The Boba 3G is a soft structured carrier (SSC) that can be used to carry children from 7 to 45 pounds on either front or back. Whereas the previous model G2 was primarily for use with toddlers ages 10 months and up, the new 3G design allows the Boba to be used with even newborn babies, thanks to a few clever design improvements.
If you are wondering how the Boba 3G differs from other soft structured carriers, you can check out the Carrier Comparison Chart, but here it is in a nutshell:
The Boba 3G elegantly accommodates the widest age range of any of the soft structured carriers, from newborn to preschooler. It allows newborns to be worn in a pouch style carry that works well with their natural tendency to keep arms and legs pulled in, and requires no special inserts or accessories.
As the baby gets older, you can do a regular front carry with legs out. It is also a superior back carrier for toddlers and even preschoolers (the best, in my opinion), with a very tall body that prevents leaning, a wide seat that prevents leg dangle, and unique footstraps.
The Boba 3G converts from newborn pouch-style carrier to regular front carrier to toddler back carrier with its brilliant design. Love it!
The instructions below show how the Boba 3G adapts for use with different ages/sizes of children in different carries. Other exciting improvements include storage pockets, adjustability of the sleeping hood, and shoulder strap holders to keep your purse or diaper bag from slipping off your shoulder when carrying your baby in the Boba.
There is a new stripped down, minimalist version of the 3G called the Boba Air. It weighs only 0.7 pounds, is made of black nylon, and can be carried in a tiny pouch that fits in your purse or bag. It does not have the infant configuration, footstraps, or padding, but it is still full of awesome. And only $65! If the Boba 3G doesn't suit your budget, or if you need a teeny tiny packable carrier for traveling out and about, Boba Air is the one to get!
Boba 3G Summary
Comfortably fits heights 5'0" - 6'3"
Front and back carry
Comes in both Organic and Conventional Cotton versions.
Waistband range: 25" - 58", no extenders required
Removable and adjustable sleeping hood fits different sized children.
Additional adjustment around the top of the carrier body for customized fit & easier breastfeeding.
Patent-pending removable foot straps allow long-legged older toddlers to ride with full leg support and proper ergonomic seating position (knees at same height as hips).
Elastic bands neatly roll up strap ends and keep them tidy.
The shoulder straps are 20 inches and extend up to 40 inches long.
Shoulder strap holders keep purse or diaper bag straps in place
Easily adjustable chest strap, no struggling!
Ingeniously converts to a newborn infant carrier (without an insert) by shortening and narrowing the carrier body.
As a toddler carrier, the body of the Boba rises 2"- 3" higher than other brands, providing greater upper body support and preventing backwards arching.
Made in China/Taiwan in a carefully chosen and monitored factory with fair labor standards and low environmental impact.
Multiple pockets for on-the-go storage
High density waist and shoulder strap foam
Machine washable: Wash on gentle cycle in cold water with a mild detergent. Hang to dry overnight in well ventilated area, or dry in machine on low until just damp, then remove and hang dry to finish. Spot clean dirty areas whenever possible with a clean damp sponge instead of machine washing. This will enable you to keep your Boba looking its best!
The Front Carry is designed for children between 15lbs to 30lbs (7kg - 13kg) - if your little one is smaller than 15lbs, please see the Newborn Hold instead.
1) Fasten and adjust waist buckle at your back. Waistbelt should be resting on your hips like a pair of low-rider jeans, and should be snug. Allow the body of the carrier to hang down in front.
2) Bring baby to your chest and separate legs (legs should hang over waist belt). It's better if you can hold the baby 2-3 inches above the waistbelt, so as to allow room for the baby to settle down into the carrier.
3) Bring body of carrier up over baby's back while securely supporting your baby.
4) With your right hand supporting baby, place left shoulder strap on your shoulder.
5) Switch hands to support baby and bring the right shoulder strap over your shoulder.
6) Bring both hands behind your neck and fasten chest strap. The chest strap should hold the shoulder straps in place just inside your shoulder caps, and neither let the shoulder straps slip off, nor pull them in too far towards your neck. Tighten or loosen your chest strap as necessary to achieve this.
7) Tighten the shoulder straps by pulling down and back on the adjustment straps if needed. If you feel any chafing or pressure in your armpits, stop and loosen...your shoulder straps are too tight. The baby should be snug against your body without pressure or chafing in the armpit area.
