Product Review – Boba Classic Baby Carrier

I literally cringed over the price tag of this carrier. Four NT kids and Max’s infancy and I have never spent this much on a carrying device. But with that last sling I knew I needed something. Max loved being close. So, the Boba Carrier got ordered. This one has child size recommendations, up to 45lbs, which gives me another 18lbs for Max to grow.

At first he was like “what? I climb on your back? seriously?” but with facial expressions, not words. I swear his facial expressions are so, well…expressive, half the time he doesn’t even need to speak. As soon as I stood up though, he figured out riding on mommy’s back was a Very Good Thing.

The first time I used it I just took him on a little trip outside, probably less than 5 minutes. I just wanted to see how it worked and felt before deciding if I wanted to take it on a longer run.

 

That was Saturday. Today (Tuesday) we were having a “fragile day” so I pulled out the carrier and strapped him on my back. Instantly, he quieted and I was able to walk around the house, even sit at the computer and fold laundry with him happily secure with me. I wore him for about an hour.

I’m still building up my core strength so I had started getting tired. Max freaked out as soon as I took it off (but c’mon I HAD to go to the bathroom!) but after he calmed down went on to have hours of really fantastic time. He eased through transitions, took a bath without fuss which he’s been really rejecting lately, ate and even became more verbal. It was truly a miraculous thing

His legs did get little marks if they dangled for too long but we’re talking half an hour here, not less than 15 minutes. This comes with feet stirrups that I haven’t put on yet so he can put his feet up and take the weight off the backs of his thighs. I need to put them on. There are four adjustment places; the chest, the waist and under each arm so I can make these areas as loose or tight as I need to relatively easily.

The miraculous inner workings of my house.

He’s not so heavy right now that I can’t get up and down without assistanceĀ  but I can see that being a problem for some. I also had to make sure I kept my abs tight and my core stable or I’d start hunching forward which after another hour session in the evening really took a toll on my shoulders. Getting on the back was easy, IF he’s compliant (which he was because he loved it) the front really needed another set of hands to clasp the chest buckled shut. I could release it but not maneuver my arms behind me to clasp it. And the buckles are HARD to clasp which is good because they won’t accidentally become unclasped but you do need a little arm strength to get them together.

For long term, all day wear, I can’t say toting a 27lb 3 year old is going to work but for short periods of time scattered throughout the day this is definitely going to make my life easier. I liked the back wearing better than the front though we tried that out too. On the back he can lean back better which gives him great space to play on my iPhone or drive cars on my back.

Overall we give this carrier four puzzle pieces out of five for comfort, ease of use, the pretty pattern and safety.

Product Review – Suppori baby carrier

In my quest to socialize Max without traumatizing everyone else, I have been searching for a baby carrier. I find that a lot of his outburst while we are out result in my seemingly uncanny ability to move out of his range of sight when he’s facing forward in a stroller. The only time he seems content in the cart is at the grocery store where it’s shaped like a rocket and has a steering wheel. If only all stores carried those magnificent carriages.

Even in forward facing shopping carts it seems that my being near but not being able to hug or touch me is a source of much stress. He’s an attached kid. He co-sleeps, what can I say. To be honest I would never trade his need for touch for the entire world. So many Autistic children are hyper-sensitive to it and reject physical comfort. I take my comfort in his need for me. But there are a few things I need to have on hand in order to safely lug this 27lb three year old about.

1. More strength. I’m working on that, I’m weight lifting and building up strength in my core.

2. A hands-free means to carry him. I have been baby-wearing for nearly 10 years. I’m not a stranger to the in’s and out’s of carriers but that being said, I have never carried a toddler. Once the other four kids became mobile they desired to run around, to sit in carts and to be a bit more independent. So while I know all about wearing babies, toddler wearing is new water.

After much research I found the Suppori baby carrier on Amazon. I wanted something that wouldn’t get hot, my experience with ring slings taught me that. I wanted something that would be easy to throw in a bag, was fun, distributed his weight and wasn’t a hassle to put on (thank wrap type carriers for that). It has good reviews, won an award last year for design, looks light weight and easy to take on/off with little fuss. I ordered it based on my size and patiently waited for it to get here.

Photo via Amazon.com

Max loved it as soon as I put it on and while I haven’tĀ  worn him since he was an infant, understood immediately what it was for and wanted in, now! As soon as he got in I knew it wasn’t going to work out. Wearing only a diaper, I could see where the edges cut deeply into his legs and back. I took him out with a sigh. I’d have to return it and continue my search.

A few days later, I took just Max out to do a return at Walmart. I thought to myself “Let’s give it another try, maybe with clothes on it won’t be so bad.” We walked in, returned our thing without waiting in line, did a quick walk through the baby section pricing sippy cups and left without purchasing anything. All in all, I’d say it was about a 12-15 minute trip. The whole time I was adjusting him in it, worrying over the places I could tell the edge cut into him, trying to maneuver him to a more comfortable position to see if it eased at all.

When we got back to the car, I checked out his legs and was upset over what I found.

Maxy's leg after being carried

Only 15 minutes and he got huge red marks on the backs of both legs and around his back. Now, I realize this says “baby” carrier but some of the kids in the photos don’t look that much smaller than Max. There also is NO information about recommended size of the child carried. The way this is made, I cannot see how this wouldn’t occur with children of any size, the sling stretches so the weight of the child will always be pulling down. In some photos the children’s legs are raised but I still can’t see how that wouldn’t cut into the backs of their legs.

I did like the lightness, the weight wasn’t terrible to carry on my opposite shoulder but even after 15 minutes I still felt discomfort. As much as I wanted to like it I just couldn’t, so it went back yesterday and I splurged with some holiday money I was gifted and ordered a Boba. As soon as that comes in I’ll have a review up too.

Now on to the next thing, a stroller big enough to hold a 3+ year old that won’t break the bank.