Most babies like the super-tight hold of a wrap. But high needs babies are not most babies! If this is your first experience with carriers then be ready for a really steep learning curve. To use the Moby you have to first tie it to yourself and then wiggle baby in afterwards. Our high needs baby was absolutely NOT happy about the process.
Reflux babies who are more patient with being manhandled will probably enjoy the Moby Wrap. Being held upright is always good for your little person who is suffering from non-stop acid indigestion. But almost all carriers are designed to hold a baby upright so this quality doesn’t really distinguish the Moby.
The Moby website says that the wrap can hold babies up to 45lb (20.4kg). This means the wrap is weight tested to 45lb. It doesn’t mean the wrap is tested with a feisty wriggling baby. We haven’t found many babywearers who could regularly use a Moby Wrap past 25lb before the fabric began to bag too often and the little one needed more room to look around.
Best for: 0 – 9 month babies, cold weather, plus-size parents
Carry types: Hip Carry, Kangaroo Wrap, Newborn Hug Hold, Hug Hold
Back carry: Yes but not recommended
Forward facing carry: Yes but not recommended
Breastfeeding friendly: Yes
Can I go to the toilet while wearing it? Yes, but it will take some practice!
The Moby Wrap isn’t the cheapest wrap on the market. Also it’s not really suitable for use after 1 year old (7 months is a better bet) which means we’d only be using it for a few months and we’re not sure it’s great value to buy brand new. But Please Stop Crying is all about testing products, swearing while testing, and wondering if it’s too early in the day to drink. So we put our well-used credit card to work and ordered a Classic Moby Wrap.
Opening the package was a daunting experience. All that fabric! Six yards is around 5.5 metres so you’re looking at a wrap that is 3 times as long as you.
If you’ve seen or used any kind of wrap before you’ll know that lots of fabric is normal so this won’t put you off.
Props for plus-size
Wraps in general are great for plus-size parents who can often feel shut out of the babywearing options on the market. For plus-sizes you don’t have to wrap the Moby around you twice – it’s OK to knot it off securely after just one go-around.
We followed the manufacturer’s instructions and tied the wrap to the parent first, then tried to slip the baby inside.
Moby’s Instructions(we didn’t smile this much)
Trying a different hold
Like all good high needs babies, our little tester arched backwards, screaming and did everything possible to avoid cooperating. We eventually got him into the wrap but he just couldn’t abide the frog-leg position and seemed to need to have his feet free.
First you have to put baby on your shoulder and wedge him into one fabric panel. Then wedge the other side of his body into the other fabric panel. Then lift him a bit and shove one leg through a loop thing, then do it again with the other leg before pulling a fabric panel up behind his back.
It was like stuffing an octopus into a sack.
Photo Credit: CaptainDadTV
Next we tried the process again, but tying the wrap more loosely. By now our high needs baby wanted nothing to do with the Moby Wrap horror. We used a bag of potatoes instead. The potatoes didn’t complain about the wrap but the now the rig didn’t feel stable enough. When our test parent leaned forward the bag of potatoes slipped out and hit the floor.
There’s just no way to avoid wrapping the Moby tightly enough to be secure AND avoiding the screaming of a high needs baby being inserted into the Moby one leg at a time. It was exhausting.
A placid baby might be content to be put down for a few minutes. This would give us a chance to figure out a good wrap for our test parent. But we have high needs babies who will NOT BE PUT DOWN, EVER. There is no way you can get a Moby Wrap on (or mostly on) with one hand while holding your precious screaming octopus in the other arm. Nope, nope, not happening.
How it feels
Hot! Really, we can’t say this enough. This wrap is stifling hot.
Six yards (around 5.5 meters) of 100% cotton – great for sensitive skin but way too good at trapping heat. Skin-on-skin contact sucks when you’re both sweating like pigs.
There’s a viscose/cotton version of the Moby Wrap and the viscose comes from bamboo which is pretty great for lovers of natural fibers. We haven’t tried that one so maybe it’s cooler.
The fabric of the Classic Moby Wrap is beautifully soft though and there were no scratchy bits to annoy baby or parent – unlike structured carriers which can chafe the hips.
Unless you have a superflat stomach or a long top that you tuck firmly into your jeans, the Moby will probably pull your shirt up a few times a day. That got really annoying really fast.
- Baby’s weight was distributed really nicely. Even in the hip carry, baby could be snuggled closely enough that you don’t have to lean far to the other side to balance them out.
- You don’t have to worry about wearing too many layers of clothing as the wrap is REALLY warm.
- Wriggle baby down to breastfeed and wriggle them back up with a bit of re-tightening to secure everything. After some practice.
- It’s easy to roll up and bundle into a diaper bag or handbag
How To Breastfeed in a Moby Wrap
We didn’t like…
- If you’re lucky enough to have a high needs baby who can be laid down when sleeping, we’re jealous.
- Oh, and there is NO WAY you’re going to quietly slip baby out of a still-tied wrap so be ready to fully unwrap every time. Our high needs baby naps for 20 minutes. Waste half of it untying and retying a Moby? Not a chance.
This technique for putting a sleeping baby down failed badly for us. No surprises there
- Outside, we couldn’t get the hang of tying a wrap without it dragging on the ground – high Yuck Factor.
- Like all hip carries with a wrap it was a bit inconvenient to have our test parent’s arm kind of trapped behind baby. It defeats the purpose of using a wrap to go hands-free.
- After a few wears the fabric started to bag out around an older (heavier) baby’s butt. Putting the wrap through the washing machine tightened it up a bit as cotton shrinks in the wash. We only put it through the wash twice so can’t say if the wrap bounces back into shape every time. Tumble drying on a low setting as recommended by Moby tightened up the baggy parts even more.
- Making sure you don’t overheat is a real problem.
Moby Wraps are great if you live in a cool climate and if you are happy to pretty much wear the wrap all day – undoing it and retying it was just too much of a hassle for us.
Reflux babies will enjoy being upright and may have more patience with the learning curve.
Hardcore high needs babies are better off with a K’Tan, a ring sling, a structured carrier or even a non-stretchy wrap that allows a slightly looser hold.