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There are lots of ways to wear your baby, from the sleek and popular Baby Bjorn to a range of lesser-known slings, pouches and wraps. Styles run the gamut, from earth mother to hot mama, but any way you wear your baby, you’ll enjoy many benefits, including (but not limited to) precious bonding time and free hands.

I have personally used many, many different types of carriers, slings and wraps. From a very humble beginning, watching an instructional video and practicing with a teddy bear while my newborn napped, I’ve earned my stripes by mastering (sorta) at least 8 different types of carriers. Wraps are the most difficult to learn by far, and the least convenient, but they offer the most comfort and flexibility for the wearer. Until recently, I only recommended wraps for experienced babywearers or very ambitious first-timers. But more and more, I’ve been seeing wraps on first-time moms, and I’m getting lots of questions about them. In Boston, at least, their popularity is steadily rising.

So I was pretty psyched when I found the Moby Wrap. I tried one on at their booth at the ABC show in Las Vegas, and I was immediately impressed by the neutral color palette, the comfort and the outstanding instruction manual. I bought one for myself on the spot, and ordered a bunch for the store. The price point is good enough that the Moby can even be a nice companion to a Baby Bjorn or another type of sling. It’s still a bit intimidating, and certainly not as convenient as a sling or pouch, but if you’re motivated, you’ll be able to get over it and really enjoy this new trend in babywearing. If you’re in the neighborhood, let me know and I’ll be happy to give you a demonsration in person.

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