Carrier: Moby Wrap Original Cotton Baby Carrier
Weight: up to 35 lb
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Bottom Line: A great option for the first 3 or 4 months after birth. Slightly cumbersome to learn how to use, but convenient and comfortable once mastered. I essentially lived in it for the first 4 months.
Pros: I really didn’t think I would like my Moby Wrap very much. I thought it was overpriced for what it was (a big piece of fabric) and that the baby would grow out if it too quickly. I could not have been more wrong. I started wearing it when my second child was about 2 weeks old and it feels like I haven’t taken it off since. She’s four months now. Every morning I put it on and keep it on just about all day, popping her in and out as needed. If she falls asleep in it, which she frequently does, I usually keep her in it, but other times I just unwrap it around her and set her down. I wore her with her legs tucked in for the first 3 months and hanging out since then. For the past couple weeks, I also wear her facing out occasionally, which she loves. She can have her arms in or out. I can pull one of the straps over her head when she sleeps for extra support. I can pull the fabric up over her so she can nurse discreetly anytime, anywhere (very handy at the grocery store or in restaurants). While it would not be hard to make a homemade Moby wrap (one can just buy 6 yards of stretchy fabric), I like the Moby because the fabric is really soft and cozy and the edges are sewn in a way that would be a pain to replicate at home with such a large piece of fabric. Also, I can and do put my 30 pound son in the Moby occasionally. I wouldn’t want to walk a mile with him in it and it’s a little bit awkward to get him in since he’s so big, but once he’s in, it works fine for short periods of time. (For longer periods of time and with big kids, I prefer the Boba 4G carrier.)
Cons: It is admittedly a little hard to learn how to put the Moby Wrap on. However, once you’ve mastered the Moby, it’s the same way every time. Also, I chose to wear mine pretty much constantly for the first few months, but if I hadn’t, putting it on when not at home would have been an enormous pain. Another disadvantage is that it can get really warm in the summer. The baby doesn’t seem to mind and it’s not as bad as one might imagine with so much fabric, but it does make me sweat when it’s hot. For that reason and also because the baby tends to spit up in it frequently, it seems like I wash it every 3 days or so. My biggest problem is what to do when it’s being laundered, which shows how much I love it. (For a similar, easier to put on, more convenient, though less adjustable option, see the K’Tan baby carrier, which I also love.)
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