(Closed) Moby Wrap vs DIY?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - MacLean Park

I’d say make one, and use lighter weight fabric. I just wore mine the other day, inside the house with the a/c on, and we were burning up within 20 minutes. Like, she was sweating and everything, and I felt horrible. It’ll probably be great for winter, but now it’s just suffocating. It’s so. much. fabric. I hate that you have to fold it in half, then do all the wrapping stuff. Maybe you could just start with it half the width so it would be a bit thinner? I don’t know. Right now I hardly use mine at all, which sucks because I was so excited about it

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

ditto what @sand dollar said – i have a moby and as much as i like it in theory, it is hot hot hot! i wear my baby boy a few hours each morning, usually when i’m trying to straighten up and have some breakfast and he is somewhere between napping and awake. i keep the a/c on pretty much all day, but after about 30 mins with it on, it gets all swampy and sticky in the area between us, especially if he is napping. 

i think the folded fabric does make it sturdier though. maybe there’s a lighter-weight fabric you can use that is still strong when doubled?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I wonder if you could use muslin to make a wrap (or if you could get a muslin wrap). It is pretty strong, and mesh like for breathability.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I just got a Baby K’tan from my sister.  I’m still pregnant though so I haven’t tested it.  The moby seemed like a great idea, but I have a hard enough time figuring out how to tie on a “convertible dress”  so I didn’t want to bother with a Moby.  My sister suggested the K’tan.  No tying needed.  It’s less material than a Moby, and there’s even a “Breeze” version that is cotton on one side and mesh on the other (for more breathability/less heat). It’s a little more than the Moby, though.  Info on their website (babyktan .com) and amazon seems to have them for a little bit cheaper with free shipping. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

When DS was an infant, we rocked the peanut shell sling.  It was easy to use, comfortable for both of us, light weight, and super cute.  The baby bjorn also made frequent appearances, but was clunkier to use.  

Once he outgrew the infant carriers, we were at a loss for a little while.  Then I learned about the mei tai carriers, and that’s what I’m using now (he’s almost 3) for trips when I don’t feel like bringing the stroller.  They are also suitable for infants, and I would recommend it above all others.  They are pricey new, but I found one on ebay for a decent price, and it’s a lifesaver.  

If I could have a mulligan, I’d just get a mei tai and a peanut shell.    

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I have heard from others who bought “knock off” moby wraps that they were not as good. Something about the fabric not having the same stretch to it.

I ofcourse have no experience with this yet…but just wanted to let you know what I have heard.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Mrs Avocado AKA That Wife had a post about the Moby on her Blog – here’s the link!

http://thatwifeblog.com/2010/08/baby-wearin-love/

I don’t have kids as yet but I still found it interesting 🙂

EDIT:

I think That Wife also writes about trying a DIY Moby – from memory she didn’t like it as much.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

I have a DIY version and I like it though Ive never compared it to the Moby.  I’ll agree with the others it is HOT so it hasnt made too many appearances over the last two months, maybe now the weather is cooling off it will come out more.

Fabric can be quite expensive so it isnt always that much cheaper to DIY when you’re buying 5-6 yards of fabric, the only thing is you cut it in half length wise so you do get two.  I made mine out of a jersey knit fabric that I found for $1/yd at a fabric outlet.  The nice thing about using the knits is that you dont have to do any sewing if you dont want to since the cut parts dont fray (if the sides of the fabric curl in, its not likely to fray but the people at the store will probably know  too).  

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have some african friends who wrap their babies on their back or front and they use any fabric, I think they just really know how to tie it so that they baby is secure and comfortable. I dont think you have to pay for special wrap especially if its too hot for summer use

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@firsttimemom – SCORE!  what an awesome find!  i hope you love it… i have no problem carting my 31 lb’er around in it, and can see it working all the way up to the stated limit of 40-45 lbs.  especially handy for airports/huge crowds when you want the little ones close to you with no chance of breaking free!  practice getting it tied with a teddy bear so you can get the feel for the motions down, and after that, it’s a cinch.

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