Advantages of the Boba Wrap for Newborns

Choosing the best baby carrier has been extremely confusing and I may not know what works best until my precious baby girl arrives. After substantial research and consideration, I’ve chosen the Boba Wrap for when my little bundle of joy arrives because of its high quality, comfort, durability, and ergonomic design. The Boba Wrap is perfect for my active lifestyle and gives me the time and freedom to create a real and caring bond with my child, while living life to the fullest.

Some of the benefits of the Boba Wrap include:

1. It provides excellent support for baby’s head, neck, hips, and legs especially when asleep.

2.  It provides a custom fit with durable fabric that won’t stretch or change shape. One wrap can be used by everyone in my family since it’s a one-size-fits-all design.

3. It’s made with high quality, very soft fabric – heavier cotton knit with a touch of spandex.

4. It allows discreet nursing.

5. It grows with the baby.

6. It doesn’t have digging straps, buckles, or buttons and wraps over both shoulders for even weight distribution.

7. It’s easy to clean and can be thrown in the washer.

8. It’s one of the most affordable carriers on the market. (It sells for $48 at http://store.bobafamily.com/baby-wrap/)

9. It offers a natural sleep position.

10. The minimalist design makes this a compact baby-wearing tool to bring around.

The Boba Wrap will also make it easier for Darren to bond with his beautiful, baby girl. As a new father, he will no longer be scared to carry our tiny infant for fear that he might harm our precious cargo. The Boba Wrap can be tied to securely support our baby in a number of different positions, depending on age and preference. Because he can adjust the tension and  fit of the carrier, he need not worry about dropping Athena.

I believe that babies who are frequently carried and cuddled are happier and they grow up
confident and independent. With the Boba Wrap, I can practice the methods of The Happiest Baby on the Block while calming and soothing my baby with my warmth, my voice, my movement and my heart beat. What more could I ask for?

As an expecting parent, there’s so much to take in and process during the journey that it can be overwhelming. I purchased the Boba Wrap early to put my anxious mind at ease. It is during this stage in pregnancy that I’m thinking about breast feeding and carrying my child. The earlier that I can alleviate those questions, the better.

I’ve been practicing using the wrap and I may even sleep with it, and my make-shift, plush owl baby, to feel the joys of parenthood a little early.

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52 thoughts on “Advantages of the Boba Wrap for Newborns

  1. I’ve been practicing with it all evening and I love it! I didn’t go with a neural color but I think I can still convince my husband of it’s benefits, especially for closeness and connection while remaining hands-free.

    Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

    Lesley

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  2. I loved the idea of having a blanket as well as a wrap. It’s the material that makes it so versatile and comfortable.

    Did you use the wrap in later months/years as well?

    Thanks for reading,

    Lesley

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  3. Hi lesley!

    Thanks for liking my post. 🙂 You are a traveller! If you have the chance to visit Malaysia, do contact me. Maybe I can provide or suggest accommodation and places for your visit. I am going to Indonesia and Thailand next month. My former is my first overseas trip with my family and the latter would be my first solo backpacking trip. 🙂

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  4. Love this post! Babywearing is such an amazing experience and so good for the little ones. I had a CuddlyWrap which is a very similar design as this one, but the fabric of ours was probably stretchier. We practically lived in the wrap since our little guy was a bit colicky. We could either pat his back for hours or go for a 5 minute walk around the block in the wrap.
    We switched to a mei tei style wrap when he got bigger, since it has no stretch at all (it’s canvas). I found that as he got heavier, I had to keep retying the Cuddly wrap; but it was just perfect for the newborn to 8 month stages. The Boba Wrap might not have this issue since it looks a lot thicker. Both wraps are easily packed along too, so it makes going out easier.
    My husband has never gotten so much female attention as when he was baby wearing. It was pretty funny seeing women snap their heads around to get a second look. So you can reassure your husband that nothing is more attractive to a woman than a man being nurturing.

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    • It seems like the wrap is a perfect fit for newborns and a few months after, but I will consider a more sturdy, supportive carrier for later months when she begins to gain weight.

