First, let me tell you that they are awesome!!! When my first child was born I had a Snugli carrier that someone had given me. After he got to 13 lbs (less than 3 months old) my back and neck killed after 5 minutes. It had no lower back support so my shoulders and upper back were taking the brunt of the weight. Also, I didn't really feel like he was secure, so I always had to have one hand on him when he was in the pack and his head was still flopping around. Needless to say I didn't use it long! When I got pregnant with second child I knew I needed something to carry her in for her own protection and so I could keep up with my toddler, now a very busy ball of energy. I had decided that the Baby Bjorn with the panel for lower back support was my best bet and I even registered for it, but it was around $150! 2 months before I had my second child I saw a mom wearing a Moby Wrap with her newborn and she had another child my sons age. The wrap looked so comfortable and best of all her newborn was so secure that she had 2 hands free to deal with her toddler. I did some research and discovered that the price was right up my alley, too. (I mean compared to the Baby Bjorn, I could afford this a whole lot easier). Just $40. I was sold! It was a great buy. This wrap has worked great. It helped me be more active sooner after my c-section and now I can even carry my son on my hip while I'm wearing my newborn daughter in the wrap.
Some additional benefits:
*Can hold a child securely from preemie up to 35 lbs (I can even put Tyrus in it!)
*Great in helping preemies improve overall- There are many clinical benefits (if you want to know more about these, I can send you some information) *Very versatile- child can be positioned on your front (facing you or facing front), in cradle carry, on your hip, on your back and now a new sling style carry. You can even nurse in it! And you can carry twins in one when they are younger. (see video demonstrations)
*You can distribute the weight depending on where you pull the fabric on your shoulders.
*Easy to pack in your bag and take with you.
*It is really fast and easy to put on. (It may look complicated, but it isn't!)
*Best of all...It leaves your hands free without you feeling like you are neglecting your little one!
It comes in many different colors and patterns - Be bold or blend in. We were talking to some family friends the other night and the wrap was mentioned. My friend's husband was very confused because he didn't know what we were talking about. (I had sat by him the night previous wearing my daughter in the wrap). I finally told him that it was "the thing that looks like a shirt that I carry my daughter in." He responded that he thought I was carrying her in my shirt! Hilarious!! But that was my point. I have a navy blue one and I purposely chose it because it looks like a normal shirt. With 11 colors for the basic Moby Wrap style there is something for everyone. And if you want something with a little more personality there is the Moby D and the Moby Select that have an extra panel of color to enhance the look. So check them out and give them a try. You will not regret it and your back and shoulders will thank you!
Moby Wrap (basic): $40.00
Moby UV (same look as the basic but treated with Rayosan TM Process):$45.00
Moby D: $60.00
Moby Select: $70.00
What is the difference between Batik and Organic Moby Select Wraps?
Batik: "The art of batik originated in Indonesia and refers to a wax-resist dying technique used on textiles. The Batik Moby Select Wraps are handcrafted in Thailand with neutral cotton, dyed in soft hues and then adorned with a floral or vine pattern.
Organic: Made from 100% soft, EKO-certified cotton
Batik Floral Moby Wrap
Batik Vine Moby Wrap
Organic Moby Wrap
Swaddling Blanket: $18.00 (New)
Made of the same material the Moby Wrap is made of. Soft and stretchy. You can swaddle them pretty tight and you don't have to worry about cutting off their circulation.
Currently comes in: Sienna, Moss, Sand, and Natural
My daughter really seems to like the swaddle blanket. It calms her down and puts her to sleep within minutes. I also didn't start swaddling her until she was 4 months old.
If you are going to spend money on a carrier, this would be the best buy for your money. Affordable and comfortable. You can't get much better than that!
Be comfortable. The design of the Moby™ Wrap uses your entire back, as well as your shoulders, to carry the weight of your baby. Unlike other carriers, which have narrow straps or go across one shoulder, the Moby™ Wrap is a wide piece of fabric that is wrapped over both shoulders. It is amazingly comfortable and easy to wear. There are no buckles, snaps or other fasteners. It is easy to adjust the fit of your Moby™ Wrap by varying how tightly you wrap yourself and your baby.
Be secure. The Moby™ Wrap comes with an easy to follow instructional guide and this web site with the latest news, tips and techniques. With the single stretch cotton and the width of the Moby™ Wrap, your baby is wrapped close and tight, insuring a secure hold. Your baby’s head can also be secured under the stretchy cotton fabric for added safety. You can finally have both hands free and know your baby is safe and secure.
Be uniquely close to your baby. There is not a lot of extra material or bulky padding between you and your baby. Your baby can hear your heartbeat and finds comfort in the warmth of your body,and sound of your heartbeat within the cuddly confines of the Moby™ Wrap.
Preemie to 35 lbs. The Moby™ Wrap is an optimal baby carrier for premature infants. Preemies are often prescribed to practice "kangaroo care" and this skin-to-skin practice used to increase birth weight can be easily achieved while wearing the Moby™ Wrap. The Moby™ Wrap is long enough to adapt to your growing baby. The fabric can hold up to 45 lbs, and most people feel comfortable carrying up to 35 lbs.
Soothes fussy babies. It is amazing how quickly a baby will settle down once wrapped in the Moby™ Wrap. Experts like Dr. Sears, stress the importance of holding your baby often and close. The Moby™ Wrap allows you to do this with ease. The style of the wrap insures your baby is uniquely close, while providing ultimate comfort and support. No more aching backs or tired arms! Now your baby can be kept close and happy for as long as he or she desires.
Versatile. There are many ways to wear your Moby™ Wrap. Your can wear your baby facing you, facing the world, sideways or on your back. When not being used as a carrier, the Moby™ can be used as blanket, pillow or anything else that comes to mind.
Machine washable. The Moby™ Wrap is easy to clean. You can machine wash your Moby™ in cold water and tumble dry low. Slight shrinkage after washing may occur. Once you start wearing your Moby™ again, it will stretch out.