8) All set in front carry!
The Newborn Hold in the Boba Carrier is intended for babies 7 lbs to 15 lbs (3.5kg to 7kg). If your baby is less than 7lbs (3.5kg) I recommend using The Portable Baby Wrap instead. If your baby is 15lbs (7kg) or more please use the front carry instructions.
1) Locate the two snaps on either side of the warning label. Snap them to the two corresponding snaps on the body of the carrier.
2) Take off both waist belt buckles. Turn both of them over and rethread them (this is to prevent twisted webbing when using the Newborn Hold). Test both buckles by sliding them along the webbing. (This step is only needed the first and the last time you use the newborn hold).
3) Place waistbelt (pocket side towards
you) in front of you at hip level. Buckle the carrier behind your back and adjust as necessary so the waist belt rests snugly just above your hip bones.
4) Bring both shoulder straps up and over your shoulders.
5) Bring both hands behind your neck and fasten chest strap, which should be just below the base of your neck. You can adjust it up or down if it's not in the right spot. The chest strap should hold the shoulder straps in place just inside your shoulder caps, and neither let the shoulder straps slip off, nor pull them in too far towards your neck. Tighten or loosen your chest strap as necessary to achieve this.
6) Adjust both shoulder straps so that you
create a pouch in front of you just big enough to comfortably insert your baby. Both sides of the body of the carrier should be almost flush with your body.
7) Take your baby with both hands and carefully slide your baby inside the carrier. Your baby must be facing you. NEVER place your baby facing forward.
8) Your baby's legs should be in the frog
position/fetal tuck and should always be touching your body (do not place your baby's feet inside snapped area).
9) Adjust the shoulder straps so that your baby is fully supported by the carrier. Please make sure to tighten the side adjustments to prevent your baby from slumping and to provide improved back support for your baby.
10) Adjust head support straps (located inside the pocket) as necessary. Your baby's head should be resting on your chest and facing either left or right. Your baby's nose should be, at the very least, parallel to the floor at all times. When your baby falls asleep his or her nose should be pointed higher.
The Back Carry is designed for children between 20lbs to 45lbs (9kg - 20kg). A baby can be worn in back carry as soon as they have head and torso control though. I wore my second child (a big, tall strong boy) in almost exclusive back carry from the age of 3 months. If you don't have prior experience, know that it does take a little practice for most people to get back carry down and feel comfortable with it. Practice is best done with a happy baby in front of a mirror, with a bed or couch behind you.
The image series below shows a good method to use with a younger baby in back carry. For toddlers, please see my video underneath...I am using the previous Boba version G2, but the technique is the same.
1) Place carrier on your back with shoulder straps on shoulders. Fasten waist belt in the front. Slide right strap off shoulder.
2) Holding baby securely on right hip, slide left hand between carrier and your body. Take hold of baby's left foot and pull it through the carrier.
3) At the same time, bend forward to shift baby's weight to your back.
4) Still bending forward, support baby's bottom with left hand while moving right hand through shoulder strap.
5) Adjust the strap and then stand up.
6) Tighten the shoulder straps by pulling down and back on the adjustment straps if needed. If you feel any chafing or pressure in your armpits, stop and loosen...your shoulder straps are too tight. The baby should be snug against your body without pressure or chafing in the armpit area.
7) Fasten chest strap. Chest strap should be at armpit level. The chest strap holds the shoulder straps in place just inside your shoulder caps, and should neither let the shoulder straps slip off, nor pull them in too far towards your neck. Tighten or loosen your chest strap as necessary to achieve this. All set! Enjoy your Boba!
EXPRESS BACK CARRY WITH A TODDLER
WEARING YOUR BOBA WITHOUT A BABY
1) If you don't like your carrier just hanging down in front of you when your baby is not in the carrier, grab both shoulder straps, bring them behind your back and snap the chest buckles.
2) If the carrier is too loose around your waist, simply tighten the chest strap as needed. This works with both the front and back carry, making it easy to tote your carrier around when not in use. Courtesy of the elegant Mama Lucia!
USING THE STRAP HOLDERS
The ingenious strap holders are designed to keep your purse or diaper bag securely in place. Simply unsnap the shoulder strap holder, place your purse or diaper bag comfortably on your shoulder, and then secure the shoulder strap holder snap. Now you truly are hands-free! The shoulder strap holders are provided on both sides of your carrier, making it easy and convenient for both right and left handed users.
