Every Mom Needs a Moby Wrap!

Being the first of my friends to have a baby means I have to figure out most of this parenting thing on my own. I’m a big fan of baby boards like Babycenter.com when it comes to the “is this normal?” questions that I constantly have. I guess I’m a product of my generation – always resorting to the interwebs for my answer. Well, it’s worked thus far.

OK, back to the subject at hand: babywearing. While I was pregnant, I never really stopped to think about whether I’d be one to wear my baby or not. In fact, I might have scoffed at the idea not understanding the reason behind it. I did register for an Ergo baby carrier because I just figured everyone was supposed to have one, and this one looked unisex enough for Mark to use (but would he ever need or want to? That’s questionable). I didn’t know when it was appropriate to use and why you wouldn’t just use a stroller. But alas, I registered for it and I got it. I’ve used it all of once, because I think Noah was too small for it. I’ll try it again now that he’s bigger, but I haven’t found the right time for it yet.

Anyway, I got the Moby Wrap in April because I thought the Ergo looked too outdoorsy and thought I might want something for when I’m at home, lounging around the house. (Haha, I thought I’d have time to lounge with a newborn. Silly me.) I didn’t actually give it a shot until sometime in June, at least a month after Noah was born. Part of the reason was that I couldn’t figure out how the heck to fold, wrap, or tie the 34′ piece of green fabric that I had just spent $30 on. A quick Facebook post to my “friends” and a search on YouTube did the trick. It took a good 15 minutes of practice and has been a breeze ever since.

Pros

  • Great for babywearing around the house
  • Once you get a hang of it, it’s quick and easy to wrap
  • Calms my baby down almost instantly!
  • Allows both Mom and Baby to catch a few ZZZZs

Cons

  • Heavy! As in, not ideal for the summer unless you’re in some air conditioning
  • I haven’t figured out a good way to use this while running errands – I imagine I’d have to keep it on me, wrapped, while driving. That wouldn’t be comfortable
  • I think it’s good for babies up to 25 lbs or something, but my little guy can wiggle around pretty easily in it now. He’s 15 lbs and I feel like he could wiggle right out of it if I bent down a certain way. But maybe this is a result of user error…

In general, the Moby Wrap helped me learn that I am, in fact, a proponent of babywearing. Who knew?! It’s been a great help in getting Noah to calm down, especially in the second and third months. Nevermind that the Moby Wrap makes you look like a mummy. To be honest, I only wear him at home. When we go out, I still stick with the carseat/stroller getup, but feel like that might be changing now that he’s getting heavier and it’s a bulky process. I want to try my Ergo more now for running errands, and I’d also like to try a ring sling. I’m not sure I can justify buying a ring sling just because I want to try it out though. But, we’ll see.

Are there any mom’s out there who have suggestions on when and where to wear your baby? I’d love suggestions because I feel like the opportunities are there, but I’m just not thinking of them.

Apologies for the picture quality. You can thank my Blackberry 🙂