Once upon a Beco…

Once upon a Beco…

In a babywearing  land far far away, every parent wore their baby in a Beco Baby Carrier, and every baby was content, happy, and sweet!  In this magical land, every baby was carried until they could walk on their own, and exersaucers and jumperoos were piled by the 100s in dark dungeons and forgotten by the blissful parents and their contented babies!

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But before this was the norm, an evil witch ruled the land of babies!  She had cast a spell on all the babies’ parents, enchanting them to believe that the Baby Bjorn was the best baby carrier in the land.  Oh, how the babies’ parents’ backs ached, and their shoulders were so sore, and their necks hurt with the weight of their precious babies hanging from their bodies.  The babies couldn’t understand why their parents faced them out towards the loud, bright world…  All the babies wanted was to be cuddled, and snuggled, and held close enough to kiss! The babies wailed their baby wails, and shook their baby fists, but their parents were oblivious to their babies’ sadness.  But while the evil enchantress laughed at the parents wearing their babies in ridiculously uncomfortable baby carriers, and thought of her next evil plan which involved baby bucket car seats and fold ‘n go strollers, a babywearing princess heard the sounds of distress coming from her fifth baby and realized with a start that he was NOT happy with his legs dangling and his head falling this way and that.  She bravely fought her way out of the witch’s enchantment, took off her Bjorn and threw it at the witch, knocking the witch’s  magic baby bottle wand out of her hand and breaking the spell!

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With a gleeful yell, the babywearing princess summoned all the babywearing parents to the very top tower of the very highest castle where she had found a locked treasure chest.  With a magic key that she found tucked into her baby’s cloth diaper drawer, the princess opened the chest and out flew enough Beco Baby Carriers for all the babies in the land!  All the babywearing parents thanked her profusely as they put on their Becos,  hailing her as the Beco Princess and vowing never to touch a Bjorn again!  The babies all snuggled happily in their Becos, and lived happily ever Beco!

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*happy babywearing*

Special Delivery!!!

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A group of babywearing mamas are going to be very excited tomorrow when they receive their shipment notifications from PAXbaby!!!! Pimp my Carrier has been hard at work, and look at all the yummy custom Beco Butterfly IIs!!!

From the left:

Sarita Mini Calaveras

Dylan Guitars

Hoot Owls

Angela

Alice Owls

Pacman

Mud Swirls

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*happy babywearing*

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3 generations of babywearing

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Have a little girl who wants to be just like you?  Then I’m guessing she might have a doll who would like to babywear also?  Yep, same with my oldest daughter!  She LOVES to look at all my baby carriers, and to wear her dollies in her very own Mini Beco! Pimp my Carrier will customize a Toy Beco for $15 + $29 (Mini Beco) so your child can match your own baby carrier!  And now, look at this wee little doll-sized baby carrier to coordinate too!  3 generations of babywearers –  too much fun!!!

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PAXbaby Mini Beco

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*happy babywearing*

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Boba in daddy style!

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We* LOVE * babywearing Dads! Here’s the proof – look at the all the comments on THIS recent picture posted at at PAXbaby.com‘s Facebook page!  That’s why PAXbaby is SO excited to bring you this new baby carrier style for the wonderful babywearing men in our lives!

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PAXbaby Boba Camo diaper dude PAXdaddy
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Just in time for Fathers Day, Boba has partnered up with dad minded Diaper Dude to bring you a new designer Boba 3G soft structured carrier! It’s the same Boba carrier 3G seen here, but in two print options that are sure to thrill the tastes of dads and moms alike, in Camouflage or black Pinstripe.

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PAXbaby Boba 3G Camoflauge Camo daddy babywearing

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PAXbaby Boba 3G pinstripe daddy babywearing
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Just as cute on Mom as it is on Dad, too!
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PAXbaby Boba pinstripe black diaper dude
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Bay Area Babywearing!

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On a recent trip to the Bay Area, I thought it would be fun to host a PAXbaby playdate for our Northern Californian babywearers…… and, as you can see from the photo below, the turnout was amazing!!! We met on a gorgeous day at in San Mateo’s Central Park, and traded a bevy of carriers, knowledge, and laughter until our stomachs told us it was WAY past dinner time!
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Everyone is happy when wrapped in a rainbow!

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PAXbaby babywearing rainbows baby carrier san francisco bay area group

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With children little and children big…..
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PAXbaby san mateo francisco babywearing playdate group meeting baby carriers

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… there was so much *happy babywearing*!!!!

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Serious Business

Listen up, babywearers, because this is serious business.

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We’ve blogged before about counterfeit carriers, including the PAXbaby favorite Freehand mei tai.  In continuance of our efforts to give you the most complete info available about potentially unsafe and definitely ILLEGAL counterfeit carriers, PAXbaby has specific information about counterfeit Beco Butterfly 2 carriers.

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Yes, sadly, the beloved Beco Butterfly 2 has been counterfeited and can be found on Ebay through various sellers.  These sellers include but are not limited to heminyi2011, evan121221, and jack6800_tw.  Don’t assume, however, that a seller is safe if it’s not listed here—these sellers often close down one username and create another to continue to sell their counterfeit products in violation of Ebay’s terms of service!  These sites may have stock pictures of REAL carriers in boxes or on models that they’ve stolen from the Beco website.  That doesn’t mean that the carrier they send you will look ANYTHING like the one pictured, and definitely will not be constructed in the same quality as a genuine Beco.  Remember: just because it’s pretty on the outside doesn’t mean that it’s pretty on the inside!  One big red flag is when the item ships from anywhere in Asia—usually directly from the factory that produces the counterfeits!  Two patterns that are almost CERTAINLY counterfeit are the former Japan-exclusive prints of Jasmin [pictured below] and Vanessa.  If you’re interested in one and the seller can’t provide a history that links back to an authorized seller, BEWARE.

