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I had a good babywearing day today. As I was picking my dd up from Kindergarten, the crossing guard wanted to know why I carried ds all the time instead of using a stroller. Of course I told her some of the many reasons people like to wear their babies, but for me, I told her my main reason was to be close to ds. Babywearing is very important to me as I work part-time, and helps me to reconnect to ds after work. The crossing guard has decided to tell her expecting daughter about babywearing.<br><br>
After I picked up dd, one of the teachers at the school asked me where she could get something like that for a friend of hers.<br><br>
In the parking lot of the store, an older woman gave me the thumbs up from across the parking lot and said I was "a good mom".<br><br>
THen at dd's first day of ballet class, I met another mom their with her Ergo.<br><br>
Until this day, I had never had so many people notice (or care) that I was wearing ds. And, outside of some crunchy playdates, had never met anyone babywearing. Is there something in the air today?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I was out the other night at this local restaurant and the woman sitting behind us with her family was commenting to her daughter about my Maya Wrap, identifying it to her LO as a ring sling 'cause the LO was curious. Apparently she had carried her daughter when she was little and could still do that. I swear I must be the only one I've seen in months that babywears. The last person I saw was someone using what I think was a Moby at this little shop called Sleepy Hollow in Irvington (Which is a little area of Indy that has great historical spots).<br><br>
Hopefully I'll inspire someone while I wear my baby girl to start wearing their LO.
 

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I had a woman stop me last summer at the pier while I was BW'ing and went on and on about how glad she was to see me do this. That was the first time for me.
 

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It can get discouraging sometimes when ppl just stare at me like i'm a freak. But I still find shopping much easier bwing than putting my toddler in those filthy shopping carts. anyone else do that?<br><br>
Envious of your day, though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
I'm new in this small town where, literally, everyone knows each other. Here comes me, the crunchy mama with CD and a worn toddler (even in 100 degree weather...yip<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">) and almost no makeup. I still feel like such an outsider/outcast. When I make small convo with other moms at the playground, they are so standoff-ish to me.<br>
Praying that I'll get one of your days soon.
 

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I LOVE wearing my baby! I RARELY see people in my town wearing their LOs. Sometimes I get the "freak" look...but usually smiles and questions. A couple of weeks ago I actually took mine off and put it on the lady asking about it so she could try it out.<br>
Changing the world...one sling at a time!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I love wearing my baby too and have only had positive experiences with it. I have a custom Babyhawk with University of Tennessee fabric so it REALLY appeals to people around here. I've had lots of moms to be ask me what it was and where they can get one. I rarely see others babywearing though. Once in awhile I do see a Bjorn carrier but that's about it.
 

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It just dawned on me that maybe ppl think it's 'odd" around here because I wear my 2 yo who looks like a 3 yo. Hmmm...<br>
I'm starting to understand less and less the stroller culture. Just don't see how babywearing isn't much easier than having to take a baby out of a car seat, take out the stroller, buckles the baby into the stroller, push the stroller (with at least one hand) while getting things done. I feel so bad for some of those parents sometimes.
 

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Yea - it's like breastfeeding, and birthing, and everything else we stand for at MDC. There's totally a time and place for strollers (cesareans, bottles), it's just that they get SO overused, and people don't even know what they're missing.
 

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I feel like a celebrity when I am out with my wrap. A few weeks ago we were shopping and on the way into the store one of the employees stopped to chat about it and then as I turned around a customer had been listening and asked if she could take my picture. Her friend was having a baby and she thought the wrap was so cool. Dh had a good chuckle about it because he knows how I love to show off my wrap<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 

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I've gotten a few comments on babywearing (usually just comments on "the cute monkey on your back!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">), but I've gotten a lot <i>more</i> since I got a Kindercoat (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">, and wear it over him on my back. People are just floored that not only do I wear my baby (which isn't that unusual here in Portland Oregon), but I have a jacket <i>specifically designed for it</i>. That's gotten me a lot of questions and positive comments and people asking where I got it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I get tons of questions and comments, and 99% of them are positive. I'm on my second slung babe, and I am still one of the very few I've seen around here. I'm beginning to think I should make cards with some sites on them to give to all the people who ask. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
That said, I use my stroller, but mostly because we have no car and 3yo dd is WAY too hard to keep safe. But I love my sling, and I never leave home without it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I think i've just convinced two people to babywear. One a stranger who fell in love with my sling, and my cousin. I get questions all the time.<br>
Though I also usemy stroller for dd1. We walk everywhere as well, and its nice to have her contained in a place where she isn't trying to gouge out her little sisters eyes.
 

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I hear that! How else can I keep my newborn safe without a sling or ssc around!
 

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It's good to hear all about your experiences! I think I'M inspired. I promise to wear my baby MUCH more often!<br><br>
I hope I can inspire others too!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I love wearing my baby too and have only had positive experiences with it. I have a custom Babyhawk with University of Tennessee fabric so it REALLY appeals to people around here. I've had lots of moms to be ask me what it was and where they can get one. I rarely see others babywearing though. Once in awhile I do see a Bjorn carrier but that's about it.</div>
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Around here this <a href="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q245/MistyDupuis/716277-R1-024-10A.jpg" target="_blank">"man-tei"</a> tends to generate a lot of conversation!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Around here this <a href="http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q245/MistyDupuis/716277-R1-024-10A.jpg" target="_blank">"man-tei"</a> tends to generate a lot of conversation!</div>
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Cute! I'm sure they'd go over great in Colts blue around here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I would say almost everyday I am out with DS, I get approving and questioning looks. I always get stopped by moms and grandmoms. Some bought something similar, but just didn't know how to use it. So I am forever giving demonstrations! I love it! I spent 20 minutes in Target one day showing a mom how to wear her 3 month old in a Hotsling. This seems to be coming a regular experience for me now! No one besides my LLL moms wear their kids, so you just don't see it around here. I should be getting some type of commission from Hotslings seeing as I'm always advertising for them!
 

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In late 2006-early 2007, I was wearing my DS at our local MOPS group. I got several questions/comments about it. We had a few pregnant moms that year, and now, one of them wears hers in a homemade pouch sling ALL THE TIME!<br>
Woohoo!
 

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My oldest goes to the local montessori school, and I've worn her brother so much for pick ups and drop offs that the school administrator started asking me a bunch of questions. It turns out that their policy is that teachers can teach with their babies with them after they return from maternity leave (awesome!!!!), and she thought babywearing would really help those moms out. Now, a stretchy wrap is the "official" school gift for new moms at the school -- they've bought 4 in the last 3 months.<br><br>
It's so great to walk through campus to get dd and see all of those little babies "working" with their moms. The best part is that the kids really love having the babies around, and are being exposed to babywearing as a natural daily activity, too!
 
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