Sunday, January 19, 2014

Boba Carrier 3G Review and Giveaway

We decided way before Ethan arrives that we are going to babywear him. I did lots of research of the many different types of baby carriers and its link to hip dysplasia, as well as the many many benefits that come from babywearing my baby.

We have been wearing Ethan everywhere every time we go out with him. It would have been so difficult to carry an infant car seat (Only my hubby can manage that weight) or struggling with a bulky travel system while maneuvering the shopping trolley while doing our groceries. 

The word 'THRILLED' was an understatement when Boba South Afriac agreed to send me one of their fabulous baby carriers for a review. I have heard great things about Boba carriers, and I was so ready to try it out. The package arrived when I was 8 months pregnant, I even caught my hubby trying it out before baby arrives :-)

PACKAGING

The Boba 3G Carrier arrived in a neat and compact box, with a window by the side showing the chosen design of the carrier.


Below is the size of the box compared to a tin of sardines



This is the carrier and its instruction manual on how to do different carries, all carefully folded in the box.




Upon opening the box, it revealed the vibrant red colour (design Soho) that I chose. 
It looks Oh-Soho-Good!  
I love the fact that the pattern and colour is very gender neutral and stylish, ready to be worn by both mommy as well as daddy. You got to love a Daddy wearing his baby. I must say he is getting  a lot of attention  while he is carrying our little one, and he loves the fact that he doesn't look silly in this Boba carrier! 






FEATURES

This thoughtfully well-designed carrier has so many great features that I haven't been able to use them all yet in this 6 weeks since Ethan was born! One can really tell that it was made by people who have had kids. Some of the features worth mentioning are :

Converts to infant carrier without an insert
This carrier is intended for children between 3.5kg - 20kg. Unlike most other soft structured carriers on the market, you will not need an additional infant insert when using the Boba 3G carrier. To convert this carrier for newborn of 3.5-5kg, you can try the Newborn Hold. The carrier has extra head support compared to other carriers I have tried. We started Ethan when he was around 4kg at 2 weeks old and it feels snug and comfortable without any need for extra support. 
P/S - Always make sure that baby's legs should be in frog position to promote healthy hip positioning. 




Ethan's legs were, and still are  too short to hang out from the carrier, but we make sure that it is always in froggy position - bottom down, knees up! 



Hubby enjoying Ethan in carrier




Removable sleeping hood
The Boba 3G has a hood that snaps into place over baby's head. 
When not in use, you can either store the hood in the top zipper pocket, or unsnap it from the pocket and store in another location.

The hood comes in handy to cover Ethan from the sun instead of having to wear a hat or cloth over his head. I kept the sides loose so that while protecting him, I still allow wind to keep him cool in this warm summer weather. It is also versatile that I can even use it to protect Ethan from Cape Town's infamous wind by tightening the hood on the sides. 


Here I was shading Ethan from the sun at the 2014 Second New Year (Tweede Nuwe Jaar ) Cape Minstrel Street Parade



Protecting from the gusty wind at Tygervalley's parking lot




Removable foot straps
I think this feature deserves a mention although I wasn't able to test it yet with baby still being so small. This feature is really unique as I do not know of any other soft structured carriers with this ability. It allows tired little legs to be rested in a frog-like position, aligning the spine. These straps are also adjustable as it fits your child as he grows.
Below a photo of how it looks like, sourced from the internet.




Multiple pockets for storage
The 3 zippered pockets come in handy to keep car keys, license or credit cards when I quickly want to pop into a store. I also always keep a handkerchief in one of its pockets. It is very, very handy to have instead of rumaging through your purse / diaper bag.

Elastic bands to neatly roll up straps and Adjustments to ease breastfeeding and easier fit
For a small sized person like me, I always hate to find the excess straps after tightening to fit me hanging or dangling on me. Boba 3G ;s design is so well thought that it has elastic bands to store the extra slack of the waistband, chest and shoulder straps. I just need to neatly roll the excess strap and loop the elastic around it.  

There is also an adjustment to tighten or loosen the shoulder straps which is perfect for breastfeeding moms. Unlike other carriers, the Boba 3G puts adjusters on the waist belt so that you can tighten from the left or the right or both.  This results in a waist belt buckle that is centered on your waist rather than off to one side.  There are similar options when adjusting the arms and the chest buckle. They are very, very convenient to self-adjust.

Strap holders to keep purse in place 

This may be my favourite feature of the carrier. The strap holders are located on both sides of the carrier. It allows me to attach my diaper bag directly to the carrier, so I can truly be hands-free! I absolutely love this feature as it takes the load off my shoulders from having to lift my shoulder  to accomodate the heavy weight of my diaper bag. You can basically fit anything with a strap to keep it in place. Let your imagination go wild! Purse , keys, pacifier, toys, to name a few! 

