Boba X Carrier review

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
User rating
£125.00 RRP
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In a nutshell

Suitable from birth up to 4 years, this is a plush carrier that takes a while to get used to
Comfort for baby
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Comfort for you
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Ease of use
3.0 out of 5 rating 3.0
Design
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
Sturdiness
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Worth the money
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
Pros: Lasts longer, breathable and soft cotton fabric, no newborn insert needed, neat waistband pockets, tuckaway hood
Cons: Instructions unclear, not easy to adjust, clips stiff and rigid, not easily portable
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With a tagline of “Freedom Together”, the Boba brand offers a range of wraps and carriers including the Boba Air and 4G. The latest, the Boba X, is a structured carrier designed to grow with your child. Zip-on extenders make the seat base wider, transforming it into a baby and toddler carrier that can be used from birth up to around 4 years. Priced £125, the Boba X comes in a wide variety of patterns – floral, nature, earthy, geometric, Boho, denim and plain, to name a few, so there’s a style for everyone.

Tested by:

Melanie tested the Boba X with her 23-month-old daughter, Isabella.

First impressions?

It has a very boho, mother-earth palm leaf print and the fabric is soft to touch. The many straps and buckles were a bit overwhelming and it seemed very big. I initially found it hard to see how I can carry my 23-month-old in this carrier.

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What age can the Boba X baby carrier be used for?

The Boba X can be used for newborns weighing 7lb (3.5kg), up to 44lbs (20kg), which is around 4 years old.

How many ways can you carry your baby in the Boba X Carrier?

There are two positions. Facing in from newborn and then carrying on your back from 9kg when they’re about 10-12 months old. Your child can sit in this position well into their toddler years, thanks to the toddler seat extenders.

Does the carrier support your baby’s hips and allow them to sit in the ‘M’ position?

Yes. You alter the sizing of the carrier and width of the seat base to cup the body and ensure they are seated in the M position.

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Does the Boba X Carrier follow the TICKS guidelines ?

Yes, but only in the facing-in position. When you have your little one in a back carry, he or she is neither in view nor close enough to kiss. But it feels safe and tight in both positions. If you want to find out more, check out the MadeForMums TICKS guide.

What is the sizing like?

Ambiguous. The Boba X seat can adjust from 8-21 inches in width and 12-16 inches in height, but there are no obvious indicators to sizing the carrier. There are no steps, colour codes or increments and the manual isn’t much use at explaining it either. Boba call the design intuitive, but some guides or icons illustrating the stages wouldn’t go amiss.

How easy is the Boba X Carrier to put on and take off?

Very easy if adjusted to fit beforehand. You just thread your arms through the loops and fasten the waistband and chest/back strap, depending on how you are carrying the baby. (The Boba X is designed to be adjusted to fit all body types, whether petite or plus-size.) A minor challenge is fastening and unfastening the hard-to-reach back strap and buckle. Thankfully, Boba X’s clever back strap rail helps with that. Access would be impossible without it.

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Can you put the Boba X Carrier on and take it off by yourself?

Yes. Just don’t expect to do it in a hurry initially. The first few times, I got my husband to help me put my 23-month-old in and take them out of this carrier, which is what Boba also advise. They also suggest practising in the mirror. I truly believe it does get easier with practice.

Is it easy to put your baby/child into the carrier?

Yes, with practice. All the poppers, zips and straps can be confusing, especially when you’re trying to put baby into position. I’m still not always sure I’ve got it right, but with a lot of trial and error you get better. Plus, at 23 months, Isabella knows to “hold on to Mummy”.

Is it comfy for your baby/child?

Yes. The seat panel supports her well and her arms are free to move.

Does the Boba X Carrier feel secure enough for a little baby?

Yes, because it can be downsized, and you have the option of wearing the shoulder straps in an X formation, which gives an even tighter grip. A tip from Boba with a small baby is to gently bounce the baby into position.

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How does the ‘micro-adjustable’ width and length feature work on the Boba X Carrier?

