Over the past 5 months I have had the opportunity to use the Boba 3G nearly every single day and I can honestly say that I LOVE it and my son LOVES it! Are you Boba curious? The Boba 3G has a lot of great features that I didn’t know about until it arrived on my doorstep. First, let me just touch on the fact that it is ergonomic, has a great seat for baby, and even has foot straps. You read that correctly, there are detachable straps that baby can slip his or her feet into for long rides. We just recently tried them out, and they are fabulous. They even provide entertainment for my toddler who got the brilliant idea to stand up in the foot straps and then drop back down into the carrier. Giggles abounded at this new game (sigh!). Still a very nice feature for a taller child to get a good “knee-to-knee” seat.
As for the other features, well there are a ton! There is a detachable hood, which is a terrific feature when you have an older baby who isn’t likely to sleep during an outing and there isn’t a speck of rain in sight. We still keep the hood in the car in case we need it, but we have only used it once or twice. I really appreciate that you can take off the hood if you aren’t going to use it because then there is even less bulk to the carrier. There is a downside; we have gotten caught once or twice without it when we really needed it. That isn’t Boba’s fault though, just poor planning on my part!
There are several zippered pockets on the carrier too. In fact, when I use the Boba I don’t carry my purse or bag (just wait a second for a cool feature if you are carrying a bag). I slip my car key, license, and credit cards into the pocket that houses the hood and I slip my smart phone into the pocket on the waist belt. If you do need to carry a bag or purse, there are straps on the shoulder pads to help hold your bag in place. I felt like my bag was not quite secure, but every time I checked it was safely snapped to the carrier and in no danger of falling off.
Another feature I adore are all of the adjustment buckles. Unlike other carriers, the Boba 3G puts adjusters on the waist belt so that you can tighten from the left or the right or both. This results in a waist belt buckle that is centered on your waist rather than off to one side. I didn’t think this would matter, but I found it to be terrific and don’t ever want to go back! There are similar options when adjusting the arms and the chest buckle. There are also little elastic loops to hold the excess strap. These stay put really well and make securing the excess straps a cinch.
In our house we have carried our son for hours upon hours upon hours. That means that our comfort and his comfort are key. Our bunch of wiggles likes to nuzzle in close when he is in a carrier. We joke that the carrier is like his turtle shell. The Boba provides a nice close, form-fitting hug for baby. Every time (with only a handful of exceptions) our son has literally sighed and snuggled when we put him in the Boba. He doesn’t do this in all carriers lest you think this is just because he likes carriers. The tension melts from his body. This happens in both the front and back carries. I can’t tell you how many times he has hugged me when I put him in the Boba 3G.
So how do the Ergo and Boba compare? I think you have to try them out to make a decision for yourself. I like the Boba over the Ergo for comfort because it is a little less bulky. A friend and blogger, Julia, prefers the Ergo for the extra shoulder padding. The panel height is taller on the Boba than the Ergo, but I feel like the pocket on the Ergo fits bulkier items a little better. If you have a babywearing group near you, ask to try both. They are both excellent carriers and you can’t go wrong with either.
*I received a complimentary Boba 3G for demonstration purposes in the L.E.A.N. Expectations class. I was not required to provide a positive review of the carrier. All links are Amazon Affiliate links when possible.