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Hug-a-Bub® vs. Moby Wrap

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So you've done the analysis and decided on a solid-colored stretchy wrap, and now the only remaining task is to decide which one: the Hug-a-Bub® or the Moby Wrap. Read on to get our take on these two stretchies.

Cost: The most obvious difference between the Hug-a-Bub® and the Moby Wrap is the price, which leads to the most common question that we get: is the Hug-a-Bub® worth the extra money? The answer to this question will vary depending on your financial situation and intended use for the carrier, as well as a zillion other factors that we won't list. For some people the added cost of the Hug-a-Bub® is irrelevant, for others it is prohibitive, and for the rest of us who fall somewhere in between, it is just another factor to consider.

An example of the importance of intended use might be the "sling addict" who plans to add a stretchy wrap to an already good collection of baby carriers, vs. the mom or dad who plans to use one carrier, the stretchy wrap, for every baby-carrying situation. For the one-and-only carrier parents, it might make sense to pay less attention to money and more attention to finding the carrier that they will most love to use, considering that spread out over years of everyday use the money will seem less relevant while satisfaction with the product will take on more importance. For the addict with a large sling collection, on the other hand, the stretchy wrap would be used less often, and in more specifically chosen situations, so that the extra cost per use would be higher if the more expensive wrap were chosen; even if the pricier wrap were strongly preferred it might make more sense to save money and use the rest of the carrier collection to compensate for any perceived deficiencies of the less expensive wrap.

Design and Function: Both the Moby Wrap and the Hug-a-Bub® are 100% knit cotton. The Moby Wrap fabric is double knit while the Hug-a-Bub® is single knit. This makes the Moby Wrap thicker, heavier, and softer, while the Hug-a-Bub® is lighter weight.

The Moby Wrap fabric has a bit more stretch to it than the Hug-a-Bub® fabric, and its edges are serged, while those of the Hug-a-Bub® are hemmed. This makes the Moby Wrap "cushier" feeling, so super-comfortable in the short term, while the Hug-a-Bub® is more supportive so more comfortable in the long term.

The Moby Wrap is wider than the Hug-a-Bub®. This makes the Moby Wrap theoretically better for back-carrying (although we're not crazy about stretchy wraps for this purpose), and it makes the Hug-a-Bub® cooler and easier to deal with. The lengths of the two wraps are almost equal.

The Hug-a-Bub® has a pocket sewn onto the middle of the wrap which can be used for carrying small/soft objects or for self-storage. It also comes with an excellent instructional DVD, while the Moby Wrap comes with written/photo instructions.

Summary : For coolness, convenience, a more tailored look, and better support, we recommend the Hug-a-Bub®. For softness, coziness, a more "flowy" look, and great value, we recommend the Moby Wrap.

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