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  • Review Moby Wrap 100% Cotton Baby Carrier

    Many mothers choose to carry their babies for a substantial part of the day. To make this easier, there is an incredibly overwhelming number of “baby carriers”, ranging from simple wraps to expensive designer baby portables. These carriers can range in price from around $40 to upwards of $800.

    Today, we’re reviewing the Moby Wrap, one of the modestly priced babywearing systems offered by Moby Wrap Inc.

    This review was not paid or compensated in any way.

    Cost

    The Moby Wrap is inexpensive compared to other babywearing systems. However, this doesn’t affect its quality. Currently, it’s one of the most popular babies carrying devices favoured by many babywearing moms.

    Ease of Use

    The Moby Wrap does take a bit of practice to use. The wrapping isn’t difficult, and the wrap comes with a picture guide on the different ways to wrap the Moby. There are also many useful YouTube videos that show alternative methods for using the Moby Wrap. Though it does take a bit of time to get accustomed to wrapping, the price and functionality seem to make it well worth it for most mothers.

    Weight Limit

    The Moby Wrap can be used for babies and toddlers from 8-35lbs. This is a higher upper weight limit than many other carriers, which makes the Moby usable for a longer period of time.

    Material

    The Moby Wrap is made of 100% cotton. Since it’s a single long piece of fabric, it’s very easy to wash and dry. The packaging includes instruction for proper laundry care.

    Back Strain

    This is the place where the Moby Wrap shines. Because it’s a fabric wrap, it distributes a baby’s weight evenly over the back, neck and shoulders. Other carriers put a strain on one or two particular areas, making carrying a heavier baby difficult. Many mothers seem to find the Moby Wrap comfortable for wearing for extended periods of time.

    Attachment
    One of the benefits of babywearing is that it promotes attachment between a caregiver and a child. Babywearing frees up both hands and allows a caregiver to maintain a close watch over their child. The Moby Wrap is comfortable enough that it can promote attachment for extended periods of time.

    Recommended: Yes
    Price: $37-$45

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  • Review Fisher-Price Discover n Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym

    This is a short review of the Fisher Price Kick and Play Piano Gym, based on personal experience. This review was not paid or compensated in any way.

    Value

    At roughly the same cost of full hanging play gyms ($40-50), this gym is a surprisingly great value for entertainment and educational purposes. The piano keys and hanging toys are very effective at keeping baby entertained, which can give mom (or dad) a much-needed break! As your baby grows, the piano can be rotated to engage sitters and supported sitting babies. The hanging toy bar can also be installed face-down, and the mirror rotated upwards for engaging tummy-time.

    Safety

    Due to the soft bars on the sides of this gym, the baby is prevented from rolling “out” of the gym. The connection between the hanging bar and the bottom base is rounded, so no sharp corners are near baby’s face. This gym is fairly safe for young children (1-3 months) who can’t roll from back to front. Once baby starts rolling, this gym should be modified for “sitting up” play, since most rolling babies might not stay within the confines of the gym (which could present a safety hazard).

    Educational Value

    For young children, this toy can be very useful for enhancing gross and fine motor skills. Hand play and grabbing skills can be enhanced by the hanging toys, and kicking the piano keys can help develop baby’s leg muscles. The hanging toys are made of hard plastic, and can easily be swapped out and replaced.

    Recommended: Yes.
    Cost: $40-50

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