USING THE SLEEPING HOOD
The Boba 3G sleeping hood is the perfect head support solution for your sleeping child. When your child has fallen asleep, pull the hood from the carrier pocket. If your child is on your back, you will need to have the hood already out and hanging down, ready for use. In back carries, it's often easier just to leave the hood out all the time, that way you will always be ready for a nap on the fly! You can tell when your child is falling asleep on your back...typically you will feel their head "knocking" on your back and then stay there. Time to pull up the sleeping hood!
A good tip that I learned as a mom of a toddler and a baby...I had my toddler playing nearby and the baby napping on my back, and I needed to sit down and work on the computer. What to do? I set up an exercise ball at my computer as a chair, then I'd sit on the ball with my baby on my back and bounce gently. My little one would take nice long naps, snuggled against his mama with the lulling motion, and I found it very comfortable sitting on the ball to work. Nice as a firming core exercise too!
1) Grab one hood strap and extend it straight up toward the top of your head. Snap the hood to the shoulder strap on the same side. Repeat, attaching the second hood strap to the shoulder strap on the same side.
2) If the hood appears to be either too small or too big, please use adjustment straps at the base of the hood to regulate the length.
NOTE: Leave a little slack in the hood so that your child's head is not pressed too snug against your body. Ensure the hood does not cover your child's nose and mouth to maintain an open airway. When not in use, roll the hood and the straps together and place back inside the carrier pocket.
The hood may be removed completely by unsnapping the three snaps at the base of the hood, and unsnapping the snaps from the shoulder straps.
The Boba Carrier 3G has a zipper storage pocket for your hood when not in use. Simply roll the hood, tuck into the pocket and zip closed.
The hood can be rolled and inserted to the elastic bands for convenience, or rolled with straps hanging out for easy release while back carrying.
The hood may also be used as a nursing cover, allowing for discreet breastfeeding while carrying your little one. Try releasing one side of the hood from the shoulder strap, making it easy to check in on your baby.
Protect your child from direct sunlight or wind using the hood on both the front and back carry. Be sure to leave slack in the hood so that your child's head is not pressed too snug against your body.
USING THE POCKETS
The Boba Carrier 3G now features 3 pockets to store the items you need while on the go.
Located on the waist belt is a zipper pocket large enough to fit a smart phone, credit cards, or other items you need securely stored.
Underneath the zipper pocket is another location to store smaller items you need quick access to.
If you are not using the sleeping hood, it may be removed completely, providing you with a third pocket along the top of the carrier. Use the zipper closure to keep items secure.
USING THE FOOT STRAPS
1) Starting around a year and a half or when your child hits two, his/her legs will probably be long enough to use the straps. They are used much like stirrups except they may be adjusted using the different snap settings to fit your child's feet. The important thing to remember is that your child's feet should be parallel with the ground, and your child's knee should be pulled up to at hip level and then the snaps should be adjusted accordingly.
If the straps need to be adjusted, follow these few easy steps to ensure a comfortable ride:
Thread the strap through the plastic sliding piece and snap so that your child's thighs are parallel with the ground. Please note that a minimum of two engaged snaps are needed for proper function.
The foot straps may be moved from front to back by sliding the plastic attachment piece along the cording as needed.
2) Feet should be parallel with the ground and the knee should be pulled up to hip level. The boy in the photo above is not in the proper position, as his feet are pointed downwards. This could be resolved by tightening the strap. Adjusting the sliding rail so that it is closer to the wearer's abdomen would also help bring his knees up to hip level.
Foot straps may be easily removed when not in use - simply release the snaps and slide the strap through the plastic adjustment piece completely.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT REMOVE THE PLASTIC ADJUSTMENT PIECE. THIS DISABLES THE FOOT STRAP SYSTEM AND MAKES THEM UNUSABLE.
Foot straps may be added at any time by pulling the snaps through the plastic adjustment piece, adjusting to the necessary size and securing a minimum of two snaps.
Important! Please remember to undo the snaps and first take your little one's feet out of the footstraps before taking him/her out of the carrier.
Note: the foot strap sliding buckle may be difficult to adjust with brand new carriers. If so, use two hands until the straps break in a bit.
