Moby Wrap baby carrier. I love the Moby, and have introduced many others to it. So far, no one is disappointed. Including Leighton who is passed out in the accompanying picture.
The Moby Wrap is basically one large swath of 100% stretchy, cotton knit - like soft and sturdy tee shirt material. You fold it in half the long way, criss cross it over your shoulders and secure it around your waist. Then, you peel a layer open and tuck your peanut inside. I saw someone on the street with one and I sought it out online.
There are a multitude of ways to carry your wee one in the Moby Wrap - from preemie to thirty-five pounder. Each Moby Wrap thankfully comes with a color photo instruction booklet to illustrate the various holds. And, at $44.95, it's a bargain compared with the other types of carries that can cost upwards of $100. Admittedly, my next purchase was going to be the Lillebaby Everywhere Carrier if the Moby didn't work. And Moby is much kinder to your back muscles.
I am enamored with my Moby. When Leighton was fresh from the oven, snugging her into the Moby was a sure fire way to calm her down if she started crying. I could breastfeed her in it without disturbing her. And, I could do other things while holding her if needed. What? No way!
I will admit that wrapping myself in what appeared to be a small hammock was intimidating at first. In fact, I felt that way about a number of my baby accoutrements. It's one thing to register for sweet baby gear and quite another to identify the moment in time each becomes potentially useful. Eventually, you must decide whether you're ready to use a particular piece of your sweet baby gear beyond the walls of your home so as to publicly declare its utility.
I overcame my fear in the midst of Leighton's very first meltdown two days after coming home from the hospital. I pulled out my freshly laundered, kakhi-colored Moby, followed the instructions, and slipped Lei between the fabric folds. Voila! It felt like a giant ACE bandage held my baby close to my body in a most comforting way. She was safe and secure higher up on my chest and her weight was distributed across my entire back. She was quiet and instantly asleep, I was comfortable and ... my hands were free! Damn. It was magical. I kept a nukka in one of the other fabric fold for easy access if she started fussing again.
We used the Moby to take Leighton to restaurants. Okay. Some were technically bars, but they serve great food, we sat out on the patio and we never stayed past sundown with Lei. It folds up flat so it's easy to toss in the bottom of the stroller. It's perfect for air travel too. It won't set off a metal detector and you can skip the car seat with a teeny weeny baby because they're attached to you.
After a few days I had the wrapping routine down to under a minute. I mastered the cradle hold and eventually a few of the others. I highly recommend the moby and it gets more fun as your baby grows. We're going to try the Lotus hold today.
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