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Bye Bye Ballerinas

Posted on: February 3, 2010

Upon having Niko we were lucky to come into many hand-me-downs courtesy of friends and family, and also many wonderful shower gifts as well.  Niko’s cousin John Russell is just about two years older than him, so lots of hand-me-downs came are way via JR. One of the best things we got was a car seat cozy. If you’re not sure what that is, basically it’s a liner for the car seat that goes over the buckles and then zips around the baby like a little cocoon. The one we got from John Russell, had also been passed down to him from his sisters Claire and Audra – so this cozy had been well loved, and we were looking forward to using it too.

The cozy is a nice gender neutral red on the outside, but the inside is white and decorated with dozens of dancing ballerina bears! Niko’s Aunt Marion commented to me that one day when John Russell was out and about in his car seat, a woman stopped her and said something like: “What a beautiful baby! What’s her name”? HER NAME?! Marion, went on to tell the lady that it was her son not her daughter, and it was also at that moment that she clued in to the decor on the lining of the cozy – ballerina bears! No wonder that woman thought John Russell was a girl – but up until then, and not until her third child did Marion notice the ballerinas and the fact that perhaps this car seat cozy wasn’t as gender neutral as she had previously thought.

When I got it, I went ahead and used it too, but seeing as I was aware of the tutu clad bears, I have always wondered if people think Niko is a little girl due the dancers. Well, it turns out that the ballerina cozy didn’t exactly fit Niko’s car seat, so I ended up cutting it up the back with scissors and duct taping it back together to modify for Niko’s particular car seat (after which I actually realized that it could have fit without being cut – but that’s the beauty of hindsight I guess, and a little duct tape never did anyone any harm, right?!).

Anyway, today I was going through some of the hand-me-downs that await Niko for the future, and I discovered that another friend had also given us a car seat cozy – also gender neutral red, but sans ballerinas, and sans duct tape – who am I kidding, duct tape on a cozy only serves to give it a certain ghetto sheik. Ghetto sheik? Who am I kidding again, duct tape serves only to make it look ghetto! So, I transferred the new-to-us cozy (thanks Danielle) to the car seat, and now Niko can sit comfortably not being surrounded by those menacing bears! Although really, I don’t think they ever did bother him too much!

Note: If you look closely at the attached pictures, you can see the tutu bears for yourself.

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