I received a complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.
To say that I love Boba carriers would be an understatement. I started babywearing with a "crotch dangler" and realized very quickly that it didn't seem comfortable for K-Dub and it sure wasn't comfortable for me so I looked for something different. Something better. I then discovered my first soft structured carrier. It was so much more comfortable for both of us that I couldn't imagine why the other carriers were even still on the market and most of all, why anyone was buying them.
Then I heard of Boba and had to try one. That was when I was hooked. I have tried a few other carriers over the years but I always go back to my Boba. Not only are the carriers great, but so is their customer service. I have had nothing but fantastic experiences with Boba and don't feel the need to look anywhere else for my babywearing products.
Now that we live in Colorado where Boba is located I love that I can support such a fantastic business that is also local.
When I had the opportunity to try the new 4G carrier I was excited. I may have even let out a little yelp. I can't wait to tell you about it.
At first glance it doesn't look like there is much of a difference between the 3G (on the left) and the 4G (on the right) and in general the changes are much more subtle than the changes between the 3G and the 2G. While subtle, the changes are for the better.
The waistband is a little longer than on the 4G.
The padding on the straps is now longer on the 4G. This means that the buckle on the strap has been moved and it no longer rubs against your underarm. That was the one thing that bothered me the most on the 3G.
The 4G is now a little wider in the body than the 3G was. This also creates a wider seat which is more comfortable for your baby.
Here is the 3G and the 4G side-by-side, being modeled by my fourteen year old son. As you can see, the 4G (on the right) is a bit wider throughout.
If you are a small person the 4G will be a wonderful fit for you. My son is about 5'3" and probably 90 pounds soaking wet and he said that he was perfectly comfortable carrying his 33 pound brother around in it.
It is also great if you're on the larger side. The Boba is the only carrier we've tried that fits my burly husband without having to buy a waist extension.
Some of the other changes from the 3G are that there is now an infant insert instead of snapping up the carrier to make it shorter, the sleeping hood is longer, and the buckles seem to be a bit stronger. They are a little harder to buckle and unbuckle than the 3G.
I am not sure which of these changes makes the 4G more comfortable for me but it is weightless! Right out of the box I got it adjusted perfectly for me in a few quick pulls of the straps and I am able to walk around with a 33 pound toddler on my back for several hours without feeling the need to cry uncle.
While I loved the 3G I did have some comfort issues when I was wearing him for a long time due to the buckle that rubbed on my underarm. I tried to compensate by adjusting the buckles further and therefore no longer having a good fit. But the 4G is perfection! I am wearing my toddler more again which thrills him. He loves his piggyback rides.
If the Boba has been on your wish list, now is the time to buy one. If you're wondering if you should upgrade to the 4G, the answer is yes! While the changes seem to be small, they make a big difference.
You can buy your own Boba 4G carrier directly from Boba or your favorite retailer for $125