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Does this happen to any of you??....accidentally bonking poor baby's head while babywearing....I feel so awful when it happens. It's usually when I am rounding a corner in the house or going through a doorway. Poor DS...he's such a trooper...he'll just kinda make this face and I apologize profusely. Sweet thing...he's so forgiving.
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i do the same thing, sometimes... just wait a few monthes, though-- he'll hit toddlerhood and start head-banging on his own

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I've come close, but never actually had it happen. One of the 'hazards' of babywearing for me has been getting baby drool in the food I'm cooking for dinner, lol!

For me, it became clearly all worth it, though, one time when I was wearing my baby and I fell down the stairs. I landed on all fours and she was fine; had I been carrying her, she would have gone flying.
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omgosh, how scary. i don't think i could live w/o my maya wrap. it is like having an xtra pair of arms. it kills my back and body sometimes but still worth it. i was telling 4yo dd how i'm going to carry her babies in the sling. i can't wait to be a gramma.
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Actually I just did that today when DS was in the Ergo. I turned quickly and when was leaning and bang went his head on the wall. :
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I just did it recently and I don't ever want to do it again. I was grocery shopping with DS in a high back carry. I bent down to get something off a lower shelf and when I came up, DS was leaning towards the right, and his head hit the shopping cart handle. He just whimpered a bit and was fine. I think it hurt me more than it did him.
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I haven't had my baby yet, and I've never used a sling, but in my ten years of nannying I have occasionally done this while carrying a baby in my arms. (One of my families had their play area in their attic, which had sloping ceilings.) :

But I'm happy to say that other than that no child ever came to harm in my care.

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[QUOTE=beansmommyi do the same thing, sometimes... just wait a few monthes, though-- he'll hit toddlerhood and start head-banging on his own [/QUOTE]

Hee!Hee! That's funny...and true!

I bang my DD's head quite frequently. Sometimes I'm just not paying attention (that and I'm very accident prone). She's pretty forgiving. It would never make me not want to wear her, though, and she's never not wanted to be in the sling because of it- thank goodness!
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I did it once and felt horrible!!! But I figure it could happen even if I was just carrying her.
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Oy, BTDT!

Definitely when the boys are on my hip, I've done that through doorways, on corners.

But now that I'm new to wearing DS on my back, I've discovered new hazards. I'm always backing him in to stuff, or swinging around quickly and forgetting the extra body behind me. I'll get the hang of it soon, I hope.

(Oh, and never any injuries, just little bonks here and there)
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I'm so glad i'm not the only one!

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One of the 'hazards' of babywearing for me has been getting baby drool in the food I'm cooking for dinner, lol!
This is hilarious! roflmao!
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Oh God, I had the worst babywearing accident. DD was on my back and I was putting something in the car. I hit dd in the corner of the eye against the top corner of the car door. She immediately cried out. I got her down and she started to get a little bruised, black eye. I started bawling and then when I was putting dd in her car seat, she was over it and started patting my head to soothe ME!
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How about bonking their feet when you go around the table (I do this way too often with Abby on my back)? Or whacking their head with your chin when you sneeze (and they're riding in front)? Oy! I am a dangerous mama!

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Okay...not sure if this is a "danger" or "hazard" but do any of you find yourselves using your sling as a drying towel??? I have found myself lately using the tail of my Maya Wrap to dry my hands off after washing. I must admit too that I have even used it as a napkin....feeding DS banana and just having a bit of banana slime on my fingertips...yep, used the sling to wipe it off. :
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LOL - I wore my youngest in a sling for many, many hours a day and we had lots of accidents! The most common was when he was a tiny babe and I would always bonk his head against a drawer while I was putting away laundry.

The worst, though, was when he was about 18 months old. We were at the post office and I must not have had a mei tai with me because I had him on my back in a ring sling. As I was leaving, he leaned way over to look at something and so when I walked through the door, his face got smacked hard on the door frame. Oh, I felt so bad! I think I cried as hard as he did. We sat in the car in the post office parking lot nursing for half an hour until he felt better. Poor thing!

But of course it's no worse than what could happen if you didn't sling. I had my eldest in his infant carseat (this was before I had ever even HEARD of babywearing) in the video store one day. I set the seat down to read the description of a video and promptly dropped the cassette smack on his face. I guess these little things just happen, no matter what you do!

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I did the head smacking thing, too. I avoided back carries for months because I was so afraid of doing it again, but then she started cruising and bumps her head all on her own at least 10 times a day, so I don't worry so much now. :LOL

Our most frequent hazard is all the food, etc., that I drop on her head all the time from leaning over her and trying to eat, brush my teeth, drink, etc. Toothbrushing is especially fun-- leaning over this hulking 23-pound baby and trying to SPIT without it landing in her head is tough.

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It's happened once or twice. : I felt sooo bad, the baby was ok, and since those incidents I've been MUCH more mindful of sticking my arms out in front of me when going through doorways while wearing baby, etc..
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I have done this a few times, while babywearing or just carrying dd in my arms. I feel so terrible but she doesnt cry too hard. Usually it's when I go into my room becuase there is a little piece of wall that sticks out close to the door. I now go VERY slow when i go in my room carrying dd.

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I've come close, but never actually had it happen. One of the 'hazards' of babywearing for me has been getting baby drool in the food I'm cooking for dinner, lol!

For me, it became clearly all worth it, though, one time when I was wearing my baby and I fell down the stairs. I landed on all fours and she was fine; had I been carrying her, she would have gone flying.
Same exact experience here!!
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we used to own a condo, and the stairwell was really tight, and everyday i would bonk dd head on the handrail coming down the staris, mostly when she was asleep in the maya, she never really fussed too much, now she has a strong hard head lol!

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I've run her head into things just carrying her in my arms.. probably more often than slinging her lately, but when she was tiny and just nursed all the time in the sling, I'd knock her head into the kitchen counter occasionally. She usually only cries now if she's already mad for some reason. Otherwise she just rubs it. It doesn't happen too often though.

She went through about two weeks of hitting her own head on things becuase she'd start a tantrum and forget she's not sitting on the floor where she can just throw herself down in her dramatic way. So she'd whip herself around and konk her head on something. It was happening a lot! Then that crabby phase ended so now its back to me being the one to bump her poor head.
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