Moby Mama ( A Review of the Moby Wrap)

There is NOTHING in this word that compares to..

.. The smell of a newborn baby’s head close enough to your lips to kiss while watching that sweet baby sleep on your chest… all while…

…Chasing after your crazy toddler whose holding your hand yelling “C’mon Mommy!!”

It’s like all your senses completely and totally experienced at one time.

That, my friends, is the experience of a baby wearing mama and this is why the Moby Wrap is soooo incredibly important to my daily life as a mom (whether you’re a mom of 1, 2, 3, or 10 😉

When I was pregnant with Cale, I had many of my “natural” mommy friends from our Bradley class talk about the Moby wrap and I thought I’d love one, but man the $40+ price tag was seriously holding me back from that purchase. But, I’ve since learned that, although the price is $40, it’s well worth it. Or you can find one used on Craigslist.

My friend Jenny and Gwen then each gave me material that was intended to work as a Moby wrap and they got the job done, but I struggled with the material constantly when Cale was a newborn and gave it up altogether much earlier than I would have liked.

When I was pregnant with Gabe, I decided no matter what that I would definitely have the original Moby wrap as it was a NECESSITY with 2 under 2. I was given one as a gift and boy, was that the greatest blessing!

So here’s my review of the positives and negatives of the Moby wrap:

Positives:

  • Most babies that are used to being carried will fall right to sleep in the Moby and will take a good nap in it despite the chaos around you.
  • The material is a stretchy jersey knit so it can “grow” with the baby.
  • Once you watch the instruction videos on the Moby wrap website, it’s fairly easy to do it yourself the first few times, and takes only a few seconds after those first few times.

Click on the hold you’re interested in to see the video for each hold here:

http://www.mobywrap.com/mw/how-to-moby-wrap.htm

  • Having your hands totally free while also cuddling your baby is the most vital aspect of this wrap (free to do the dishes, chase your other child, clean the house, etc.)
  • There are several different holds you can use as your baby grows that will keep them as comfortable as possible.
  • Keeps both of you warm during the winter.

Negatives:

  • It is definitely a hotter wrap during the summer.
  • Unless you wrap it on your body prior to leaving the house, it is tough as it drags on the ground while you’re wrapping it.

So that is my overall review of this product! It’s a must have for all moms, in my opinion, and it comes in a variety of beautiful colors! Here’s some of our uses of the Moby Wrap:

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First Sunday at church (5 days old)

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Just getting relaxed on a fussy day…

 

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Ready to go out and chase big brother around.

 

 

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Being interviewed by our college alumni for advertising purposes.

 

 

ImageAnd at a college football game (one of several).

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

 

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Cale and Daddy’s Saturday Night Worship Practice

This little boy of mine is a total daddy’s boy! His longest sentence yet was: “I want daddy home!” So this should come as no surprise to you that he likes to join in on his worship leader dad’s Saturday night worship practice! LOVE his heart for music!

Did the 3DayPottyTraining.com Method Work for Us?

Well… as those of you that I am friends with on Facebook know (based on my picture that I posted last night concerning Cale being trained) and we’re probably expecting, I was going to write a completely different post this morning, but now I’m so grateful I waited to write. As we’re now on the 4th day of our second trial run of the 3 Day Potty Training Method, here is the premise of the method (though I can’t go into great detail as she asks that you purchase her program and take advantage of her mentoring program) and my final thoughts:

First of all, potty training is hard work….DUH ARIEL…

I mean, why wouldn’t it be? Every other type of training that we participate in is. Whether we’re running a 5k, 10k, marathon, competing in the Olympics, being a professional athlete, pursuing a career, etc. Every type of training that we do in our life requires varying degrees of hard work. It doesn’t just happen overnight.

Cale Playing During Potty Training Day 2

(Cale playing during potty training day 2)

As a mom of a boy, I have been told (for as long as I can remember) that boys are so much harder to train than girls and that it’ll take much longer. Well, I admit…

…I wasn’t buying it.

And especially not after I had two friends tell me about their experiences training their BOYS in 3 days with this potty training method. I like to follow what I know has worked for others so I followed suit and purchased this program.

Here’s the general premise:

You stay at home with your child for 3 days and are with them CONSTANTLY. This is tough with a super independent child, but he also seemed to love the extra attention. I can’t give away too much else as I don’t want to create any copyright issues.

But, I think you probably know… Based on my previous posts… that staying home for 3 days straight is some major boot camp for me!

Some of the positives about the program:

  1. Although yesterday he seemed to be fully trained (He didn’t have an accident from 9/9:30 am- 4:30/5 pm) and today he has had mostly accidents and is not doing as well, he still fully recognizes when he goes potty, even if not always beforehand. Though I didn’t believe it would, it did seem to click in some way.
  2. It is ONLY 3 days so if, in the end, it didn’t work (though she claims that it works for every child), you’veonly given up 3 days of your time.
  3. It is great that she doesn’t transition from diapers to pull-ups and then to underwear. It is much more straightforward and encourages discipline from both the parents and child.

Some of the negatives about the program:

  1. She says the perfect age is 22 months and that the range of 22-30 months is a great time to use the training; however, I tried it when Cale was 22 months and 1 week and he didn’t catch on. Now, at 23 months, he seems to have much more understanding.
  2. The mentoring program, that is highly encouraged and that you must use if you desire to request a refund, though encouraging, didn’t offer much more info than the book itself. Just encouragement for the most part, although there wassome advice.
  3. It costs money. It is about $25, but should you decide to do it, you can get a promo code by typing in 3 Day Potty Training Promo Code into Google.
  4. Your child may not be fully trained at the end of 3 days despite the guarantee.

Overall, I wouldn’t say Cale is fully trained in 3 days (although, I admit, I felt that he was yesterday when I posted a photo to Facebook about it :/ because he was doing so great!). Today, we are struggling more (mostly accidents all day while saying “Potty”), but I do like that he is on the right track.

And some great news, he stayed DRY ALL NIGHT last night!

Anyways, hope this offers some honest perspective and that you understand my feelings go both ways concerning my beliefs in this program.

Cale and Gabe sippy cups

My two boys gulping their water during one of the potty training days.

Have a great Friday and Happy Weekend! Check back for my post tomorrow!