Thursday, January 5, 2012

New & Improved Boba Baby/Toddler Carrier!

**UPDATE**  I've sold my Boba 2G's and don't recommend the Boba 3G. (Read why here)  I would suggest buying a Boba 2G (they still have some new ones on amazon, or you could always try craigslist or ebay) or an Ergo, rather than a Boba 3G.

I've had quite a few people approach me recently about my Boba baby carrier, and since Boba recently released the 3G, I figured it might be time for another little post about why I love my Boba!

First, in case you missed it, check out my review and comparison of the Boba 2G vs. the Ergo.  The Cliff Notes version is this:  both are great carriers, but they're shaped a little differently.  They both will fit babies from 15 lbs (7 lbs with an Ergo insert and with the Boba 3G) to 45 lbs.  I find the Boba the most comfortable, but I would suggest you try on both if you can to see which fits you and your little one best.  I can comfortably wear my 30 lb, 3 year old on my front or back in this carrier, and have been wearing my baby in it since she was about 3 months old.  In fact, this carrier is so comfortable and supportive that I once wore my 3 month old on my front in a stretchy wrap and my 3 year old on my back in the Boba 2G while dancing in a flash mob!(You can watch the video here.)

At the end of October, Boba released its 3G carrier and it has some awesome new features.  One of the coolest new features is the ability for the Boba to adjust to fit a newborn (7lbs or bigger)!  With the Ergo, you have to buy an infant insert to make it safe for use with babies under 15 lbs.  Personally, I think the most comfortable type of carrier for mom and newborn is a stretchy wrap, but I know some people can't get the hang of wraps, so this would be a great alternative.  I only used baby wraps with my first, but I'm so glad I got a Boba... my hubby (like most men I know) couldn't be bothered with a wrap, but he LOVES our Boba!

Some of the other cool features include strap holders for any shoulder bags, THREE zipper pockets, and new & improved foot-straps.  (The Boba 2G also has footstraps, but they were made of velcro instead of snaps.)

The only feature missing from the Boba that some other carriers have is the ability to carry your baby in a hip-carry or forward-facing position.  While I personally don't find a hip carry to be very comfortable for very long, I know some people love it.  The Ergo does allow for a hip carry and the Beco Gemini allows for both forward-facing and hip carries.  It should be noted that some babywearing advocates caution against forward-facing positions

No matter which type of carrier you choose, the important thing is that you WEAR YOUR BABY!  Not only does it help you to have your hands free and keep your baby content, I think the greatest benefit is how it helps you to bond with your baby!

If you want a high-quality, versatile baby/toddler carrier, I definitely recommend the Boba.  I can't wait to get my hands on one of the new 3G carriers, but first I need to sell both my 2G's. So if you want a gently-used Boba in good condition, I have the grey carrier pictured above and also the brown one pictured below.

Sorry, it's not the best pic of the carrier,
but it's the only one I could quickly find!
I've used the grey one for about a year and the brown one for about 6 months.  Also, the brown one is organic.  If you're interested, make me an offer!  But if you'd rather buy a new 3G, I won't blame ya ;o)


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