Babywearing is a very common practice for today’s young parents. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term “babywearing”, it basically means the “practice of carrying a baby close against one’s body in a sling or similar carrier”. Babywearing baby carriers are available in a variety of styles, shapes, and prices. Some of the different types of baby carriers include; frame carriers, soft-structured buckle carriers, Mei Tai carriers, sling carriers, and wrap carriers. One of the most popular wrap carriers, is called the Moby Wrap. Below you will discover many interesting facts about the popular Moby Wrap.
The Moby company began in 2003, and they have successfully created a wonderful product that many parents find useful and practical. The original Moby Wrap is manufactured using a long, wide piece of fabric. The wrap literally “wraps” around the body of the parent, as well as creating a cocoon-type space for the baby’s body. The wrap allows for the weight of the baby to be dispersed across the entire region of the adult’s back, thus relieving any back pain that is often associated with other baby carriers.
The Moby Wrap weight limit is typically recommended for a baby that weighs between 8-35 pounds. Of course, the weight limit will depend on the adult’s comfort level, as well. The cotton fabric has a stretchy consistency that provides the perfect amount of “give and take” as the adult and child move together, and as the baby grows. It is a very comfortable, breathable fabric.
For parents that are fond of the Moby Wrap, some of the features they enjoy the most include; the closeness it facilitates between the parent and the child (both physical and emotional closeness), the ability to move freely and have your hands available for other activities, and the convenience of the wrap, itself. When not in use, the Moby Wrap folds nicely into a small space, so it is easy to tuck away into a bag until you need it again. It is also a nice carrier (and modest cover) to use for breastfeeding mothers. One Moby Wrap advocate states, “All of my fellow mom friends raved about Moby’s, so when I saw this one on sale, I decided to give it a try. It’s good quality, and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to wrap”.
You may wonder how to use a Moby Wrap? Some consumers may be a bit overwhelmed when they first attempt to wrap the Moby around themselves. There is a lot of material that is involved, in order for the wrap to function properly, and provide a secure fit for the parent and the child. However; after a few tries, the process will become much easier and you will quickly become an old pro. There are many “how-to” videos online that provide tutorials for wrapping the Moby around yourself and your baby. Below, is a written guideline that may get you started.
How to Wear a Moby Wrap
- Fold the wrap in half and place it around your waist.
- Cross the two ends of the fabric across your back and over your shoulders, so that the company logo is centered around your navel area.
- Now cross the two ends of fabric across your chest, and back over your shoulders.
- Bring the excess fabric around the front of your body again and tie the two ends together just below your navel.
- Open-up the fabric, in order to create a pocket across your chest for your baby.
- For a newborn, place your baby in the pocket in the fetal position. Guide the fabric over the shoulders, back, and bottom of your baby until he/she is securely in place.
- For older babies, you should adjust the material so that you have two holes for each of your baby’s legs to be inserted into. Your baby should be facing you, as he/she is resting against your chest.
Although using a Moby Wrap can provide you and your baby with some wonderful, bonding experiences, there are some safety precautions that you should always remember. Before placing your baby into the carrier, always double-check the knots, in order to make sure they are tied securely and correctly. Especially with newborn babies, make sure that their chin is not resting on their chest. This could prevent their airway from staying open, as it should. Always keep your baby’s face in your eyesight, so you can easily monitor their correct position. Also, when bending over to pick something up, hold your baby securely with your hands, so he/she does not slip and become loose within the wrap.
A newer version of the Original Moby Wrap is called the Moby Wrap Evolution. Similar to the classic wrap that so many parents and caregivers have come to love over the years, the Moby Wrap Evolution functions and performs in the same exact way. The main difference is the Evolution is made of a material that some parents prefer, due to its’ softer feel. The Moby Wrap Evolution is made of 70% viscose from bamboo, and 30% cotton. This material versus the Original Moby Wrap that is made of 100% cotton. Both wraps are machine washable, and are very simple to care for and keep clean and functioning for quite a long time.
Another wrap that is also popular among parents, is the Boba Wrap. When you look at a comparison of the Moby Wrap versus Boba Wrap, you will find they are actually very similar. While the Moby Wrap is either all cotton, or the newer cotton/viscose from bamboo blend, the Boba Wrap is 95% cotton and 5% spandex. There is a slight weight difference of the materials, themselves, too. The Boba Wrap is a little lighter in weight. Other comparisons will probably be based on personal preferences, such as; color choices, texture, and price.
If you are someone who is looking for a baby carrier that has features, such as: easy mobility, portable, convenient, and provides a comforting environment for both parent and child, then the Moby Wrap may just be the perfect item for you. Visit your local baby-item supply store soon, or shop online, as you begin your search for the perfect wrap for you and your baby. Babies are only little for so long, so capture this unique moment of time while you can.