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Old 02-09-2013, 09:33 PM   #1
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Crotch danglers??

Why is it that the only carriers ever seen on tv or in videos are crotch danglers?? Does this drive anyone else nuts?

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Old 02-09-2013, 09:38 PM   #2
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Me too! I was about to "warn" a mom I know several times when I see her pics of her DD on FB, literally hanging in such carrier!!! I already told her about other good carriers when she was asking for advice, but I'm not close enough to her to be able to talk to her again about that...
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Re: Crotch danglers??

Unfortunately I think most people think a baby carrier is a baby carrier, and most mainstream stores only mostly carry crotch danglers. Even if they do carry better carriers (like Ergos or Becos), the price point is much higher than a Bjorn and if you don't know the difference, why would you pay more?

When I was a expecting my first I was so overwhelmed with buying all the "right" baby stuff that I relied a lot on what others I knew had used and liked ... so yes I ended up with a bjorn. And hated it. But I did have and use a garage sale Moby only because a friends dad raved about it and showed us how he wrapped his 3 month old. Then I got an ergo on babysteals (which seemed so expensive on the time) and loved it. Now I own a huge stash and some fancy stuff .... but as a new mom those distinctions in carrier types would of been way too much to wrap my head around. If I had a knowledgeable babywearing mama in my circle of friends it might of been different.

Drives me nuts too. But now I make a point of giving all my pregnant friends and coworkers a halfway decent babycarrier, even if it's just an inexpensive ring sling
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Re: Crotch danglers??

It's marketing. Baby bjorn is a 50 year old privately held company. Their market share is huge. By using product placement, they are buying advertisement minutes. The consumer sees "baby wearing" in xyz commercial/tv show/movie and then sees only the bjorn at target/Walmart/ babies r us and that's what they buy.
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Unfortunately I think most people think a baby carrier is a baby carrier, and most mainstream stores only mostly carry crotch danglers. Even if they do carry better carriers (like Ergos or Becos), the price point is much higher than a Bjorn and if you don't know the difference, why would you pay more?

When I was a expecting my first I was so overwhelmed with buying all the "right" baby stuff that I relied a lot on what others I knew had used and liked ... so yes I ended up with a bjorn. And hated it. But I did have and use a garage sale Moby only because a friends dad raved about it and showed us how he wrapped his 3 month old. Then I got an ergo on babysteals (which seemed so expensive on the time) and loved it. Now I own a huge stash and some fancy stuff .... but as a new mom those distinctions in carrier types would of been way too much to wrap my head around. If I had a knowledgeable babywearing mama in my circle of friends it might of been different.

Drives me nuts too. But now I make a point of giving all my pregnant friends and coworkers a halfway decent babycarrier, even if it's just an inexpensive ring sling
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Re: Crotch danglers??

I will admit I have quite a number of carriers but my favorite when my son was a tiny baby was the bjorn. It felt the most secure to me and the most confortable. Once he was about 5 months old I switched over to other carriers.
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Good Luck Charlie I think the mom has an Ergo or Beco...it's some sort of nice SSC
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Why is it that the only carriers ever seen on tv or in videos are crotch danglers?? Does this drive anyone else nuts?
And all I see on baby registries too. I had to reeducate 2 family members these past 3 months. They really didn't know any better and since Bjorns are all the rage, they thought it was a safe option. Not to mention expensive too. Some people equate more expensive with better.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:16 PM   #10
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It's marketing. Baby bjorn is a 50 year old privately held company. Their market share is huge. By using product placement, they are buying advertisement minutes. The consumer sees "baby wearing" in xyz commercial/tv show/movie and then sees only the bjorn at target/Walmart/ babies r us and that's what they buy.
I kind of figured there was some marketing behind it. I think it's funny to, cause now DH has started calling them out when he sees them to. Lol.

I haven't seen that episode of Good luck charlie I guess. I just can't help but think how uncomfortable it must be.
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