The many straps and clips make the Boba X micro-adjustable in height. And in width, you slide and lock Velcro tabs on the bottom seat panel. Once fixed, this is supposed to ensure the optimal M position. I find adjusting the Boba X painstaking. The videos and book make it look simple. A tug of the strap works beautifully for adjusting the waistband, but for the other straps, it won’t do. You have to thread the straps through the clip to adjust. You’d only want to do it infrequently for one child, not switching size between siblings.

This special design is described as very intuitive – is it easy to use?

I’m not a babywearer by nature and that might explain why I didn’t find the design of the Boba X intuitive. All of the straps and clips just confused me. The instruction book has a great selection of pictures, but they don’t always explain the task. The videos equally confused me as they’re so quick you’ve missed it. You need time with the Boba X and eventually it clicks – and then you appreciate the design.

Are there any design elements of the Boba X you find particularly useful?

With the Boba X it’s the simple things that really matter. I recently discovered you could use the elasticated loops at the end of the straps to shorten and tidy them, stopping everything from dangling annoyingly. Other useful elements include the shoulder strap loop for your baby’s toy or your handbag, which stops it from falling, the toddler seat extenders, the chest/back strap rail improving access and the neat pockets for the baby’s teether or your mobile, for example.

Can you breastfeed while wearing the Boba X?

Yes. You can use the hood as a nursing cover – just snap one side of hood onto the shoulder strap, depending on what side you’re feeding on.

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What’s the hood like?

I love the hood. Zipped up and tucked away, it has multiple functions. It’s perfect for protection against the sun and wind, can be used for nursing and is adjustable in size using poppers on the shoulder straps. It also doubles up as a head support for newborns with no head control, or in back-carry mode it can stop your toddler’s head rolling back when sleeping.

What are the Boba X’s shoulder straps like?

The straps are well-cushioned and designed to fit all size wearers. You can have the straps in an “H” configuration or X cross-strap configuration when you are front-carrying.

Are the buckles easy to adjust?

Stiff. Although this is good for safety, it’s a challenge when trying to put the Boba X on. I’d imagine and hope that the clip and grip loosens over time.

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Does it feel durable?

Yes. The cotton fabric feels strong. And with the clips so rigid they feel unbreakable.

Is the Boba X easy to clean?

Boba say it should be ‘spot cleaned’ using mild soap and air-dried. It can be machine-washed but only if absolutely necessary, which is a shame. Also, you can’t tumble-dry it and I imagine it might take a while to dry.

How does it compare to other carriers and wraps you have used?

The Boba X is one of the most expensive carriers I’ve come across and in some ways the most complicated. I used the BabyBjorn Classic (£62.99 on Amazon) when Isabella was a baby. It was a borrow from a friend, she demonstrated it once, and I was up and running. No videos or instructions. The Boba X is quite bulky and not really foldable. For the price, it would be great to have a carrier bag for the carrier! I’d even consider buying one if it were available.

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What’s in the box?

Boba X carrier

Hood attached

Who would the product be most useful for?

Parents who like baby-wearing and/or avid walkers. Also, commuters, festival goers and dog walkers will love it. The Boba X is perfect for those occasions and special events where there isn’t much space for a buggy.

Is the Boba X carrier value for money?

It is in the higher price bracket for baby carriers.

Where can I buy the Boba X Carrier?

It is available from Amazon, Boba and Little Nutkins.

MadeForMums verdict:

The Boba X definitely leads the way amongst the ‘birth to toddler’ carriers. I wish I had it when my 23-month-old was newborn. Once you get over the numerous buckles, clips, straps, poppers and zips, you won’t want to be without it. With its clever design and attention to detail, from zipper pocket to hideaway hood to back strap rail, it’s hard not to get hooked.

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Product Specifications

Product

Brand Boba
Model X
Price £125.00

Suitable for

Child weight 7lb to 45lb

Features

Washing instructions Handwash and no tumble dry
Fastening Buckles/clips
Carrying positions Back and front – 2
Features
  • Suitable from newborn with built-in neck support
  • Seat micro-adjusts from 8 inches to 21 inches in width
  • Panel body micro-adjusts from 12 inches to 16 inches in height
  • 25 inch to 58 inch waist belt
  • Padded leg openings and seat extenders included