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Boba 4G Review (Toddler Version…)

Even though our little guy is not quite so little anymore (birthday number 4 coming up this spring!!!), I still regularly get questions about the best gear for infants.  And while we certainly had our go-to gear favorites when it came to adventuring with the crag-kiddo, the gear junkie in me is thrilled to try out the latest and greatest in infant outdoor gear!  (And as a side note, I’m shocked at all the stuff that is on the market NOW as opposed to just a few short years ago…)

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Hiking along the Endless Wall cliff base at 24 weeks.

That being said, I’m very excited about the opportunity to try out the new 4G carrier from Boba – TWICE.  Because not only will the Boba hopefully make for a comfortable baby option for our new little girl come March, it’s versatile enough to accommodate a toddler up to 45 pounds!  True, C likes to hike by himself a lot these days…but when it comes to long approaches at the crag, his short little legs are not surprisingly the first to poop out.  This in-between stage has actually proved to be fairly challenging when it comes to carriers – he’s too big for long-haul carriers such as our Kelty, and the terrain is too rough and too long for a transitional carrier like the Piggyback Rider.  Our temporary solution up until now has been the Ergo – he slides right in under the weight limit, but it’s questionable whether or not he’s too “long” for it – the back support doesn’t come close to supporting his entire back, so while this works great when he can hold on to my shoulders, it doesn’t make for pleasant sleeping conditions on a long, end-of-the-day slog out of the mountains (which is of course when we rely on the carrier most!)

Here’s the specs on the new Boba 4G, and how they apply when it comes to toddler carrying.

16″ Back Panel - This is a full 3″ taller than our Ergo, making a much roomier and comfortable fit for both rider and wearer.  Plenty of back support for C means he has a license to get snuggly and snoozy whenever he wants.

Hip Belt - The Boba hip belt can accomodate anywhere from 25-58″, making it a very convenient option for a husband/wife team on either end of the size spectrum.  Elastic bands make for an easy way to roll up the “tails” of your straps for smaller-waisted folk.

Detachable Leg Straps - This is a unique feature designed for toddler comfort. The straps are ergonomically designed to maintain   important alignment of the hips and takes pressure off of longer toddler legs.  C can slide his feet in and out of the straps by himself fairly easily, and according to him they are very comfy! and they  The straps are adjustable, so they can extend as your child grows (probably all too quickly…)  

Pockets and Shoulder Strap Holders - I’m not one to carry a purse (especially at the crag lol!), but some moms will probably make good use out of the shoulder strap holders, designed to keep your pocketbook from sliding off your arm.  I do, however, make good use out of the multiple pockets that were creatively engineered into the carrier.

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(Taken from Boba website)

As successful as the Boba has been for 3 year old C, I think the infant age range is where this carrier will truly shine.  It will even fit newborns (7lb weight minimum) with a small pillow-type insert that snaps in just below baby’s bottom – which is INCLUDED rather than paying extra, unlike several other newborn carrying options…but the newborn version of this review will still have to wait another couple of months.  Until then, which carriers do/did you use with your child in the 2-4 year “transitional” phase?

*NOTE: As is the case with many of the reviews on this blog, our family received our Boba 4G at no cost for purposes of this review.  However, we cannot be bought, so all views expressed here are our own, unbiased opinions!

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4 Responses to “Boba 4G Review (Toddler Version…)”

  1. BethC

    We have been using the Ergo Sport since my daughter outgrew the Moby wrap (~4 months or so). She’s 22 months now and I have been worried that the back panel on the Ergo is too short. I might have to look at the Boba again now that she seems to be outgrowing the Ergo. We did try out the Boba 3G before we got the Ergo, and I didn’t think it was great for that infant-but-not-newborn age. Mainly, the seat was too wide. I did use a ribbon to make it more narrow, but even then the non-padded fabric dug into her little legs. We usually use the backpack when hiking, but I always use the Ergo when I fly with my little one (which is fairly frequent).

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  2. Erica

    Beth – That’s good feedback about the infant-but-not-newborn stage. I never tried the 3G, but I believe the snap-in pillow insert is new (or at least different than what was there before. There is a setting for babies 7-10 pounds, and also for babies 10-15 pounds. Maybe that solves some of the problems you experienced? I’ll let you know our experience with it when the time comes (which will be hear before we know it!) We still used the backpack with C when he was your daughter’s age, but long about 3 he just got too big for it (not to mention in recent months it’s just been too much for me to handle preggo!) I definitely agree that a soft-structured carrier is essential for plane flights!

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  3. Jumping in here….;)
    I used the 3G for my second son since almost birth and agreed the seat being wide was an issue (especially for tiny ones.) The 4G is a HUGE improvement for the newborn AND infant ages because they sit on that pillow Erica mentioned.

    ANd yes, I was a die-hard for my Ergo…until I discovered Boba and how much better it was for bigger kids (in numerous ways.)

    Thanks for a great review, Erica!

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  4. Erica

    Amelia, thanks for jumping in :) Good to that Boba not only recognized the issue, but made a practical change. Can’t wait to try it out with my baby girl in a couple of months! :)

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