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Baby wearing isn’t just for attachment parents

Thank you to Moby Wrap for sponsoring this post, all opinions are my own.

I’ll be the first to admit, I never ‘wore’ my first two kids. I did have a baby carrier for my first child but we rarely used it (just a few outings when he was teeny tiny), and for my second child I was given a sling baby carrier but felt so uncomfortable having baby in it I ended up holding her the whole time (good thing too as it ended up being recalled after several infants died from using it – momtuition!).

What about a baby wrap?

Wraps were a whole different story. I was a little intimidated by all that fabric and really didn’t think I would be able to successfully use a wrap. I’m glad I decided to give it a try this time around!

My baby girl is just over a month old now, but about a week ago we all got a little sick. When you are a teeny tiny baby or a breastfeeding mom you don’t get to take any medication so the two of us just suffered through. My poor baby girl just wanted to be held all the time.

For a parent with two other kids holding your infant all the time can make things challenging. I still needed to help with homework, get dinner on the table, and do whatever else needed doing around the house. My Moby Wrap made this possible. I could snuggle my baby girl right up next to me and carry on. She was happy and I was happy.   

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It is easier than it looks!

As far as being intimidated by ‘all that fabric’ – I honestly don’t know why I was so nervous. Tying the wrap was one of the easiest things I have done. The instructions that come with the little booklet are very clear and I had it down after one practice run. If you are in need of a little more guidance, you can find extra help via Youtube videos, although I didn’t find they were necessary.

Here is how you tie the wrap:

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And here is the newborn hold I had my baby girl in:

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The fabric itself is lightweight enough that you don’t feel burdened by it, yet sturdy enough that you don’t feel your baby is going to fall out or not have enough support. So far I am loving the Moby Wrap, and can’t wait to use it even more over the summer as we have more outings!

Is ‘baby wearing’ just for attachment parents?

I am not an attachment parent by any means. In fact I prefer to follow the teachings of Janet Lansbury (following Magda Gerber), and use the RIE philosophy which advocates giving baby more time on her own to adapt to her new environment outside the womb. I do, however, believe there are times when wearing your baby is either just more ideal or even necessary. Having a Moby Wrap in your arsenal is not a bad idea, and one that I would suggest to any parent no matter which parenting philosophy you adopt (if any).

 

So tell us…
Did you ever use a baby wrap for your baby?  

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50 Responses to Baby wearing isn’t just for attachment parents

  1. Sharon January 26, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    I never used a wrap but I loved my snugli for my last 2 kids. I was able to go walking, shopping even vacuum my living room with them so much easier! T
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  2. Ashlea January 26, 2014 at 11:16 pm #

    I didn’t love my moby. I had it for my second child and found it way to hard to use so with my third I opted for the ergobaby and love it!!
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    • Jesica H January 28, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

      Sorry it didn’t work out for you, but glad you found something that did.

  3. Jodi Stevens of Freetail Therapy January 27, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    We LOVED our Moby Wraps! Well, in all honesty, I couldn’t afford a “real” moby wrap, so I made a few of them, but they were amazing!
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  4. Jennifer H January 27, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    I’ve never used a wrap, but I have used a baby carrier.
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  5. Mandee January 27, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    I loved my Moby wrap when my children were younger. I did tend to sway towards the attached parenting though, but I feel a Moby (or any wrap) is great for any parent that wants to keep their hands free! I was able to vacuum, cook and help my other kids with their homework, all while putting my baby to sleep—it worked great for us!
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  6. Jeannette January 27, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    I wish I had known about this when my guys were little! It would have been perfect!
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  7. Debra January 27, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    Your baby looks all nice and snug there. I never got the hang of these – but then again I used earlier versions of these with my two kids and I was always afraid they’d fall out.
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    • Jesica H January 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

      That’s what I used to think too, but it is actually easier than it appears. I guess you just have to give it a try and go from there!

