The Boba X in my opinion is the most adjustable carrier, in terms of it grows with your child. Incredibly it will adjust from newborn, to toddler, and even beyond. I would say it could even be possible to carry your child right up until 4-5 years in the Boba X while still providing full support for you and your bigger child. In fact I’m so impressed with this carrier that I think purely hypothetically if I had another baby right now this would be top of my list for a structured carrier for myself.
However, I don’t necessarily think it’s for everyone. the Boba X comes out of the box set up for a bigger baby. The size of the panel is comparable to carriers like the LILLEbaby or Tula Explore – which are some of the bigger carriers that also accommodate newborns – HOWEVER this hasn’t finished growing.
Boba X-tra Leg Support for X-tra big kids
The Boba X comes with extra leg supports included to extend the panel for your bigger child. With these added the Boba X offers wider knee to knee support than the Tula Toddler Carrier that I used for my daughter when she was 3-4. So at its full extension it is bigger than what is known as one of the biggest dedicated toddler carriers.
At that stage you would be back carrying, so I will pop a link in the description to a video where I go through how to back carry in a Boba X. The great thing about that extended knee to knee support is it will help draw your child’s knees closer to your body.
So if you’re hiking or walking at a pace, and your child’s knees aren’t fully supported they can start to get a bit of a swing happening which throws off your gait. That was the reason I upgraded from my Ergobaby carrier to a Tula Toddler carrier – because of how much that knee support actually increases your comfort and balance carrying that bigger kid. And I love the design of these extensions because you don’t need a bigger panel – you just need something to come under their knees to support them.
Which is exactly what these will do. So that is so cool if you’re planning to use a carrier for a bigger child, maybe for travelling, hiking, exercise – carriers can go places that prams can’t.
A couple of things to be aware of with the Boba X is firstly it does not offer the forward facing position like most other soft structured carriers. It also doesn’t have a lumbar or back support like most current brands offer. Lastly there’s not a “mesh” version of this carrier, so it may not be ideal in a warmer climate. Although I think it would still be perfectly comfortable somewhere like Melbourne (where I live) because the heat here is usually a dry heat so we don’t need the sweat wicking mesh quite as desperately as somewhere like QLD where you have heat and humidity to deal with.
Where to Buy
Unfortunately Boba aren’t a big brand in Australia – although they have a bigger presence in New Zealand. So you can’t really find the Boba Boba X easily in stores. Although they can be purchased through The Sleep Store online.
Boba X At A Glance
- 3.2-20kg – No infant insert needed!
- Seat micro-adjusts from 20-53 cm width
- Panel body micro-adjusts from 130-40 cm height
- A great option for petite to plus-sized wearers
- Shareable! For both your babies and your partner
- Padded leg openings and seat extenders included!
- International Hip Dysplasia Institute – Certified Hip Healthy
- Machine washable
- 100% Cotton
|Age Suitability||Newborn to at least 3 years|
|Weight range||3.2 to 20kg|
|Panel width||Adjusts from approx 19cm to 53cm (with toddler extenders attached)|
|Panel height||Adjusts from approx 25cm to 40cm|
|Waistband||65 to 150cm|
|Babies 3-7kg||Adjust to the size you need|
|Babies 7-11kg||Use the full panel width|
|Toddlers 11-20kg||Use the toddler extenders|
Please note – the weight range information differs on the warning label of the carrier and in the instruction booklet. Weight limits have been round to the nearest 0.5% in both circumstances. This carrier has a recommended weight range of 3.2kg – 20kg.