make them a less bulky as possible and understand that a lot of men are less flexible so reaching far around their back to buckle or adjust something is harder for them than it is for a lot of women
So what if I don't fit cleanly into a defined parenting style, my kids don't fit into a personality archetype either!
I think it would be easier to get fathers to babywear by making more "manly" looking carriers. My boyfriend never wanted to use my old Beco because he said it was girly.
I think my husband would love to win the Duke Beco, so he can have a manlier-looking carrier of his own! It would be a great surprise Father's Day gift for him!
My husband and I both love wearing our daughter in our Beco Butterfly 2! We currently own the Avery pattern, which I love, but my husband only tolerates the girly look of it. He was willing to overlook the flowery pattern I had chosen simply because of the intelligent form and function of the Beco Butterfly 2. We researched carriers for months and tried on multiple styles before we finally chose the Beco Butterfly 2. It integrates well into our minimalistic lifestyle, and is perfect for hiking and backpacking!
Most men can appreciate form and function, so perhaps advertising to them in a way that highlights function in combination with the approachable look of the simple black and brown styles would be helpful in encouraging more men to use the Beco!
I would love a beco! My DH ONLY babywears, no strollers here. He says babywearing is more manly than pushing a stroller and that real men babywear LOL. I think it really has to do with the carrier though if it has a male friendly colour or pattern.
We would love to win a Beco!
My DH thinks that more men would babywear if more carriers showed moms and dads wearing on the packages and websites. I briefly scanned the Beco website and was sad to find only one picture of a dad wearing...
Cautiously expecting a "bonus" baby in August.
I would Love to win one of these GORGEOUS carriers. My husband Loves wearing our daughter and she loves riding with DAddy- She always says, "Daddy! Backpack!" I know that my husband would much prefer wearing our daughter to carrying the baby bag! :)
Oooooh! I want one!
I think b/w'ing needs to be normalized for men. We need to see more pictures! Also, I know size can be a real issue for guys. A mom in one of my meetup groups has a linebacker sized hubby who can't find any carriers that fit his broad chest, but doesn't want to bother with wrapping. Height can be a real issue too!.
Maybe beco needs to be the first to come up with an SSC specifically for men, sized for a man's build, with manly colors, and a manly name to boot! Maybe a product specifically for guys would even make it seem a bit more acceptable and commonplace, even for a macho guy.
L, student nurse and married to A, my union man. Happy parents to little S!
my hubby loves to wear our babies mostly out of convenience, he quickly discovered that he can play video games, or make lunch, etc with a happy baby on his back. but he also gets a whole lot of positive attention when he is babywearing which he loves :) we would be thrilled to win this super cool beco carrier!! LOVE!
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I love the print! My new little guy would look great in that on daddy and I bet his big brother will think the print is cool.
My husband babywears, but usually I have to help him put it on. He liked the Bjorn we had when our first son was a babe. I think the buckles seem easier, more foolproof. He's worn a wrap, and the gemini but not on his own.
I'd love one of these! My husband loves to wear a carrier when mama is away on errands or a night out. It would be helpful to have videos that show MEN putting the carriers on and how to do it right, both for the front and back positions.
I would love to win one of these carriers!! I think that having a versatile line of masculine designs, and plenty of testimonials from men who already wear the carriers would help increase the amount of men that would wear one. Thanks!
I would LOVE one of these. I think one of the things that is going to help dads be more likely to baby wear is making something that is secure, comfortable for both parent and child, and in neutral colors/patterns. And of course, providing education on the benefits of baby wearing!
Like everyone else who has posted--what a wonderful prize to win!!
As for helping my husband to wear our baby more~ we made sure he was comfortable using our carriers alone. Many times I would use it & just pop it on where he struggled with getting the straps right or they were too long. If it wasn't easy to use, he wouldn't use them. Making sure I took the time to teach him how to use and adjust it made him more comfortable. Instead of having women on the "how to" section on the website--have men be the models and let them instruct other men on how easy it is to use the carrier.
A doula who married a cop & became a mama to 3 boys: G 12/22/00, my rainbow baby B 2/2/07 and L 2/10/10 my CBA2V baby, waiting for my little caboose late February 2013 & always remembering my two angels 2006 & 2012.
I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this!
And my suggestion for the men.... We did a babysit day for a friend (two kids) while preggo and I had her give me her big old stroller than I took him and the kids all around town and had him lug it up stairs and push threw paths that were rough. By the end of the day he swore he never would get one! LOL He has been a babywearing dad since my son was 1.5 days old <3 He has even done the moby wrap!
I would love one of these carriers as I've made my own and they're just not the same as a commercially made carrier.
I think more men would use carriers if the material used matched sports teams or had sports team mascots on them.
We would love one of the Becco carriers you are giving away. My husband wears both of my two kids all the time in our Ergo. Now that we have 2 kids, my son is 4 monthes old, we could really use another carrier so we can both wear a child at the same time. I have wanted a Becco one for a while but we can't afford it right now as I am not working as much since my son's birth. I think the more people see ads and other men wearing kids, they will wear them too. We get questions all the time about our carrier when we are out in public with it.
My husband has worn our daughter since she was a newborn. When I explained all the benefits of babywearing, he was on board. I think it helps when men see other men babywearing. So, perhaps visibility and men in bw advertisements can help?
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