Originally Posted by UUCCMom
i showed up at our first baby & me yoga class yesterday and was shocked to see that all the other moms had brought their babies in strollers or car seats. i was the lone slinger. i just couldn't understand, why bring a stroller to a class wheere baby will be participating?
Well, I simply think that since we US/western consumers mainly associate babies with strollers (and it's such a major purchase) people want to use theirs. If we were a slinging culture, then slings would be the norm.
I have a 2nd and am not "shortchanging" this one... this wee one is being held/carried/slung as much as her High Need brother was. And she's not high need. From all the reading I've done, I * know * that babies benefit tremendously from the movement provided by being held and carried in-arms.
I want her to accept the horrible car seat (she cries in it sometimes when the car stops moving) for car drives (and not cry) and trust that when the car stops, I'll pick her up. If she's asleep, like Dharmama said, I will carry her in asleep.
I think that's perfecty OK.
But more often, she is wide awake. I'll take the carseat, carseat stroller in, no baby inside (diaper bag, my fanny pack, our snack bags and stuff is in the basket) and carry her in my OTSBH sling.
And sometimes I wonder if people think I'm weird b/c I choose to sling my baby and push an empty stroller.
But the stroller does come in handy if I have to use the restroom and to carry all the stuff I do.
Thank goodness for my sling, it makes it so easy! But I have often carried her in-arms at home around the house, and that's a pain in the butt b/c my arms start to hurt.
If I was those moms, and didn't have a sling, and had a typical BJORN... I can't see the average new mom making the mental leap of carrying baby in Bjorn and pushing empty stroller. It makes no sense. Instead, they "use" the stroller. That means the baby rides in it.
I am consciously choosing to carry/sling her because of the known benefits (
read The Vital Touch by Sharon Heller, PhD
or Sensory Secrets: How to Jump Start Learning in Children
I think if these mothers were more informed, they might as well.
Originally Posted by blueeydvixen
it gets old after a while but i can say that most of the babies weve had our better because of slingin. hands down.
It does get old after awhile. Sometimes I do wish I didn't know what I know, be blissfully clueless and use the stroller "more" like new moms do. But I don't, because I KNOW it's helping my baby in so many ways. I go the extra mile, because she's worth it!