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A wrap is a wonderful baby carrier for a newborn, they are simple in that there are no buckles or straps to configure. They both consist of one long piece of fabric that you tie.
When my first baby was born I had a Bjorn ready to go, but I kept hearing from other moms how wonderful a wrap was for a newborn.
The name I kept hearing over and over was the Moby wrap. One day my mother came home from the store with a Boba wrap for me and that is how I ended up with the Boba over the Moby.
I always wondered though, was the Moby better, what was the difference, and did I end up with the right choice?
After using my Boba for three babies and absolutely loving it, I can thoroughly recommend it.
I still wanted to know though, what the was the difference, so I decided I had to check a Moby out and that’s what I did.
While they are very similar, they do have a few differences which I will discuss here.
The Boba Wrap has a simple design, no buckles, straps or buttons. It evenly distributes baby’s weight so it’s comfortable for a long wear time. Baby can be carried facing you and in an infant hold.
Boba wraps are made out of a machine washable 95% Cotton/5% Spandex blend.
I love the spandex blend because that little bit of stretch keeps the feeling snug and from stretching out on you.
This wrap can support a weight Range of 7-35lbs.
The Moby wrap is recommended for babies 8-35 lbs and made out of machine washable 100% cotton.
When wrapped, the Moby uses your entire back and shoulders to distribute your baby’s weight. It is simply one long piece of fabric that you tie, there are no buttons or straps to deal with.
Similarities between the Boba and Moby wrap
If you are familiar with these wraps at all you already know that they are very similar. Both wraps are one long piece of fabric that needs to be tied.
Either one will make a great option for a newborn baby. They are one size fits all.
Both Moby and Boba wraps support a baby or toddler up to 35 pounds, although they work the best for newborns and babies under 15 pounds.
Both come in many color and style options. Either one is considered a great beginner or starter wrap.
Differences between the Boba and Moby wrap
The Moby wrap is longer and wider so there is more fabric to deal with. I am not sure if this would be considered a pro or a con since I found the amount of fabric in the Boba more than sufficient.
I am very used to wrapping the Boba and found the extra fabric a bit cumbersome, but I am sure it wouldn’t be hard to get used to it.
The fabric on the Boba feels a little thicker and is very soft. The Moby felt more like a soft tee shirt fabric to me.
Think of it like comparing a soft sweatshirt material (Boba) to a tee shirt material (Moby) in terms of thickness and weight.
The biggest and main difference between these two wraps is that the Boba has 5% spandex adding a bit of stretch to it that the Moby does not have.
For the Boba it is recommended to wrap it as tightly as possible since it can be stretched to insert your baby.
With the Moby it is recommended to get the wrap just right since there is no additional stretch to work with.
They also offer many different color and style options. I see the Moby now has some different fabric options while the Boba is still the same fabric but has lots of colors.
The Boba and Moby are very similar in this regard and I cannot recommend that one will last longer than the either.
Both wraps need to be tied and this does have a bit of a learning curve but many women find it easy once they get it down.
In many cases this is going to come down to a personal preference. Do you prefer to have a little stretch in your wrap? Or a thicker fabric but less fabric overall to deal with? Then the Boba is probably for you.
My personal pick is the Boba but I am sure that I could have used a Moby and been very happy with it when my baby was a newborn.
I used a Boba for all three of my babies and it lasted without any wear and tear and I have since donated it. I was sad to see it go!
Pricing is very similar with the two wraps.
Let me know, did you use one or the either and have a preference?
Update 2018 – When I wrote this post originally Boba and Moby were the main stretchy wraps around.
Now there are so many other options, which I have tried a few. You definitely cannot go wrong with Boba or Moby though.
One other wrap I have tried and recommend too is a Happy Wrap. This is a very lightweight wrap and is pretty different feeling from the Boba or Moby.
I used it with my third baby during the summer months of June – August when it was hot. This wrap does not have any stretch so you will want to get the fit right.
It also does not have as high a weight limit. I think if I could only have one wrap I would go for the Boba but the Happy Wrap is a great choice for super hot weather.
Here is a little more information about it:
- 100% Bamboo Viscose
- Made in US
- Lightweight, soft and breathable – ideal for hot weather
- Fully adjustable ensuring a perfect fit every time
- Ergonomically supports your baby up to 25 pounds