For toddlers and young children, this is about as good as it gets. It's never going to feel fantastic carrying around a child who weighs 30 pounds and up, no matter what carrier you choose. But if you have a strong back and a strong desire to keep using a carrier past the toddler stage, then this is the best carrier I've found for that purpose.
Background: I'm an experienced "babywearer" and have owned about 10 types of carriers, from Moby Wraps to ring slings, pouches, and SSCs. My favorite to this point is my APLX, which I still favor for some reasons (I prefer the fabric choices, and I like the inner pocket to store the sleep hood).
For newbies to babywearing, first of all, good for you for even being here and considering an alternative to the ubiquitous Baby Bjorn, which I thought was awesome for about a month, until I began learning about all the better alternatives out there. In the earliest months, I loved my Moby, which is basically just a long piece of stretchy fabric. Once my daughter got a little heavier, though, we needed to move on to other types of carriers, and soon found that soft structured carriers (SSCs) were best for us.
I'm a petite mom with a big daughter! She's 3 1/2 years old now and very tall, and about 35 pounds. We don't do much babywearing anymore, but I still find it handy in certain situations-- like quick store trips or walks around the block. My daughter hates being in a shopping cart and will stand up and lunge right out of one if she gets the opportunity, so it's safer to have her strapped right to me!
I've always been more physically comfortable with front carries, even now, which I know is odd (usually, people prefer back carries for bigger babies and kids). It looks pretty darn awkward now, though, considering she's so big and I'm so short, so I've been trying to get used to back carries. I couldn't do it with my Freehand mei tai or with my APLX, but for the first time, I was able to do a (short) back carry with this Boba without much discomfort. I think the main difference is in the amount of padding in the straps (a LOT!).
This is a very well-made carrier with lots of support in the waist and shoulders. I come close to needing a smaller belt, though-- I have to tighten it almost all the way to make it snug, and I'm not very skinny-- about 125 pounds. So I'd just caution that if you're really thin, this might not be tight enough.
The only other down-side I can see is the storage for the sleeping hood and foot straps. Although they're both fully removable (a recent improvement, from what I've read), there's nowhere to put them. My APLX has a great inner pocket big enough to store the sleeping hood flat, so I never lose it-- but the Boba has nothing. Once you get past babyhood, you won't use the sleeping hood again, and the toddler foot straps are useless once your child gets too tall to fit into them (I can't comment on their usefulness before that point). So you'll need to store them somewhere that you'll remember or they'll be lost forever if you plan to use the carrier with another child (or give it away, sell it, etc.).
All in all, this is a great pick, and a carrier that seems built to last.
Before our baby was born we decided we want to give baby wearing a try. Now at nine months our little girl enjoys being in a baby carrier and we love it too. She has been in one since birth and it is a great way to soothe our rarely fussy baby. Although I haven't tried many, I have come to love the Soft Structured Carriers for their ease of use. Recently I had the opportunity to try out the new Boba Organic carrier made by NAP, Inc., the same people who brought us the Sleepy Wrap. Here is a little … more
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Boba is a Soft Structured baby carrier (SSC) that is intended for toddlers 1-4 years old (15 pounds and up). Boba has a few extra inches of height to keep your center of gravity closer to your body and support your little one's back. The innovative thing about Boba carrier is that there are foot straps attached to the waist belt for the child’s feet to sit in enabling a healthy sitting position for the child. The footstraps not only give little tired legs a rest, but support the legs in a flexed abducted (froglike) position which naturally tilts the pelvis, fills out the hip sockets, and aligns the spine.
accommodates child 1-4 years (15-45 lbs / 7-20 kg)
one size fits most adults
front and back carry
made with GOTS and OE100 certified 100% organic cotton
100% organic Texas cotton lining
safety buckle to prevent unintended release
high density waist and shoulder strap foam
foot straps for extra leg/hip support
high back for better overall support
made in Boulder, CO USA
body 15 inches wide and 16 inches tall
19 inch shoulder straps that extend an additional 19 inches