My first mommy heart attack...
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|Mon, 05-16-2005 - 10:28am|
My DH is from Peru, and when he moved here he brought me one of the baby slings that people there have been using for hundreds of years. We just finally found the box it was in last night (we just moved.) So I asked him to show me how to use it...its just a huge square of material, and i have never been able to envision how it holds the baby without him falling out the bottom. The traditional way to use it is with the baby on your back, so that was how my husband had to put it on and tie it, even though I plan to hold him in the front. I decided to stand behind my husband while he put it on (Taye was in it), just in case because I still didn't trust that it would hold him. Well, after he swung it on his back my husband lost his grip on one of the sides and Taye almost fell. If I hadn't caught him, he would have fallen onto the edge of the coffee table and then to the floor. I almost died thinking about it...thank God I decided to get up!
This leads me to a question...Taye doesn't like being in the sling unless he's asleep. Because we just found it last night, I guess he's just not used to it. He has been pretty much an in-arms baby since he was born. The only other carrier we have that we've ever used is a Snuggli, otherwise I just carry him everywhere. He likes the Snuggli most of the time, but will have none of the sling when he's awake. I'm wondering if anyone else had this problem, and if you think he might get used to it? Or if there are any suggestions of how to get him used to it...its much more adaptable than the Snuggli... I can hold him on my side while I do the dishes or whatever, so I'd love to be able to use it. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks, Amy.