My adventures in babywearing is a post for another day. For today’s purposes, I just want to go on and on about how much I love my Boba 3G. And I’ve only had it for 2 months! Think of how much more I shall love it next year. The Boba 3G is Boba’s Soft-Structured Carrier (SSC). Think buckles. The most popular (that is ergonomically correct) carrier of this type out there is the Ergo. When I decided I wanted a SSC, I chose the Boba over the Ergo (and then later an Onya) because it has features that make you able to get longer use out of it, and I just think it looks better. I have this one:
Things that are awesome about it:
- Has a little wider seat (14.5″ vs. 14″ on the Ergo, though an Onya has 16″). The seat ought to extend from knee to knee on a kid to support them in a proper seated position, thus the wider the seat, the longer you can use it.
- Has a higher back (16.5″ vs. 13″ on an Ergo, Onya is 18″). The higher the back, the taller the kid can be and have more support at the back for comfort and safety.
- Has foot straps for toddlers/preschoolers to keep their legs and hips kept in a proper seated position, for when their legs are too long for the seat to cover knee to knee.
- Has a 45 lb. weight limit. B is like 46 lbs., so I’ve put him in there a few times and it ain’t half bad. He thinks it’s all sorts of fun.
- Has a zip pocket on the waist band, which is just the right size for me to slide my keys and phone into if I don’t want to carry my purse around.
- But if I do want to carry my purse (or diaper bag) around, there is a little snappy strap on the shoulders so you can attatch your purse/bag and not have to hold on to it. It’s amazing.
- The sleeping hood attatches and folds up easily, and snaps on easily to the shoulder straps, and has tightness adjusters.
- It has these elastic bands at the ends of the straps so you can roll them up and fasten them and the loose ends aren’t hanging everywhere… I knew that had to be what those things were for, but couldn’t figure out how to use them until I just saw how on their website today! Dur.
- There are two sets of strap adjustments on the shoulder straps. One is easily reachable in a front carry, so you just let the slack out for nursing. I had been intimidated by the idea of trying to nurse in a carrier before, but finally tried it a few weeks ago and it is SO EASY. The only hard part is remembering to wear clothes you can undo from the top down. And it’s pretty discreet to nurse in a carrier, which is great for me because M will not eat with a cover over her! Here I was all excited about not being nervous to nurse in public with Baby #2, but she won’t have it. So I have to go into a corner or another room or the car.
So yeah. I wear M in it every time I go to the grocery store, and pretty much anywhere else too. (Except at home, where I generally use my Babyhawk mei tai.) I would highly recommend the investment!