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Boba Baby Carrier Tweet

Photo Credit: bobababycarrier.com

We blogged earlier comparing the Boba Carrier to the Ergo.  Boba’s G2 carrier features all-organic fabrics, higher baby back support than Ergo, handy foot stirrups, and a more streamlined and attractive design, all at a similar price point (<$125) – what’s not to like?

Well, Boba just flew even farther ahead in our estimation with their gorgeous new Tweet pattern just released for the G2.  How adorable is this?  Of course, it’s currently backordered on the Boba site, but you may be able to find it locally (i.e. at Bella Stella Baby in Portland, OR).

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Photo credit: ergobabycarrier.com

RUMOR ALERT – Ergo may in fact have been paying attention through Boba’s various innovations on their original theme, and looking for a little payback.  Their site currently features a tantalizing red curtain graphic hinting at what – the Ergo “performance edition?”  It doesn’t link to any content (tsk tsk), so we can only speculate.  But we will check back July 15, to let you know!

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Here’s an update – dare we say, product review – for Phil N’Teds Wriggle Wrapper: “The perfect solution for sitting, feeding & sleeping on the go!”

A while back, we posted about the beautiful unfulfilled promise of the Wriggle Wrapper, which had sat gathering moss while our little babies rolled gleefully along, stopping only to nosh in the infinitely superior Phil N’Teds MeToo.  After several noble attempts at proper use, we felt wasteful and downright ashamed at having gotten suckered into another $50 of gear we didn’t need.

Then – the baby turned 1, the toddler hit 2.5, and we all took off to co-op preschool together, working parent shift (with tag-a-long) one day a week.

The first few times, I just struggled & juggled with the baby – swapping deftly between the Ergo, a Pack N’Play (not popular), and furtive sideway glances to keep Mr. Increasingly Mobile in my sights.  This wasn’t working, so I deployed the MeToo – but with much more at stake (glue sticks – how delicious!) the little guy grew even more determined, finding a way out of MeToo’s safety straps and onto the table.

As it turns out, toddlers are pretty good at sounding the alarm – not out of concern of precious baby’s health or welfare, but because glue is “mine” and they’re not sharing.  Yet another rescue pop into the Ergo.

Phil & Teds Wriggle WrapperLater, physically exhausted and emotionally bereft, it hit me like a ton of mossy rocks: Wriggle Wrapper.  The perfect solution for sitting…on the go. (Their words.)  It would bind baby’s wiggly little bottom to a tiny preschool chair.  As though the chair were wearing the Ergo.  Sort of.  Well, at this point, anyone or anything else wearing the baby is welcome, and my back thanks you.

I brought Wriggle Wrapper to Co-op my very next shift and it worked like a dream.  The WW’s extra-wide velcro-buckle waistbelt/short is genius for sitting securely, since it immobilizes the hips – baby has no leverage to wiggle his legs into standing position.  Best of all, baby seems to love it.  I think the secure hold might actually feel comforting – like he feels wrapped, not bound.

The other parents were impressed – what’s that?  That’s brilliant! For the first time, I finished shift with energy to spare.  I’m a fan of baby-wearing, and still wore my 23-pounder for a good two hours out of five, but the Wriggle Wrapper gave me *my* mobility at key moments in the Co-op day.  I felt like Supermom.  No…I felt…normal!

So I’m updating the review, and giving WW high marks – at least for sitting and feeding!  Sleeping…remains to be seen.  But I’ve got to find a way to test it.  Because the $49.99 just got paid off (good luck hiring a nanny for that for five hours) – and now I’m curious.

This just in from ERGObaby, makers of the ever-popular Ergo Baby Carrier: a new/improved Infant Insert called “Heart2Heart.”

The original insert (c. 2004) was not unlike a small comforter you’d tuck your infant into taco-style, and then carefully bundle into the carrier at a precarious angle (“the cradle position”).  It always felt like an after-thought, and something of a rip-off at almost $40.  (We even razzed it in our GearGuide.)

Ergo Baby Organic Silver Heart2Heart Infant Insert

Photo Credit: ergobabycarriers.com

The new design is the result of contributions from research studies, customer feedback, chiropractic support and working directly with newborns.  Heart2Heart keeps the comfy padding of the original, but gives parents confidence with a more defined shape and secure snaps.  ERGO handles the baby origami for you this time, removing a big barrier to use (if not purchase) with the original.

Heart2Heart is available online and in stores, in both regular cotton poplin ($25) and 100% organic cotton ($38 – recommended).

GaGaGear’s Word To The Wise:  With the new version in circulation, you may see deep discounts on the old insert.  While still technically effective as a newborn carrying device in combination with the Ergo carrier, we didn’t recommend the previous version, and still don’t.  It was cumbersome and too easy to use incorrectly.

Sleep sacks and sleeping bags are sending traditional swaddles packing, and for good reason.  While nothing says snug like a tightly-executed baby burrito, those mummy wraps can be quick to unravel once baby starts rolling about.

Thanks to some very bright folks at HALO (“The Original Sleep Sack”), parents can stop losing sleep over loose sheets, instead zipping their little ones into clever baby sleeping bags that provide the warmth and ritual of a swaddle without sacrificing too much snugness.   Other companies are getting in on the idea now, and there are even folks making them in custom fabrics on Etsy.

