of your outfit, allowing you to wear less underneath. Also, think about your fashion comfort zone when faced with a choice between a designer silk print or utilitarian style.
Child’s preferences – Keep your little one in mind, especially if he vocally shares his opinions. Does he prefer to look around or curl up and shut his eyes? Will she need to breastfeed frequently or get up and down endlessly? Consider body type as well. Leg holes can be tight on chunky legs, while short-bodied infants may be buried in long carriers.
Adjustability – If you’re the only one who will wear your child, then fitted carriers are fine. If you want to share the load, look for a carrier that’s easily adjustable for different body types.
Learning curve – Some carriers have a steep learning curve. Consider how patient you (and baby) will be while practicing. Attending a meeting or finding a helpful store clerk can be a boon, but you can also find plenty of helpful videos online. (Tip: Search YouTube for babywearing.)
Other features – If there’s something you want, chances are, a carrier somewhere offers it: pockets to go purse-free; rings for attaching toys or keys; support for a sleepy head; breastfeeding privacy; compactness for travel. These features vary by type and brand. Attend a babywearing meeting or ask other babywearing parents what features they find valuable.
As you start your search for your perfect carrier, this list of basic carrier types will get you started.
Slings and pouches – The premise of a sling is simple: a circle of fabric worn diagonally across your torso, over one shoulder like you might sling a purse. Spread the fabric in front to form a “pouch” and place your baby’s bottom in it. Slings are fairly easy to learn to use, but place most of the weight on one shoulder. Ring slings are adjustable, but pouches are generally fitted.
Front and back carriers – There is a large selection of front and back carriers which distribute the weight over both shoulders. Most are familiar with the vertical-style carriers, such as BabyBjorn or Snugli. These packs carry your child in a vertical position, supporting them through the crotch. Similar to the vertical carriers are the soft structured carriers, such as Beco and ERGObaby, which can be worn on your front and back. These distribute part of the load through your hips and generally provide more support for your child than vertical carriers. Both have straps and buckles and often resemble a backpack.
Another type popular with baby wearers, similar to the soft structured carriers, is the mei tai, a type of Asian baby carrier. The mei tai has a square or rectangular fabric body with straps from each of the corners. The bottom straps tie around your waist while the top straps go over your shoulders to wrap around you and your baby.
Wraps – Wraps are long pieces of fabric, which make them both the simplest and most complex of baby carriers. Complex, because trying to wrap five yards of fabric around you and a baby can be overwhelming at first. If you persevere – and get help through a hands-on demonstration or video – the pay off can be worth the effort. The wrap provides a lot of support, going over both shoulders and around your upper body. Wraps are the most versatile carrier, allowing you to wear your baby in nearly any position.
Babywearing is now a major part of my parenting experience. Although you only need one carrier to enjoy babywearing, it can be addicting. I currently own over half a dozen. Some I bought new, some used and some were sewn at home. I have two beautiful kids now, but it’s still our carriers that garner attention.

SIDEBAR: From babies to preschoolers: A carry for everyone
As your child grows, learning new carries can adapt babywearing to your needs. Examples of carries for different ages:
For small babies:
· Cradle hold – lying on his back, as if cradled in your arms
· Tummy-to-tummy – vertical hold, like holding her to your chest, with support for her bottom and back

For babies with head control:
· Sitting in front – with legs either hanging out or tucked Buddha-like in the carrier, facing you or facing out

For babies who can sit up and toddlers:
· Hip hold – with legs straddling your hip
· Back carries – like a low piggy-back ride

For safety, make sure baby is well supported and not just held in by friction. Speltz recommends keeping baby close to your center of gravity, around your navel in front and your natural waist in back. For small babies, make sure their airway is unobstructed by keeping finger's width of space between the chin and chest.

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C.S.

answers from Portland on

Not to sure about the Moby Wrap but I used a Ring Sling for both of my children and I still use it now. It is amazing you can make it a front carrier a side carrier, or a hip carrier. It even worked for my 18 month old while I was preggo with #2. I highly recommend a wrap or a sling type carrier they are a little difficult to figure out at first but there are a lot of web sites out there that have viedos and picture instrucutions for you to use. check out http://www.theslingstation.com/howtochoose.html there is a lot of good information here.
Good luck

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J.K.

answers from Portland on

I have both the Moby Wrap and the Beco carrier. The Moby was great for when my daughter was under 4 months. Although, it is a big pain to put on, I would keep it on the entire day. The Beco is absolutely fantastic. My daughter is 15 months now and both my husband and I still use it. I can wear my 25 pound daughter for 2 hours before my shoulders back start to ache. Goodluck.

