Moby and Boba have been among the best-selling baby wraps for as long as we have been involved in the industry.
Yes, both are long pieces of cloth. But there are multiple differences in the material used, length, and breathability of that material, that will make each wrap suitable for some more than others.
In this post, we will provide a detailed comparison of eight different performance areas that will help you decide if the Boba or Moby is most suitable for you.
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If you wanted to skip the details of the comparison the following points sum up our findings of who would be most suitable for each baby wrap:
- Buy the Moby – If you live in a warmer climate, want a stylish look, and don’t mind spending a bit more.
- Buy the Boba – If you live in a cooler climate, are budget conscious, and want some stretch in your material.
Moby Wrap Vs Boba Performance Comparison
In this section, we will provide a detailed assessment on 8 different points of comparison.
The overall tally of wins will determine our recommended baby wrap. However, you may not care about each of the criteria used and can instead add up the points on those points that matter most to you.
This will ensure that any subjectivity in the ratings is removed and the result is more likely to suit what you want.
Speaking of subjectivity, the first item on our list is the appearance of the wrap. It doesn’t get any more subjective than this!
The Boba has 11 different colors of fabric to choose from. Plus one unique pattern. While it is nice to be able to choose your favorite color (or whatever matches your wardrobe) we think that the lack of patterns makes the Boba a bit dull.
The range of patterns and colors of the Moby blows the Boba out of the water. Our favorite is the vintage Mickey mouse pattern design (Minnie is also available), and this was our top pick in our list of the best baby wrap patterns in another post.
If you are not keen on the Disney theme there are also other prints with basic patterns to choose from. Plus, you can also select a plain color if that is your preference.
The broad selection gives Moby a clear edge here.
If the price is high on your list you will find that the Boba is usually cheaper. The Boba is one of the best budget carriers that you can find for less than $50 (some patterns and colors will be more than this).
While prices vary depending on the pattern or color you choose, the Moby is usually around 10%-30% more expensive than the Boba.
Both baby wraps can handle the same amount of weight:
- Moby – 35lbs
- Boba – 35lbs
Your baby may outgrow your strength before they outgrow your wrap and it makes no difference which one you choose on this point.
Length of Fabric
While it is close, the Moby has the edge here:
- Moby – 18ft
- Boba – 16.5ft
The longer Moby wrap may be a better baby carrier for plus-size parents, and the Boba more suitable for petite moms.
That extra 1.5ft can also be useful if you have less experience tying off the wrap. But both provide more than enough material for most users.
A stretchy wrap can help create a more snug fit around your baby when tying off your wrap. Whether this is important to you or not is entirely subjective but it is an important differentiator between the Boba and Moby wrap.
The material used in the baby wrap is what will determine the amount of stretch. Below is a comparison of each of the Boba wraps vs Moby wrap:
- Moby Wrap- 100% cotton
- Boba Colored Wraps – 95% cotton + 5% spandex
- Boba Pattern Wraps – 25% cotton + 7% spandex + 68% viscose (bamboo)
All of the Boba blended fabrics have more stretch than the cotton Moby fabric. So if that’s the type of wrap you want this is an easy choice.
The trade-off for that stretchy blend discussed in the point above is that you end up with a slightly thicker and heavier material.
This means that it will get warmer and the material less breathable.
A 100% cotton fabric creates a nicer environment for your baby in warm weather. This can be a huge factor in keeping your baby comfortable and happy in their baby carrier.
Another argument against the blended fabric of the Boba is that the elasticity can wear out over time.
This creates some give in the tightness of the fit that can see your baby move around a bit as your day goes on.
The classic Moby wrap is all cotton and doesn’t have that stretch to begin with. So the fabric will not wear in the same way and your fit is as good as your wrap tie.
Ease of Breastfeeding
The final criteria is which wrap is most suitable for breastfeeding moms. Remember that you can easily loosen the knot in both of these two wraps to accommodate a little extra space as needed.
So this should not be a deal-breaker either way.
When nursing you may need to move the fabric around to create space for your baby to move, or to block the view of others if in public.
