Monday, October 15, 2012

Boba Carrier Review & Giveaway!

You all know by now that I LOVE babywearing.  

It is such a simple and easy way to keep your kiddo right where they need to be, up close and snuggled into you!  One of my favorite babywearing options is a soft structured carrier, or what I tend to call a pack carrier- because they honestly remind me of a backpack.

I've talked before about how we own an Ergo baby carrier as well as several other non-soft structured carriers in our household.  One of the main reasons I love a soft structured carrier is because you can wear it for long periods of time without feeling sore or uncomfortable, and with all the snaps and straps, you know that your child is tucked in tightly to you and very secure.  

I recently was given the opportunity to score a Boba Baby Carrier 3G and test it out to share with my readers, and I am so happy I did!  Since my other soft structured carrier option at this time is the Ergo, I'll focus my review on a comparison of the two products.

But first, here are a few pictures of little man and I enjoying our Boba 3G at the zoo!  

(You'll notice in these pictures that he is riding a little bit low- with his legs a little bit more straight and less 'frogged' than I would have liked- mainly due to the fact that I am almost 30 weeks pregnant.  I'll talk a little bit later in the review about how I could have fixed this, and now do fix this easily, with the provided accessories that came with the carrier.)

Let's just pretend I still fit into my fleece...
Carrier pictured in the Soho print

 There are many, many reasons why I love our new Boba 3G, the first being that the print is ridiculously cute.  Besides the "ZOMG the cute is overwhelming me!" moment I had when I opened the package, there are tons of logical reasons why I'll choose this carrier over the Ergo.

To start, I am obviously pretty pregnant, and will be wearing a little squishy babe in just a few short months.  To be able to wear new baby girl in the Ergo carrier (by itself- carrying babes from 12-45 lbs), I'd need to buy an additional infant insert for $25 (in addition to the carrier cost) to fit a 7-12lb baby.  The Boba 3G comes ready to wear a babe 7-45 lbs with no other accessories required.  Based on the instruction manual that comes with the Boba 3G, by simply folding over a part of the carrier, you create a higher rise and can wear little babe right up where they are babywearing safe and kissably close to you.

Another feature I loved was all the pockets and gadgets the Boba 3G came with, standard.  Our Ergo carrier has two pockets on the front of the carrier- one to hold the hood to cover baby's head & one zippered area for keys/wallet/etc.  The Boba not only also comes with a napping hood and pockets (although these are placed in the waistband), but it comes with my favorite feature- a purse strap holder.  With the Boba, you are able to snap your purse or diaper bag strap onto the shoulder strap, so you're not constantly fussing with it falling off of your shoulder while wearing your little.  This is a design feature that I really, really enjoy.  

As I mentioned above, little man rides a bit low while I'm pregnant because the waist strap has to sit under my baby belly, and this caused him to have a straighter leg and less 'seated' position than I would have liked in these pictures with the Boba.  I typically have the same problem with our Ergo babywearing while pregnant.  However- with the Boba- I'm able to quickly remedy that by attaching the included (read: no extra charge) foot straps onto the waistband.  These put little man's hips, legs, and spine into a healthier and more natural position.   These foot straps are not available on the Ergo carrier.

One of the last reasons that I really, really enjoy the Boba carrier is how easy it is to adjust.  While the Ergo is also easy to adjust, the Boba is more customizable.  For example, in the picture below you can see that the shoulder strap adjusts both on the portion of the strap closest to the seat of the carrier as well as the end of the strap.  I've heard this is great for nursing, although I've not personally nursed little man in this carrier.


The chest strap adjustment is also much easier in the Boba.  The Boba's chest strap almost slides up and down a track easily, but still stays put where you want it, while the Ergo's chest strap requires you to slide a buckle over an additional strap up and down (kind of like you adjust your bra straps) that while it works, and is easy, isn't as easy as the Boba.  

I also find, as you can see in the picture below, that the Boba straps tend to be just a bit more curved at the level of the shoulder, and are just a bit more comfortable.  Although, that is a personal preference on wear, and you may find it feels differently based on your body style. 


Overall, if you couldn't tell already, I LOVE our new Boba 3G Baby Carrier.

And, because I love it so much, and the Boba Family team is so awesome, we're going to give a carrier to you!  The winner of this giveaway is going to get to pick not only what carrier you'd like from Boba (a Boba Air, a Boba Wrap, or a Boba Carrier like I reviewed above), but you also get to choose what color or print carrier you'd like to win as well!  

(Sadly, dear Canadian friends, this giveaway is only open to those of us who reside in the US.)

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50 comments:

  1. It looks amazing! I'd love to get my hands on one!

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  2. I have wanted one forever and just couldn't afford one. Now with baby #2, it is my sought after carrier!

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  3. I've heard nothing but great things about these carriers, especially when the LO's are well, quite little! I would love one!

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  4. I have researched a lot of carriers and I love the Boba one! I love that it can be used with an infant and all of the little extras like the purse straps.

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  5. I've loved my Ergo so much, it's hard to imagine I'd like something more! But I'd like to try this carrier out to see if I'd like it as much as you do.

    I know that you can't do front carries right now because you are pregnant, but I wonder if you've heard any feedback about a front carry?

