Am I the only one??
I always wear my baby while cooking and always have. Though I will say that we don't fry things often and if we did and I had hot greese then that would be another story.
I think it is about using your head ya know. You don't want to have a little one in the kangaroo carry while you are cutting veggies where they could reach out and grab a knife. You don't want them to be able to reach out and grab a boiling pot either. But if you have them securly in a back carry that is different.
When dd was smaller I wore her every evening on my back while I cooked. She was usually asleep. If there was no one else here to hold her and she was crying . . . there was no option as far as I am concerned.
When I start cooking again (have not done much since baby) I will put ds on my back in the wrap or mei tai where he is completely covered with fabric (not that he could really grab anything at his age though).
I let the kids help me cook too (though not near the stove when it is hot, they can help mix). I will even let ds help cut stuff and I let dd sort the knives (not the sharp ones). I guess maybe I am more of the CC (continuum concept) mindset on stuff like this. I mean tribal women did everything while wearing their babies.
Heck I pressure washed a house in near 100 degree weather with my dd on my back and didn't think much about it, though I was extra careful!!
Sling makers have to give "warnings" and stuff with their products. I know I do too. But I take the warnings as "guidelines" not "rules" (and Maya doesn't want to say that they didn't warn you if your baby gets hurt while cooking). And if you can cook in a safe way while wearing your little one then I see no problem with it. Of course that is for me, I wouldn't recommend it to others unless it was something they felt OK with too. I think I worry more about falling down the stairs when I am wearing baby, LOL!! I have been so clumsy lately
JMO of course