      I’m certain my husband is not concerned with the looks he’d get from others, especially since he has no problem helping me pick out maternity clothes or finding the perfect pink decorations for her nursery; he’s more worried about the personal comfort level of carrying our child that way. As a first time father who doesn’t have a lot of experience with newborns, he sees them as so delicate and fragile. He’d be constantly worried that she couldn’t breathe or that she was too “trapped” in there, but he’s really coming around. Ultimately, he just wants what’s best for her and he’s willing to try anything to make that happen.

      Your husband seems like he’s making a great dad. Congratulations to you both for caring so much about your child 🙂

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  5. Good luck with the wrap, I was a little to freaked out to use it on a newborn (my son seemed too cramped in there, and I was checking if he was still breathing every 2 minutes), so I went with baby bjorn instead. Loved it for the head support for the baby and back support for mommy and daddy. After the dude was old enough to hold his head we were going back and forth between the bjorn and the wrap though. Hope you enjoy yours! They are super useful!

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    • Several others suggested the baby bjorn as well. If I feel uncomfortable with the wrap, I may try something a little less restrictive. Boba has a
      Baby Carrier 3G that uses the same great high-quality fabric but includes back support and head support; it’s definitely worth looking into.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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    • I don’t think there is any one carrier that will fully support the baby their entire childhood, but this seems like an amazing fit for newborns and the first several months. As she gets heavier, I may consider a more sturdy, supportive carrier but this is a great starting place.

      For the money, it’s definitely worth the investment. Just think about how much money is spend on clothing that only fits for a few months and may only get used once or twice. A carrier is something that’s used daily so $48 seems like a small price to pay.

      Your photo, Day 321/365 -Nov 17th 2011, is a great shot! And your, Day 317/365 -Nov 13th 2011, is an interesting perspective. Keep posting 🙂

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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  6. Hi Lesley. Thanks for checking my new blog. I’m so excited to know more about the first person in the web world that found me and like my post! It seems that you’re getting ready for one of the most beautiful adventure of your life and a very bumpy one! Enjoy it. Hope to see you again because I’m posting everyday and my passion is to learn more about the relationship between children and nature.

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  7. Thanks for the excellent review. I know what to get my friend’s pregnant daughter! This looks much more comfortable and easy to use than the traditional sling.

    You two are going to be GREAT parents, and the little critter is going to have all kinds of adventures before she even realizes it 🙂

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  8. I like how compact it is! I wish I knew about it a few months ago. I have a Moby, which is nice but a bit cumbersome since I’m short and the ties on it hit close to the ground. My little guy liked it when he was little but I didn’t wear it as often as I thought because he’s a squirmy worm and didn’t like to be in it more than 20 or 30 minutes at a time. I’ve tried to wear him in it now that he’s 5 months, but his chunky 21 pounds really put a strain on my back 😛 I hope to try babywearing again should we have baby #2.

    BTW, pretty name for your little one. It’s unique but not over the top either. 🙂

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    • The Boba is rather cheap and with craigslist.com you could sell the old one and easily purchase a more suitable one for you. It’s great re-sale sites like that that make it ok if you make a mistake or want to try something else.

      Good luck with your chunky monkey. I love chubby babies ❤

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  9. You read my first blog entry, and its been on the board for less than a day! And you liked it. I feel like Sally Fields–“They really like me!” No, really, I do. 🙂 You have an exciting life; good for you. This looks similar to how Eskimos carry their babies. Eskimo moms always have their baby strapped in, either in the front or the back. Snug as a bug…. I’m going to take your advice on making a bucket list. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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    • You have a beautiful photo and you’re talking about “No concrete under my feet, no traffic, no noise, no crowds, no time-driven schedule”; it reminded me of home 🙂

      Good luck with your blog,

      Lesley

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  10. This is good for me to keep in mind as my husband and I are thinking about having kids soon. I really want to still travel and explore with my little one, so this sounds great. I’m eager to keep up with your blog and read about your adventures with your new little adventure buddy.

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    • I truly believe that you can have children and still travel and have adventures. Growing up in a large family with much younger brothers and sisters showed me that children make the journey worth while. I can’t wait to experience new cultures, countries, and adventures with my daughter and my husband at my side.

      Good luck with the child planning process; that’s half the fun 😉

      Lesley

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  11. Hi Lesley

    Thanks for looking at thebreadclub and liking our post! Neither of us are really sure what we’re doing on here yet but I’m sure we’ll get the hang of it eventually 🙂
    Looks like a good choice of sling, I had a Babasling with my last daughter, similar sort of thing, nice and flexible. Like you say, good for the first few months anyway!