Etc
The only downside is that I find it quite difficult to store the carrier compactly to fit nicely into my diaper bag. I am currently using hubby's old sling bag to fit the carrier in whenever we go out, but it's ugly old and does not look nice being carrier around :-(

However I did see from Boba's website that there is a Stuff Sack for sale to hold and protect your carrier when not in use. I have yet to see or try it but I am sure it will certainly look better than what I am using currently and should be a better fit. 

The other accessory that would also complements the carrier well is the Teething Pads as I already noticed Ethan wetting the straps of the carrier already.

The downside I wasn't too happy about is that the black material attracts a lot of lint. I had to wipe it with a wet cloth frequently so it looks like new again. Although, it might be the clothes I wear as my sister who also had a Boba 3G does not seem to have not problem :-( If you are afraid it would happen, maybe choosing another colour like grey also helps!

Overall, I would certainly recommend the Boba carrier to anyone considering a comfortable, soft structured carrier

TO PURCHASE / WIN  
You can get your own Boba Carrier at http://www.bobafamily.co.za , or better still, try your luck and win a Boba Carrier 3G worth R1350 here!

How to enter
  1. 'Like' Boba South Africa on Facebook
  2. 'Like' Blissfully Perfect Blog on Facebook / Twitter
  3. Share the lovely giveaway on your Facebook / Twitter, with friends, or anyone you know that would appreciate the carrier.
  4. Leave a comment in this blog post and let me know what you did! (You will be disqualified if not meeting the comment).  Please don't forget your email address!

Giveaway ends on 14 February 2014, 12:00am South African time.
Open to South Africa residents only. 
The winner will be chosen randomly (www.random.org) and will be posted in this post and will be contacted via email. If no reply from the winner within 48 hours, a new winner will be announced.

** Please note that I received no form of monetary compensation for this post. I did receive the product to try in order to write a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and was not required to provide a positive review of the carrier.

Updated 14 Feb 2014
WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT
Thank you to all who participated in this giveaway. The winner of the Boba Carrier 3G is Michelle Austin!
Congratulations! You should have received an email from me on how to collect the prize.

51 comments:

  1. What a great giveaway!
    I liked the Facebook pages as well as followed on Twitter.
    Also shared the giveaway on my Facebook page!

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  2. Have done all the following. Wish me luck! Email megan.bell213@gmail.com

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  3. Hi I have liked both pages and shared competition on my Facebook. I have also followed you on twitter and tweeted the competition. Loved reading you review. Catiameireles@hotmail.co.uk

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  4. liked and shared, nice to read an informative review that covers all the angles one would want to know about with an unbiased opinion ;) xXx

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    1. Oops... Email is logankerry (at) hotmail.com ;)

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  5. I did 1-3! Love this carrier! I have been eyeing the Ergo but this looks even better. heatherss@gmail.com

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  6. Hi I have liked both pages and shared on Facebook. Holding thumbs! heathery01@gmail.com

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  7. Liked and shared! Would LOVE to win this amazing carrier!!
    mamabear89@mail.com

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  8. Liked and Shared. This is an amazing product my wee one is still small enough to use it! Yay! tracy_ckidz@hotmail.co.za

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  9. Liked Boba SA page, liked blissfully perfect blog page, shared the giveaway and now I'm commenting on this blog post :-) ocurtin[at]gmail.com

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  10. Thank you!! I love this carrier! I liked both FB pages and shared the blog post on my FB profile :) My email address is lisalouisegc(at)gmail dot com

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  11. I liked Boba SA page, I liked Blissfully Perfect Blog. I shared the giveaway post on my Facebook wall. I followed @Bliss_perfect on twitter. my email address is: yolandaqongqo@yahoo.com

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  12. Awesome prize!!! I've liked both pages and shared the competition!
    Email addy: meaganbrache87@gmail.com

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  13. This is super awesome!!! I liked both pages and shared on my fb. Really would love this carrier for my newborn (she's almost 3 weeks) :) zoe.kooyman@gmail.com

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  14. rehana seedat
    email: dseedat@telkomsa.net liked both pages and shared facebook and twitter @rehanaseedat

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  15. What an awesome giveaway! Liked both pages and shared. My email address is kirstyronne@gmail.com

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  16. Hi thanks for this GREAT competition and such an informative review! Liked both pages and shared (cmuilwyk@gmail.com)