This is slightly easier with the stretchy fabric of the Boba. But you would hardly know the difference in this circumstance (which is why this is last!).
Individual Baby Wrap Reviews
On our like-for-like comparison, the Moby wrap beat the Boba 4 points to 3 (with one being a tie and no points awarded).
However, given that your own scorecard may have a different result we also wanted to provide a more detailed review for the Moby and the Boba wrap in this section.
We have not commented on all of the performance points that are the same.
- Same weight limit (35lbs)
- Both can be used entirely hands free
- Both are machine washable
- Same carrier positions (inward carry, hip carry, newborn hold)
- Both support healthy hip development is positioned correctly
As you can see, the general function is similar, but there are a few key differences that will help you get the best out of your wrap.
Moby Wrap Review
The performance of the Moby stood up to the Boba well. But the first criteria was the look of the wrap itself, and our favorite pattern by far is the vintage Mickey Mouse.
As mentioned earlier, there is also a Minnie Mouse option and both make for a very cute babywearing experience. You can also opt for the Moby classic wrap if you want something less fancy.
The color of the fabric is subtle and can complement almost any outfit.
The Moby wrap stretches a little when wrapping your baby, but not as much as the Boba. But it still gives you a high-quality fit around the wearer’s body, and a snug environment for your baby.
The 18ft of length gives you extra fabric to accommodate all baby sizes, from a small baby to a toddler. Even for plus-size parents, you will be fine with this wrap as they grow.
The material is 100% cotton which is more breathable than the Boba blend and is more suitable for hot weather. This allows you to keep your baby close for longer without making them uncomfortable.
Outperforms vs Boba Wraps
- Lightweight wrap
- Better pattern selection
- Longer fabric
- More breathable material
- More expensive
- Less stretch
Boba Wrap Review
Aside from the cheaper purchase price for most Boba variations, the main attraction of this wrap is the stretchy fabric.
While it is slightly thicker and heavier than the Moby, it is amazingly soft and silky and great for the sensitive skin of a newborn baby.
The extra stretchy material also allows you to get a slightly more snug fit.
You need a good strong knot and quality tie to ensure the wrap stays tight and supportive. But all new parents can learn how to do this in no time.
As your baby’s weight increases the strength of the fabric will be tested due to the extra stretch. This can lead to deterioration over time. But you will still get years of use before this can happen.
The Boba wrap measures 16.5ft in length. The shorter fabric makes it more suitable for a petite person but is still long enough to suit most people.
Outperforms vs Moby Wraps
- More stretchy material
- A broader selection of colors
- Very soft wraps
- Cheaper price (depending on which one you choose)
- Heavier and thicker fabric
- Not as breathable as cotton
- Less fabric
Alternative Baby Wraps and Carriers
If you wanted to stick to baby wraps then the Solly Baby Wrap is another high-quality alternative.
You have the choice of some stunning patterns (including eye-popping animal prints!). But the main selling point of the Solly wrap is that it is made from lenzing modal (a material produced from tree pulp).
So if you are environmentally conscious then you may be willing to sacrifice some performance elements in support of these values.
Where the Solly baby wrap comes up short is the maximum capacity is just 25 lbs, and the length of material being a couple of feet shorter than the Moby and the Boba. So this is only suitable for the first year of babywearing.
For those not sure if they wanted a baby wrap carrier or a different type of baby carrier then we have lots of content that can help you out and recommend you check out the following guides:
- Baby wraps vs carriers
- Baby wraps vs ring sling
- Best soft structured carrier
- Complete baby carrier info hub
We think baby wraps provide an amazing way for new moms to bond with their newborn babies. The skin-to-skin contact and that feeling of having your baby’s body pressed up close to yours is hard to beat.
There is a steep learning curve before you can tie the knot quickly and easily. But you can master this in no time.
To ensure you have the best experience possible it is worth opting for quality when buying your wrap. You know that Boba and Moby are both high-quality brands that offer their wraps at reasonable prices.
While it may seem that both are just a piece of cloth. This article has hopefully helped you settle that Boba vs Moby wrap decision and you can now decide which one is most suitable for you.