After a nearly disastrous grocery shopping trip with my 19 month old son, I knew I needed to do something different. The problem? He refused to sit in the shopping cart. And, being 7 months pregnant at the time, I tried holding his hand and having him walk next to me through the store. That didn’t work either. He wanted to do what he wanted to do, and would collapse on the floor when I’d try redirecting him. Being we were desperate for groceries, I packed him on my hip the rest of the shopping trip. By the time I got home, I was completely exhausted. Thus, my search for a toddler carrier began!
I am a review junkie, so I started by scouring Amazon for reviews on different carriers. I originally thought about getting a woven wrap so I could use it for both the new baby and my son, but I wanted something quicker and with less of a learning curve, as well as something my husband would be willing to wear. There are a lot of options out there for soft structured carriers, but I found most of them to be either really girly or awkward looking, both of which I know my husband would never wear. Or myself for that matter! Luckily, I came across Boba. Not only did it have the look and style I was going for, but it got nearly perfect reviews from Amazon customers.
There were many color options that I liked, which made the choice a hard one. I wanted a color that would be neutral for a boy or girl, which really most of the color options would be perfect for. After consulting my husband for his input, we decided to order the Boba in Mist. The gray straps, I thought, were a little more “manly” than the chocolate brown, and the lighter color would hopefully make it cooler to wear in the summer. But what I love is how the apple green accent adds a pop of color and is perfect for a boy or girl.
The Boba arrived in a nice boxed package which included a full-color booklet with wearing instructions. The instructions were very easy to follow.
I practiced putting my son in at home with the help of a mirror. It felt a little awkward trying to slide him in on my back, but then again I was 7 months pregnant at the time. With that said, it only took a minute to get him situated, the straps adjusted, and then he was securely, and comfortably, on my back.
But now the real test; wearing him in public! We went to one of the first garage sales of the season, which is always a huge event in our small town as people are excited to say goodbye to winter. I decided to bring the Boba along, but honestly didn’t think I’d need to use it. In a last minute decision, I threw it on with my son, and boy am I glad I did! A huge crowd was at the sale and it would have been literally impossible to weave through the people and items if he hadn’t had been on my back. So my first Boba debut in public was definitely a success and I could see it was already a worthwhile investment.
The second time the Boba was used, my father-in-law wore it. A group of us went to a train show, which was another extremely crowded venue. My father-in-law insisted on wearing my son since I was now 8 months pregnant at the time. I was a little reluctant since he has a bad back, but he had no complaints and wore it comfortably the entire time. My son loved it too!
I am now 9 months pregnant and can still comfortably wear him on my back. The straps are very comfortable on my shoulders and below my expanding belly and are easily adjustable. I am 9 months pregnant in the following pictures. We are not using the foot straps but it gives you an idea of the fit.
My son, who is now 21 months old and under 30 pounds, loves to be carried around in it. He will see it sitting out, point and say “backpack” when he wants to go for a ride. I really couldn’t be happier with it and I’m excited for all of the use it will get from my son and our new baby on the way.
Unfortunately, since I have been very pregnant since we’ve had our Boba, I haven’t been able to test the front carrying feature, but it’s definitely something I’ll be trying with our new baby.
Here are some of the key features of the Boba Carrier:
- For infants/children 15-45 pounds
- Removable sleeping hood
- Adjustable foot straps for toddlers- (keeps their knees at an ergonomic 90 degree angle)
- Classic and Organic options
- Padded, fully-adjustable straps
- Daddy friendly color options
The Boba Carrier is very reasonably priced from $100-$128. I highly recommend the Boba to all of my friends and family, and to anyone in search of a soft structured carrier. We couldn’t be happier with ours and it’s been a great purchase!
What do you think of the Boba Carrier?
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