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.

Disclosure of Material Connection

Are you really buying *BPA-Free* products?

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We’ve heard a LOT about BPA-free products; products related to feeding and eating utensils like milk bottles, snack and lunch boxes, plates, and tumblers.  All parents want the best for their kids, and they know that by choosing BPA-free products for their kids, they are doing the childrent a whole lot of good healthwise.

However, did you know that banking on this fact, there are also suppliers that are out to *get* parents such as these?  Well, maybe that is not their original intent, but perhaps they are just trying to “clear old stock”.

My hubby and I almost fell into this trap.

A week or so ago, we took the kids to a nice mall in KL and wanted to get them drinking tumblers.  We got them one each. 

The tumblers were all arranged on the shelf, and there were removable tags bearing the sign BPA-free on them.  Little did we know that there were however, *SOME* tumblers who were NOT BPA-free but were placed alongside those that were.

Upon closer inspection, we noticed that the tumblers that were indeed BPA-free had the words “BPA-free” printed ON the tumbler.  Those that were not did not have the words “BPA-free” imprinted on them, but some of these non-BPA-free tumblers had the BPA-free removable tag around them!

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I’m not sure if the store was aware that some of the tumblers were not BPA-free but were placed together with those that were, because they were all priced the same, but I felt that this would mislead some parents into thinking there were getting a BPA-free tumbler for their child when they were not.

So the next time you are getting something “BPA-free”, do ensure it is indeed BPA-free by insisting on proof.  A removable tag on the item does not really count!  Check and check again that it is indeed a BPA-free product.

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Got my Rumparooz at an amazing discount!

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Hurrah!  I got my Rumparooz diaper at an amazing discount of 30% off retail price.  Tiny Tapir is currently running a clearance sale on all Rumparooz cloth diapers.  So…yay for all cloth diapering mommies and daddies out there. 

Solid colors (snaps and aplix) are on sale at 30% off and patterned designs (snaps and aplix) are priced at 20% off retail.  Can’t get any lower than that, I’m sure.

I’m gonna prewash mine soon, so I can start using them on my daughter.  And if I love them after I use them, I might just get a few more! 

Have you gotten yours yet?

Bouncy Baby Diapers: Proudly Made in Malaysia

It is definitely every shopaholic’s dream to be able to test a product for himself or herself before buying it.  After all, we’re talking hard-earned cash here.  Unfortunately, rarely do we get the opportunity to do so.

However, a few months ago, I was asked to be test out a prototype of the Bouncy Baby Diaper, and of course, I jumped at the opportunity.  Bouncy Baby Diapers are created and manufactured wholly in Malaysia, so I was very excited about testing it out, since most of my cloth diapers are manufactured in either USA or Australia.

And after a few weeks of testing, I submitted my feedback.  I believe the feedback would then be used to rectify whatever flaws and shortcomings (if any) of the diaper prototype, so that the finished product would be an improved version.

 
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Well, guess what?  Bouncy Baby Diapers was recently launched!  I haven’t had a chance to check out the product yet (apart from my prototype), but I do think the final product is certainly MUCH improved.  The one thing that I really really love about this cloth diaper is the Alova Suedecloth inner, which is so soft, I can’t even begin to describe it!

Also, the Bouncy Baby Diaper now comes with the option of a HEMP insert, to cater for heavy wetters.  This would appeal to mothers who would like to use this cloth diaper as a night-time diaper too. 

Bouncy Baby Diapers are available for sale at Tiny Tapir, and there is a HUGE introductory discount on now.  Pocket diapers (either snaps or aplix) on sale for RM42-52, and they also have a Value Set (3 diapers + 1 wetbag) for only RM120!

And oh, I almost forgot…if you want to try to win yourself one of those Value Sets, hop on over to Mummy’s Reviews for a great review of the Bouncy Baby Diaper and a chance to be a winner of the giveaway!

Pretty practical blings!

Lookie, lookie, what have we here!  These pretty little things are called Teething Bling®s and were inspired by babies who like to tug on jewelry.  As a mom, I am always vigilant about the type of jewelry I wear, and welcome baby-friendly jewelry.  And as someone who ADORES pendants, this is something I could not resist!

As you can see, the Teething Bling® meets all of my requirements to qualify as a pretty chic accessory I could wear day in and day out.  Here’s why:

  • It’s practical.  No fancy-schmancy jewels and stones and beads; just simple, understated and clean cut.  This means it goes with almost everything I wear!  From jeans to skirts to evening gowns, it is truly a one-design-fits-all!
  • There are so many colors and designs to choose from; okay maybe it just comes in a donut and heart shape now, but in terms of colors, the possibilities are endless!
  • It’s safe for baby, because it is non-toxic, phthalate, BPA, PVC and lead free.
  • Celebrities are so digging it!

 

Last weekend I put on the Teething Bling® just for the fun of it.  My daughter is not yet teething, so obviously she doesn’t chew on it, but you know what’s funny?  My 3-year-old son grabbed hold of the pendant and started chomping on it!  I didn’t even tell him it was for chewing! LOL  The Teething Bling® is made of a rather soft bendy material, and it feels really easy on the gums!

In any case, I also discovered that the Teething Bling® works great as a nursing accessory too.  When I breastfeed my daughter, she would sometimes grab onto the pendant.  It certainly helps that the Teething Bling® comes with an open ended cord which I can tie and adjust the position of the pendant when I wear it.  I simply use a reef knot and it’s secure!  Unlike other pendants that move around after I have adjusted the length, this one stays put, and at the end of the day, the reef knot is still securely fastened at the nape of my neck, even though my kids were tugging and pulling at it.

I am absolutely thrilled to have discovered these, although it would help if the colors are stated on the plastic wrappers they came in.  Now I have to guess which colors are which… :P

Every mom should have one of these.  They even come with matching bangles!  And you know, even if you don’t have kids, wearing a Teething Bling® is still useful because you never know when you might meet a mommy friend with a kid in tow!

The Teething Bling® retails for USD19.10 (except for the silver one which is USD21.20) and comes in a variety of solids and patterns, in donut and heart shaped pendants.  Coordinating bangles are USD12.75 each.