|Boba 3G chest strap|
|Ergo/Boba 2G chest strap|
I used to get frustrated with how hard it was to move the chest strap higher and lower on the Boba 2G. Now I realize that it was a good thing. The chest strap on the Boba 3G slides so smoothly and easily that it doesn't stay where you put it. This isn't as big of a deal when you're wearing your little one on your back, because when the chest strap is in front, it's relatively easy to keep pushing it back down. However, when you're wearing your baby on your front, it's not quite as easy to keep pushing the clip down in back of you.
I would start out with the clip positioned between my shoulder blades and within minutes of wearing Emi on my front, the clip would have shifted up to the top of my neck. Not only was this painful on my neck, having the chest clip up so high made my baby hang too far from my body, and that would cause extra strain and pain between my shoulder blades. It also seemed to make the straps rub against the back of my arms. I'm not sure if that was because the padding on straps is shorter on the 3G or if it's because the chest trap being positioned at the top of the neck causes the straps to pull forward more. (Unfortunately, I sold my 2Gs before I got the 3G, so I couldn't get a picture comparing the length of the padding on the straps.) Anyway, because of this, I couldn't handle wearing my baby on my front for more than 20 - 30 minutes.
I contacted Boba, thinking maybe I had a defective carrier, and they kindly sent me another. (They really are a fabulous company!) But unfortunately I had the same problem with that one. I've had a couple of readers contact me to let me know they've had the same issues with their 3G's, so I'm pretty sure I'm not just being overly particular.
Anyway I'm super bummed, but I can't recommend the Boba 3G. I love the Boba company and I think they make the most comfortable baby wraps I've ever worn. And honestly, the Boba 2G is the most comfortable soft-structured carrier I've ever worn. I'm now using an Ergo though. While it's not as comfortable as the Boba 2G, it is more comfy than the Boba 3G (and I have to admit, I LOVE the big pocket it has on the back!) Hopefully, Boba will come out with a 4G soon that will rectify the chest strap slippage problem... if they do, I'll be first in line to buy one!