If I could get away with that, I totally would! It's pretty beat--this is kid #3 that it's carried into toddlerhood--but other than the super faded color and the elastic over the belt clasp being stretched out, it's pretty much in perfect functional condition. Especially since they sent me a new buckle when it broke last year. These things are built to last! Sigh.
You know, now that I think about it, I don't think I've picked the color or pattern on any of the carriers I have. They were all gifts or second hand buys that I couldn't pass up. Still, we're not into gender-ifying any of our major purchases. I'll dress Teagan in ridiculously cute little girly outfits every now and then but when it comes to bigger stuff its all gender neutral. That's because 1) stylistically, (because, let's face it, I'm very styley - ha!) I'm not a huge fan of the gender specific baby gear stuff 2) DH doesn't want to give me an excuse to re-purchase things if our next kiddo is a boy . DH could care less what print a carrier/diaper bag/what-have-you is. He'll use anything.
I get a mix of "boy" and "girl" from strangers. Teagan's hair is finally starting to come in so I suspect the boy comments will begin to dwindle. Then again, I know lots of parents of little boys with long hair in Tucson so it might not help. BUT, those parents also know better than to judge a kid by his/her outfit/hairdo.
I've just boughten what I like that is also GN enough that DH could wear it without being embarrssed.
I don't think it matters because I can have DD dressed in all pink and still get boy comments. She also has a full head of curly hair. Why bother matching my carrier to her when I'm the one that wears it.
With my son I got all sorts of girly comments even when he wore sports type outfits that we had been given, maybe because he had all sorts of hair and long eyelashes? With my daughter she's very very girly but I've still gotten boy comments! LOL I think it's because she has a brown winter coat?
My O&A carrier is girly, without being pink. My Moby is brown. We went with something DH would be willing to wear. All our big items were gender neutral, the swing was lambs and white, stroller is black/green, etc.
Ethan - June 21, 2009
Olivia - December 5, 2010
5w3d - October/November 2012
Most of our baby gear was pretty gender neutral for the same reasons Erin states (both personal style and reusability...although in our case probably more like resaleability/hand-downability) The carriers were actually the only place we gave it any thought at all, mainly because it's the parent WEARING it. DH is pretty comfortable with anything in terms of bags or whatever, but the thought of wearing a Moby covered in flowers was a little much even for him.
ppl assuming baby gender always astounds me, jades stroller is blue, the moby is blue with a pink heart and wings in rhinestones as the 'tag' in the center, dress her head to toe in pink and we still get what a cute boy? ah well! as for colouring of the moby… i found a diy instructions and headed to the store, took jade out and let her pick the colour! she was a few weeks old and all love the blue she picked out!! still working on getting dh to wear her, but for him it's more a comfort thing than a colour or stigma, 145lbs at 6 feet tall, it's hard for him to wear a back pack comfortably let alone a kid! but we're working on it!