The Moby Wrap is comprised of a long strip of fabric that wraps the baby and parent securely in multiple positions with infinite adjustability. Some find this carrier too complicated and cumbersome to use, but believers say that once they have conquered the learning curve, the Moby Wrap is unmatched for its ability to soothe a fussy baby. A favorite for newborns, many will opt for other carriers as their baby grows.
Swaddles the baby for soothing comfort. Described as very soft and comfortable, the Moby Wrap hugs and supports babies from 5 pounds, making it a favorite to use for newborns. The long strip of fabric wraps across both of the parent's shoulders and around the waist ensuring even weight distribution. The long lengths of fabric mean that the Moby Wrap can be worn by any shape or size of parent and adjusted for tightness. Babies tuck in the folds of fabric for a completely swaddled feel and users say the warmth and motion lulls them to sleep.
Parents of colicky newborns swear by the Moby Wrap's ability to soothe, while others appreciate the wrap's ability to support their baby in an upright, resting position. However, some parents say that the extra fabric makes them feel like their baby is being smothered. Moby Wrap instructs all users to be sure their baby is positioned carefully for clear breathing. Some also say that the Moby's fabric layers make the carrier hot for the parent and child. Finally, while Moby gets high marks for comfort for smaller babies from newborn to 9 months or so, many find the wrap less secure and less comfortable with larger infants and toddlers, despite its 35-pound upper weight rating.
There is a steep learning curve. Some parents say that the Moby Wrap is far too confusing to use --particularly in their first sleep-deprived weeks home with a new baby. Others describe it as a chore, hassle, and ordeal to wrap and knot the 18-by-2-foot length of fabric. Those who master the learning curve describe the Moby Wrap as a lifesaver that offers back-saving comfort for continuous use and delivers hands-free freedom during their baby's first months of life. The Moby Wrap also provides adjustable head support that enables moms to nurse their baby discreetly with their hands free.
The Moby Wrap gets mixed reports about its utility on the go. Some say that it fits nicely in a diaper bag despite its length and appreciate the privacy that the extra fabric provides for nursing in public. Others say that the extra fabric makes it bulky to carry and that the lengths of fabric inevitably drag on the ground and get dirty if you try to put it on or take it off on the go.
Good for newborns -- not so much for toddlers. While the Moby Wrap is rated for toddlers weighing up to 35 pounds, the experts say parents will get the most use out of this carrier during the baby's first months of life. Users say older babies and toddlers may feel too confined in the carrier's snug hold. The Moby offers multiple wearing options that include newborn hug hold, hug hold, hip hold, and kangaroo wrap, but experts and users say it feels less secure for larger babies and toddlers.
Some say that the cotton fabric stretches and sags as the baby increases in weight -- adding to the less secure feel. Users say that the Moby Wrap is easy to wash, but that you can expect some shrinkage if you put it in the dryer. Though this shrinkage takes care of some of the stretching issues, according to users, a well-worn Moby will stretch out again relatively quickly.
Review Credibility: Excellent The Moby Wrap comes in 11th out of 15 baby carriers tested, with an overall ranking of 61 out of 100. Ellis notes that wrap-style carriers offer some advantages, particularly for very small babies. However, she says the Moby Wrap is too unwieldy to be practical, particularly if you want to use it on the go. Among other issues, she notes that if you try to put the wrap on outdoors or in public it is nearly impossible to keep it from getting dirty on the floor.
Review: Moby Wrap Original Review, Lindsay Ellis, Feb. 28, 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good The Moby Wrap makes the runner-up list for the 2012 BabyCenter Product Awards, but the editors have few kind things to say about it. They note that the carrier is budget-friendly and appeals to the dedicated babywearing set. However, they say putting it on is a process that can be painful.
Review: The Best Baby Carriers, Editors of BabyCenter.com, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Very Good The Moby Wrap was the reader's choice for best carrier for newborns in this roundup of the best baby carriers. Babble.com editors say that while there is a learning curve for using this carrier, it works well once you get the hang of it. They say that it gets particularly high marks from parents of colicky babies.
Review: Babble Best Picks: Baby Carriers, Editors of Babble.com, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Very Good The Moby Wrap is the first carrier in this roundup of top baby carriers as selected and reviewed by parent testers for iVillage.com's top product picks of 2012. It was tested by a mom and her 8-week-old daughter. The reviewer says it's versatile and comfortable once she got the hang of it, and she can understand why it's so popular as it was comfortable enough to wear for hours. She also likes how close she could hold her baby. The big drawback for her was that the amount of material made it difficult to put in a diaper bag.
Review: We Love, You Need: The Best Baby Slings, Carriers and Backpacks of 2012, Kate Bayless, March 20, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Moby Wrap is named the best baby carrier in About.com's 2012 Readers' Choice Awards. About.com's product expert, Heather Corley, notes that the Moby Wrap is infinitely adjustable to fit virtually any parent and that it distributes weight well to reduce back pain to the wearer. However, she concedes that it's extremely complicated and can get very warm while wearing. She also says she could never get the hang of nursing in the Moby Wrap, even though that's one of the carrier's selling points.
Review: 2012 Baby Products at About.com Readers' Choice Awards Winners, Heather Corley, Not dated
6. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Very Good "Baby Bargains," a comprehensive book by Denise and Alan Fields, reviews baby gear and common baby brands. The authors review a number of popular baby carriers, including the Moby Wrap. They list pros and cons and give each manufacturer an overall letter grade for their products.
Review: Chapter 9: Strollers and More, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good The Moby Wrap receives an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars in more than 880 user reviews posted at Amazon.com. Many parents say that it allows them to hold and snuggle the baby while remaining hands-free to do tasks around the house. Most say that it is comfortable enough to wear the baby for hours. Some find it overly complicated to use and are not as comfortable with how snugly it holds the baby.
Review: Moby Wrap Original 100% Cotton Solid Baby Carrier, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Fair Editors of TheBump.com recommend 10 baby carriers, including the Moby Wrap. There is no mention of testing, and the products are not ranked. The review is very brief. Editors say the Moby Wrap provides good support and distributes the baby's weight evenly across the back and shoulders for long-term comfort. They say that it's made of durable fabric and note that while it seems complicated at first, the instructions are clear.
Review: Best Baby Carriers, Editors of TheBump.com, Not Dated