    Heather

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    • I can always try something else as she grows and we become more aware of her likes and dislikes, but I think it’s a great purchase for her as a newborn.

      How old is your daughter? Do you just have the one?

      Thanks for reading,

      Lesley

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      • I’ve got three daughters, they are 13, 9 and 3. I like a long gap between babies, like an elephant 🙂 They were all chunky babies, the 3 year old was 11lb 2oz at birth which is probably why the sling didn’t get used for very long! I see you’re having a girl, I had to find out first with all mine too – just couldn’t resist. And obviously it’s good to be able to plan etc… Good luck with your bubba, I’ve subscribed, look forward to reading all about it!

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  12. Seems like the washability and absence of straps and buckles make it a great choice! We had the Bjorns for the twins, but they just didn’t get that much use. I’ll be anxious to hear how it works for you.

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  13. Thanks for checking out my blog. 🙂

    I was happy to drop in to your blog and see a post about babywearing — i myself love to babywear, too. I have tried a few slings, but my little boy wasn’t a big fan of them. I have a front pack carrier, which my husband really enjoys to wear — it’s a “no-name brand”, but seems just as good as the $100 carriers.

    For the last few months i’ve used a Moby Wrap. I got it at Target for about $45. I LOVE it. We’ve used it since about 7 months, although I REALLY wish i’d had it when he was a newborn. It goes up to 35 pounds, so i assume we’ll be using it for quite a while to come. Does this one you bought have a weight limit?

    I pretty much only use my wrap when we leave the house, and it keeps him much quieter and calmer during outings and shopping trips. I rarely bring a stroller along with me anymore, the wrap is so much easier! 🙂

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  14. I loved wearing my son in the wrap during the early days (and I still use it now, too…. in fact I think I will wear it to go pick up the big kids from school. 🙂 They are especially great with a cold-weather newborn, I think.

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  15. I LOVE that you thought of the benefits for Darren in your “purchasing decision.” I am blessed with a husband who was very, very involved with his baby girls–still is. As he bonded with his babies, I was afforded some much needed sleep too. 🙂 Some of my favorite pictures are of my husband as he snuggled with his little angels. Special time for all involved when daddy gets to share in the care.

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  16. That looks very cool and comfortable. I went to their website and especially liked one of the images that showed one with a bigger baby that can sit behind you and have foot straps. But for infants the Boba Wrap definitely looks very versatile, safe and comfy for baby and mom. Good idea to try it out before hand.

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  17. Hey Leslie! First, thanks for stopping by my blog. Now onto your post… I wrapped my baby as well. I had a homemade wrap that a friend gifted to me, and I then purchased a gauze wrap and also made my own out of a jersey knit material. Babywearing is such a wonderful thing. The great thing about the wraps is that you can do so many different holds with them. You can do side holds, front holds, back holds. Infant through toddler even. I always found that youtube videos were a great aid in learning different holds. I also practiced with a baby doll for a while before putting my little one in it (especially back holds). My little guy is now 14 months old. He still loves a hug hold, or a rucksack carry. And I did have a sling(Maya) gifted to me as well that has been wonderful now that he is older and wants in and out of it all the time.

    Good luck with your sling and congrats on your expected little bundle of love! They are such a joy!

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  18. Oh, there is nothing nicer than wearing your baby! I loved wearing my son (especially on cold winter days!) and the bond it reinforces is second-to-none. Carriers and wraps are such a personal decision, so you have the right idea to try it out and be prepared to change it if you find it doesn’t work for you. They are also so handy for travel – having your hands free when you’re boarding/disembarking from a plane is awesome!

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  19. Good choice! This is the one I was talking about — it was still called a Sleepy Wrap when I bought mine. I had both it and the Moby Wrap and liked the Boba better. It can also be used from birth onward, whereas the Moby is 8lbs+. It might not sound like much of a difference, but my little peanut was a shade under 5 lbs when she was born, and took a while to get up to 8 lbs! She slept so well in it in the hammock hold as a wee one. Ah, memories!

