My apologies for having been away for a couple of days due to a busy, busy life lately, and not catching that this thread had gone dramatically off track.
Nowhere was anyone criticizing those who don't use slings. The OP in no way made that judgement. She was simply excited to be able to share her love of slinging with moms and pass on her knowledge. No criticism of those who use strollers, most of us do. Using a stroller doesn't make you "non AP" nor should someone feel judged simply because she doesn't enjoy, or can't sling. This mama is simply sharing a fun experience.
Please remember that we are all doing the best we can with the skills we have. All of our children are different and their needs and wants are different. If a child hates a sling but loves the stroller, then it wouldn't be terribly AP to force them into the sling. What I don't understand is why a mom would feel judged by a mom who walked by wearing a sling. For all we know that mom might have been thinking how she wished her child would sit in a stroller for even a few minutes. If we would all stop worrying about what others might be thinking of us and focus on doing what we know is right for our children, we would all be much happier.
This is a site dedicated to Natrual Family Living. Slings, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, etc are obviously going to be the topics of conversation. We don't all necessarily do all these things, and remember, we aren't required to read those threads that might upset us, nor are we required to post to them.
Just a reminder of what this thread started as, here is the original post. Please keep things on track.
[quote]It was a banner day at Target today! Two different mamas approached me about my sling, both of them saying, "I have one of those at home, and I can't figure it out!" I gave each of them quick lessons, but mostly encouraged them to stick with it. Heck, it took me at least a month of experimenting with the darn thing before I felt comfortable enough to wear it out of the house!
One of the moms mentioned to me that her dd (2.5 months) did a lot of crying during the day. I sympathized with her, because my ds was a fusser at that age as well. We talked about how the sling would be soothing and may help her dd to be less fussy. The mom shyly asked me, "Did you let your baby cry? Because some people tell me we should do that." I talked to her about how crying was her baby's only way to communicate her needs, even if the only thing she needed was someone to hold her. This seemed to be exactly what this mama needed to hear, because she got a big smile when I told her that I have never let ds CIO.
So not only did I get to encourage 2 slinging mamas, but I also helped one mama listen to her instincts about not CIO. I think that was pretty good for one day at Tar-jay![quote/]