The Moby wrap is a favorite baby-wearing item for moms. However, they are often quite expensive. Find out how you can make your very own no-sew baby wrap.
When my children were babies, I loved my Moby Wrap. However, it took me a while to find one that worked. There are too many of them and quite often, are expensive. And, some of them are very difficult to use.
I was tired being confused, so did some research and found a way to make my own Moby wrap! Best of all – there is no sewing needed!
Wearing a Moby wrap is not hard. I’ve got easy to follow step-by-step instructions below so you can learn how to put it on and how to wear your baby properly. Note that these wraps work best for infants 12 months and younger.
Remember, this Moby Wrap tutorial is customizable as far as fabric goes. However, I recommend you use a stretchy fabric (think t-shirt material), but not too stretchy. I loved this bright blue birdy fabric I found, and it was perfect for me.
I found my fabric at JoAnn (and of course, I used a coupon). Make sure you look at the current craft store coupons before you shop, so you can make this already affordable babywearing item cost even less.
While the standard length of a Moby Wrap is 6 yards, you don’t have to make yours that long. I found that using 5 1/2 yards instead was perfect. If you feel that 6 yards is not long enough, you can always make yours a bit longer. You need your Moby Wrap to fit you snuggly while keeping your baby safe.
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HOW TO MAKE A MOBY WRAP
About 5.5 yards of knit fabric
A pair of scissors
A baby (preferably your own)
Most fabric is 45″ wide, which is just too wide for a wrap. Cut it down the middle lengthwise, so it is 24 1/2″ wide. TIP: follow the crease in the center to cut a straight line). Since you are using a knit material, it will not fray. That is why you don’t have to sew a thing!
One cut of fabric will give you two wraps. You can toss one into the wash and then have a backup to wear instead.
HOW TO USE A BABY WRAP
The rest of this tutorial will be used to demonstrate how to put wear a Moby Wrap and carry your baby safely.
First, find the middle of the wrap. You can sew a small piece of ribbon in the middle of the wrap to make finding the middle easier – but that is not necessary. You can also fold it in half and easily find the center.
Once you have the center located, bunch it slightly and wrap it tightly (but not too tight) around your middle.
Next, using one hand, hold one side of the wrap behind you. Take the other side and cross it over your shoulder, and through the waist, like in the photo above. The back straps will end up creating an “X” on your back (so keep that in mind when putting it on.
Grab the other piece and cross it across your back and tuck it into the other side of the Moby wrap. Make sure it is all pulled snuggly, adjusting as needed.
You need to make sure that the wrap hanging towards your feet is even on both sides. Continue to adjust it until they are.
This is what it will look like from the back at this point. Leaving a little slack for baby to fit in, but not too much slack. Just an even tension.
Next, you will take the two front pieces and cross them, as shown above.
Take the straps and wrap them behind you. Tie any additional fabric into a knot. If there is a LOT of excess fabric, you can bring the sides back around to the front and tie it here. The above image shows how it will look from the back.
HOW TO WEAR YOUR BABY IN A WRAP
Once you have put on your Moby Wrap, it’s time to add a baby!
Place one leg into one side of the front pouch and one onto the other side. Their legs will slide through the pouch on both sides as they are lying against your body. Their hips should make a “W” position (see image below).
Note for babies four months or younger: Keep their feet inside of the pouch – do not try to slide them out.
This picture shows how you will snugly wrap the pouch around each side of the baby as you tuck their legs in. Do one side at a time.
Then you will put the front pouch up and over their whole back to give them additional support. Everything should feel snug and secure.
That’s it! Tuck their cute little heads in (you’ll know if they’re safely high enough on your chest if you can easily kiss the top of their head) if they aren’t strong enough to hold their head up on their own.
This hold is only good for wearing the baby on your front, so please do not wear baby on your back in this fashion.