Sleep sacks, bags, whatever you want to call them, are fantastic gifts for baby’s first year and just beyond.  Most retail between $20-$50 depending on fabric and brand.  Handmade items often fetch a bit more.  Search “baby sleep sack” on Amazon for a good round-up.

Here are a few favorites (click pics for links):

Organic Elephant Sack from SewnNatural on Etsy | Photo Credit: Etsy/SewnNatural

DwellStudio Sleep Sack in Sparrow Lilac | Photo Credit: dwellstudio.com

HALO SleepSack Wearable Blanket in Organic Cowboy | Photo Credit: http://www.halosleep.com

Aden + Anais Mod Bee Sleeping Bag

Aden + Anais - Mod About Baby - Bee Sleeping Bag | Photo Credit: adenandanais.com

I’m a big fan of my Organic Ergo Baby Carrier.  With a back prone to going out and two active babies, it’s always at hand – both as go-to gear and safety net.  Don’t leave home without it.

I’ve worn Ergo on my front, worn it on my hip, and most recently became adept at the tricky slide-baby-onto-your-back maneuver, freeing up my arms and shoulders for an increasingly demanding toddler.

Boba Baby Carrier

Photo Credit: bobababycarrier.com

Today, though, I learned about another soft-structured carrier that has all the best of Ergo and more – the Boba Baby Carrier.  Basically, Boba is the Ergo but 100% organic, a little taller + wider, made in the U.S.A.*, and with clever foot stirrups for the child.  (Boba provides a handy comparison chart vs. Ergo on their web site.)

There’s certainly a part of me that wants to give more credit to Ergo for having pioneered this general design in the first place.  That same part wishes Ergo had added footholds first, brought some finesse to the carrier design (let’s be honest – it’s ugly – Boba’s is better), and wasn’t manufacturing in China*.

* Editor’s note 6/22/2012: I recently learned Boba is now manufacturing in China as well…darn it!

I’ve got to admire Boba for boldly stepping up with just a couple key improvements to an already successful proposition.  A look at their web site shows a company brimming with confidence, almost daring you to pick another carrier once you’ve read everything there is to know about babywearing in their “compare carriers” section.

Am I rushing out to get one, trusty dusty Ergo dangling behind?  Probably not – it’s really not a set of features I absolutely can’t live without.  (Still holding out for the Cone-of-Silence-Carrier.)  But I’m adding it to the GearGuide, and am curious to see how Ergo will respond.

Boba Baby 2G Carrier will be available starting April 23, 2010.  It retails for $118 and can be ordered online direct from Boba.  From what we can see, it’s new colors and a little different styling.

Find the original Boba Organic Baby Carriers for just $99 locally in Portland, Oregon at Bella Stella on NE Broadway.  Bella Stella also sells Ergos.

Phil & Teds Wriggle Wrapper

Photo Credit: Amazon.com

A month ago, while scouring the web for a toddler booster seat, we came across an infant porta-seat proposition so tantalizingly brilliant, that we immediately slapped it into the cart and checked out, booster still in limbo.

The Phil N’Teds Wriggle Wrapper: “The perfect solution for sitting, feeding & sleeping on the go!”

Too late for our also-wriggly toddler, but just in time for a series of family dinners with our active and well-tempered seven month old, the Wriggle Wrapper (WW) seemed like a cinch to keep stashed in the Forester, along with our Ergo Organic Baby Carrier and Skip Hop Pronto portable changing mat.

Or so we thought.

You see, although the vaunted WW arrived just in time for Thanksgiving Dinner at Auntie M’s, and was even stashed thoughtfully in the trunk as planned, our baby just rolled around on the floor or got passed around the table, and it never got used.

Oh, that’s understandable – you just got it, are not in the habit of using it, etc.

December comes next.  We’re having a birthday party for our toddler, and a new mom’s arms are getting tired.  I’ve got just the thing.  So clever — you will see!  We trot out the WW for its quite public début.  What a bright idea, says the mom.  Maybe we need one of these!  Mid-wrap, I’m distracted, mom’s urgency lessens, and the WW is abandoned in a heap on the chair.

After the party, I carefully collect the WW, blame myself for having stepped away, and stuff WW into it’s carry-bag, increasingly wrinkled, but again unused.

Hmm. That’s odd – I was expecting a review here…and I’m not sure I’m getting one.  Does the Emperor have no clothes?  Is WW simply a brilliant piece of marketing, no more complex or useful than of a pair of old shorts fitted with an extra-long belt?

Perhaps…  (And don’t forget that it retails for $49.99 at Amazon, which could cover not just shorts and a belt but also a hoodie to zip around baby, tying the sleeves behind for extra security.)

But every so often, we make a purchase that helps us dream a little bigger, even if we never use it for its intended purpose.  And that, my friends, is the Wriggle Wrapper.  It’s that little angel on your shoulder saying “come with me, and we’ll nosh that delicious Reuben, enjoy that Mommy Matinée, and even get your hair cut.”

So, yes – I am resisting a “real” product review.  You could say I have nothing to base it on.  But I’ll continue to dream!  I’m taking WW on the airplane with me, next.  And I even bought it a seat.



  • JHeff: I have read a good number of comments about most users of the boba not really ever using the foot rests. Looking at the videos I've seen, the back on
  • Mama GaGa: Oh, boo! Thanks for the manufacturing update - I will make note in the post. Cheers - MG
  • Cathy: I know this is a couple years old but I ran across this post and was so excited when you said the Boba was made in America - a big selling point for m

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