Review: Classic Boba 2G Baby Carrier

In my almost 5 years of being a mom, I have used several different methods of carrying babies and kids.  First of all, I have used the conventional method of just using my arms.  While this method is quick to use, one tends to get tired very easily this way.  I’ve also used baby slings made using sling rings, and these are really cozy.  The downside is that you need to really adjust it for that perfect fit, and of course, some dads don’t like to wear the sling.  I’ve also tried the baby carrier.  We bought one years ago, and was sorely disappointed when our son didn’t really fit well in it.  In addition, it felt very unsafe, so it’s gathering dust in some corner in our house now.

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So when I was asked to test drive the Classic Boba 2G Baby Carrier, I was a little apprehensive, although I was also excited.  Although both my kids love to run around, I was keen to find out if they would be interested to take a ride in the Boba Carrier.  After all, they both still fall in the weight range of the carrier, i.e. 15-45lbs (7-20kg).

When I received the carrier, my first impression about the carrier was how sturdy it looked.  I loved the padding on the waist belt and the shoulder straps.  It definitely looked very comfortable and I could hardly wait to put it on.  This was certainly something you would want to put your kid in.  It wasn’t flimsy at all, and I was glad to notice that the instructions on how to wear it was very clear and precise, complete with pictures for ease of reference.  Definitely a plus point for me!

I tried it on immediately, and I was amazed at how comfortable it felt!  The waist belt, especially, was extremely comfortable, and the padding served to provide that extra bit of support.  The waist belt and shoulder straps are adjustable, so anyone can wear it.  Putting on the carrier was a breeze, and all it took were two buckles to secure it in place.

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It took me a couple of tries to get my 11-kilo daughter into the carrier at first, because I wanted to be sure she would be securely fastened and that she would be comfortable.  But once she was strapped in, it was smooth-sailing all the way.  I carried my daughter front-facing and there was absolutely NO STRESS on my back or shoulders!

Next, I tried carrying my son in the back-carry position.  My son is close to 5 years old, and he weighs 16 kilos!  Well, getting him into back-carry position was a little bit tricky, but with a little bit of help, I was able to securely fasten him up.  I had to adjust the chest straps a little so they didn’t ride up my neck, but other than that, it was awesome.  Imagine carrying a 16-kilo child on your back and not feeling the strain!  My son LOVED it, and so did I!

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Besides evaluating the Boba Carrier on safety, I tested it out on comfort too.  Our Malaysian weather which is typically scorching hot tends to be very unforgiving if a child is carried or wrapped up in fabric that is too thick or too warm.  With the Boba Carrier, however, I was pleased to note that the 100% natural brushed cotton the Boba Classic is made from is the ideal choice.  The Boba Carrier is also available in an organic range, which is made from 100% GOTS and OE100 certified organic cotton.

An important feature of the Boba Carrier is that it comes with removable foot straps.  These foot straps allow the child to *rest* his/her legs in them while being carried.  Read all about the importance of complete leg support here.

My one minor issue about the Boba carrier would be that it is rather bulky to take along on outings.  With my baby sling, I can easily fold it and put it into the diaper bag, and simply retrieve it when needed.  With the Boba Carrier however, I found myself deliberating if I should take it along, because I could not easily fold it up and place it in a bag.  A workaround would be to permanently leave it in my car and use it when needed.

All in all, I have had a very pleasant experience with the Boba Carrier.  My kids love it too, and my daughter especially, will request that I carry her in it, even at home!  This carrier has certainly changed my perception of baby carriers, and in addition, it looks pretty darn cool too.  For long-haul travels when you need to move around from place to place and need your hands free while taking care of kids, the Boba Carrier is the answer.

You can find out more about the Boba Baby Carrier at their website.  And for product promotions, updates and contests, do check them out on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

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Implications of “Everyday is NO Plastic Bag Day”

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With effect from January 1st 2011, most major departmental stores, supermarkets and shops in Penang will stop giving out plastic bags, in a bid to educate people on becoming more environmentally-friendly.  I welcome this move, but at the same time, I foresee the following to happen:

  • Sale of plastic bags will increase, because most of us still use plastic bags as trash bags.  Without the stores providing us with plastic bags, we consumers will then need to purchase our own.  It’s either that, or we shop more at the wet markets, where, last I checked, plastic bags were still given out.
  • Trend of carrying reusable bags will catch on.  If you prefer something funky, unique and stylish, it really pays to invest in good quality ones like the RuMe or the Envirosax.  I have 2 of each and they have really served me well.  I’m considering getting one more RuMe, IF there is a sale coming up :)
  • Usage of departmental store “SOLD” sticky tapes will increase tremendously.  Previously when plastic bags were given out, everything would be packed in plastic bags and just ONE tape would be used to *seal* the bag.  But now, each and every purchased items gets a sticky tape each.  Well, that tape had better be environmentally-friendly, otherwise, I’d say just do without the tape.  After all, we are issued a receipt.

I do wish that supermarkets would instead offer the alternative to consumers to pack their groceries in paper bags instead.  Sometimes even with reusable bags in tow, they just aren’t enough to carry all our purchases.

What are your thoughts?  Do you love or loathe this new ruling?