I guess it was just a matter of finding a sling he liked. He does get stared at frequently but no one has commented on it yet. He would rather use the sling than a stroller now.
Let me see if I can remember how I looked at him:
And finally I:
I think I was 14, I still remember thinking how great it was of him to take time from shopping to answer my questions. It also was kind of a vision of how I hoped my future husband would be, you know?
I got a lot of really supportive looks from women. I figured at the time it was because my ds is so darn cute. They would look at ds, make eye contact with me, and SMILE. I was always moved by the display of support from women. Men were pretty cool too.
Originally Posted by DarkHorseMama
Out of the public eye, DH is the one who "wears" them to sleep most evenings. DD, obviously not for a while now, but DS is still in the sling to get settled for the night (while I get DD to bed). We didn't realize how much of a routine it really was until a couple of weeks ago. DS (13 months, btw) was having one of those evenings where he really wasn't ready to go to bed at the normal hour, so we sat in the lounge and watched him be busy. Finally, he started to rub his eyes and DH asked him if he was ready to go sleepy-bye. DS walked out of the room and, to our amazement, came back in dragging the sling and handed it to DH!! He knew what he wanted, and how to get it too.
When DS#1 was about 2 weeks old we went to our first AP meeting together and that is where DH saw someone wearing a baby for the first time. Two days later he came home from work with a sling in hand that he had bought from the local resale shop! We also had a snuggli that DH used a lot, especially while he was on the computer. (DS#1 on DH in Snuggli) We both have worn our kiddos pretty equally in and out of public. DS#2 was a sling baby from 12 hours old when we took him home from the hospital! And after about 2 months of being very sick from my current pregnancy DH took over bedtime with DS#2 and wore him down every night until about 3 months ago.
I love to see anyone wearing babies, but it seems to catch me more when I see a man with a child in any sort of carrier especially a sling.
DH and I both have had our share of comments but mostly positive and mostly questions about where to get one!
Anyway, I also find it odd that any dads would catch flak for babywearing. I don't know if the Bjorn counts, but I only received positive comments/looks from men and women of all ages and types. And this is in Los Angeles - not exactly the most family-oriented of metro areas IMO. It quickly became the preferred method of transporting our little girl.
Oh, and I concur - it's a TOTAL chick (and gay man) magnet!!!! DW even began to joke about not wanting me to go out shopping w/ the Bjorn due to a number of occasions where she left me w/ DD only to find us later surrounded by a bunch of women. Maybe THAT'S why it became the preferred method of transport? :LOL
Lisa, lucky mama of Kelly (3/93) , Emma (5/03) , Evan (7/05) , & Jenna (6/09)
Loving my amazing dh, James & forever missing Aaron Ambrose (11/07)
I've gotten several looks, mostly curious and "aww, look at the cute little baby!" and I just smile at them and keep walking most of the time because it makes me feel really awkward when some stranger comes up to me and starts talking to my baby. I haven't seen any other people babywearing except for one women who had a frontpack, and I made a sling for my sil which she has been using. SUV sized strollers seem to reign supreme here and they are a pain in the arse to try and walk around.
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