I love my Boba carrier. It’s so easy and comfortable to wear. However it seems that a lot of people love the Ergo baby carrier so I thought I would try it out to see if I felt differently after trying it. I had tried an older version some time ago and didn’t care for it for front carries at all, but I borrowed a different one from a friend that was a slightly newer version and gave it a go.
For the comparison I’m using my Boba 2G (Read my Boba 2G review) and a friend’s Ergo (I am unsure what model it is). My testing baby is my 15 month old toddler who is about 25 pounds.
I discovered that the Boba carrier is taller and wider than the Ergo baby carrier. The waist strap is also longer, eliminating the need for an extender belt. I also noticed that the Ergo’s waist belt is slightly wider.
Boba 2G Carrier:
I wear my toddler in a front carry very seldom since he is over 20 pounds and it just isn’t too comfortable to wear that much weight for long in the front. When I do wear him this way, it’s easy to get him loaded in and out of the carrier and easy to fasten the chest belt piece. The straps do not have an option to cross, however. The usual way I wear my toddler is in a back carry. I usually use the hip scoot method and then flip the carrier body over his back and get my arms into the shoulder straps, then clip the chest belt and tighten the straps. This carrier fits me well and I have no gaping anywhere or funny fit. I like how high the back comes up on my child. The height of the Boba is 15 inches. At the widest point, the Boba is 17.5 inches. The waist belt is a total of 53 inches.
Ergo Baby Carrier
I wore my toddler on my front once during my time of using my friend’s Ergo. It was pretty easy to get on and was more comfortable than I thought it would be. It had a nice large pocket, but I did not use it. I’m sure if I owned this carrier it would be handy to put keys and the like inside for totally hands free trips. This carrier has the option to cross the straps in a front carry, but the buckles were in a spot where I could not easily do this myself, so I did not try out this feature, expect to try it when I was not wearing my child. I wore my child several times on my back and had some difficultly with getting him situated. This could have been due to my boy being a little more squirmy lately and not wanting to sit still while I get everything put on. I mostly had my husband help me get him on my back. I’m sure if I owned this carrier I would find the method that worked best for me to get it on myself. The height of the Ergo is 13 inches, so did not come up as high on my toddler’s back as the Boba did. The widest part of the Ergo is 13 3/4 inches. The waist belt is 43 inches by itself and with the extender it is 50 inches. One thing I noticed with the Ergo was in a back carry I had some gaping of the shoulder straps above my shoulders. This was alleviated somewhat by moving the chest clip up toward my shoulders, but then I needed to adjust the tightness of the shoulder straps. This made it slightly less comfortable.
Overall Boba 2G Carrier vs Ergo Baby Carrier thoughts:
After using both soft structured carriers I still prefer my Boba over the Ergo. However, my friend who borrowed my Boba while I had her Ergo did not like the Boba at all. She felt like it dug in under her arms while she wore it. She also felt like her baby was uncomfortable in it. I guess it’s all a matter of preference. I really like the Boba carrier’s higher back and that it was slightly wider at the shoulder straps. I feel like it was easier for my to get my toddler on my back in the Boba than the Ergo, but that could have been from lack of practice with the Ergo. Sometimes I felt as though my guy wasn’t sitting deep enough in the Ergo carrier, but he always was when I would check in a mirror. I would have liked to try out the crossed straps in the Ergo, but it was just too hard to do by myself. If you are trying to decide between these two carriers, make sure to try them out if possible to get the best fit for you!
Do you have a Boba Carrier or an Ergo Baby Carrier? What do you like or not like about it?
Disclaimer: I borrowed a friend’s Ergo Baby Carrier for 2 weeks for the purpose of this comparison. I already owned the Boba 2G Carrier. The link below is an Amazon Affiliate and I may receive compensation if you click it.