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Boba 4GS Instructions

The Boba 4GS is safe and comfy, streamlined for simplicity, a real no-fuss carrier! But even with such an intuitive design, you want to know how to put it on properly, right?

Below you'll find step-by-step instructions for both the Front and Back Carry, how to adjust the added insert for your newborn, and some handy tips and tricks!

Using the Infant Insert

The infant insert enables you to wear your baby before they can fit with their legs out of the carrier. They can usually comfortably fit the seat of the carrier from knee-to-knee at around the 6 month mark.

The included infant insert can be used in 3 positions.

Please note that all weight ranges are approximate - the most important factor when choosing which insert position to use is that your baby's legs are fully supported from knee-to-knee without overextending. If your baby is above the suggested weight range for a position but their legs overextend when placed in the next position, continue using the previous position until their legs can hang freely at the knee.

POSITION 1

7-10lbs | 3-4.5kg

If your baby is 7-10 lbs | 3-4.5 kg, their legs should be in the fetal tuck around the Boba Infant Insert in Position 1. If your baby’s head is half way out of the carrier, then you can consider using Boba Insert Position 2. Your baby's legs will stay tucked inside the carrier when using this position. Baby should have support at the base of their head but no higher than their ear-lobes.

POSITION 2

10-15lbs | 4.5-6.8kg

If your baby is 10-15 lbs | 4.5-6.8 kg, you can consider progressing on to Boba Infant Insert in Position 2. Your baby’s legs should be in an M position around the opened infant insert without their knees overextending. As your baby grows, their toes and legs will start to naturally come out on either side of the carrier.

REMOVED

15-30lbs | 6.8-13kg

If your baby is 15-30 lbs | 6.8-13 kg, you can consider removing  the Boba Infant Insert. Your baby’s legs should be supported from knee-to-knee with their lower legs hanging freely from the sides of the carrier.  

Note: As they grow and their legs become longer, it is not so essential they have knee-to-knee support although you should always strive for support to at least their mid-thigh with a good deep seat, bottom lower than or equal to their knee position.

Front Carry

Infant Insert can ONLY be used in this position - see section above to know if your baby requires use of the insert
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STEP 1

Fasten and adjust the waist buckle at your back. Allow the body of the carrier to hang down in front.

STEP 2

Bring your baby to your chest and separate their legs over the sides of the waist belt or over the infant insert (if needed - see above).

STEP 3

Bring the body of the carrier up over your baby’s back while securely supporting your baby against your body.

STEP 4a

Use one hand to continue supporting your baby. Use your other hand to bring the shoulder strap over your shoulder. Switch hands and repeat with the other shoulder strap.

STEP 4b

If using the infant insert, note how a smaller baby is constantly being supported during this process. If using insert Position 1, their legs will remain inside the carrier and this will likely also be the case with Position 2, until their little toes eventually start to show at the sides.

STEP 5

Bring both hands behind your neck and fasten the chest strap. Tighten to secure although do not 'over-tighten' which would put the shoulder straps under unnecessary tension and pull inwards >><<

Note: The chest strap can slide up-and-down the piping on the shoulder straps. Adjust evenly on both sides to find your perfect fit - for many that is approximately bra strap height.

STEP 6

Tighten the shoulder straps by pulling down
on the adjustment straps if needed.  Before doing this, support the weight of babies bottom with your forearm - tighten the shoulder straps and if necessary, re-tighten the waist belt ensure it is parallel to the ground and situated high enough to ensure babies head rests on your chest, above the soft tissue of your breast.

 

STEP 7a

Enjoy wearing your baby! If you are not using the infant insert, ensure the fabric of the carrier spreads from knee-to-knee and your baby's lower leg hangs freely at the knee.  

Note: As they grow and their legs become longer, it is not so essential they have knee-to-knee support although they should always strive for support to at least their mid-thigh with a good deep seat, bottom lower than or equal to their knee position.

STEP 7b

If your are using the infant insert in Position 1, your baby's legs will remain inside the carrier although as they grow and graduate toward Position 2, their toes and legs will start to naturally show at each side of the panel.  If required, you can snap up the hood on one side to further support your newborns head. 

Front Carry with the Infant Insert

Front Carry without the Infant Insert

Back Carry

20–45lbs | 9–20kg
Infant Insert can NOT be used in this position
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STEP 1

Place the carrier on your back with the shoulder straps on your shoulders. Fasten the waist belt in the front.  Aim to position the waistband on your natural waist above your hip bone.

STEP 2

Slide the right strap off your shoulder.

STEP 3

Holding your baby securely on your right hip, slide your left hand between the carrier and your body. Take hold of your baby’s left foot and pull it through the carrier.

STEP 4

At the same time, bend forward to shift your baby’s weight to your back

STEP 5

Still bending forward, support your baby with your left hand while moving your right hand through the shoulder strap.

STEP 6

Fasten the chest strap in front - the chest strap should be just above armpit level although it can be personally adjusted to find your sweet spot.

Note: Do not 'over-tighten' your chest strap as the shoulder straps should not pull inwards (>> <<) under extreme tension.

STEP 7

Tighten the shoulder straps by pulling down
on the adjustment straps if needed.

STEP 8

Enjoy wearing your baby!

QUICK TIPS & TRICKS

  • Back carry is only recommended for babies with full head/neck control and who can sit unassisted; this is typically at 6+ months.
  • Practice over a bed or couch the first few times. Soft landing = no stress!
  • Use the included hood to support your baby's head if they fall asleep.
  • Check out the video below for another great method of getting your baby into the back carry position!
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Breastfeeding in a 4GS

The Boba 4Gs is also nursing friendly! Learn more at our "Nursing in a Baby Carrier" blog post here

Additional 4GS Features

Discover even more features of your Boba 4GS carrier!

  • Adjustable Infant Insert
  • Detachable Hood & Integrated Hood Pocket
  • Sliding Chest Straps
  • Waistband Pocket (perfect for your phone, wallet, keys)
  • Fun & Playful Prints
  • Easy Storage (just roll towards the waistband and snap to secure)

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Discover More About Bobawearing

Whether this is your first time babywearing or you live with a baby strapped to you, we guarantee you'll find some great babywearing information over at our blog! Discover heartful stories, useful tips & tricks, and in-depth scientific articles on every aspect of babywearing, plus so much more, at our Boba Reads blog here
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Please note that all weight ranges are approximate - the most important factor when choosing which insert position to use is that your baby's legs are fully supported from knee-to-knee without overextending. If your baby is above the suggested weight range for a position but their legs overextend when placed in the next position, continue using the previous position until their legs can hang freely at the knee.