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#31 of 37 Old 05-06-2005, 10:56 AM - Thread Starter
 
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The funniest thing to me about Dr. Sears and babywearing was where he says how you really can wear your baby anywhere... that he & Martha once went to an elegant function and she wore her baby in a dressy black sling, and how people said "oh how cute, there's a baby in there!"

Now maybe someone said that - maybe this was a gathering full of AP people ... but I have this image that it was someone's black tie wedding. Someone mainstream and conservative, and that while they SAID it was cute, they were cringing inside and thinking "I can NOT believe they brought the baby - will their kookiness never end?!"
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Christy--I thought that part in the book--the formal fuction sling-wearing--was funny too. When I read that, I found myself wishing that my husband and I would get invited to some fancy event, just so I could try wearing my baby to it. But no luck. (We're just not popular or high-styling enough, I guess.) Though I doubt that my baby would have stayed quiet and peaceful, even in the sling, throughout a formal event.

I wanted to add, on the whole chores-while-babywearing topic, that for a while I was so determined to be a Sling-wearing Domestic Goddess, that I think I may have at times overlooked safety in favor of my aspirations to an ideal. My advice? Go with safety over all! I realize that's probably a big "well, duh", but I admit I still sometimes find myself thinking, "Oh, I'll just wear her in the sling down the precarious, creaky stairs to the basement, while also carrying a laundry basket full of dirty clothes..." because it makes me feel like Super Sling Woman. But then I come to my senses and put her down for the minute or two it takes to throw in the laundry or get something out of the oven or whatever. Besides, I'm a bit of a clumsy clod (I tripped and fell once while babywearing on a walk with my dog), so I always opt for safety first now. Just use common sense, and you'll be fine!
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Now maybe someone said that - maybe this was a gathering full of AP people ... but I have this image that it was someone's black tie wedding. Someone mainstream and conservative, and that while they SAID it was cute, they were cringing inside and thinking "I can NOT believe they brought the baby - will their kookiness never end?!"

cmmrk, I have taken my son to 2 black tie affairs with my son in a black pouch, and once in a Baby Bjorn prior to owning pouches, wraps and slings. All 3 times I received many wonderful comments. I gave out the website to people at all 3 affairs. People were genuinely intrigued by my pouch and thought it was very cool None were AP leaning crowds. I do not think that their interest and comments were made with false intentions. I think if anything it showed that a baby can come to a wedding, be and nurse in happiness and with minimal intrusion upon those who would rather a baby not be there. Some people might learn.

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I giggled over Dr. Pollyanna. Glad I'm not the only one who felt less than adequate for not wearing her all day.
My youngest would scream if he wasn't in a sling morning, noon and night. I couldn't put him down for a full four months. By the time he was ready to start exploring the world on his own, I was relieved and glad to put him down!!!
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meco, that is so nice to hear. I should not be such a skeptic/pessimist!

The whole wedding planning thing was not that long ago for me, and I remember reading so many bridezilla posts/rants where the bride was so offended that some cousin or aunt or coworker wanted to bring their baby. I guess that's what I was thinking of. But I am happy to hear that not everyone is like that, even outside the AP world!
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The funniest thing to me about Dr. Sears and babywearing was where he says how you really can wear your baby anywhere... that he & Martha once went to an elegant function and she wore her baby in a dressy black sling, and how people said "oh how cute, there's a baby in there!"

Now maybe someone said that - maybe this was a gathering full of AP people ... but I have this image that it was someone's black tie wedding. Someone mainstream and conservative, and that while they SAID it was cute, they were cringing inside and thinking "I can NOT believe they brought the baby - will their kookiness never end?!"
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I didn't like the sling for doing chores...DS practically lived in a stretchy wrap between 3 and 8 months and I found I could get most things done, I just had to be a little further way from things (he was in the tummy to tummy on the front). I also use a hotslings pouch a lot, and like that I can shift him to the back of my hip and have him out of the way while I cook or do dishes. I am also BIG fan of woven wraps and started back carrying him at about 6 months, usually the Tibetan strap carry, which is the easiest and quickest back carry ever! The baby gets nice and high, can see over your shoulder and your arms are totally mobile, unlike a sling. If you are nervous about baby having a floppy head while on your back, get a really light, breathable scarf and tie that over your back carry to support the baby's head. (A nice light cotton gauze scarf would be perfect).

I did manage to get all my chores done while using the wrap front carry when DS was really little. I cooked, cleaned, did laundry, shopped, yada yada. You have to tie them in REALLY tight so you are confident having hands free. But there are certain things you have to do with out the baby, like scrubbing the tub. Although I did manage to wash the bathroom floor the other day with DS on my back.

Now before I start sounding like super woman...I must confess that as DS gets older and less happy being carted around in my various carriers, I'm REALLY letting the house work go :
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