Safety Precautions and Tips
The Boba has been stress tested at 60 lbs. We only recommend the holds listed above. The Boba is not intended to carry your baby facing out.
Our baby carrier is only intended to help you to carry your baby and should not be used for any other purpose. The baby carrier is also not a safety device on its own, but meant to assist you. You are responsible for the safety of your child while he or she is in the carrier.
Always inspect the carrier carefully before each use. Make sure that the fabric is in good shape and does not have any holes. With proper care, our baby carrier should last as long as a good pair of jeans.
Put your arm around your baby when you feel it is necessary for added security. Always support your baby while adjusting the fit. Don't let go of your baby until the baby carrier is properly buckled and adjusted.
If your baby is moving around a lot in the carrier or stretching his legs out straight like a board please support him and take him out of the baby carrier.
The baby carrier is not meant to replace your car seat. Never drive or carry your baby in the baby carrier while in a moving vehicle. Please do not use it while cycling, skating, swimming, skiing or while partaking in any other sports activity.
Support your baby with your arms when leaning or bending over. Always bend at your knees.
If you are wearing your child while cooking, shopping, sweeping the floor or for any other everyday activities, please pay attention to things that your child could reach out and touch. Be aware of objects that are hot or sharp or any other things around you that could fall or pose a threat to your baby.
Be cautious when eating hot food or consuming hot beverages when your baby is in the carrier.
When loading for a back carry, your baby should always be supported by one hand.
Double check to see if any fabric has bunched up (especially when your baby is dressed in extra clothing or bulky coats) and that the fabric body of the carrier extends to at least the upper back.
Make sure to hear the waist buckle click and test to see if it is secure.
Remember to undo the foot straps before taking your baby out of the carrier.
The carrier is not intended to be used while in the water, or while biking, or any other sport activities.
After reading all of these guidelines, we kindly remind you, once again, to use common sense and your best judgment when it comes to keeping your baby safe and secure. Boba Inc. and The Portable Baby, Inc. will not be responsible for accidents arising from improper use of the Boba Carrier.
Can baby face out the Boba?
No, this carrier is not intended for forward facing. The Boba carrier is designed to comfortably carry babies in a physiological manner, oriented toward the carrying individual (either on the front or on the back) with baby's legs supported in a flexed abducted (froglike) position.
Will the carrier fit both my husband and I?
The Boba carrier comes only in one size. It is designed to fit most parents between 5 and 6'3" feet tall.
Is the Boba machine washable?
Yes, but spot clean the places where it gets dirty (usually around your baby's head) with a clean damp sponge. Machine wash on cold cycle with a mild detergent only when necessary. Air Dry. Do not wash frequently, as this will fade and stress cotton fabric.
Can I wear the Boba through pregnancy?
Moms do safely wear their carriers with no problem through pregnancy - some up until the end. Yet, some complain that the belt places pressure on the bladder. It all boils down to personal preference. Ask your doctor or midwife and use your intuition. A Wrap Carrier may be a better alternative, as the fabric can be spread wide and is more flexible and soft.
How does the Boba carrier compare to framed backpacks?
The Boba is a soft structured carrier. It is essentially made from a piece of rectangular fabric with foam shoulder straps and a foam waistbelt. Framed backpacks are bulky and hold your child up high, above the shoulders. Although most do offer a great view for your little one, it throws your center of gravity off as the weight distribution is shifted higher, more toward the upper back. Women will especially notice this effect, and may feel unstable or "tippy" when walking or hiking. The Boba carrier distributes the weight of your little one to your shoulders and waist. Most often framed backpacks don't have much of a seat, and instead have leg holes. This means that most of your child's weight is resting on the crotch. The optimal leg support of the Boba, backed by the foot straps, ensures the proper seated position for the support of your little one's hips, pelvis and spine. Also, I have never seen a framed carrier that has a sleeping hood or headrest for when your little one falls asleep. Most of the time when I am hiking, if I pass a fellow parent with a child in a framed backpack, they look at me with envy, and I look at them with pity. Unecessarily huge and unwieldy!
Can I nurse my baby in the Boba carrier?
Yes, you can nurse your baby in the Boba! Loosen the shoulder straps to lower your little one so that he/she can latch on. Lifting your breast helps. The extra height and width of the carrier helps make nursing more discreet. After nursing, lift your baby up a little, tighten the straps back up, and carry on!
