If the post title ends with an exclamation point, ya'll already know I'm excited!
I love babywearing. I have carried my babies around while cooking or running errands or at the park since my oldest was a baby. It lets me get things done and soothes and entertains them at the same time. Gotta love that! They are just happier when Mom or Dad carries them. In our home, there is a place for the stroller, but the carrier is an invaluable tool in our parenting toolbelt.
In our family, we have used ring slings, wraps, pocket/pouch style slings, and the ERGObaby carrier during the last 6-8 years. I have had my eye on the Boba baby carrier for about 2 years, ever since I saw a banner ad for it on the Mothering.com forums. The features I get excited about is the extra fabric for added height and width on the portion of the carrier that support the child's back and the footstraps for the older toddler's feet to rest, instead of letting them dangle. Since my husband and I use this style of carrier exclusively with our older babies and toddlers, I was very interested in the added fabric feature because it would fix the problem I experience with the ERGObaby carrier, in which the carrier does not come up quite high enough on the child's back, causing a feeling like the child is leaning back or about to fall out. This then causes the adult wearer to compensate and hunch forward, causing poor posture and strain on the shoulders.
Recently, I saw a review on The Modest Mom's blog and that got me really thinking...I need to try this carrier out. I purchased a classic Boba 2G and tried it on with my 20 pound, 18 month old daughter.
I am very happy. After a week or so of wearing it frequently, I notice I do stand up straighter in it and no longer experience the "hunch over" effect as I did with the ERGObaby carrier.
In fact, my stomach and back muscles were just slightly sore the first few day I wore it because my posture was better than normal and those muscles were getting a good workout. Now, that's what I call a good carrier! After the initial few days, the soreness went away and my muscles were adjusted to the carrier. My daughter feels more secure in it, too, which is so important. She doesn't need the footstraps yet, but I discovered they come in very handy at the park or when we are hiking as water bottle holders. I just velcro in the handle of the bottle and it's portable! VERY handy!
The only problem I have with the carrier is that since I am a little taller and longer in the torso, I wish the shoulder straps and padding were about 1 1/2" longer as they do dig in a bit and the chest strap barely extended to where I need it, which is over my chest and not at my neck. If those things could be fixed, I would give this carrier a 100% positive review. As it is, the carrier works very well and the fit is mostly comfortable.
We still like and will continue to use our ERGObaby carrier, especially for babies ages 6-15 months, and all the other soft carriers work well for newborns to about 6 months of age, but I can see the Boba will be my go-to carrier for my daughter from now on until she grows out of it.
This post is linked to No Ordinary Blog Hop.
Disclaimer: This review was posted just for fun and because I really find this product useful and want other to know about it.
I received no compensation for this post. :-)