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J.W.

answers from Seattle on

Hi M..

I had a baby bjorn with my first son and it was great for the first months. However, I have one bad shoulder and once he got up to about 10lbs. I couldn't carry him around comfortably for more than 30 minutes or so.

I am in the process of deciding which sling/wrap to buy for use with our next child and was also looking at the Moby wraps. After asking around, I was told that they are pretty good for when the baby is quite small, say up to around 3 months. Apparently (not speaking from personal experience though) they have a tendency to stretch out though, which leaves the baby sagging a bit once they are bigger.

A friend of mine has several types of baby carriers (a wrap, a sling, and a mei tei carrier) and she has invited me over to try them out at the end of the week, so if you are interested I will get back to you on my findings.

She also referred me to a great website all about baby carriers:

http://www.thebabywearer.com/

Good luck!
J.

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S.W.

answers from Portland on

i don't know about the moby carrier but i have used the ergo baby carrier for my second and now third child and it is the best. I have the same back and shoulder issues with other carriers within minutes of putting it on. i have worn the ergo carrier for hours at a time and never hurt once. my cousin and her sister have one also and i bought one for my best friend as a shower gift. they are easy to use front,back,side and breast feeding. good luck
www.ergobabycarrier.com

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A.G.

answers from Portland on

I recieved the moby as a baby shower gift. I too loved it when he was a baby (0-3months). I dont use it as much now that my son is bigger (8months) . Now i use it when we walk to the store. It is difficult to put on in a hurry or in public because it is basically just several yards of fabric . Its way easier to put on before leaving your house. I would say it's worth it considering it is pretty inexpensive compared to other wraps- its only 30 bucks at mother nature on clinton. I liked that my husband was willing to wear it!

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A.S.

answers from Seattle on

I can't speak highly enough about the Moby wrap! It is awesome and was a lifesaver with my daughter. I've been in two car accidents and could easily wear her for long periods of time because it distributes the weight evenly. Way better than a Bjorn front pack.

Plus, it is truly hands free! you can tuck baby in and bend over at the waist without using your hands to hold them. It makes it so much easier to get things done around the house. Baby sleeps longer on you than one their own and babies who are carried more/worn, cry less.

I teach and volunteer at Evergreen hospital and this is the favorite carrier for moms with young babies over and over again so it's not just my opinion!

And a shameless plug - I also sell them at www.CozyBabyBoutique.com and can help you learn to use it if you get stuck. (there are great instructions though). I do also have a showroom open a couple days a week so email me if you prefer to shop in person. [email protected]____.com

Good luck!

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A.S.

answers from Eugene on

I think these kinds of carriers are wonderful! There are several brands besides the Moby Wrap, or for that matter you can just make your own out of a long piece of cloth. They hold the baby's weight close against your body and distribute the weight onto both shoulders and hips, and they are simple and adjustable and can be wrapped in many different ways as your baby grows. You can even have your baby skin-to-skin, and you can easily nurse. I think they're the best! (and Ergos are nice when they get a little older, they distribute the weight well, but are not quite as versatile). Another one I like is the hip panda, for a baby who can sit on your hip.

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E.K.

answers from Flagstaff on

When my daughter was a baby, we used the Baby Bundler, which is similar to the Moby, in that it is a stretchy wrap. It's awesome until they're about 15 lbs. Then they are too heavy for it and the fabric stretches out. At that point, I would go for a nice woven wrap like a Didymos or a Storchenwiege. There is a local group for babywearing support. Here's the link: http://attachmentparenting.meetup.com/451/
Or you can check out www.nwbabywearers.org. There are monthly meetings, knowledgeable leaders, and libraries of carriers that you can check out and try before spending $100 plus on a good carrier. In my opinion, wraps are the most versatile and comfortable. They also have the largest learning curve, but are easier than they look. :)

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L.N.

