Babywearing: Moby Wrap


Nate practicing wrapping with a teddy bear before our baby arrived.

Nate practicing wrapping with a teddy bear before our baby arrived.

The Moby is near and dear to my heart, this was our first carrier.  This wrap is made of a stretchy, soft cotton.  It is cuddle worthy for the wearer and wearee (babe).  If you are at home it can be worn without a shirt, which allows you to get some great skin-to-skin time with your baby and keeps you cooler.

We had a small baby.  He was born at 6 pounds and dropped down to 5.5 pounds within 2 days.  Although Moby states that their wrap should only be used for babies weighing at least 8 pounds, we consulted our pediatrician and he was all for using the wrap as long as we followed the basic safety guidelines.  Not all small babies (<8 lbs) are good candidates for the Moby Wrap, so please be careful.  Always make sure you can kiss your babe’s head and remember that their chin should never be resting on their chest as this can cut off their air flow.  If your baby has any health concerns please make sure you talk with your healthcare provider for advice.

As I was saying, we were able to use the Moby very early, despite our tiny tot.  So we began our babywearing journey while we were still in the hospital and it was terrific.  Nate, my husband, had practiced before our baby was born with a stuffed bear so he was eager to wear our babe.  In fact, he could be caught wearing our baby on his second day of life – what a perfect start to the fourth trimester!  The doctors and nurses were all jealous and impressed with our use of the Moby to keep our son calm, safe, and happy.   I don’t think we even used the “bassinet” provided in the hospital.  Using the wrap from day 2 helped Nate to bond with our son. He could wear him when I needed to eat, shower, etc.  Because the material of the Moby helps to keep babe close, in those early days, it helps babe regulate his/her body temperature, and feel safe, secure, and loved.  It helped us to make our son’s transition earthside a little less overwhelming.

After the first month passed, we were still using the Moby all day on many days of the week.  In fact, we used the wrap for months, until our son was about 15 pounds and 6 months of age – right around when he started crawling.  We were blessed with a baby suffering from reflux.  His reflux didn’t subside after 3 months like many babies.  He hung on to his reflux symptoms for 7 or so months – so we got to spend a lot of quality time with him day and night.  During this time he had a hard time laying down after eating and laying down to sleep.  He needed to be held upright.  Enter the Moby.  We could wear him comfortably for hours each day.  This allowed us to continue running errands, get things done around the house, and eat meals all while he got to rest comfortably.  I have to say that the Moby was a true lifesaver for us.  I think that even if we hadn’t been blessed with a child who needed the extra cuddle time (and it really was a blessing for us), we still would have used the Moby extensively due to it’s comfort for us and baby.

Chris wearing his son.

Chris wearing his son.

Friends of ours recently had a baby and dad can often be spotted wearing their son.  Remember that babywearing isn’t just for mom, it is for any caregiver.  That is one of the huge benefits of the Moby Wrap, it fits most caregivers.

There is a slight learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, you can quickly tie the wrap and slip baby in.  (Don’t forget to spread the material over your shoulders so that there aren’t any bunches.  This will help you remain confortable all day.)  After a little more practice, you can leave the wrap tied and pop the baby in and out as needed.  This is particularly convenient when you are running multiple errands in the same outing.  You can even nurse in the Moby discreetly.  I have to admit that I only did this once or twice, but it wasn’t too difficult.

When expectant moms ask me what wraps they should think about getting in the beginning, this is definitely number one on the list! I hope you will enjoy the Moby as much as we have.

 

 

 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary Moby Wrap for a giveaway.  I used my own Moby wrap for the purposes of this review.  I was not required to provide a positive review.  All opinions are my own, and are based on several months of use, in many different conditions, and different seasons.  I only recommend products that I either have purchased myself and love or products I have been given a chance to review by the company that I believe are products my readers would benefit from. Amazon links are affiliate links.