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How can you spot a fake?  Here are some tips to help you!

  • All authentic Beco Baby Carriers are currently produced in California, with the exception of the Metro Black and Espresso carriers.  This is clearly stated on the listing page on every product on Beco Baby Carrier’s website.
  • For Becos produced prior to January 2010, there are a few different manufacturing locations.
  • Beco Butterfly 1 carriers made between November 2007 and February 2008 were produced in the Dominican Republic.
  • Beco Butterfly 2 carriers made between August 2009 and January 2010 were produced in China.
  • Each unit has a white tag on the inside with black printing which clearly states the BATCH NUMBER and DATE OF PRODUCTION (for example “Beco Baby Carrier Butterfly 2 produced in January 2010″ would be “BBC012010BTR2″)
  • If a unit happens to have a batch number/date of production different than this and still says “made in China”, then your carrier is almost certainly a counterfeit.
  • There are TWO authorized North America Ebay sellers for Beco Baby Carriers.  These are BigBlueCastle (with an Ebay feedback score of 38054 and counting) and ImaginaryKids (Ebay feedback score of 20056 and counting).  Both have 100% positive Ebay feedback and have been valued Beco retailers since 2007.  Beco encourages anyone specifically wishing to purchase a Beco from Ebay to patronize these legit businesses.
  • Beco must authorize sales for its authorized retailers; if a product is shown for less than list price at one retailer, all the retailers should be offering a similar sale.  MSRP for the Beco Butterfly is $139 and Gemini is $129, with a Beco-authorized sale currently running that prices them at $129 and $105 respectively.  If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • The websites of authorized Beco vendors contain the Beco seal of authenticity which links back to the Beco Baby Carriers webpage.  Fake sites often do not have this.

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To sum up: Counterfeit baby carriers are bad for businesses and bad for babywearers.  While authentic Becos are constructed using organic body fabrics and the highest grade of stitching, buckles, and webbing and fully CIPSA-compliant, counterfeits are made of substandard materials that have not been tested for safety in use with children’s gear.  Reports of issues with counterfeit carriers include buckles cracking (imagine climbing a staircase and having a buckle release, tumbling your precious cargo down the stairs!), stitching coming undone, and poor construction leading to straps that pull out from the body when even a minimum amount of force is applied.

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You owe it to yourself and your baby to make sure that the product you use has been designed and constructed to be as safe as possible.  Please make sure to purchase only from Beco-authorized retailers, make sure to ask critical questions to anyone selling a carrier you’re interested in (including asking for proof of purchase if you’re buying a used carrier!), and pass the word along to others both inside and out of the babywearing community.  One baby death in a counterfeit carrier could cause a whole host of government legislation to turn the US babywearing community on its head—again.  Things were touch-and-go for a while after the Infantino recall; the industry may not survive another such threat.

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Thank you for your attention to this serious matter!  We promise to return you to slightly fluffier blog topics tomorrow.  ;-)

Babywearing gets the job done!

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What is everyone’s worst nightmare on a plane???  Yep,  sitting next to – or holding – a screaming and inconsolable baby! With nowhere to go and nothing to do once up in the air, an unhappy little traveller can simultaneously break the heart of his attentive parent and break the eardrums of those sharing close quarters with him.

*cue superhero-esque background music* Parents and travelers near and far, never fear – it’s babywearing to the rescue!  Take it from this adventurous mom, it’s all about the right carrier for the job!  My all time favorite carrier is the Wrap Conversion Ring Sling, but when you go to breastfeed, you may find it to be too wide to sit in the airplane seat and nurse without baby’s feet in the lap of your next door neighbor!  Try a buckle carrier instead – especially the Beco Butterfly II- for quick maneuvering and easily concealed breastfeeding! The BBII is my go to carrier for any sort of traveling or activity where baby may need to be removed from the carrier quickly.  Because of the internal panel, when baby is lifted out, the carrier remains on your body, without dangling straps or long yards of fabric hanging!!!!  It’s the quickest SSC and cute to boot!

Last minute luggage re-organization in the parking lot needed!?!?  Do it with your hands free and a smile on your face!

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Don’t these lovely babywearers look happy and calm amidst baggage check in and airport security chaos?  By the way, flying with babies through both San Diego and SFO was a breeze!  The babies weren’t asked to be taken out, and we only needed our hands swiped, no body scans for these moms!

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Who knew a single human being could carry a 1 year old baby, a diaper bag (thank you, Puck and Whimsy, for helping me trave in style!), a laptop bag and a rolly suitcase through an international airport without a single problem and successfully make their flight?

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*happy babywearing*

Babywearings past

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It’s so hard to believe that the PAXdaddy and I have been babywearing parents for 8 1/2 years now – thank you, Baby #1, for being our baby carrier guinea pig – because we are both so natural and at ease with the babywearing situation these days!  You can see my husband regularly wearing our 2 youngest in SSCs (soft structured carriers), MTs (mei tais), and his favorite – Ring Slings!!!  We had to get in the groove pretty quickly of parenting while babywearing hands free as our family grew so fast!  First we had 3 under 2 years, then Baby #4 came along, and they were all still under 4….  5 under 6, well, you get the pattern!  Everyone has to start somewhere, and this sweet photo of the PAXdaddy, he is sporting our very first Ring Sling!  It’s a vintage, hand me down, colorgrown beige, Maya Wrap – used and abused for years before we got it, and just as snuggly and perfect as can be!!!!  Nestled in that sling is 7 days old Baby #4 with his admiring sister already learning how important it is to wear our babies to bond!!!  <3 you, PAXdaddy, and <3 our little BIG babywearing family!!!

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*happy babywearing*

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