This summer has been non-stop for our family and while we have been settling into our new surroundings we have been having fun doing a lot of exploring. One activity I have loved is going to the farmers markets to explore different produce, homemade goodies and drink my new obsession: green smoothies. We have visited three different farmers markets over the past few weeks and plan on checking out a few more this summer in the greater Tacoma area.
Every market has had a different parking scenario and many have had on-street parking where there is a little bit of a walk to get to the market. Although my toddler is always busy and on-the-go, a public area is not the place to let him explore so we usually hold him in a carrier or strap him in the stroller until we are able to find a park or other place away from cars and crowds.
The timing of the BobaAir release this summer could not have been more perfect as it has allowed me a light and compact carrying option for a toddler who does not need to be carried for long periods of time and that does not take up nearly as much space as a traditional carrier. It only takes up the room of about one fluffy cloth diaper so it can easily be tossed into the diaper bag or shopping tote just in case it is needed without taking up precious cargo room.
The carrier stuffs inside of the sleeping hood, which serves as a zippered pouch to hold the carrier, and it only takes around 20 seconds to pack up (or 10-12 seconds if you decide you are going to have a contest at home with your husband to see who can stuff it the fastest). Although black shows stains more easily, the parachute fabric is easy to wipe clean and heat has not been an issue for us in this beautiful Washington summer weather. I would imagine that the thin nylon material would retain less heat than our black Boba 3G in cotton, but I cannot speak for those of you back in the Midwest or other parts of the country that have been having scorching weather.
At 0.7 lbs. it really seems as light as air when it is worn. The only downside compared to the Boba 3G Carrier is that the straps are not thick and padded, but I felt adequately supported for the short periods of time I wore the carrier (approximately 20 minutes at a time) and I think that it is a good compromise if you are looking for an affordable, compact, portable option for summer travels or every day use.
The actual structure of the carrier is essentially the same as the ergonomic Boba 3G and the weight range of 15-45 lbs. is also identical, minus the newborn snap down option on the 3G. Although the BobaAir does not include the toddler foot straps I have not found that my toddler has been in it long enough for that to be an issue for us. If I were to carry my 18-month-old for longer periods of time for a hike or something along those lines I would bring my Boba 3G, but the BobaAir is a great option for traveling and jaunts around town.
You will also want to check out the Boba blog to learn more about their Pinterest $1000 Dream Vacation Contest (now through July 23rd) and check out their article on the BobaAir. The BobaAir retails for $69.95 and is currently available in black. Visit the Boba family shop online for additional information or to order one today.
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