With two little ones under the age of two, I seem to always be carrying one of them. Sometimes after a busy day of carrying children around the house, my hubby comes home and wonders what I did all day. Of course, he wonders this anyway, but on these days it’s a bit more obvious that very few items were checked off my “to do” list. With my first child, I was able to accomplish several tasks during nap time. Now, with two little ones, nap times rarely seem to coincide, so I really needed a better solution than hoping that they would both sleep at the same time.
The real issue isn’t that they are awake, but that once holding them, I no longer have my hands free to do anything. I have used baby carriers in the past, but now it is essential to baby wear to have a productive day. As I have started to baby wear more frequently, I have learned that I really like soft structured carriers and being able to put the carrier on myself is a must. I also don’t like carriers that anytime I bend over; it makes it feel like the baby isn’t secure enough. This causes me to use my hands to add extra security to the baby. Those types of carriers kind of defeat the purpose of having your hands free for use. So, while searching for a carrier I could use everyday with my newborn & toddler, I kept seeing great reviews on the Boba Baby Carrier.
Boba designs thoughtfully crafted products for active parents who want the time and freedom to create a real and caring bond with their child, while living life to the fullest.
Boba sent me the Boba Baby Carrier 3G in the Soho print. I love the Soho print, mainly because I love any black, white, & red combos, but also because it is feminine without it being too girly that my hubby won’t wear it. I mean look how gorgeous it is!
The Boba Carrier is made from high-quality cotton, which makes it durable enough for indoor and outdoor use. It is a soft structured carrier with nice foam shoulder straps and a foam waist belt, which is where the weight of your child is distributed to. We used this carrier on a recent trip to Vegas and I’m so glad we had it with us! The first day, my hubby wore our oldest child (21 months, 25 lbs) in the back carry position. She loves being carried and was able to see the sites without us having to chase her around. I like that the seat/fabric is wide enough to keep her weight appropriately distributed and doesn’t put pressure on her spine, hips, or pelvis. The carrier seems to sit lower and closer to your center of gravity than other carriers. This is really nice since toddlers are often squirming and if they feel off balance when you’re just standing there, then it’s going to feel even more unnatural once you are walking around. Let alone if they throw off your center of balance, you are more likely to take a tumble, which would be awful when carrying your child.
I checked on my daughter often during our testing and the straps stayed nice and tight, keeping her secure. I also didn’t notice any loss of circulation in her feet, which can happen if there’s too much pressure on the legs. She seemed comfortable and even fell asleep as we ended our day watching the volcano at the Mirage. Too cute, right?
The next day my hubby’s shoulders were a bit sore, but after reading the information on proper fit, we realized that chest clip should have been positioned at about armpit height and that would of helped alleviate some of the pressure of the shoulder area. Of course, he didn’t tell me that it was putting pressure on his shoulders until he was already sore.
Since he was sore, I used the Boba in the front carry position with my 3 month old who is just about 15 lbs. We did try the newborn carry (used up to 15 lbs) on her, but since she is pretty long, I didn’t feel like she was nestled low enough in the carrier when it was snapped up for the newborn position. You can learn more about using the Boba Carrier for newborns by viewing their video here. In the front carry position, my little one felt tight and secure. She was visible and easy to check on. I could easily kiss the top of her head, which is indicator of proper positioning. The carrier was breathable and didn’t cause me or baby to sweat.
The front carry position is the one I use most often, since I’m typically holding our littlest one. It is really easy to put on by myself and in fact, my hubby has even been caught using it around the house. My littlest has also fallen asleep safely in the Boba carrier, which must mean she is comfortable too.
The main thing I like about this carrier is that it is so easy to adjust. We can use this for both our children and it works for both my hubby and I. The carrier can comfortably fits heights 5’0” – 6’3” (I’m 5’6″ and my hubby is 5’9″) and the waistband range is 25” – 58”. Check out our video below…yes you can laugh at us struggling with our children…to see how versatile this carrier truly is!
Another unique feature I want to mention is the removable, adjustable foot straps. Since the Boba can carry a child up to 45 lbs (or 4 years old), at some point the fabric/seat will not be wide enough reach the back side of your toddler’s knees. Instead of the fabric digging into your child’s hamstrings, you can attach the foot straps to help maintain proper support for your child. Besides, busy feet need a place to rest eventually.
Some other perks that the Boba Baby Carrier 3G has are:
- It is machine washable
- Elastic bands neatly roll up straps
- Shoulder strap holder keeps purses/diaper bags/camera straps in place
- Multiple, easy to access pockets
- High quality military grade buckles
Overall, I really have enjoyed using the Boba Baby Carrier. It is convenient for me and I can adjust it by myself. I love the mei tai that I have, but the Boba has a higher weight limit and it my hubby likes the buckles better than having to tie the carrier on. It has a wider seat than other carriers, which combined with the foot straps, make it a must have carrier for those with toddlers. It is also particularly nice to use this time of year, many of the places we go have been muddy/dirty, since it doesn’t have long pieces of fabric/ties that touch the ground while trying to put them on. It is awesome that this carrier can be used all the way from newborn to toddlerhood and it is built to actually last that long too!
You can purchase a Boba Baby Carrier 3G in a variety of prints/colors on their website.
I received samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.