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baby bjorn dilemna

post #1 of 28
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okay, so before i really knew anything about babywearing i bought a baby bjorn carrier. right away i didnt like it because it hurt my back. i also starting researching and learned how it is bad for your baby to carry him/her in that position.....so i moved on to other carriers.

i have heard i can sell my barely used bjorn on ebay. i need the money but i feel kind of conflicted about it.

im not sure if i want to sell something to another mother that i know isnt that great for her baby. if i wouldnt want mine in it i shouldnt want hers in it either you know?

how bad for the baby is it, does any one know? would you all just sell it anyway or not?
post #2 of 28
I would sell it, its not horrible for baby- it can cause some back stuff, but really that's rare- AND IMHO I'd rather Mrs Mainstream Mama carried baby in a Bjorn than a bucket.
post #3 of 28
Yeah, I'd sell it. Even with the back and hip problems it can cause, it's better than the baby sitting in a bucket the whole time.
post #4 of 28
Another vote for sell.
post #5 of 28
If she really wants one, she's going to buy it anyways. This way, you will make back some money, and she'll save some off the reg. price.
post #6 of 28
I'd sell it. I have one, I never used it- hated it actually, but dh loved the snugli and when the dog chewed the snugli, it was replaced w/a bjorn. He could never get the hang of even the simplest sling or pouch and baby wanted to be held. He didn't want his arm/back to be completely sore.
post #7 of 28
One mama on thebabywearer.com put her bjorn up on ebay, but also added info about other carriers in her item description. So, she turned her bjorn into kind of a "gateway" carrier, so those who looked at her auction would maybe learn something about mei tais, slings and wraps! From what I remember, not only did she sell her bjorn, but she got a few emails from mamas who saw her auction and wanted to learn more about babywearing.
post #8 of 28

No question!

All of my nieces have insisted on Baby Bjorns because all of their friends had them and Baby Bjorns are the big seller at Target where they all register. I even bought a sling for one of my nieces and I'm offering to have my niece who is pregnant now ANY carrier she would like on attachedtobaby.com. Nope. She wants a baby bjorn.

Sigh. I'd go ahead and sell it and don't worry. I however will grab my great niece or nephew any chance I get and put him/her in one of my wraps!!!

Jeanne!
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by shelbean91
I'd sell it. I have one, I never used it- hated it actually, but dh loved the snugli and when the dog chewed the snugli, it was replaced w/a bjorn. He could never get the hang of even the simplest sling or pouch and baby wanted to be held. He didn't want his arm/back to be completely sore.
My dh prefered ours as well for Kiera and just recently is branching out and using the Kozy. He is "sling mystified" as well! I would say sell it too and don't feel bad about it - like a pp said - at least the poor baby won't be stuck in a bucket!
post #10 of 28
I agree that you should sell it. I got one used before I knew anything about other carriers when I was pg. I hated it and used it once. Anyways. I think if they want one, they will buy one, and might as well buy your's that isn't being used.
post #11 of 28
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Sell it, and let the buyer make his or her own decision. I do like the idea of including info about other carriers, though...
post #12 of 28
what's so bad about them? my dh loves his. i use a mei tai or sling.
post #13 of 28
Yeah is it proven that it's damaging to their spine? Is it just not optimal for their spine? I didn't know about that before and we loved ours and our sling with ds1. Either way, it's not like it'll make the spine curdle and break with a few uses. Maybe the mom won't even use it that much. I'd sell it.
post #14 of 28
I say sell it.
post #15 of 28
I'd sell it. If they are going to buy one they'll buy one whether yours is on there or not. I do also like the idea of listing information on other carriers as well.
post #16 of 28
I loved my bjorn and so did both my babies. They're 3 and 6 now and perfectly healthy. I know that an anecdote isn't the same as hard data - but really, IS there any hard data on this?

I keep hearing that the bb is detrimental. But the only place I hear this is on MDC. I don't want to sound all snarky, but I get the impression that people like to rag on the bjorn - for whatever reason - because it's perceived as "mainstream." And heaven forbid we do anything that mainstreamers do. Ok, maybe I am WAY off base here, but that's the vibe I get.

How long has the bb been around? Are we seeing a rash of kids with problems related to it? Studies? I would definitely sell it to another parent whose life would be made easier by having it, just as mine was, and whose baby would kick its feet in glee when he saw her put it on, like mine did.
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by zinemama
I loved my bjorn and so did both my babies. They're 3 and 6 now and perfectly healthy. I know that an anecdote isn't the same as hard data - but really, IS there any hard data on this?

I keep hearing that the bb is detrimental. But the only place I hear this is on MDC. I don't want to sound all snarky, but I get the impression that people like to rag on the bjorn - for whatever reason - because it's perceived as "mainstream." And heaven forbid we do anything that mainstreamers do. Ok, maybe I am WAY off base here, but that's the vibe I get.

How long has the bb been around? Are we seeing a rash of kids with problems related to it? Studies? I would definitely sell it to another parent whose life would be made easier by having it, just as mine was, and whose baby would kick its feet in glee when he saw her put it on, like mine did.

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post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by zinemama
I loved my bjorn and so did both my babies. They're 3 and 6 now and perfectly healthy. I know that an anecdote isn't the same as hard data - but really, IS there any hard data on this?
I encountered hard data on this and other devices that put the baby's weight on a narrow piece of cloth- (exersaucers, jolly jump things), when I worked with occupational / physical therapists. They all told me that these things used in excess can cause spondylolisthesis- some chiropractors O know agree. I think why you hear so much of it on MDC is because MDC mamas typically use whatever carriers they use- way more then Mrs. Mainstream Mama- so they want to be sure that spondylolisthesis will not be an issue.
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A baby's spine is placed in a compromising position in many of today's popular carriers. If the carrier positions the infant upright, with the legs hanging down and the bodyweight supported at the base of the baby's spine (i.e. at the crotch), it puts undue stress on the spine which can adversely affect the development of the spinal curves and, in some cases, cause spondylolisthesis.
Spondylolisthesis is defined as the forward slipping of a vertebra on the one below it. The degrees of severity are determined using the Meyerding grading scale, with grade 1 being the least amount of slippage and grade 5 being complete slippage off the vertebra below. This condition may have a related stress fracture at the pars interarticularis, a structure at the back of the vertebra that takes most of the stress inflicted on the spine when it is arched backwards. When present, a spondylolisthesis occurs at the fifth lumbar vertebra 90% of the time and at the fourth lumbar vertebra 9% of the time.
I found this in an article called Infant Carriers and Spinal Stress
post #19 of 28
Curious? How is the baby bjorn any different than wearing an infant in a mei tai? They seem to be in the same position.

My boys were carried in the bjorn, sling and a mei tai. As newborns, they both hated slings, but liked the be carried upright against my chest.
post #20 of 28
I think it's because they're sort of seated in the mei tai. But in the bjorn, since they're facing out, they're not really in a seated position but straight up against your chest. And supposedly this puts pressure on the spine or somethign. At least that's the not very detail-oriented description.
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