September 17, 2010

The Straightjacket For Babies

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[gray in his boots, wrap carrier stretched across the floor]

We got to the babywearing info meeting and pretty much instantly the sight of babies and Moms all sitting in a circle on the floor sent Ivy into a
frenzy.

She had an audience! She was the star! She began galloping around the circle, pummeling bouncy balls at peoples' heads, and practically body-slammed a 6 month old. (Sadly, none of that previous sentence is an exaggeration. It is all true.)

I literally grabbed her by the back of her dress and tried to sit her in my lap, enticing her to nurse but would you believe it this was the one time ever in the history of ever she didn't want to breastfeed?

So, into the mei tai she went. She wasn't happy about it, but I couldn't restrain her any longer. It was that or leave.

I'm glad I stayed.

Most times I use the sling for comfort or to keep my child close while I tend to other things, or for safety and travel, or to nurse on the go, or to get her to nap, but I'm finding more and more with Ivy now two years old, it is also to restrain her at times I am unable to do otherwise.

Like I said- we were in what probably would have turned into an out of control tantrum moment (in front of a huge group of Moms I'd never met before, of course) and my instinct was to pack up all our things and RUN FOR THE DOOR! But- I tied her up, and soon(ly) she was calm(er) and in several minutes she was asleep.

ivy in the mei tai babywearing

I was able to visit a bit, take a couple photos here and there, and honestly, have a breather. I love my children, you know that, but sometimes it's such a relief when they are still and sleeping. And tied up.

(You know what I mean.)


Viva la babywearing!


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30 comments:

  1. I LOVE this... and I still wear Capri for the same reason. Actually, now that she is almost three, this is pretty much the only reason. When she is Ca-ray-zee with a capital C, and we are out and about and she is over-stimulated and can't calm down.

    Viva la babywearing!

    (By the way, you totally made me laugh!)

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  2. love it, tied up. ha. that's how i feel about the playroom---the kids are slowly associating it with time-out or "moms done...run for the toys...save yourself"

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  3. Babywearing: Because Duct Taping Your Children is Frowned Upon

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  4. Mrs. Sara,

    omg I almost woke Ivy up laughing! That is hilarious.

    Steph

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  5. precious photo. i have a mei tai, but i just find it to be so uncomfortable...not sure if i am putting it on wrong or what.

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  6. Rebecca,

    The BabyHawk website has some nice photo & video instructions for the different ways to wear a mei tai-
    maybe that would help?

    Steph

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  7. Oh yes! Been there, done that! LOLing @ Mrs. Sara too!

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  8. You've made me a babywearing convert and I don't even have a baby to wear yet! At a party last weekend there were a ton of babes and not a one of them was being worn... I held the hostess's baby for several hours and I actually asked her if she had a sling or wrap I could borrow to try out... it just seems so convenient and lovely... and this post highlights another great reason, lol!

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  9. LOL love the name of this post! And also the comment about duct tape!!

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  12. I can remember a time when my grandma Riddle had to tie my brother to the clothesline outside cause he was so bad. He got use to it and one day said "tie me up over there grandma". Ivy does like to be the center of attention.

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  13. Ha! Love it!

    Your mom's comment reminds me of the story my Bepa tells of how his mama used to put him in a 5 gallon bucket for his brothers to watch him while she picked peas.

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  14. HA!!! This is EXACTLY how my children act in front of an audience - I can so totally relate.

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  15. She was super cute and you did a great job as a mom.
    She is going to have so much fun tomorrow at her party being the center of attention!

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  16. This is mostly why I babywear now - otherwise I don't know how people do it with toddlers - especially in a store where there are no carts, or if you have two little ones... when N was a newborn, I definitely wore her for the snuggles & sometimes I still do (mostly in a wrap for that), but when we're out in public, I often wear her in a frame backpack or Patapum just to keep her contained! :) I just picked up a new hiking backpack at a thrift store for $1 yesterday - I was so excited...sorry to ramble on, I just had to tell someone! :)

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  17. thanks, stephanie. i'll give it a try. it's the back carry that is uncomfortable...hurts my shoulders. have a great weekend!

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  18. Haha, yes -- no matter how sweet they are, they're sometimes sweeter sleeping ;)

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  19. So funny! Our mei tai is a "straight jacket"....and a high chair....and a cradle....and a time out (in?!?) spot. At almost 21 months old, I don't know what we'd do without it.

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  20. she look so peaceful sleeping, and I know exactly what you mean!!! I do it too!

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  21. sleeping and tied up, my kinda kid. :)

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  22. this? makes me giggle. i totally understand and occasionally the 3 year old gets some sling time. for this very reason.

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  23. My mei tai has been my baby restraint device for the longest time. Sadly, right after my son turned 2 it STOPPED WORKING. He wiggles and wiggles and tries to get out and he's almost succeeded. I am at loose ends without my mei tai as fallback, I tell you what.

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  24. I wear my 27 month old often for the same reasons. I do it to keep her safe and close too, but let's face it, when we're trying to take my kindergartener to school, it's much easier and faster to have her on me, shopping goes much more smoothly, and always the vaccuuming...She's terrified of the vaccuum cleaner so if I don't wear her, she'll just scream and feel miserable the whole time. Most times she just goes to sleep whatever the situation is and I know she's happy and content, and so am I! :)

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  25. due to a major miscommunication - we had NO BABY CARRIERS with us on our camping trip this past weekend. Yeah. Just think about that one. (never again!)

    Anyway, I had to comment on this because when I read that Ivy went into a frenzy I couldn't help but sing Wash Uffize Drive Me to Firenze! ;)

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  26. I love the way that you handled this situation. Instead of screaming, crying, bribing, or leaving, you just cuddled her in close. Many parents of toddlers would do well to follow your example.

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  27. I bet you really impressed the people who were there to learn about babywearing for the first time! :)

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  28. Amen! I had been away from babywearing for a while, as my youngest is 20 months. But I just bought an Ergo this summer, and we're back in business. I was at first surprised at how quickly and easily he would fall asleep while in it. Just like when he was a baby.

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  29. I just popped over here from a link Stephanie posted on Metropolitan Mama, and immediately had to laugh as I read about using a mei tai as a "baby straight jacket" -- I can so relate! My son is 2 1/2, and I find more & more that the Ergo & mei tai are such lifesavers when he gets wound up & overstimulated. I love how babywearing can adapt to different ages, stages & needs!

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