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Do you (or will you) wear your baby while cooking?

  • Yes, I do it all the time and I feel there are no real risks.

    Votes: 12 24.0%
  • Yes, but I feel there are significat risks involved.

    Votes: 13 26.0%
  • Yes, but I don't feel it's safe and only do it when there is no other option.

    Votes: 17 34.0%
  • No, but I feel it is prefectly safe.

    Votes: 1 2.0%
  • No, it is so unsafe you are a horrible mother for even considering it!

    Votes: 5 10.0%
  • Undecided

    Votes: 2 4.0%
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I had to wear my son so I could finish cooking the other night (so Dh could get some sleep) and again the next day. I think for a newborn it wouldn't be so bad because they would probably be laying down and protected by the sling. But with my 6 mo it was a pita! Trying to cook with one hand while holding his arm with my other hand. He also likes to try to get into whatever container I am trying to open.
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So I am curious how many mommas or daddys here wear their babies while cooking. Any helpful hints or words of cautions are welcome. Thanks!
 

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I burnt my baby's foot once while cooking, my son 11 yrs ago. And not a bad burn.. Now, I would only do it if I absolutely had to instead of letting him CIO. I would sling to the side that way awy from the stove. or on my back.
 

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I want to qualify my answer by saying that I only will cook while wearing DS on my back. I do cook and wear DS all the time now that i have my Kozy. Before that I was wary of cooking and getting hot grease/water on DS or having him try to grab a knife I was using or something. It took me FOREVER to cook dinner
: because I have having to stop what I was doing and fool with DS all the time. He instictively knew when i was about to start cooking( no matter what time) and would be the world's fussiest babe.


Having him in the Kozy makes it easy to cook
; just like before I had him :LOL He is quiet( sometimes he sleeps) and I can get dinner cooked in a reasonable amount of time.

If you want to cook while wearing your DC, I would recommend a wrap or a Mei Tai so you can wear your child on your back. Much safer and easier IMO.

 

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I have worn my babies while cooking quite frequently. I have to be very aware of the reaching, swinging and movement of him at all times. I do have to put him down when I'm opening the oven.
 

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I use my Maya Wrap and he usually sits on my hip. I swing him around to my back if there's boiling water, sharp knives, etc. I put him down and let him cry for a few minutes if there's grease splattering. I can't stand to hear him cry, but it's better than grease burns, IMO.
 

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I've done it too, but always with the baby swung around on my back and with CRAZY awareness of where every limb is located. I don't recommend it at all and only do it when it's absolutely unavoidable, which, with a HN child, is more often than you'd like.

I say eat out! Order pizza! :LOL
 

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I really think your poll needs to have another option - I don't feel it's safe but I don't think those that do it are horrible mothers!!! Jeez, kind of rough!!!

It actually depends on what I am doing, if I'm doing some prep work or if I'm kneading dough or something then no problems I sling away. But anything having to do with actual stove top cooking - like sauteeing or boiling water or the like I put the baby down, or in this case now with a toddler I put him in his high chair to watch me. Also putting stuff in or taking stuff out of a hot oven, too risky for me.

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I have done it, but I was so aware of what was going on and nervous. Sometimes I would end up putting my kids down cause I needed to concentrate on cooking and not on making sure they didn't get hurt. They cried, but like someone else said, better than getting burned. Definitely on the back is good.
 

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I have cooked dinner w/a kid on my back for most of 3+ years. But, big difference...I use the backpack.

Before the kids were old enough for a bpack, I used the Bjorn and would just lean away and for hot things; ie. draining the grease, I'd hand him off to dh for a minute.
 

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I did not wear Mya while cooking until I got the Ergo, and could wear her on my back. If she was asleep, I would prep stuff for cooking when she was in the sling, but no cooking. I am way too clumsy.

So I voted yes, and it's safe, but only with a back carrier. I don't cook too much, anyway.

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I do it a lot but I have a Kozy and so ds is on my back and out of harms way. If he's not in the Kozy he's in the Ellaroo on my back. It has been a pretty easy desicion for me since I have no ring slings or pouches. I found that I could never get them to work right so my choses are pretty limited.
 

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I've grilled pork chops while nursing a slinging babe. But it wasn't much fun.

Babywearing and cooking is like a lot of other parenting stuff - you'll know if it's okay or not. I wouldn't fry bacon while wearing a baby but I'd probably stir the soup or put the veggies on to steam, kwim?

And I think babywearing while cooking is probably fine in most situations if baby is being worn on the back.
 

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If I didn't wear Isabella while cooking than my dinner would never get done! I really have no choice, because she always seems to get fussy when I'm trying to prepare dinner. I used to wear her kind of on my hip, but behind my arm in my Zolo, but now that I have an Ergo it's SOOO much easier! She loves to sit back there and watch me cook!
 

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I voted yes with no risks but I want to qualify that. When dd was really young I never did with the sling, but when she was old enough for the backpack I did all the time, it really helped out.

I was never comfortable with sling and cooking, backpack yes.
 

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Originally Posted by HelloKitty
I really think your poll needs to have another option - I don't feel it's safe but I don't think those that do it are horrible mothers!!! Jeez, kind of rough!!!
Kitty
Sorry, that was ment as a joke... I guess I have kind of a morbid sence of humor.


I will clarify that right now I only have a ring sling and a Baby Bjorn, I don't feel comfortable slinging him on my back with the ring sling yet. He can't sit up on his own and I am afraid he would be flailing backwards, at least until he gets a little older.

Both times I have had to sling him it wasn't anything major, cooking quesidillas (I can't spell) or chicken in the frying pan but no slattering grease or fluids. He is usually pretty good in his bouncy seat untill I have about 10 minutes left of cooking.


If we had a high chair that would be perfect. Just give him a medal spoon and he would be set for days. BUT we are moving to England soon and we don't have a table here and aren't buying anything new untill we get overthere.

I guess I can have my DH or LC or friends help me learn to sling him on my back.

This poll was mostly for opinions and what worked for each momma. Thanks so much for taking time to reply.... Also leaving this poll open to who ever feels like contributing to the thread.
 
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