Now, I know there is a newer version of the Boba Carrier, but my lovely husband bought me this one on clearance after I showed it to him. What a guy! It is currently my go to carrier for shopping. The color I have, I believe, is called Graphite. It has dark brown straps and gray body panel.
Boba Carrier 2G Specifics:
The measurements on the 2G as I measured with a soft tape are: Width at the waist (above the waist belt): 12.5 inches. Width at the widest part of the body panel: 17.5 inches. Height (from top of waist belt to the top of back support): 15 inches. The waist belt is 23 inches with 15.5 inches of adjustment on either side, making the waist belt adjustable to about 53 inches or so.
The 2G version of the Boba Carrier is meant for babies 3 months and older and weighing more than 15 pounds. This version does not have the added infant insert, so it’s meant as what your baby would “graduate” to when they start becoming saggy in the Boba Wrap. There are foot straps for older toddlers that ride along a track on the bottom of the waist belt. This carrier is made for babies 15 pounds up to 40 pounds.
My Boba Carrier Experience:
I first tried a Boba carrier when I borrowed a 2G from a friend. I liked it so much more than other soft structured carriers I had tried! I was determined to have one! When the new version came out I saw a store was having a clearance sale on the old style, so I told hubby about my “wish” and it came true! A week later I had my very own Boba Carrier. My baby is over a year and about 23 pounds, so he is getting a little big to wear on the front, but I have done it a few times and it’s pretty comfortable (other than not being able to hardly see around the baby! ). I use this carrier the most for back carries, though. It’s taken some trial and error to figure out how to best get him on my back and the carrier up and over him (I had an embarrassing moment at Costco one night… ) but now that I have it figured out it takes me maybe one minute to get him up there and buckled on. It hardly feels like he’s on my back, unless he is pulling my hair! I’ve used the sleeping hood once and it was really easy to get snapped even with the baby already asleep. I haven’t used the sleep hood while he was on my back, but I would imagine it would take the help of another person to get it done. I also like that you can roll up the extra strap length and slip it in elastic bands to keep them contained. Makes the whole thing neater looking. One interesting thing I discovered on the Boba website was that when your child is not in the carrier, but you aren’t done carrying them (toddlers, anyone?) you can roll up the body and clip the chest belt around your waist rather than leaving the whole thing dangling around your legs. Handy!
I am very happy with my Boba 2G Carrier. Occasionally I wish it had pockets for my keys or whatnot, but really since I don’t have them, I don’t miss them. (the 3G version has pockets on the waist band) This is a great carrier if you are looking for something a little less bulky than some of the other soft structured carriers out there. It also is a bit taller so will support higher up the back of a taller toddler. There is no infant insert, but that’s not an issue for me. I used a Sleepy Wrap (now Boba Wrap) when my guy was a newborn and this carrier is the perfect next step after that. For someone who is not concerned with the “latest and greatest” this carrier can be found for less than the newer version and is a great carrier!