Carrier Type: SSC
Carrier Manufacturer: Boba
Carrier Name: X
Carrier Design/Print: grey
Carrier Material: cotton twill
Carrier Size: adjustable infant to toddler
Retail Price Point: $150
Size of Wearee: 15 lbs and 0-3 months clothing, 25 lbs and 24 months clothing, 45 lbs and size 4/5 clothing
Age of Wearee: 2 months, 17 months, 4 years
Which Lending Library: Grove City
The carrier adjusts width-wise at the base of the panel with a piece of wide webbing inside the waistband. It secures with velcro as opposed to snaps, which makes the waist and bottom of the panel as bit more supportive than other carriers that adjust in this way. The height of the panel is also adjustable via webbing attached to a dual direction ladder lock attached at the strap which also gives the carrier generous perfect fit adjusters (PFAs) to allow it to fit caregivers of all sizes. Both the waistband and the shoulder straps have dual adjust buckles to allow for an excellent fit, with easy adjustment whether you're wearing baby on your front or back. The webbing is slightly thicker than other brands, so a brand new carrier is slightly more difficult to adjust. But after some wearing, it slides more easily.
I had the pleasure of trying out the Boba X with an infant, a toddler, and a preschooler. The infant in question was about 8 weeks and the carrier easily cinched down small enough for him with only a couple adjustments and could still have cinched even smaller to fit a tiny, curled up newborn safely and comfortably. I was able to try the carrier on my 11 year old daughter with the infant. She wears an xs in women's clothing and the Boba X did NOT disappoint when it came to fitting her body correctly. Even with a tiny baby, it fit them both well and I can definitely recommend this as a carrier that will fit petite caregivers.
When it came time to try it out with my toddler, I was able to adjust the carrier up to fit him with only a couple, quick webbing adjustments. It took me seconds to adjust properly, so if you're needing something to quickly and easily switch between children, this would be an excellent option. The carrier offered excellent support for my larger toddler. The waistband in particular was extremely comfortable and supportive. It also doesn't seem to fold under the weight of a larger child like some other carriers with the internal waistband adjustment style. The panel height, fully extended, seemed to fit my son (wearing 2T clothing) perfectly. He was able to snuggle with his arms inside the carrier but could easily get them out when he wanted to point or hold his big sister's hand. The dual adjust buckles under the arms are a little different than other dual adjust buckles that I have tried. So it took a moment of thinking when I switched from front carrying to back carrying. But it was still a smooth and easy transition.
Wearing the carrier with my 4 year old was less comfortable than I hoped it would be. The toddler panel extensions zip onto the sides of the panel on each side and snap onto the waistband to anchor themselves. It took a moment to figure out which one went on which side, but we managed it after a couple attempts. I only tried it out on my back with my big girl, because she's so tall it's difficult to front wear her. The zip on extensions did help her feel more supported, but she was really a bit too big to feel very comfortable. Since the panel height was fully extended with the 18 month old, it definitely wasn't tall enough for my 4 year old to snuggle in the way she likes.
Overall, I thought this was an excellent carrier and could tell that Boba put a lot of thought into designing something that would fit not only growing children, but caregivers of all sizes. It was easy to adjust down for smaller babies and then up for larger babies and toddlers. I can confidently recommend this as a carrier that will comfortably carry your child from the newborn stage through toddlerhood and beyond. It is definitely suitable for all real life parenting situations, from dropping the kids off at school, to neighborhood walks, to hours of wearing in the July-in-Ohio heat and humidity at a fireworks display. This could truly be a one and done carrier.