answers from Corvallis on

I have a friend who has back problems and she investigated a lot of different carriers.She had a Moby for awhile and found it very comfortable and both she and her baby were pleased with it. However, she found that once her baby passed about the 15lb mark it stretched too much and had to be constantly adjusted. Now she has a Becco and really likes it. I got a MeiTai I am very much looking forward to using, but my baby isn't due for four more weeks, so no actual personal experience yet. A great website is: http://www.thebabywearer.com/

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B.K.

answers from Anchorage on

I have a wrap that I made more similar to the storkenweige wrap. It is like the Moby Wrap, but a different kind of cloth. I love having the freedom to carry my now toddler in so many different ways. I have a bad back, but can carry my toddler for a long time and still be comfortable. I might make one out of the same cloth as the Sleepy Wrap.

http://www.sleepywrap.com/index.php?page=home

I recommend that you check that one out. My favorite wrap right now is a mie tie (spelling?) Again I made my own, but here is the one they offer at maya wrap.

http://www.mayawrap.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=100004&Un...

I also have the regular maya wrap sling. I use it for short trips. For the long hauls I really love the wraps and maya wraps. Wearing your baby is go great! I have been wearing mine since birth and now that she is 17 months old, she actually giggles when I get the wrap out and gets ready to get on cause she loves it. I normally cook dinner with her on my back, she loves to watch.

Good luck,

B.

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D.M.

answers from Anchorage on

I make my carriers but I have one similar to the moby. I do like it just take some time to get used to using it. If you can try on some different wraps to see what you like best and what is easy on you.

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E.K.

answers from Portland on

www.diaperswappers.com is a great parenting resource. They have a section dedicated to baby wearing. I don't have any specific knowledge about wraps. I began using a ergo when my youngest was about 6 months old and have found it very comfortable. My second daughter is almost 2 1/2 yrs old and we don't use it as often anymore, but even at nearly 27 lbs it is still comfortable to wear her.

HTH
E.

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J.B.

answers from Medford on

I bought my sister one of these
http://www.slingcarrier.com/baby_sling/index.php
because I loved my sling. I could cook, clean, nurse, while baby was cosey in his pouch. I didn't realize how versitile it was until I saw this site. It shows different positions and different sizes.

Then, I saw a woman with a Moby Wrap and kind of felt like that would have been better. I talked to my mom, and she said it is alot of fabric to have to assemble around you and to wear. I did feel better, but it did look cool. I would do like the one mom said and try to find a place where you can try a couple different things and see what you like.
Blessings

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A.G.

answers from Portland on

We used the moby wrap for the first 6 months and LOVED it. honestly, i couldn't have lived without it! it also fit my husband which is great. there are lots of options for how you put this in which was great because our son loved to face out. it is also nice for colder weather because it keeps them warm. it is better for young babies then the bjorn because it does not put pressure on their spines. There is pretty good research that bjorn's are not good for babies back because they are not designed to be upright with weight on them. after 6 months we use the ergo and love it!

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L.R.

answers from Seattle on

i've used the moby wrap. it is VERY comfortable compared to the other packs, but definitely not as easy to use. good luck

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T.V.

answers from Seattle on

I have the Moby Wrap and I love it! I got it from Babycenter when I was pregnant with my second son Jonathan. It worked great, I love all the different positions you can put them in without changing it. I still use it and Jojo is now 19mo old as of Mother's day. He is 23lbs and it doesn't bather my back or anything like it used to in the snuggly or hip hugger. I used it this weekend to carry my newborn nephew for SIL while out and about and it was right after I had taken Jojo out of it. I didn't have to redo it or anything. Jojo was forward facing then Gabriel was sling style.

It is a little confusing trying to wrap it at first but I printed the instructions out in pictures and that helped. It was easier the second time and since then I could do blindfolded. GOOD LUCK!

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E.T.

answers from Portland on

Loved the moby wrap when my baby was real little...up to 3 months. Now, she is 8 mos and I use the Ergo carrier. IT ROCKS! I actually lent my moby to a friend with a 2 month old boy. So, I may try it again when I get it back from her. I just love my Ergo though now. It can be worn on front, side or back. The only bummer thing about Ergo is that they have to be faced inward...whereas the Moby, you can have her/him facing outward, which they love at a certain point. Good luck! Nice job babywearing!

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