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Boba 4G Review
Price: $125 List | $124.99 from Amazon
Pros: Quality, hip/spine positioning, easy
Cons: Bulky, flexible waistband, tricky back carry
Bottom line: Simple, easy, but waistband is lacking support
We had an overall pleasant experience with the Boba 4G which landed right in the middle of our baby carrier rankings. It's available in a variety of colors and adorable patterns, as well as organic options, and the quality of construction makes us confident it will last a long time. For us, it was comfy and easy to use, but there are several reasons why the Boba didn't surpass the competition.
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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings
The Boba 4G is a well-constructed, simple carrier with two baby wearing positions: front carry facing in and back carry. It accommodates babies from newborn through 45 pounds and now comes with an infant insert that adapts the carry-pouch to fit a newborn, then transitions to an "M" shape for babies 11-15 pounds (see video below). Once baby reaches 15 pounds, the insert comes out and the carrier is used in its standard configuration, where it should suffice through toddler-hood. Read on to learn a little more about our experience with the 4G.
The 4G scored an 8 of 10 in our comparisons. It offers a close, secure hold for baby in the front carry facing in position. Baby's legs are held in the "frog" position providing proper ergonomic support for their developing hips and spine. The back support for baby is more than adequate which is helpful when putting an older baby or toddler into a back carry position as it offers a nice deep seat and holds them nice and close.
This carrier scored a 7 of 10 for Baby's Comfort. It is a sturdy product that supports babies and toddlers well, offering a nice, deep seat for them. The material is soft an comfortable, so comfortable that our newborn tester reported that her baby fell asleep each time she used it. There are however, some minor issues with the head support panel. It feels a little flimsy compared to other carriers we tested and often folds over on itself. This makes it a bit tricky to get the panel flipped up in the back carry position, which caused some discomfort for baby. Also, there is no extra padding on the leg holes like some of the other higher scoring competitors we tested.
The Boba scored a 6 of 10 for this metric and is generally a comfy carrier that supports and distributes weight to the wearer's hips alleviating strain on the shoulders. However, the padding in the waistband is softer, shorter, and more flexible than other carriers, and we noticed when carrying heavier babies. We prefer a carrier with a stiffer waistband, like the Onya Baby Outback or the Tula Ergonomic Baby.
Ease of Use
Ease of Cleaning
One of the first things we noticed about this carrier when we pulled it out of the box was that it is a lint magnet! Also, the washing instructions say to spot clean and machine wash only when necessary. For this reason, the Boba scored a 3 of 10 for Ease of Cleaning.
Need one carrier to take you from newborn to toddler? The Boba is a decent option. From walks in the neighborhood to trips to the grocery store, this carrier is a solid performer.
At $125, the 4G is priced a bit lower than many of the other carriers we tested. However, we found that spending just a bit more will up your bang for your buck considerably. Check out the Tula Ergonomic or the Onya Baby Outback for other options.
This is a high quality, sturdy carrier that will take you from newborn to toddler with ease. Compared to other soft structured carriers in our tests, the Boba landed in the middle, losing points in the Parent's Comfort and Ease of Cleaning categories.
— Adrian Hogel & Juliet Spurrier, MD
Most recent user review: June 19, 2015
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