Hey all. I just had to share this cool little incident that happened at the mall yesterday.
I was with my younger two, out shopping and there was a new mama there with a crying baby hanging off her back in a sling. It was an OTSBH sling (which happens to be one of the many carriers I own and I like them a lot, so am pretty familiar w/ them) but she clearly didn't know how to use it. It was practically choking her around her neck and it was on backwards, w/ the tail going over her shoulder in back where she couldn't adjust it. The little guy dangled down by her butt and he was swinging and wailing all buried in fabric. Mama was looking distressed and telling baby she'd get him in just a moment, just let her get to where she could sit down and adjust things. She was trying to swing him around to the front and plug in a pacifier but he kept screaming...
I felt so bad for them. I went over and asked her if she would like some help. I explained that I had used those kind of slings before and asked if she'd tried a chest-to-chest upright front carry (there's prolly a better name for that, but ykwim). She admitted she'd just gotten the sling from Goodwill and had no idea how to use it. She looked on the internet, but I don't think she understood it very well. I told her my newborns always loved it and then I proceeded to model the carry for her. Baby still cried some, but was happier. I told her he really wanted his mommy.
So then I demonstrated how to put the sling over her shoulder properly and fan the fabric out so it didn't cut into her neck and have the tail where she could adjust it. Then I took crying, fussing baby and placed him gently on mommy's chest and snugged the sling all up around him. He instantly went right to sleep! No paci. No nothing. Just snuggled up close to his mama in the sling, snoozing peacefully!
How cool is that???
About a half hour later, I saw them again, walking in a different part of the mall and baby was still snuggled up fast asleep. Mom looked comfortable and relaxed and smiled at me. I was so pleased. I think we may have a new babywearing convert!