As time went by, I realized that the crib and changing table were used more for storage than anything and all of those clothes, well, most of them never saw the light of day.
When my second was born, I quickly discovered the value of baby carriers, which freed up my hands so that I could tend to my busy toddler and snuggle up with my sweet baby at the same time. They quickly became my favorite baby item.
Not all baby carriers are created equal.
I tried a lot of carriers: ring slings, wraps, the Snugli (ugh). I liked them all, for the most part. At the time, there was this awesome baby wrap called the Sleepy Wrap (now the Boba wrap). It was soft, snug and I loved that I could take the baby out and put him/her back in without having to re-tie the wrap (another wrap I tried wasn’t so convenient).
Several months after discovering the Sleepy Wrap I learned that the company was releasing a new baby carrier, called the Boba. It was soft-structure baby carrier that allowed you to carry larger infants and toddlers. Just the versatility I needed with so many small kids.
I had to have one.
I fell in love as soon as it was out of the package. It was soft, easy-to-use and the dark brown color was just right for my neutral-loving self. In addition, it had some other great features:
- Front and back carry options
- Removable sleeping hood
- Adjustable waistband straps and back straps
- Additional adjustments for easier fit & breastfeeding
- Removable foot straps (win!)
In July, I gifted that Boba to a friend with a new baby. It was bittersweet, as I loved that she would get to use it but knew I would miss my favorite carrier. But I had found a used Kelty backpack in excellent condition, so I wouldn’t miss my Boba too much, right?
Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
Last week, I got a new Boba. I tore into the box, like a kid at Christmas, and pulled out my treasure. I oohed at the beautiful neutral grey and squealed over the new features (pockets!). Yes, I’m easily pleased.
I waited for the perfect moment to strap Isaiah in (when he was clean and I was pretty sure he wouldn’t pee his pants) and off we walked to the post office to mail my midwifery school tuition.
I didn’t think it was possible, but it was more comfortable and even easier to use.
5 Reasons Why This Carrier Rocks
Not only do I like minimal possessions, I like having stuff that can easily be folded up and put away in a small space. I guess that’s a good trait since we’re moving into a bus … This carrier folds up nicely and can be put away in a bag, under a car seat or pretty much anywhere you need to put it. Boba actually has a new baby carrier out that’s lighter than the original (how is that possible???) and comes with a handy-dandy little storage pouch.
When Boba first rolled out a soft-structured baby carrier, it was only meant for older babies and toddlers. I didn’t mind because I already had their super comfy baby wrap that I used with my little babes. However, the Boba carrier can now be used for little ones 7-45 lbs. And there’s no infant insert to worry about or anything. They include instructions in their handy Boba manual.
The only thing that I didn’t like about my first Boba carrier was that it had no pockets. I talked about sewing on a cute one, but never got around to it. You can imagine how happy I was when I got my new one and found that not only did it have pockets, but they were in discreet places that kept the carrier from looking too bulky. It even has straps to keep your purse in place now!
5. Comfort – for everyone
If you’re using a baby carrier that isn’t comfortable for you and/or your baby, you should get rid of it. Yesterday. I love my Boba because I’m comfortable when I use it – the weight is evenly distributed and the straps are nice and padded. My kiddos love it. And my husband has no problems wearing it.
Win, win, win.