How much weight can the Boba carry?
Although the Boba can accommodate a six year old easily (personal experience!), a weight limit of 45 pounds is recommended, or up until your little one turns four.
What is the difference between the Organic and Classic Boba 3G?
There is no difference in the structure at all, they are functionally the same carriers with the same features. The difference is that the Organic Boba 3G is made from organically grown cotton, the Classic Boba 3G is made from conventionally grown cotton (using pesticides, chemical fertilizers, etc). The color choices for the two are also different. The Organic Bobas come in one set of color/print choices (lots of browns/greens at the time of writing), the Classics offer other color options (lots of blacks and grays and colored prints at the time of writing). Between the two, the Boba 3G offers something for everyone!
Baby Carrier Accessories
Baby Carrier Hip Pocket
Get this accessory Hip Pocket for secure and easy access to important items while wearing your baby.
Durable fabric, nice design, roomy, good pockets and zippers. Fits all carriers sold on my website.
Makes it easy and quick to pop out for a quick trip to the store, take a walk on the beach, survive a day of traveling, or anywhere else that you need to keep your stuff safely close at hand and easy to access.
If you are going out without your carrier, there's no need to transfer your stuff. Just pull out the detachable shoulder strap and your Hip Pocket instantly converts to a mini-shoulder bag! Fabulous!
This item is also a must-have for travel. Keep plane tickets, passports and wallet attached to your body, right at your hip. No more endless searching through your bigger bags at the airport, no worries about putting your purse down and leaving it somewhere with crucial items inside. Keeps important items safe and secure, right at your fingertips.
Attaches to carrier waist belt by means of Velcro flap OR two heavy-duty snaps OR a pass-though belt loop, plus has a detachable shoulder strap, a keyring, and all the necessary amenities. Will carry a wallet, sunglasses, keys, small toys...all your essentials.
And don't worry, it's NOT a fanny pack. Much slimmer and more chic. Can't go wrong with basic black. Matches everything.
Fleece Carrier Cover
Gorgeous 200 weight microfleece carrier cover from Catbird Baby keeps your baby warm when babywearing without adding bulk or changing the fit of your carrier. Very economical and practical compared to buying a babywearing coat for $200 or more! Fits all sizes of babies and wearers. Outer layer is charcoal gray; lining and pocket are black.
The foot pocket is elasticized to snug around baby's legs and keep them cozy and toasty warm in cold weather. The top flap simply folds over the top of your Pikkolo, Beco or Patapum and snaps over the shoulder straps. You put it on prior to putting the carrier on, so you can even use it in a back carry easily. 100% polyester, made in the USA.
The latest color option from Boba...Safari! Khaki color is a perfect neutral for men or women. Made of conventionally grown cotton.
$125 SALE! $112.50
The Tweet carrier features a brown cotton frame and inner lining which perfectly complements the beautiful patterned center panel. Made of conventionally grown cotton.
$125 SALE! $112.50
The Soho carrier features a black cotton frame and beautiful red-hued, patterned center panel. Soho is one of the newest print additions to the Boba Carrier collection - this beautiful print created by designer Holli Zollinger was made exclusively for the new Boba Carrier 3G. Made of conventionally grown cotton.
The Dusk carrier features a dark gray cotton frame and inner lining which perfectly complements the beautiful solid light gray center panel. Dusk is one of the original Boba Carrier colors and is perfect for those looking for a neutral color option! The beautiful two-tone gray carrier is a perfect choice for anyone seeking a simple yet classy carrier. Made of conventionally grown cotton.
Basic black. Made of conventionally grown cotton.
The Pine carrier features a dark brown cotton frame and a vibrant green swirl center panel. Made with 100% organic cotton.
The Organic Boba 3G Walnut carrier has a matching dark brown cotton frame and center panel. Made with 100% organic cotton.
The Chestnut Organic Boba 3G carrier features a dark brown cotton frame and a vibrant light brown center panel. Made with 100% organic cotton.
Among all the 3Gs, I do have a few Boba 4Gs. What is the difference?
an Integrated Infant Insert (includes a position for babies 7-10lbs and a position for babies 10-15lbs)
slightly wider seat (about an inch)
lowered the shoulder strap connection to the body (no more underarm rubbing!)