I was just talking with my friend Amanda yesterday about baby carriers. Her husband worked late the other night and she said she couldn’t really get anything done because their baby wanted to be held, so she spent the evening sitting on the couch holding baby Rea. She, of course, enjoyed it, but it made her realize that she wanted to get a baby carrier to allow her to be productive and still have her baby with her.
In talking about this with her I started remembering how great baby carriers are – for around the house, for when you’re going to have your hands full with two preschoolers (this is my future!), or for when you’re going to be in a crowded area and a stroller is totally impractical.
If you’re new to the world of babywearing, you’ll find that there are a TON of different options, but two distinct categories are carriers (above left) and wraps (above right). Later this month I’ll be testing out the Boba Carrier and will post telling you all about my experience and opinions with it, but today I thought I’d write a little about some features of both the Boba Carrier and Wrap, particularly for moms who may not have tried them before and are looking for great babywearing solutions.
The Boba Carrier is a Soft Structured Carrier (SSC) that is intended for babies and children between 7-45lbs. Boba offers several innovative features not seen on other carriers, like foot straps attached to the waist belt that keep older children comfortable while enabling a healthy sitting position. The footstraps not only give tired little 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.
The Boba Wrap is the ideal carrier for babies from birth until around 18 months, free of buckles, straps or snaps! Simply tie the material snug against your body and achieve a perfect fit every time – perfect for beginners and advance babywearers alike. By evenly distributing the weight of your child, there is no time limit to how long your baby can stay in the wrap, so you may calm and sooth your baby with your warmth, your voice, your movement and your heart beat as long as you are both content!
If you have questions about how to use either of the items, Boba has an info page to help get you started. Wraps can take a little practice tying, but they’re a great option that I used with both of my boys.
Of course, you probably noticed “giveaway” in the title of this post, didn’t you? I’ve teamed up with Boba to offer a great giveaway with THREE winners! One winner will receive a Boba Carrier, and two will each receive a Boba Wrap! Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter for your chance to win.
Note: I received a Boba Carrier to facilitate a review, but was not compensated monetarily. All opinions are honest and are my own. Boba Inc. is coordinating this giveaway and will be responsible for prize fulfillment.
I love babywearing, but I really want to try something new! The boba looks awesome.
I was a HUGE fan of the SleepyWrap- I think it’s odd that they changed the name (since it made so much sense to be called a sleepy wrap) but I’d love to win a Boba Wrap for out newest addition!
The Boba 3G is my FAVORITE of the carriers I’ve tried so far! I joined a local Baby Wearing group to access their lending library so I could try before I buy, and so far, the Boba is in the lead. I’d LOVE to win one!
We didn’t use the Boba with the boys, and man am I realizing that we were missing out! Brian helped me do my review post by carrying the boys in ours (it goes up to 45 pounds and J is just 37) – everyone loved it! It doesn’t hurt that they have cute fabric patterns, too.
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