  8. brett January 27, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    the Moby was my fave until about 10 months then I still loved it but branched out a bit. The Moby saved my sanity!!
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  9. Jonathan January 29, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    I really enjoyed reading this as we’ve got quite a few different wraps that we use to carry our nine month old son. I’ve regularly taken him round the supermarket in a wrap, which he seems to like. When he starts crying, sometimes carrying him around in a wrap can really help to calm him down. This evening, my wife was out at her choir and I was at home with our son. As often happens, he woke up and had a bit of a cry. After giving him some milk, I was able to put him in the wrap and walk him around for a bit. He soon fell asleep again and stayed in the wrap for over an hour while I watched some football on the television. He was so tired that he didn’t even wake up when I took him out of the wrap or when my wife put him into his cot!
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  10. Michelle T February 9, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    I love using my Moby wrap especially when LO is sick or even when out shopping. To be honest, I feel like it helps keeps others from oooing and awwwing a little to close especially during these germy seasons.

  11. Amy Baker February 10, 2014 at 2:16 am #

    My sister-in-law swears by these! I had a hard time picturing what she was talking about….now it’s so clear! Thanks for the great review!

  12. Nicole Sender February 10, 2014 at 2:22 am #

    I have heard that the Moby Wrap is an excellent way to carry your baby. I’d love to try one.

  13. Kortney Picker February 10, 2014 at 2:43 am #

    I love this!! I want one of these for my daughter on the way (due February 20th!), I think it would be so nice to be hands free yet have her so securely tied to you!

  14. Alex Liz Robinson February 10, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    I have seen people with these and they look great! I am definitely going to be trying one when baby arrives!

  15. clarissa February 10, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    babywearing is just easy…easy to get things done…easy to keep baby happy.

  16. One Southern Girl February 13, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    I used a ring sling when my brother was little… I’d love to get a moby wrap to have to wear my own children someday!

  17. christine jessamine February 13, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    my daughter never liked to be carried in a carrier. I am currently expecting and am hoping this one will take to them better. It is so much easier to do things hands free with your baby

  18. Laurie Daddino February 14, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    I used the moby wrap for both of my sons until they were 4-6 months and then we switched to the ergo because it was easier to use. I loved carrying my babies! In fact I used a carrier for my first born until he was 2 and the second is still in the ergo when we’re out (he’s 21 months). I like having them so close and it’s way easier than have to push a stroller in my opinion.

  19. AmberH February 14, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    I have not used the MOby wrap YET but I will when baby arrives! I like the idea of having my hands free while cleaning/running errands, etc.

  20. Michelle H February 14, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    I prefer a ring sling, probably just because I’ve used one for over 10 years and am just used to it. I tried a Moby with my fourth baby, and had a hard time nursing in it. Guess it just takes more practice. But I love the freedom of having hands to get stuff done while holding baby, and I hate taking a stroller shopping, to the museum or the zoo, so a baby carrier saves the day. We still use a baby backpack for toddlers so we can go on hikes as a family.

  21. Rachel Figueroa February 14, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    I used to be very intimidated by the amount of fabric in a wrap style carrier. But once get used to it it’s pretty easy. Enjoyed reading your review!

  22. Amanda O February 14, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    I have 6 kids and started using “wrap n wears” wrap ( just like this Moby ) about 4years ago. I have a wickedly bad back so i was always afraid of how they would make me feel. BUT this kind of wrap is Perfect or people like me! No wear and tear on your lower back if done right.
    I too believe not only are they awesome for cuddling your new baby or older toddler, but they are super convenient. Us mom’s need to bond to our little ones, and this is a perfect way too! Ill always use this kind of wrap – even with our newbie due in May. :O)

  23. Christiana February 14, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    I have only used carriers, but I want to start with wraps!

  24. Amy H February 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    Yes, loved my Moby. Ditched it after the last baby and wish I hadn’t!!!!

  25. Julia February 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    My husband used a wrap with out son, I preferred the ring sling. Now with my daughter she prefers the wrap, so I guess I’m going to have to learn how to use it.

  26. Heather M February 14, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    I love using a wrap. I have a Boba now, but would love to try a moby. I would choose the Modern in Pacific
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  27. Bri Sherman February 14, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

    I’m glad you mentioned how simple it was – Moby’s intimidate me!
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  28. Joanna R. February 14, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    I’m planning on trying a wrap; I like all of the different ways you can tie them!

