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#31 of 38 Old 01-02-2007, 06:24 PM
 
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On the other hand, I have been so tempted to say sometihng to those women who smugly carry around their babies in Baby Bjorns and other similar carriers. They look so uncomfortable for both baby and mom/dad I wonder that they can wear them for more than a few minutes. But I don't think they would appreciate my comments about the negative aspects of those carriers and would probably just think I am trying to be mean rather than helpful.
I would certainly have not appreciated that kind of negative comment when we used to have DD in her bjorn. We had the bjorn, a wrap, and a pouch, and the only carrier she liked was the bjorn. The wrap facing outward she would tolerate for very short periods, but the bjorn she was happy as clams. And when she was smaller they're not uncomfortable at all. We don't put her in the bjorn anymore since shes so heavy, so now her preferred method of transport is a framed backpack (Sherpani ultralight). She'll only tolerate my mei tai if she's really tired.
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People usually come to me when Im wearing him and ask me how I do that...because their baby doesnt look that way when they do it.
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I've approached and helped sling-wearers before, when they had the sling twisted badly, or had it hanging down way far or something.

What I did was ask "How do you like your sling?" In each instance, I got an "I'm trying to get used to it" kind of answer, so it was only after that that I said that I could show them a way to get it more comfortable and secure. I wasn't turned down in either instance!
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I've done it several times now...all with ring slings. I do it because I used to wear my daughter all wrong and almost gave up on babywearing because I couldn't get her in the darn otsbh right. I read the babywearing section of The Baby Book over and over again, but it never helped. So, when I finally got educated on sling wearing, I felt almost like it was my duty to help people! Not people who have it on their necks or have it twisted, but I've approached several moms who have their babies in the sling either so low and loose that the baby is flopping out, or so messed up that they have to hold on to them (like virtually sitting on the rings!). In every case, they have been soooooo grateful, even though I think it was weird at first. I get nervous, but I don't want them to give up like I almost did.
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I might say, "Hey you might not know but you've got a twist in your back. That might get uncomfortable after a while. Would you like a hand in fixing it?" Then switch to complementing how cute her baby and the sling is and how wonderful they are in so many positions, etc.
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I do this all the time. I just walk up to people and ask them about their carrier. Ask if it's comfortable and do they like it. Then if it's clearly fixable in 30 seconds or less, I say, "Hey, can I show you a trick with this?"

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If it looked like the baby was in danger of falling out then I might say something but otherwise I wouldn't. I often wear my wrap in unusual ways because it's easier for me to tie it like that, put ds in that way etc.

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