Sunday, October 03, 2010

Babywearing Memories

Just another mommy, pitching in her two cents about baby slings and baby wearing...
My heart breaks for every parent who loses their child, be it due to product or user error...
If there truly are faults with ONE product, then that should be remedied, for sure...
But to think of the closeness and convenience that wearing my babies allowed and to think that it could be robbed from a future mother...
or father, makes me truly, truly sad.
I've never had a baby fall from a sling or get stuck in one, but I have had a stroller tip over WHILE my child was within it. I've also had situations where emergency required me to grasp my 3 year old by his arm before a car ran him over or to throw my arms out to balance myself while carrying Corinne in a sling. Had I been carrying my daughter in my arms without the extra support of the sling, she could have easily gotten hurt as Evan was when he was being carried in my arms. I slipped on the stairs and couldn't stop myself. Though I tried to protect us both, his little body was flung from me... ..and after much screaming and x-rays, it was determined that his sweet 1 year old leg was broken. A sling might have prevented that injury... So, which is safer? My arms, a stroller, or a sling?The only options I had back when the boys were babies was a backpack carrier and a Snugli, both of which killed my back and weren't feasible after 20 pounds or so.
The sling, though? My little girl was a breeze in it up to age 3 and still, at almost 5 years old, STILL talks about how she loved being my little Koala bear in the sling.

Babywearing memories are something I'll always treasure. Please link up to Adventures in Babywearing to share your babywearing stories or photos. Visit the BCIA and contribute your support over there, too. Our voices need to be heard as the big wigs of baby safety are discussing what the future of babywearing is...
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