My 19 month old son goes everywhere I go, besides a 5 hour stretch once a week when I work out of the house. He is my nursling, my constant companion.
Since having my son, I am discovering the numerous situations where babies, toddlers and even children are "not supposed" to be.
For instance, I was urged to attend an important union meeting with my colleagues when I was on Maternity leave, and little L., then 7 months or so, was there with me at the breast and in a very drool-ly phase at the boardroom table.
I also brought him to 8 sessions of counselling where he nursed steady, between 4 to 6 months of age. I didn't ask if it was o.k. to bring him along, and I am glad I didn't ask. For me, it was natural that he would be there too. However, the administrator who came to open the door of the office assumed I was at the wrong place when she saw I had a baby strapped to my chest. It is just so out of the ordinary, it surprises people!
I don't mean this to sound as if every mama should bring their child everywhere, if it is not what works for them, or to idealize other cultures, perhaps more traditional ones.
I just wonder about the situation in the context of a major urban city in Canada, and beyond.
While I never got any direct flack for bringing him along, I certainly felt that I was doing something out of the ordinary and could see a little wheel turning in people's minds like, 'hmmmmm, a baby in a meeting room?'
Do you bring your baby to places that they are not normally found?
Edited by bruna - 12/16/13 at 11:25pm