I remember being completely floored when I was walking down the street in Amsterdam, and right there in the store window was--a male mannequin wearing a grey pinstriped suit with a matching baby sling. Since I was kidfree at the time, I just tried to block it from my mind.
Which was too bad, because as soon as I entered the baby sling demographic myself, I realized that 99.9% of them were paisley shawls for Mother Jones-subscribing earth mothers. [not that there's anything wrong with that, of course...]
From the sound of this email from Mark, things are changing, but ever so slowly:
We just had our first baby last week and I have been looking to get a sling to carry the little guy. After looking at a number of different sites, I got kind of discouraged as it seemed most slings are made for women (aesthetic and fit).Mark's right. And in fact, only about 59 of Beth's 63 different fabric options for her custom-sized baby carriers are "fun" flowery fabrics. Here's a sueded moss-colored option, for example.
Then I went to Etsy.com and found a woman in WA that makes custom sized pouch slings. She has some cool fabrics and literally made the thing in 2 days. She was a real pleasure to talk to and I thought the price was really fair. Her username on Etsy is drewbabydesigns and her name is Beth.
In other totally [un?]related demographic overlap news--and I use the term "news" very loosely--Etsy's browser icon is confusingly similar to The Economist's: