MOST COMFORTABLE WRAP
Type: Wrap carrier
Weight range: preemies to 35 lbs.
Price: $39.95 to $69.95 (depending on fabric type, design, etc.)
Made of: 100% cotton
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Expert review: For parents or babies who like to be extra close, the Moby Wrap offers a variety of hold options. This machine-washable, one-size-fits-all wrap has no buckles, buttons, straps or snaps and can be tied and configured in nearly a dozen different ways to hold your baby facing in or out, sitting up or reclining on your front or on your back. And there are additional holds for breastfeeding, yoga and infant massage. While the 18 feet of fabric can be somewhat intimidating at first (and a bit overwhelming for those with small frames), it becomes second nature after some practice, although the wrap isn't easy to put on without dragging the fabric on the ground. The instructions and online step-by-step videos provide clear directions with pictures of real parents and babies to help you learn the techniques quickly. Available in a variety of colors, designs and fabric types including UV-protected fabric and organic, the Moby evenly distributes the baby's weight, making it the most comfortable carrier we tested, including periods of extended wear. The Moby offers parents one carrier that works from day one (even with twins!) well into toddlerhood and provides a variety of holding options. For the best fit, remember to wash before using.
Why we love it: Bar none, the most comfortable carrier we tested—versatile; soft; use from preemie to toddler; compact; easy to use; affordable. Because it is just a big piece of cotton fabric, it can also double as a stroller blanket when you're not carrying the baby.
What we wish it had: Easier method to put on; another style tailored to better fit a petite user.
Great for: Parents who like to have a variety of hold options; those who want a carrier they can use from birth.
Bottom line: An extremely comfortable, affordable baby carrier that offers multiple holds that will take you from newborn to toddler.
What our parent tester thought:
"I was overwhelmed when I saw the size of the instruction booklet, but when I read through how to use the Moby wrap, I saw that it was surprisingly easy."
"The carrier keeps my daughter very close to me, which makes me feel comfortable. She looks very cozy and it's easy to adjust the fit to make it looser or tighter. I can even adjust her so that she can nurse inside the wrap and no one would ever know."
"The Moby wrap is extremely comfortable to wear. It doesn't hurt my back, shoulders or hips, but I did feel myself slouching a bit as my daughter snuggled closer into me."
"Putting on the Moby wrap is slightly easier than taking it off, because I usually put it on in the house and my daughter is in a safe spot waiting to be put into the wrap. I took it off away from home and it was slightly tricky because I had to hold my daughter in one arm and try to unwrap myself with the other. Taking it on and off in a public or dirty place is daunting because, inevitably, the material touches the ground."
—Jennifer, and her 2-week-old daughter, of New York, N.Y.