I think babywearing is one of the sweetest things you can do with your little one. There’s just something so special about having your baby (or toddler!) snuggled up against you for a nap, a hike, or a trip to the store. We’ve been wearing Grady in various carriers since birth (he’ll be 2 this week!), and find that, for us, it’s just a way of life. We purchased the “required” stroller before he was born, and I can count on 1 hand the number of times we’ve used it. We’ve always preferred to keep him up at our view, so he can see what we see, and a carrier makes that possible for longer periods of time than what we could do with just our arms. Plus, caring for a sick child who wants to be held nonstop, is much easier with a carrier. Over the past 2 years, we’ve grown to love soft structured carriers (one’s with buckles) for their ease and adjustability and the Boba 3G has been on my must try list for quite awhile!
Boba is a Boulder, CO company (I’ve never been, but Eric’s visited for work before –jealous!) that was formed out of the desire to experience life to the fullest…..with your child! Boba Carriers provide a means with which to care for your children while remaining active in all aspects of your life. Not only is this a great reason to base your company off of, but Boba also commits to “green” business practices, which is always a plus in my book! Packing supplies are recycled or re-used, they use only CFL and LED lighting, and the management team even bikes to work!
I was super psyched when I was asked to review the Boba 3G, but then also super bummed that they wanted it done by a certain date and I’m still pregnant (only one week left!). So Eric got to be the reviewer this time and even got a Special Edition Diaper Dude branded Boba 3G in an awesome Camo print! I can’t wait to try it once this baby’s out since this carrier doesn’t require a special newborn insert! So here’s Eric……..
We were lucky enough to review the brand-new Bobacarrier 3G! It’s a soft structured carrier that looks great (especially in Diaper Dudes’ special Camouflage edition) and feels safe. That’s the first thing I look for: does this functionally work the way I want it to (e.g. does it feel secure, does it not dangle my son by his crotch, etc.) and does it look presentable enough to to be seen with in public. Obviously, all pink would be a stretch (even with our upcoming second child, a girl), at least for me.
Next, you have to figure out how to get it on and get the child inside without any issues, and this was fine. Very adjustable, in fact, spend time during your first few uses getting familiar with all the various straps. I initially had some neck discomfort due to not tweaking the “settings” enough. Then again, we were at a spring festival with lots going on and were eager to see all the sites and sounds (and do it before the masses arrived).
After getting Grady inside, I had no doubts this could easily be a go-to carrier for moms AND dads. It’s incredibly secure, and coupled with this limited edition style I felt like I was wearing an official Army backpack. My main concerns as a Dad are safety first, everything else second, so it was a good feeling to have no doubts about the ruggedness of the Boba 3G. I’ve seen Jenny use other carriers that I couldn’t say the same for, and she eventually phased them out.
One unique aspect about this carrier is the foot straps. For me, it was an extra bother of 10 seconds, but then I realized it’s probably adding a nice creature comfort for our son to be able to balance himself, rest his feet, or just not worry about dangling appendages. Hey, “all arms and feet inside the bus” as they say. The only negative was that he *would* occasionally put all weight on his feet, though I think that was a novelty factor and he was just experimenting (or messing with his dad!).
Ladies, the camo could even work for you paired with a pink hat or something girly. I know that well-made carriers aren’t cheap, and they often get shared by both mom and dad, assuming both parents are pulling (carrying) their weight (pun intended).
What I like:
- Style: Camo. Cool. ‘Nuff said.
- Design: Not a crotch-dangler. Works for me.
- Function: Very solid material, straps, and buckles. I could carry my wife with this.
- Price: Not cheap, but not outlandish either. We don’t *use* strollers; these are much easier to lug around town, clean, etc. And with Mom and Dad being able to use the same carrier, $100-ish is very reasonable. You get what you pay for.
What I didn’t like:
- Well, just get some help tweaking the strap settings from your wife. It’s always good to have a second set of eyes anyway to make sure the little one’s ridin’ high and tight.
BUY IT: You can purchase the Special Edition Diaper Dude Boba Carrier, like the one Eric reviewed (isn’t he funny?) for $125 on the Boba Website in either the Camouflage or Pinstripe print. They have tons of other non-Diaper Dude prints to choose from, too!
WIN IT: One lucky According to Jenny reader is going to win a Special Edition Diaper Dude Boba 3G in their choice of Camo or Pinstripes! You can win it for the man in your life for Father’s Day or even for yourself. Ladies can rock camo, too! US/CAN. ENDS 6/24.
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