Since Mazen was born, we have been doing a ton of baby wearing. From making breakfast to working at my computer to events out, the Boba wrap and carrier have both been such a help to allow Mazen to be snuggled next to us (often napping) and give we parents a bit of two-handed freedom.
Recall back in April when I tried the wrap out with a bear – I couldn’t wait to have a real baby to put inside!
I tried out the wrap first because I wasn’t sure that newborn Maze would be ready for the sturdier carrier yet. The first time I put it on, it took me a looong time to figure out while reading the instructions step by step. However, by time #3, I could put it on within 30 seconds with a crying baby waiting to be held! The layers and layers of fabric look intimidating, but once you learn what goes where, it’s very simple to put on.
Putting the baby in properly has been a bit of a learning curve. The first time I put the wrap on, I didn’t realize how tight it needed to be and had to take it off within 5 minutes when it wasn’t supportive enough. Matt learned the same lesson the hard way when he wore it the first time and went for a walk. Let it be known that when these mistakes were happening, we were on high alert to ensure Mazen was safe and his airways never blocked. The lesson we both learned is that the fabric has to be VERY tight when you put the wrap on – so tight that you don’t think the baby will fit in – to be supportive enough once he is inside.
The wrap is very comfortable for both me and Mazen. It’s also compact and comes with a carrying bag so that it’s easy to throw in the bottom of the stroller if we need to switch from strolling to wearing while we’re out. We also like the wrap because it keeps our baby protected from strangers who might want to touch or ask to hold him while in public.
The only downside to the wrap is that it’s not quite as supportive as the carrier, and after wearing it while out walking, my lower back was very tired. It’s also pretty hot to have on in warm weather, but that’s to be expected. For someone on the smaller side, there is also tons of excess fabric that I just wrap 2-3 times around my waist. It’s not really in the way, but it is bulky.
Mazen was 3 weeks old when I put him in the carrier for the first time. I first had to adjust it for the newborn size, which required flipping the hip belt up and adjusting the buckles (which was a bit tricky). Putting it on is as easy as snapping two buckles and adjusting the straps, and he felt safe and secure from the first time I used it.
I was amazed right away at how supportive it is for my body. I can wear it much longer than the wrap without feeling physically tired. It’s also more supportive for Mazen, as the fabric is stronger and tighter. I love the pocket on the front too – handy to stash a phone playing white noise (on airplane mode since it’s close to his head).
The only downside when comparing the two is that the carrier is much bigger and harder to travel with if you’re not using it.
If I had to choose one as a favorite, I would pick the carrier simply because it’s more comfortable for me to wear, and I imagine as Maze gets bigger and heavier, this will become even more important. Matt and I love wearing our baby, and he loves it too – he is almost always calm while he’s being worn. And these days it’s pretty much the only way we can get him to nap!
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