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Boba Wrap Review
Price: $40.00 List | $39.95 at Amazon
Pros: Soft, stretchy, hip/spine positioning, wt distribution
Cons: Cumbersome, hot, complicated, lacks support
Bottom line: Close snuggle for infants; difficult to learn
Overall, our Boba Wrap experience was a positive one. While we love it for its range of front carry baby wearing positions and snug hold, it also is a lot of fabric to wear and manage. It has a steep learning curve for sleep deprived parents compared to competing options like the Baby K'tan. Like the Moby Wrap Original, we found that this wrap is best suited for infants under 1 year of age.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Boba website has specific details and pictures on how to do this. It should fit you like a tight fitting t-shirt to best support your baby and is easiest to use when you wrap and tie it first and then slip baby in. Read on to find out how it fared in our performance comparisons.
This wrap scored a 5 of 10 in our comparisons for Baby's Safety. Like the Moby, the abundance and width of fabric provides security and support, and a nice snug hold. However, with 5% Spandex, this wrap has added stretchiness that causes the wrap to loosen. When wearing a newborn for a long period of time or wearing a heavier baby, it sagged lower and lower making it harder to maintain support and a clear airway, which left us uneasy.
For Baby's Comfort, this wrap received a 6 of 10. Once we figured out how to put the wrap on and put baby inside, our newborn tester reported that her baby seemed to be content and often fell asleep. For older babies, they did not seem as comfortable. The layers of fabric are just too confining and warm and the overall support isn't there.
Tula Ergonomic Baby or the Onya Baby Outback that have a nice, supportive waistband, the wraps just can't compete when it comes to distributing the weight of a heavier baby. Another complaint about wraps in general is that they can get pretty warm for both baby and parent, and we found this to be true here as well.
Ease of Use
For Ease of Use, the Boba scored a 7 of 10 in our comparisons. The first time we pulled out this wrap, we had no idea what to do. Needless to say, putting it on is not as intuitive as other carriers, such as the Ergobaby Four Position 360 or the Boba 4G. It does come with detailed picture directions, however, it still takes some practice to get right. The folds of fabric make it easy and private for nursing and for covering a sleeping baby, which is a plus. It lacks a storage pocket, much like the other wraps we tested, although it does come with a nice pouch for storing the wrap when not in use.
Ease of Cleaning
We love that the wrap can simply be machine washed and dried, and thus, awarded it a score of 9 of 10 for Ease of Cleaning.
This carrier is best used for newborns and young infants. You can wear baby almost anywhere: at home, walking in the neighborhood, to the store, hiking, or out to eat. The instruction manual claims you can wear your baby up to 35 pounds, but we found that once baby is over 15 pounds, this carrier is not as functional.
According to our findings, the $40 price tag is a fair value, but keep in mind that you will likely have to purchase another carrier once your baby outgrows this wrap (somewhere around 15+ pounds).
The Boba Wrap is soft, cozy and supportive for small babies. We like a carrier that can take us from the newborn stage to toddlerhood, and this wrap fell short here. It became less comfortable as baby got heavier, which is why it ended up toward the bottom of our rankings.
Other Versions and Accessories
The Boba Wrap comes in various colors and organic cotton as well.
— Adrian Hogel & Juliet Spurrier, MD
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