There are those times when my baby is just not loving life. Often those are the moments I’ve got a bajillion emails in my inbox screaming for attention, my other kiddos are starving for a snack, and I need to throw on some makeup—or, let’s be honest, at least brush my teeth—because my mother-in-law is on her way over. It’s enough to make any mama sweat.
If so, let me introduce you to the MOBY Wrap Evolution (a.k.a. my new personal hero).
How To Use The MOBY Wrap
First, it is seriously simple to use, which is a must-have when you’re a mom who has a baby who might possibly pierce your eardrums if you don’t get him or her in the carrier in under 30 seconds flat. When my new Moby Evolution Wrap arrived, it didn’t come with any instructions. I had no idea what to do with this long piece of fabric that stretched the entire length of my home’s staircase, but after a simple google search, I was in business.
There are clear, step-by-step instructions and photos on Moby’s website, as well as tutorial videos showing how to use the carrier in various configurations. (Check them out here.) So far, because my little guy is only a couple of months old, I’ve stuck to the “newborn hug hold” and “kangaroo hold.” There are two additional ways to carry an older baby listed with the online instructions—a traditional hug hold and a hip hold. Age and weight guidelines are listed with each hold to help you determine which to use. Like the original Moby Wrap Classic, the lightweight Evolution version can be used with a baby ranging from eight to 33 pounds.
Although there was a learning curve to using the wrap—sometimes it was too tight, sometimes too loose—it wasn’t hard to figure out the right fit after a dozen or so tries. The only thing I still haven’t mastered: how to keep the extremely long ends of fabric from touching the ground while wrapping my baby. It’s not an issue at home, but the ick-factor of wrapping fabric around my baby that was on public ground seconds earlier has kept the Moby my go-to carrier for around-the-house rather than something I use when running errands.
Materials and Design
This MOBY wrap baby carrier has the design of its classic counterpart, the mom-favorite Moby Wrap, with a new (amazing!) breathability. It has a one-size-fits-all blended-fabric composition of 70 percent viscose from bamboo and 30 percent cotton so that when the heat is on, you and your baby will be cool as can be. And, if you do happen to glisten ever so slightly (especially from skin contact), the Moby is machine washable—a definite perk for the OCD among us.
The fabric is extremely soft throughout and offers just enough stretch to feel well-wrapped without overly constricted. It’s offered in a range of fashionable colors and trendy prints that’s sure to meet parents and caregivers in the middle when it comes to style preferences. I love that it doesn’t detract from whatever outfit I’ve thrown on for the day, and the colors are neutral enough to go with everything.
How Comfortable is the MOBY Wrap?
While the breathability factor of the Moby has been a major plus for me (I could probably win the World’s Sweatiest Mom award, if there was such a thing), there are certainly other features I am loving about my new wrap, like the super comfortable fit.
The two holds that I use most often both feel comfy; there are no straps or hard pieces of plastic to dig in anywhere—just soft fabric for days. The stretchy materials feels durable and evenly distributes the baby’s weight across my back and hips. I’ve tried my fair share of carriers, and this one feels more comfortable to wear for extended periods than others I have used.
How Does It Compare With The Traditional MOBY Wrap?
The major difference between the traditional MOBY Wrap and the Evolution is the breathability. It’s the lighter version of the trusted classic style and offers the fabric blend versus the 100 percent cotton design of the original MOBY. You’ll still get the same great feel when using either product and enjoy the same carrying styles and longevity of use (through 33 pounds for both models). Both encourage parent/child bonding, and both can be thrown in the washing machine on a whim—score!
The Evolution may be a better seasonal fit to have in your rotation for warmer months (or if you’re just a warmer person in general, like me). On the flip side, it’s thinner design may make it the perfect carrier for layering when it’s cold. Whatever your preference, either wrap works well and keeps baby close.
Other MOBY Options
If you’re not totally sold on the idea of a long fabric wrap, consider looking into one of their other available styles: the Flex Wrap, Hybrid Wrap, Moby Ring Sling, and MOBY Carriers.
- Flex Wrap: A featherlight mesh wrap built for high-performance activities
- Hybrid Wrap: Combines the closeness of the wrap style with the ease of a carrier
- MOBY Ring Sling: A high-quality, woven cotton fabric that offers both front and hip-carrying options
- MOBY Carriers: These structured carriers come loaded with features and offer a simple, secure buckled fit that’s easily adjustable.
Of course, all other details aside, the best part of using a carrier like the Moby Evolution is knowing I can keep my sweet baby comfy, close and secure in the midst of daily activity. In between answering phone calls, straightening the house and helping my kids with their art (or whatever else the day throws our way), I have my sweet guy close enough to kiss his sweet head a million times. Of course, he never knows it because within a minute or two of being wrapped up, he is always well into dreamland.
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