I do love to see a man wearing his little in a carrier. I know other women do, too. You would not believe the oohs and coos that Tim gets (yes, Tim, NOT Darah) when he sports a baby in a carrier! Out of control, people.
But aside from the fact that men look adorable when baby-wearing, babies and toddlers look happy beyond measure. When Darah was a wee one, we would strap her in her carrier for a dinner time stroll. That would nip the crying spell that most babies experience around 5-7pm in the bud. She would get totally quiet as soon as she was in the carrier and outside. It was like magic, people.
If you don’t have experience with a carrier, or if you are on the lookout for a new one, I want to give my most enthusiastic endorsement for the Boba carrier. We’ve had one for about 9 months, now, and I wish we had purchased it much sooner. We had a Baby Bjorn, and it did the trick just fine, but the Boba seems to offer so many other great features for little ones as they grow into toddlers. And if you can get your baby to transition to being worn still as a toddler, your life will literally be extended by 5 years. This is based on nothing, but I believe it in my heart to be true! There’s a time for dallying, as toddlers love to do, and there’s a time to get moving! When a toddler will go into a carrier, you both rest easier, especially if you’ve got a Boba and have the weight of the child evenly distributed for maximum comfort! Sometimes we also use the carrier when Darah just wants to be held. Putting her in the Boba is easier on our backs, and frees up our hands so we can do some chores about the house while holding her.
I don’t have any personal experience with an Ergo carrier, but they seem to be the gold standard. The Boba compares very nicely with it, and actually offers a few things that the Ergo doesn’t, so if you are looking for a long-term carrier and are considering the Ergo, check out this comparison chart, and I think it will put Boba on your radar as a very serious contender:
|features||Boba Baby Carrier||Ergo Baby Carrier|
|made with||100% certified organic cotton (Boba Organic) or 100% Natural brushed cotton (Boba Classic)||regular or organic cotton|
|weight recommendation||15 to 45 lbs (7 to 20 kgs)||15 to 45 lbs (7 to 20 kgs)|
|lining||soft brushed cotton canvas (organic cotton used for Boba Organic)||poplin or organic sateen|
|batting||100% organic cotton (Boba Organic)100% natural cotton (Boba Classic)||100% cotton|
|hip carry||no, we do not promote off-center carrying as it is not ergonomic for the wearer||yes|
|waist buckle||centered military grade buckle||buckle on the side with safety elastic to catch release|
|height of carrier||16 inches – clings to and supports child’s entire back, brings child and center of gravity closer to you||13 inches – may only come to mid-back of toddler, leaning-back feeling on wearer due to lack of upper back support in child, may put pressure on shoulder and chest straps|
|width of carrier||13 inches in the seat/17 inches mid section to hug your child||14 inches|
|rounded top||yes – envelops and pulls child’s entire back close to your body||no – straight top may pull baby closer with horizontal line of pressure against toddler’s back|
|sleeping hood||yes – removable hood||yes|
|foot straps||yes – provides a place to rest bigger legs, improves circulation, no pressure on nerves. Pelvis tilts under, hip sockets fill out, spine aligns properly in toddler||no|
|made in||Boba Organic – USA
Boba Classic – China
|China and India|
|price||$100 for Boba Classic
$128 for Boba Organic
|$115 – $120 for organic|
What do you carry your little one in? Do you have any questions about Bobas that I can answer or get someone from the company to answer for you?
Disclosure: I received a complimentary carrier in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are strictly my own.