**Boba has now come out with the new 4G model. However, the 3G is still a GREAT carrier and is no different if your baby is beyond the infant stage (15+ pounds.)**
I have been waiting to do this post for months now and am so excited to finally have the chance! I would like to introduce you to the Boba 3G, Boba‘s newest generation of baby carrier, launched this fall and changing things for this Colorado-based company!
I never thought that I would proclaim myself a “babywearer” but am so very thankful for the freedom it has provided for me in the past few months. I honestly have no idea how people manage two children and staying active without some sort of carrier! I am a firm believer in the benefits for both Mama and Baby when babywearing.
I have said this before, but before I begin to talk about the Boba, I want to make it clear that I firmly believe that not every carrier works for every person the same. What may be great for me might not work comfortably for another Mama. I highly encourage using a rental program (PaxBaby has a great one) before you buy (or borrow a friend’s!) to help make the most educated decision for you!
That being said, I.love.this.carrier. It fits me well. It fits my (growing) baby well, it fits my toddler well, and it fits my husband well. It has oodles of extra features and provides me the freedom I need. I wear it almost all day, every day, and remain comfortable.
The Boba 3G has some new features that I really love. The very best is that the carrier can now be used for newborns and up. I kept thinking that P was 15 pounds so was wearing him in the larger setting of the carrier, but after a doctor appointment that confirmed a weight of only 12 pounds, I have been going back and forth, depending on how bundled up he is and his mood. The smaller setting basically just helps raise him in the carrier and make him “kissable-close.”
However, when he is in a snowsuit and bundled up, he definitely fits in the larger setting better.
|P in the Boba 3G set at the larger setting (he is comfortable, but not as close to me.)|
Here’s what I love:
1. The ease of use – it can be adjusted quickly between wearers.
2. I can wear it around my waist all day. When P isn’t in it, I simply clip the chest strap around my waist also and it is out of my way. This is how I often do errands to make it easy to pop him in and out. It can also easily hang in front of me and not get in my way.
|photo from the Boba Family Site|
3. The slim pockets! one in the waist strap (perfect size for my cell phone and a pacifier) and one in the top of the carrier (where the hood is stored.)
4. Detachable hood (that covers Baby’s whole head!) I usually keep it with me, but it just snaps on and off.
5. The sliders that move the chest (or back when Baby is in front) strap up and down. Super easy to do on my own and they remain in place.
6. A purse holder on the strap that keeps your purse (or bag) from falling off your shoulder (which is SUPER annoying for me!)
7. The carrier is slim and compacts easily (no padding and smaller than an Ergo, for all those that are wondering!)
8. The height of the carrier makes it much easier to carry toddlers than other carriers I have used (they can’t lean back quite as easily!)
9. The new colors and designs (mine is called “Kangaroo”) which include basic black and patterns.
What I wasn’t super crazy about:
1. When the carrier is adjusted to the newborn setting (up to 15 pounds,) the waist strap pocket is against your body and unusable.
2. I personally think straps that can cross behind your back are more comfortable for heavier weights. That being said, I also like that these straps are attached and don’t get in my way when I am not wearing them.
3. When I wear the carrier adjusted for a newborn, the snaps always come undone. However, this doesn’t effect the way P sits.
Husband helped me take a series of pictures to try and better demonstrate how the newborn setting works on the Boba 3G:
1. Waist strap is on…you can barely see the safety tag that is facing outward. The waist strap is actually upside down and the buckles need to be turned around so they are not inside out (not shown). The body of the carrier snaps onto the waistband to make the “baby pocket” smaller.
2. I find that in the newborn setting it is easiest for me to then put on the arm straps and then snap the chest strap behind my back. After I have that snapped, I will reach further down on my back and pull the chest strap down so it rests on my back and not my neck.
3. Baby is then picked up and carefully set into the carrier. Boba recommends having their legs out of the carrier as early as 2 months (assuming Baby is comfortable) and that is usually how P likes to ride. However, there are times when he is super cozy that he prefers to have his legs froggied and inside the carrier (see picture at top of the post, taken about a month ago.)
*It is during this step that the snaps holding the carrier smaller usually come undone. However, like I said before, this does not effect Baby or how he sits in the carrier (the carrier is holding him, not the snaps!)
He is now “kissable-close” and comfortable:
When we have J in a carrier, it is usually with Daddy (because I have P.) He is 31 months and about 32 pounds but sits comfortably in the Boba 3G. We attended a conference as a family a few weekends ago that included late nights. The boys both fell asleep in carriers easily. However, the hood is not as comfortable for J – I wish it were a bit bigger for him (since he is taller and sits higher in the carrier.)
As J becomes a more and more active toddler, he doesn’t want to sit in any carrier long, but will ask to when he is tired and loves to look around from his higher viewpoint when he is in it.
Daddy easily running down the trail with J on his back (lots of laughing here!)
Another feature of the Boba 3G are removable and adjustable foot straps (shown in the photo below.) J could go either way, but they do provide a resting place for a toddler’s feet and come in handy especially for longer hikes or days. However, foot straps or not, the carrier does not dig into the legs of either boy.
A few more things that impressed me about Boba:
– They are based in Boulder, CO
– The Boba 3G came with an impressive full-color instructional booklet that I referred to often the first few weeks I had it.
– Their customer service is amazing – they truly want you to love wearing your baby.
– They also make a Baby Wrap – formally Sleepy Wrap – (which I have tried and also love except for the general heat of a wrap during summer months).
A Baby Carrier retails for $125. Spendy? Yes, but completely worth the investment (and that what a great carrier is: an investment!)
Please feel free to contact me (via email or on facebook) if you have any questions about my experience with the Boba. I would be happy to help!
Per my request, I was given a carrier for this review. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly my own. Additionally, some of these links are affiliates. See my disclosure here.