Does your baby or toddler love to be picked up? One of the main things that has hindered me from working out and getting in shape since Baby M was born has been the fact that he wants to be held all the time. When he was an infant, he was typically never content for more than a few minutes before he was crying to be in my arms again, and now that he’s a toddler he is constantly pulling at my legs and wanting “up.” My arms and back are sore by the end of the day and workouts just don’t happen.
The solution? Boba sent me one of their new 3G Baby Carriers to review, and my problem was solved! Baby M absolutely LOVES to be in the carrier, and it is so much easier on my back than carrying him around all day. My arms are free to move, and best of all, I have the ability to work out with a content toddler!
You might be surprised how great of a workout you can get while “wearing” your baby or toddler in the Boba 3G Baby Carrier. I certainly was! For example, you can do some awesome power walks while babywearing. I like to carry small hand weights while I walk, wearing Baby M in front or back. I love the freedom of movement and not having to push the stroller. Plus, Baby M is much more content, and the added weight of both him and the hand weights adds a lot to my workout. There are also a bunch of other ways to work out while babywearing, many that can be done indoors. I learned about several babywearing exercises from Dustin Maher’s BabyTone DVDs (click here to read my review). You can do squats, steps, lunges and more. I had never realized before that the Boba 3G could be my answer to getting a work out in every day!
The carrier itself is made with quality and is quite comfortable. The shoulder straps are wide and thick, adding extra support and making it SO much easier on my back than carrying him in my arms or using a carrier with flimsy straps. I do however find that the straps are just a little wide for my narrow shoulders and small frame (I am only 5’3″). The carrier is made to fit heights 5’0″ to 6’3″, so I am definitely at the lower end of that range. I think the only solution for this would be if Boba made a smaller version of the carrier for petite people like me! However, for a one-size-fits-all carrier, I think it’s great and I can still wear it comfortably.
I like that I can put the carrier on in front or back, and that I don’t have to make a bunch of adjustments to the carrier if I want to switch back and forth. It’s very simple and quick to put on. I do find it difficult to put Baby M in the carrier on my back myself, but with time I am sure I will get better at it. The carrier came with a fully detailed instruction booklet with pictures for each step, which I found extremely helpful.
Baby M is 16 months and about 25 lbs., and he fits perfectly in the Boba 3G. The carrier is made for children weighing 7-45 lbs. For infants, it adjusts easily to a Newborn Hold that accommodates little ones as small as 7 lbs–and no extra inserts are required! For older toddlers, the carrier comes with patent-pending removable foot straps that improve their posture, support their feet and make for a much more comfortable ride. If you are looking for one baby carrier that suits all of your needs from when your baby is first born on into toddlerhood, the Boba 3G is a great choice.
Some more features that I really like are:
The Boba 3G comes with a snap-on “sleeping hood” which is adjustable and gently shades your child’s head if they are asleep, nursing, or in the direct sunlight.
There are 3 pockets on the carrier, which are handy for so many things. If you’re out shopping, you can slip your keys, credit cards, phone, etc. into the carrier pockets and not even have to worry about bringing a purse into the store. The pockets are also handy for when I go on walks and want to bring some things with me.
If you need to bring a purse, handbag, diaper bag, toy bag, or any other bag along, there’s a nifty holder on the top of each shoulder strap so you won’t have to worry about your bag slipping off (or constantly adjusting it to make sure it stays on).
The carrier is made of 100% cotton, is quite breathable, and is spot-clean or machine washable.
Finally, the 3G carrier is VERY pretty. I chose the new Soho print and I wasn’t disappointed! In fact, I think it’s even prettier in person than in the pictures. The Boba 3G Carrier comes in 3 different colors and 4 different prints. I debated a long time between the Soho print (which is SO pretty — oh wait I already said that, LOL) and the Kangaroo print which is absolutely adorable.
Overall, I’m loving my Boba 3G and I would highly recommend it to other moms! It’s an excellent baby carrier all around, and I am especially enjoying it as a means to successfully exercise on a daily basis–with a content and happy toddler in tow.
Boba 3G Baby Carriers can be purchased at Boba for $125.00
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