July 13, 2007

Babywearing Tip of the Week: Your Stories

I love to hear great babywearing stories and plan to include them here in the Babywearing Tip Of The Week every now & then.

Here's an awesome babywearing tale from Erin:

About a month ago I was at the mall, and Clark started to fuss. I went over into a corner and started putting him in the sling when I heard a big voice say, "In Africa our babies never cry. We just put them in - “, but then the speaker stopped short. She peeked around the racks of clothes between us and revealed herself. She was an older African woman who was shopping with her daughter. She watched us for a moment. She saw that Clark was happy and secure being worn so close to his mom. She grinned at us. "Well," she continued warmly in her African accent. "We put them in something just like that. That is very good." The woman, her daughter, and I all stood there smiling at each other for a minute before we went on our way.

Now that is an awesome babywearing story! Erin also shares another story about her love for babywearing here:

We had a family lunch with over 20 adults and 12 children on Saturday afternoon, and Clark took a nap in the pouch while the room buzzed with loud conversation and the laughing and screaming of kids. It is the only place he will sleep besides my bed and his crib (sometimes- ha!) It reliably makes him happier, calmer, and more comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings. I can not imagine what a mom would do without one.


Pictured is Erin wearing Clark in her Kangaroo Korner pouch sling as a
newborn (right) and also recently (above.) She says: You can see how much he's grown, but we are still loving it!

17 comments:

  1. Love those stories. Unfortunately my baby DID cry in the sling. I never figured it out. Oh, well. Such a great concept, though.

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  2. Hey Steph I saw a dad this morning on my way to work pushing one baby and wearing the other. Go dads! I would have never noticed the wearing if it wasn't for you and the attention you bring to it. Great job!

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  3. That's a great story! My friend's hubby is from Africa and was telling me about slings that they wear. Basically ringslings. cool!

    BTW Stephanie, I posted a pic of me wearing my Kimzkreations sling today! :)

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  4. Babywearing rock, thanks for this story, Happy baby makes a happy Mama I know about that:-)

    renee

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  5. That is an amazing story. Thanks for sharing it Erin and Steph. And the pictures are just lovely and sweet.

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  6. such a great story! My pastors and his wife are both South African(one of my nurses that delivered both Mason and Terri was also!!)...they swear by babywearing! Except my Pastor and his wife tell me that I should back carrying babies. (??too each his own I guess!~)

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  7. Great story!

    Probably one of my all time favorite pouches is my fleece Kangaroo Korner. If Cricket wasn't born in the heart of July I would have started him in that immediately.

    I just had a sling returned b/c the person couldn't get used to it and it really upset me b/c she didn't have it long at all and never asked for help. Not saying she didn't try to get help elsewhere but I really get upset when newbies give up so quickly! I should have directed her here :)

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  8. that is such a cool story. :) it's amazing what a great effect babywearing can have on both baby and mama. :)

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  9. Awesome stories!

    I got so many compliments, positive questions, and smiles when I had my 8w old daughter in a Gypsy Mama wrap this past weekend.

    One girl asked me where I got it, and another lady said that she was so impressed that I was able to put my daughter in the wrap without dropping her. ;)

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  10. Hope your not too busy...but I just tagged you!;-D

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  11. Great story! Great shots of a happy mama and baby, too.

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  12. Congratulations on winning the cool gadget at 5 mins for mom! :)

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  13. I love wearing my baby! I always wear her in church and she is usually good. Even last week - I had to pass out flyers at the end for a conference, and she was in her ring sling sucking her thumb and smiling at everyone :)

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  14. Awesome story! Last summer at the library I always wore Zach. One of the library programs was an African Music thing and all of the African ladies were loving me wearing the baby! It was so nice to have someone know what I was doing, cause some of the other moms would just stare at me and my contraption! LOL!

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  15. Aww cute stories - i miss baby wearing (my two year old hates it these days and my 8 month old screams anytime i even try)

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