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My little one is due in a couple of months. I'm alone alot and will be alone when she gets here. I plan on wearing her in a sling as much as possible.

I was curious. If you're alone at a store and you need to use the restroom...is it doable while wearing baby? Would you have to take sling off first? If so, where do you set baby?

This is probably a really stupid question. Just one of the many questions that popped into my head. My daughter will be the ultimate guinea pig, as I am a virgin when it comes to taking care of babies, lol. TIA.
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I can easily use the restroom while slinging a baby. One of the benefits of a sling!

The same is true of the Ergo, Baby Bjorn, etc.
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I never used a sling, but many-a-time did I nurse (at home) while on the potty! Or held a sleeping infant. My advice? Don't wear button/tie pants until you've master the art!
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I too, continue to wear the babe while using the potty....

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Thanks, ladies. At least I know it's doable...it seemed like it might be hard to do or impossible. Then again, I haven't worn a baby yet so I have no clue. Buttons won't be an issue--I'm attached to jammy pants, lol. Black jammy pants that look like dressy pants have been a lifesaver through this pregnancy!...and SOOOOO comfy! (And I'm sure it'll take awhile to fit into normal clothes after baby anyway I'm loving food too much lately, ha ha).
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I've found it much easier to use the bathroom while babywearing that it was when I was verrrrry pregnant You'll get the hang of it quick!
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I've found it much easier to use the bathroom while babywearing that it was when I was verrrrry pregnant You'll get the hang of it quick!
That is so true! I have to admit it's becoming a problem now, but dd is 18 months and tends to try to kick my jeans back down or hook her feet in my belt when I'm trying to pull them back up.
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I've had no problem when using a Moby or pouch, but I have to admit, it was a struggle yesterday in the coffee shop bathroom wearing my new Ergo. Maybe I will get better at it....

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I always found it easier wearing baby than not. Hands free!

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I always found it easier wearing baby than not. Hands free!
Absolutely easier! Good luck, you'll have it mastered in no time.

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Caution: If you're wearing baby in a Mei Tai or anything else that has straps hanging down in back, remember to tuck them in before you sit down on the toilet. I made this mistake recently, and it was yucky!

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LOL! Yeah, wet straps are nasty.

I actually have worn my 28 lb 9 mo old (he's now 7 yrs old) on my back in a NoJo while going to the bathroom. I think if you can manage a NoJo, which always feels like the kid is gonna fall out the top any minute, then a carrier that actually, really, truly holds the baby in will be a piece of cake.

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I've found it much easier to use the bathroom while babywearing that it was when I was verrrrry pregnant You'll get the hang of it quick!
That is so true!
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Oh, those days were so much easier than, "No, honey, don't open the door. No, please don't open it...yes, the other way. Yes, if you lean on it like that it opens....don't touch that....those? Those are for sanitary pads. No! No! Don't touch! That? I have no idea but don't touch it! Please just stand..."
Totally easy to do the sling and pee.

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Oh, those days were so much easier than, "No, honey, don't open the door. No, please don't open it...yes, the other way. Yes, if you lean on it like that it opens....don't touch that....those? Those are for sanitary pads. No! No! Don't touch! That? I have no idea but don't touch it! Please just stand..."
Totally easy to do the sling and pee.

I KNOW!!! I makes me totally batty to be in the restroom with my 4 and almost 6 yo's. They do pretty good, but sometimes we wash hands several times before making it out of there....:

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Oh, those days were so much easier than, "No, honey, don't open the door. No, please don't open it...yes, the other way. Yes, if you lean on it like that it opens....don't touch that....those? Those are for sanitary pads. No! No! Don't touch! That? I have no idea but don't touch it! Please just stand..."
Totally easy to do the sling and pee.
Oh yes. It's so much easier to go while they're slinged or wrapped!

Sorry, I had to point this item out: BabyKeeper
For those of us who are baby wearing enlightened, I thought this was funny and well, just a little weird. A bit reminiscent of the joke dh and I have about using duct tape to keep our kids out of harms way.
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I brought DD to work with me often during her first few months, and I quickly discovered that the best toileting while babywearing strategy was to wear a skirt.

This is also true, and possibly even more so because of squatting low, when hiking while babywearing. True, DH could hold the baby if you are out in the wilds with him, but DD tended to fall asleep instantly when we put her in the Didy and set off on a trail, so removal would have been a pain.

FWIW, I find that wearing a baby in a front carry or carrier makes me have to go more often b/c she or the waist belt (like the Ergo) is pressing on my bladder. Not as much problem with a ring sling or back carry.
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Pottying was no problem with my ds in the hotsling. I'm getting better at going with him in the bECO--the waist of the bECO goes right at the waist of my jeans, but I'm getting better at it. Definitely easier to wear him to the potty than to have to hold him and go!
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the only tip i will give you is DONT make your first atempt while out : home is best place to learn and dont wait till you realllllly got to go worse come you have to put baby down to pee
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Definitely doable! I wear a MT almost exclusively now as ds is 28 months old and I would much rather have him on my back or front, instead of having him touch all the walls in the bathroom
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I found it is easier with a pouch or ring sling than with a mei tai, soft-structured carrier or wrap. And a skirt/dress facilitates things much more than pants. A high back carry, with everything tied well above the waist, also works, but you probably would be doing that as much with a nursing newborn while out. But no matter what carrier you are using, the portable toilets are always too small, .
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i wore baby in a mei tai in the fitting room today when i was trying on pants. not super easy, but she slept through the whole thing! and now i finally have a pair of post-preg pants that don't involve elastic or drawstring waists

i've tried a public restroom once. the biggest problem i had was fitting into the tiny stall. why, oh why do they design stalls with doors that swing inwards?
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Caution: If you're wearing baby in a Mei Tai or anything else that has straps hanging down in back, remember to tuck them in before you sit down on the toilet. I made this mistake recently, and it was yucky!
I was just thinking the same thing. But, as long as you've got all the hanging bits tucked in, it is very easy to go to the bathroom. You might want to practice at home if you're going to be in any really yucky toilets.

One other thing, in my mei tai it is easy for clothing to bunch and pull up in random places if you aren't watching. So I always do a quick mirror check and smooth-down on the way out the restroom door, just to make sure I'm not flashing my belly button to anyone!!
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Sorry, I had to point this item out: BabyKeeper
For those of us who are baby wearing enlightened, I thought this was funny and well, just a little weird. A bit reminiscent of the joke dh and I have about using duct tape to keep our kids out of harms way.
Is this for real?? Something very disturbing about that. It just doesn't sit right with me. I know squirmy babes are hard to handle and you don't want them touching stuff in the bathrooms, but...hanging them on the door...I just don't like it..
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