Moby Wrap Classic ReviewPrice: $45.00 List | $44.95 at Amazon
Pros: Easy to clean, comfy for baby and parent, economical
Cons: Hard to use, lots of extra fabric in the way
Bottom line: Comfy option that is easy to clean but much harder to use
Carry Positions: Kangaroo Position (< 8 lbs) Facing In (Newborn - 35 lbs) Hip Carry (5 mo - 35 lbs)
Weight: 1.3 lbs
The Moby Wrap Classic is a wrap style carrier made of a single piece of fabric. This wrap is super easy to clean and the four available wraps are all nice and cozy for little ones. The stretchy fabric provides 360 enclosure for a snug secure fit. The wrap style is great for all body types and the wide fabric provides a comfortable fit with no pressure points. The downside is this is a harder to use carrier with extensive instructions that can take much longer to figure out and remember. You need to put the wrap on while you hold the baby to you making it harder than those you can attach prior to adding baby. overall, however, the Moby is an interesting option with a budget-friendly price. Unfortunately, for the Moby, the Boba Wrap is virtually identical and has a lower price tag.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
MOBY (MOther and baBY) introduced their classic wrap in 2003 and quickly became synonymous with babywearing. Moby understands the importance of keeping babies close to encourage bonding and calmness with their Close Enough to Kiss™ campaign. The Moby carrier designs adapt with growing babies providing comfort safety and style. Moby continues to expand their carrier lineup working with new materials and designs to meet the needs of modern parents. Moby has won consumer and industry awards, and they are still evolving.
The chart below includes the overall score for the Moby Wrap (in blue) compared to the competition we tested in this review. The Moby came in just above the average score for the group.
The sections below provide information on how the Moby performed during testing compared to the other products.
The Moby earned a 7 of 10 for baby's comfort. The supportive structure of this wrap helps increase the comfort for baby as it wraps and holds them from all sides. The slight stretchiness of the fabric provides a snug but not restrictive fit providing good 360 support to little ones helping them feel secure. The fabric is soft, but the all-around restriction of the fabric may be frustrating for some older babies who may want more freedom of movement.
The Moby earned a 7 of 10 for parent comfort. This wrap is relatively comfortable, and the lack of structure is what helps the wide swathes of fabric cover more area for less pressure on a small surface. The design of the Moby means you can make adjustments as necessary for a custom fit and it works well for all sorts of body types. Unfortunately, the layering of fabric means you could end up with 2-3 layers of fabric on your body as you hold your baby close. This design translates to a lot of trapped heat and potential overheating for the wearer. While this could be an advantage in the winter or fall, it could be a serious disadvantage in the summer on outdoor adventures.
Ease of Use
The Moby earned a 4 of 10 for ease of use. This carrier is one of the more difficult options to figure out, and even once you do become familiar with the different wraps, it still takes more time and energy to put it on each time. First, the fabric is long and can be arduous to wrap. Second, you have to hold your baby to put them in while you are flipping the fabric around. Last, even after you manage all this, you can still end up with a long trailing piece of fabric hanging from your back and getting in the way. In short, there are a lot of instructions and once you get it on you'll still need to readjust your clothes.
Ease of Cleaning
The Moby earned a 9 of 10 for ease of cleaning. This score is the high for metric because the entire thing being machine washable and tumbles to dry. Being able to throw a carrier in the dryer is rare, and it is a huge benefit because it means less downtime with no carrier. The Moby is also easy to clean on the go should you little one spit up or have a blowout. A quick scrub in a sink and air drying will let you stay on the go with only a short interruption.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team
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