  29. valerie February 14, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

    I haven’t had a tiny baby so haven’t used a wrap. i was kinda intimidated by them but you make it look much easier…

  30. Jennifer February 14, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

    I love how simple these are. nice and stretchy looking… i’d love to try one for #2 due in a few weeks! we only used an SSC with my son!

  31. Jessica Fletcher February 14, 2014 at 11:36 pm #

    Thank you so much for the step by step instructions with pictures!! Makes it look so easy!

  32. Eva Lepe February 15, 2014 at 1:00 am #

    I love using my Moby wrap especially when LO is sick or even when out shopping. To be honest, I feel like it helps keeps others from oooing and awwwing a little to close especially during these germy seasons.

  33. chelsea preston February 15, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    I used a moby wrap with my second daughter. It worked great and I loved it. I am now expecting baby number three and am looking to get another one.

  34. Crystal E February 15, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    When my baby was born i had 4 different carriers to try: jellybean sling, Maya ring sling (these slings were hand-me-downs), infantino mei tai, and ergobaby. I never figured out the Maya, the jellybean was really easy but baby’s shifting made me nervous, the mei tai was too big for my newborn & did not offer enough head support, and the ergo could only be used with the infant insert (i used the original flat insert & carried her cradle-style like a taco, which worked much better than the newer heart-to-heart in which she was facing me but her head flopped fwd). None were ideal newborn choices so i bought a 2nd hand Moby when she was almost 3 mos — i really wish i’d had it to begin with. It’s much easier than people think; just make an X in front & X in back. Baby’s held so snuggly & securely to mom. Hoping to get a light color for the AZ summer and may also gift one to my sis who’s expecting.

  35. Krista R February 15, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    I have never used a wrap. With my first child I used a carrier a time or two, but didn’t like it very well. This time around I would love to try a wrap.

  36. Alexandra Pitcher February 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

    I have a carrier but no wrap; I’m having my second son in March and I would love a wrap this time, so I’ll have both hands to play and read with my two year old! Thanks for the chance!

  37. Heather Douglass February 15, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    I am really interested in trying this out. I used the K’Tan with my other kids, but when we thought we were done having kids I got rid of it, so I’m in to market for a new wrap. I know others have enjoyed this one. I’m interested to know how it compares.
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  38. lisa gonzalez February 15, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

    I love babywearing. My baby being close enough to kiss is the perfect bliss. It helps keeps my hands free to wrangle my two boys.

  39. Megan M February 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    I had a Moby (which I later found out was a foby) and I loved it for the short period that we actually used it. However, it served to introduce me to babywearing and we’ve since moved on to woven wraps. I’m so glad I had it!

  40. Brittany P February 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

    I wanted to wear my last child but got a different carrier and was very uninformed, so I didn’t wear him much. This time around I’m due at a colder time of year and I really want to try it again, especially with a 2 year old running around!

  41. Asha February 16, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    For my first child I did not have a wrap, but I did have a flimsy baby carrier that I may have used once or twice. I’m so excited to babywear this time around, all the different wraps are so exciting!

  42. Savannah Logan February 16, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    I would LOVE to have a wrap! I’m stuck on the couch most days because my kids want to be on mommy and I can’t get any of my chores done.

  43. megan b February 16, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

    I want to try a wrap but I find it intimidating. It seems simple but I’m afraid I will do it wrong.

  44. Vicki Hall February 16, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    I’ve never used a wrap style carrier. I would love to try one though.

  45. Amanda Cox February 16, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    Currently expecting baby #3, and they didn’t have as many options for babywearing back with my first 2 as they do now. Pretty much the only options were the “crotch danglers” like the Snugli that were not comfortable at all. I am definitely planning to get a Moby and a woven wrap for this one…and hoping to get an Ergo!

  46. Rachel February 16, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    I’ve only “worn” one baby and it was a baby in Africa! I had lots of help getting her wrapped;) I definitely plan to wear my future babies!

  47. ASHLEY COSSETTE February 16, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    I wish that I had discovered the moby wrap so much sooner! This thing is aboslutely awesome, I can’t believe how many different ways you can wear baby in it <3 and I love that it's so much safer than other wraps!

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