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  17. liked both pages on facebook naweeraamod@gmail.com

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  18. Hi there �� Liked both pages & followed you on Twitter. Shared giveaway on FB & Twitter (@lunamuerte) My 14wko lb would love to be carried in a Boba ��

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  19. Sorry, my email address is etherea66@gmail.com

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  20. Liked both facebook pages and shared on facebook.
    Would really love to win this! ma.oosthuizen@gmail.com

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  21. Such an informative review, looks absolutely amazing! Liked both pages, and following on twitter! Would love to own one! Email add: adeleva@webmail.co.za
    Adele

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  22. I've liked both pages, shared with my preggo friends, and am hoping that I get one for my next baby! email is: robynklaasen@outlook.com

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  23. I've been curious about how the Boba works with a small baby - from your pics it seems to be a great fit! Liked & shared this post and hope to win one to try it for myself with baby nr 2 due in April.

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  24. I love the look of the Boba, so cute and so functional! My 2 month old LG could really do with one :)

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  25. I liked both pages, followed you on twitter and shared the FB post. karien.hurter@gmail.com

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  26. I liked both pages, followed on twitter and shared the Facebook page .muofhy@gmail.com

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  27. What a great carrier, would love to have one of these!! Holding thumbs!!! nadia@monopixel.co.za. I liked both pages & followed you on Twitter.

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  28. Liked both pages and shared the competition link on Facebook! This baby carrier looks lovely! roxanne_barber@yahoo.com

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  29. Liked and shared :) Thanks or the great review. This has been my dream carrier since I started searching for one! Nicole.collier.naidoo@gmail.com

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  30. I have liked both pages and shared on Facebook. Would be awesome to win! eds2424@gmail.com

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  31. Have an 18 month and 3 month old...So need this baby carrier. Holding thumbs. rocabee26@gmail.com

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  32. Liked both pages on facebook, following on twitter and retweeted :)

    What a fantastic product, love the foot supports and the bag straps, so clever!!

    smeaklim@gmail.com

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  33. Liked and shared

    Email address: lisa_va@hotmail.com

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  34. Liked and Following! michelle@iqconsulting.co.za

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  35. Like both pages and shared cindyp1979@gmail.com

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  36. I liked the Boba South Africa and Blissfully Perfect Blog facebook pages and shared the giveaway on my Facebook page. I am also commenting here :) my email address is mhansmeyer@gmail.com

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  37. This is such a lovely carrier, best one we have seen yet. :-)
    Liked and shared as requested. tlightenergy@gmail.com

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  38. Loved your honest and down-to-earth review. Its a easy go to guide for anyone who's lost with their boba carrier. I have liked blissfully perfect and boba south africa and shared blissfully perfect, followed you on twitter, retweeted on twitter. My email address is michellepayle@gmail.com. here's to a lucky month for us ( daddy and me)

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  39. So glad we are getting with the times in SA! I've liked and shared. Thanks so much for the review!!

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  40. I would love one but budget is a bit tight now :-( I liked both pages and shared the post with all my girlfriends who have babies on fb. My email is cassidee.coffin@gmail.com *im holding thumbs!!*

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  41. Followed all the instructions! Laurenjanecooke@gmail.com

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  42. Owning a Boba would absolutely die to own one!!! Liked and shared....
    Email is Diels@webmail.co.za

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  43. Shared and liked and following on twitter too. Would really love this! My daughter loves her current carrier but shes fast outgrowing it and this one I can use well into toddler-hood which will be great! email is Surita.Carstens@nwu.ac.za

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    1. O and to add, I dont have a car so have to walk everywhere with my 2 kids, something like this will make my life so much easier with her brother in the pram!

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  44. Shared on Facebook, tweeted on Twitter, liked your Facbook page and BOBA South Africa, I would love this carrier! Currently have the ABC, and not as awesome! Thanks for a great give away! crazybiscuits@googlemail.com

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  45. I shared the giveaway on Facebook, sorry, don't have a Twitter account. I liked your page and the BOBA page. This carrier would save my life! Literally! Don't have a carrier, my arms carry the baby.. Awesome giveaway! ingridmailbox@gmail.com

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  46. I liked, shared, and tweeted. I am so excited for this giveaway! Thank you! My email address is heather_oaster@hotmail.com

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  47. Thanks for the great giveway! I liked both pages and shared on Facebook. Jessica.ickes@gmail.com

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  48. Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway! I've done all the requirements and would be absolutely thrilled if I won this carrier. I've been wanting a good buckle carrier that can be worn by both hubby and I for ages! My email addy: julie.atmore@gmail.com

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