I wear my kids. Well, not so much my 5 year old, because honestly, I’m too short to ‘wear her’ (she’s within the weight limit of the carrier and her dad has put her in just to see if it is possible!!) but I do wear my 18 month old and my 3 year old. In the same carrier. How is that even possible? Right now, its thanks to the Boba baby carrier. I wear my 3 year old on my back and usually wear the baby on my front although she’s starting to be ok with being on my back. Having her on my back is often how you’ll find me cooking dinner at all, because that’s the witching hour, and the only way I can keep her happy and me sane!!
The part of the carrier where your child ‘sits’ is also a bit higher/longer than I’m used to- but I like this. Even the happiest kid being worn will at times arch their back. I feel a bit less like they are pulling away from me when this happens in the BOBA- with some of the other carriers it was a moment of panic when they’d arch their back because I felt like they might flip out. It also helps your little one feel nice and snug and secure which is never a bad thing in my opinion!
I think its also nice that your little one can tuck their arms in or out. Some kids need to feel really secure and hugged and for those kids, what a great feature the bit of extra fabric is! I know there’s been times when we are out at a large gathering, and the loud noises or just the amount of people can get my little one very anxious and upset. The sleeping hood is one of my favorite features of a soft structured carrier- keeping the sun/heat/cold off of baby’s face while sleeping, or blocking out bright or flashing lights, keeps them snug and secure and lets them sleep without disruption. I know I’ve used the hood more than once when my kids have been startled and upset!!
I don’t know if I am just short with big arms so its hard for me to get the arms of a carrier adjusted properly, but it always takes me 3-5 ‘wears’ to get the shoulder straps adjusted comfortably for ME. I also usually have to have my husband help me slide the chest clip up and down a bit on the back when I’m doing a front carry before I can feel that “oh, I love wearing this carrier” feeling. Once we have that down pat, I will almost always choose to grab the carrier over a shopping cart, stroller, just carrying- you name it! That’s how comfortable a good carrier IS and SHOULD BE when worn and adjusted properly!!
BOBA offers several colors and offers both organic (4 colors) and classic (non organic, 6 colors, 1 print) carrier options. The carrier we reviewed was the Organic in Willow because with Baby B, she’s forever putting fabric in her mouth, and since this is my last carrier, I wanted to be sure to get something that I can feel comfortable with her having in her mouth instead of constantly trying to distract her.
•accommodates children 15-45 lbs / 7-20 kg
•one size fits most adults
•front and back carry
•Boba Organic collection made with GOTS and OE100 certified 100% organic cotton and organic Texas cotton lining
•Boba Classic collection made with 100% natural brushed cotton
•high density waist and shoulder strap foam
•removable foot straps for extra leg/hip support
•high back for better overall support
•body 13 inches wide and 16 inches tall
•19 inch shoulder straps that extend an additional 19 inches
•28 inch waist belt that extends to 56 inches
•5 inch waist belt
•weight of the carrier: 1.8 lbs
I love this carrier, for so many reasons. One reason why, it is SO comfortable for me to wear, for a short while or a few hours- it doesn’t bother my back nor does it dig into my shoulders at all. I think the extra length for the waist strap is a HUGE selling point for this carrier- no extra piece to use, there’s not a second buckle to check and make sure is clicked in properly, and no extra cost. The higher fabric where your child is means your child is more secure- a great feeling for them but also really important for the adult wearing them, because it helps keep OUR center of gravity where it needs to be and therefore, in my opinion, safer. The really nice earthy tones of most of the fabrics for BOBAs is also really nice- they’ll go with just about anything and men and women alike can use them interchangeably. I also think the ease of strap adjustment on the waist is wonderful.
I think that some people may look at the price of a soft structured carrier and think that gosh, its kind of expensive!! But let me tell you (my husband will attest to this) that with all of the various carriers I have bought, received as gifts or loans, and tried to even make myself- I’ve spend at least triple the cost of one of these. If I had that all to do over again, I’d just save the time and money and get a really nice carrier from day one. Plus, a good carrier is like your favorite jeans- the more you wear it, the more comfortable it is.
You can purchase BOBA carriers on their website. They even ship internationally and have a no-questions asked 60 day return policy (I LOVE when companies stand behind products!!).
Do you have a carrier you love- or loved? What kind? What did you like about it?
I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed within are my own.