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  20. I have the Moby, but I can’t carry my son in it because he is a preemie. So far I haven’t even taken him out of the house except for Dr. appointments and that’s been only once or twice. Trust me, you’ll want to hold that baby in your arms more than wrapped around you. I hope to try my wrap when he gets older, but I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of it.

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  21. Something I wish I had when mine were babies, but babywearing was a battle for me because of my shoulders. This is a really cool product though. Did you look at ergo? They were designed by a lady here in Hawaii 😀

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  22. Fascinating! Wrapping your bubba around you is a very beautiful experience and I hope this wrap achieves that for you once little one comes along! My parents bought me a simple baby carrier from Mothercare in Singapore last year and I was comfortable enough with it so stuck to it haha! Hope you enjoy motherhood and best advice I got from a friend? “Let your baby guide you as to their needs – not what other people tell you.” So very true. 😉 Good luck!

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  23. You made my day! The very first “like” I’ve had on wordpress! It’s so nice to see your blog too…all about traveling and babies, which is right where we are in life too.
    And…babywearing! Both my husband and I carry our daughter all the time! Especially now that we’re without a car and walking is THE mode of transportation! I’m glad you found a carrier you like. I used the moby when our girlie was teeny, but soon summer heat made it rather uncomfortable. We now use a mei tai and a ring sling, and love each one. (My husband uses the mei tai…with the flower side folded in. *wink*)
    I know you’ve done a lot of research on this topic, so maybe you’ve been here, but if not, this website has a lot of great info on babywearing, and links to other great sites, including some handy ones on how to correctly position infants and babywearing safety: http://www.thebabywearer.com/
    I know you’ll love carrying your little one as much as I have! It’s SOOO handy, especially when traveling.

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  24. Hi Lesley,
    Thanks for visiting my new blog the other day. I’m sorry I haven’t had time to read all the previous comments here so forgive me if this has been said already. Wrap carriers are great. Mine is just a piece of cotton jersey fabric that I cut to an appropriate size. I am still using it with my baby who is just about to turn 11 months. I find that it is important to tie it snug and tight or it is not comfortable. If you have trouble with it, please try and find a contact who can help you. I struggled with carriers with my other children and it would have been so helpful if someone could have given me some pointers. Have you checked out http://www.wrapyourbaby.com? It’s really helpful. Happy Babywearing!

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    • There are lots of options, but I’m trying to find things that will work best for me and hopefully other mothers with similar lifestyles. I’m enjoying the planning process and trying to make the most of it. 🙂

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  25. There are so many wraps and carriers and slings on the market, don’t be surprised when you find yourself the owner of 8 different ones that you pull out depending on your mood. 🙂 We have a Moby (which is similar to the Boba) which was amazing when he was a newborn, then we moved him into an Ergo so he could go on our backs, then I got a non-stretchy wrap so I could wear him on my hip comfortably (and also on my back – I prefer wraps to the Ergo, he gets snugged up close to my body better, which gave me better balance if we were hiking, etc.) Then I got a pouch to throw in my purse, and someone gave us a mei-tai which lived in the car for the times I’d forgotten something else…and a framed pack was necessary for longer excursions…It’s addicting, and wonderful, and in my mind, so much easier than a stroller. Congratulations on your upcoming addition!

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  26. Watch out! Baby wearing is addictive! I started out with a wrap and after the first month was ready to buy other styles of carriers. Fortunately, there’s a babywearing group in my area and I could try on different styles and learn how to use them. Once your baby girl gets bigger, you might want to try a woven wrap. I hear they do well with heavier babies. I have a Babyhawk mei tai that I love, and I know lots of people who like the ergo carrier.

    Have fun with it. It’s a great way to stay active and be close with your baby!

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  27. loved the wrap. I used the Moby wrap. Its made in my hometown of Chico, California, so I had to go with the local. They are all great and I couldn’t have made it without it for the first 3 months. After that, the Ergo is the carrier of choice. I have had mine for 6 years now and am still using it with my 2 year old. Best carrier out there!

    Good luck with the baby! My friend is in labor right now as I type. What an exciiting new adventure you are about to embark on. I, too, have traveled to 30+ countries and now that I’m a Mom, the wanderlust is still there, but I have other priorities. I am hoping to take them overseas for a few years when they are older, but for now, they are happiest at home.

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