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  6. I have an ergo carrier, but never would have thought to check out the boba as well! Great review, thanks!

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  7. I'm due with my first baby in less than two months and have been eyeing a Boba carrier. I'd love to win one!

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  8. I have a baby bjorn which we didn't know was terrible until we'd already bought it. We also have a wrap but I can't remember now what kind it is. It's the one with just a huge long piece of fabric. Anyway, we love love love the wrap and it's super comfortable but really inconvenient, ya know? It takes finesse setting up and then I don't want to take Harrison out and have to get him back in again.

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  9. I'm due in December with my second baby and I've been coveting a Boba ever since I learned about them. Having a crazy toddler to take care of along with a new born the Boba would definetly come in handy.

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  10. I'd love to win the carrier because it looks like a great soft-structured carrier and with a toddler plus baby it would make outings a little easier!

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  11. What an amazing giveaway!! With tighter finances, I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed on this item :) I hope I entered myself in the giveaway properly with the link above. Thank you so much for such an amazing blog. I love all your posts and keep you on my weekly reads!

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  12. Wow...what a generous giveaway! I know all of us expecting mommas will be looking forward to see who wins! :)

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  13. I'm due in the beginning of December and with a toddler and husband that works nights, a carrier will be a huge help!

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  14. I loved the Ergo, now I'm curious about this one!

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  15. I have heard SO many great reviews about Boba so I'd love to try it. I am sure I will like it based on your review!

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  16. Just clicked over from Growing Up Geeky, and I've already bookmarked your blog. :) I've been researching & trying to decide between the Ergo or a Boba carrier. So many choices.

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  17. Oh my goodness! I'd love to win this because my Baby Bjorn is already getting too small for my daughter and she's not even 4 months yet and we're planning a Disneyland trip in January so I need something to cary her around in! ;) These are so stinkin cute!

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  18. I would really love to try something new. I love my ERGO but I do find some things could use updating.

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  19. I would love to win this, because it would make outings so much easier with my three boys!

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  20. I would love to win because it will help with #3 on the way. Also my last had colic so bad I had to have her in a carrier all the time.

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  21. Like you, I'm expecting in December. I had a BabyBjorn with #1, but didn't end up using it much as it was uncomfortable and I learned about options that were better for baby and me. I've done quite a bit of research, and the Boba is definitely at the top of my list. Unfortunately, I have lots of other things that are of higher priority right now, so winning one would be AMAZING!

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  22. expecting my first and searching for THE ONE carrier (hoping I can get by with just one) that'll let me easily adapt to babywearing :)

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  23. I am SO excited about this giveaway! With a new little one coming in May, I have been researching carriers. I really want to wear him/her more than I did my first. The carrier we currently have is not that great, so I'm really glad you have such great things to say about this one! :)

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  24. This carrier looks fantastic. I have a friend who just got one and raves about it. Saw someone wearing it over the weekend and wanted to try it. Maybe my DH will even be willing to wear the kids.

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  25. We have an Ergo, but my daughter is getting to the point where she hates facing in and the other carries are kind of complicated in it. I love my Ergo, but feel like the Beco would really meet her needs now as she's getting a little older!

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  26. I've only ever owned a Bjorne and would love to actually enjoy baby wearing the second time around!

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  27. I have researched many carries and I believe that this one is just what we need for baby one the way!! :) In addition the prints are just too cute

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  28. I love how comfortable it seems!

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  29. it looks comfy - and it comes in cute styles!

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  30. I'd LOVE to try this carrier!! My LO looooves to be held All.The.Time. so this would be great!

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  31. i have wanted to try a boba 3g for so long now!! my toddler is getting big and my back hurts!! the foot stirrups sound like a great way to distribute his weight and i would love to take him hiking in a carrier again!! it is so helpful to have one that fits him well! i love all the extra features too- they thought of everything! thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!! :)

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  32. puddle_of_light at yahoo dot com :)

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  33. Totally in need of a new, good-for-baby-and-me carrier. Would really love a Boba carrier. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  34. I would love to win because I'm addicted to carriers and have heard Boba is great!

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  35. I would love one of these :) I like the design on the one you have

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  36. I would like one because they are expensive and it is hard to find a good one for an affordable price. I think it would make things a little easier

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  37. I'd love to win a Boba! Very cool.

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  38. I heard such great things about the Boba 3G carrier! The carrier I have is so uncomfortable I can't wear it for long but LO loves to be close to us and I can't get much done. I check every day for coupon codes for the Boba,just can't afford paying so much no matter how awesome it is.

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  39. Mom of 1 year old boy. Another boy due to arrive in February. Baby wearing will be a must! This carrier looks like one of the best

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  40. I'm looking fwd to baby wearing!

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  41. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. i need my hands free to chase my 2 yr old.. but this will keep my 4 mo close!

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  43. We've heard that these are great carriers, better than what we have, and your review confirms it!

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  44. This is so great! I actually sort of want to get back into wearing E even though she's so big, but I loaned my carrier to my pastor's wife for a few days when E was only about 9 months... and she never gave it back!

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  45. Thank you for such a detailed review!

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  46. Bought a Boba Carrier after reading your review and am really pleased with it. Thanks for the thorough description of features. I will be recommending to my sister who is expecting her first.

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